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Simon Says Stamp - Cozy Hugs Blog Hop

Hi Lovelies!

Welcome to Simon Says Stamp's Cozy Hugs Release Blog Hop! Apparently things at The PaperMint have gone to the birds, but in a really good way!

I decided to use ink blending to "paint" my die-cuts and create a little scene. A couple types of blending brushes and oodles of Pawsitively Saturated in came in super handy to pull this off. I hope you like the result and encouragement to visit the Simon Says Stamp Release Gallery to check out other Cozy Hugs projects!

Let's review the key supplies for today's card from the Cozy Hugs Release:

For a full list, check out the Supplies Section at the end of this post.

When you figure out which items you need to shop for, remember to use the COZY code when you check out to snag the Giant Hugs Card Wrap die FREE with a purchase of $75 or more! This promotion will expire on 10/9 at 11:59 pm EDT or while supplies last.

Today's GIF!

Hopefully I never have this kind of birdhouse problem!

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MAY YOUR HOLIDAY... CARD - Dry Embossing, Die-cutting and Detailed Ink-blending

A2 Card Base: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"




Place in 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of watercolor cardstock into the Leafy Greens Embossing Folder and run through a die-cutting machine using the appropriate plate sandwich.

Repeat with the Friendly Birds Embossing Folder.



Using the Bird dies from the Friendly Birds Embossing Folder, cut out the pair of birds.

Die-cut the Scalloped Birdhouse pieces out of watercolor cardstock.

Tip: I laid them out with the sentiment strip, as I envisioned the completed card to get a sense of their relative proportions and whether it looked ok.



Leafy Green Background

Apply Celery Ink all over with Large Blending Brush; use Small Blending Brush to apply Fairway on selected stems and leaves.

Use Small Blending Brush to apply Sage on selected stems and leaves; use Detail Flat Blending Brush to apply Pine on selected stems and leaves

Use Detail Flat Blending Brush to apply Fairway on the remaining stems and leaves and then follow with touches of Limelicious applied with the Small Blending Brush to intensify the colors further.

Spritz several times with water using the Distress Sprayer to create a mottled effect as the water bleaches out the color.

Use the Small Blending Brush to apply Watermelon to the scalloped roof trim; use the Small Blending Brush to apply Cherry to the remaining birdhouse trim

Use the Large Blending Brush to apply Surf all over the birdhouse body; use the Large Blending Brush to apply Ocean to the top section of birdhouse body, creating an ombre effect.

Repeat water spritzing with these die-cuts and set aside to dry.

Use the Small Blending Brush to apply Latte all over the birds' bodies; add Peachy and then Grapefruit Iinks to the bird's belly and underside as shown below.

Finish the ink-blending on the birds with Watermelon on the belly, a little Cappuccino on the wings and Mocha on the beak and legs using with the Round or Detail Flat Blending Brushes.



Apply foam tape to all the Birdhouse pieces and then layer as shown.


I was worried that the ink blending looked a bit patchy on the leaves before I spritzed, but I think that the water melted the rough spots and brought it all together!

Love how easy peasy the birdhouse is to assemble!

I used a black pigment pen to color in the bird's eyes.

Holiday sentiments give me the warm and cozies!

I though about filling in the hole in the birdhouse, but I liked the birds set agains the green background, so I decided to give them a "window at the back of the house as well!

A coordinating envelope and some gold Holiday Sparkle sequins finishes the card!

Last look!


It's not the fastest card in the world but it's got a lot of pretty so I hope you will give it a try. I want to make sure that you get the most of today's blog hop, so please take note Lovelies:

  • Be sure to explore the GORGEOUS Gallery that is packed with inspiration from this release!!!

  • Please use the COZY code when you check out to snag the Giant Hugs Card Wrap die FREE with a purchase of $75 or more! This promotion will expire on 10/9 at 11:59 pm EDT or while supplies last.

  • Comment to on this post to be eligible to win a $25 coupon from Simon Says Stamp. Winners will be chosen and posted on the Simon Says Stamp blog on Wednesday, the 12th of October. Winner should email Simon Says Stamp to claim his/her prize

  • Check out the full supply list below for your shopping convenience

Thanks again for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon Lovelies! Now, do go and check out what Yana Smakula has in store for you!




I listed the products that I have used below. Please note that these are compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. I really appreciate your support. Simon Says Stamps Cosy Hugs Release products were provided as part of my Design Team package. Click on the icons below each product picture to shop with

51 comentarios

Nancy C
Nancy C
12 oct 2022

Wonderful tutorial! TFS

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11 oct 2022

Look at their cute little feet; you can actually have them grip a twig.

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Colorful and gorgeous!! Your tutorial is perfection!! The GIF is priceless bc we all need a laugh nowadays!! Super beautiful with all of the deep colors and am in love with your work!! Thank you for the inspiration!!

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Maureen Reiss
Maureen Reiss
10 oct 2022

Wow!!!! Amazing card!!!! Gorgeous coloring!!!

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Barbara Heinly
Barbara Heinly
10 oct 2022

A pretty card and love the bright and cheerful color palette. Thank you for explaining all the detail of your design and technique.

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