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Healing Hugs

Healing Hugs

Hi All,

This may be the easiest, fastest card I’ve ever made, and it’s because the stamp set does all the work for you. I used the Stampin’ Up! Healing Hugs set, which is part of a line Stampin’ Up! calls “distinktive”. These stamps consist of photo-realistic images. I found that the best results are from darker inks. With lighter inks, you miss some of the detail.

With simple stamping cards, I think the colors you use are very important – it’s mostly what your card is about. I used Pacific Point and a new Stampin’ Up! color: Granny Apple Green. I love this color so much! In the video, I also talked a little bit about the new ink pads.

Here is a close-up of the stamped image:

Healing Hugs

Enjoy the brief video and have a great day!


Card Measurements:

Element Imperial Metric
Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 10.8 x 14 cm


Healing Hugs
Healing Hugs
Pacific Point
Pacific Point Ink
Stampin' Up! Granny Apple Green
Granny Apple Green Ink
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Stampin' Up! Whisper White Thick Cardstock
Stampin’ Up! Thick White


  1. wrote on June 27th, 2018 at 8:45 am


    Wow! What a beautiful card and how easy it was to make! This is a stamp set I completely overlooked in the new catalogue but is now at the top of my Stampin Up Wish List. This flower looks like a rose to me but I’ve never seen blue roses before. So being one who likes everything to be realistic (smile), I consulted Google and this is what I found: “Since blue roses do not exist in nature, as roses lack the specific gene that has the ability to produce a “true blue” color, blue roses are traditionally created by dyeing white roses.” So you can have blue roses after all even if you have to dye them. Did you know this Darlene or were you just taking creative license? Ha! Ha!

    • wrote on June 27th, 2018 at 2:46 pm


      And did you know that, for the Preakness Stakes horse race, they have to paint the white centers of daisies brown, so they look like black-eyed Susans? That is the state flower of Maryland, where the race is held each May, but black-eyed Susans are not in bloom that early in the year. So for the blanket of flowers they put over the winning horse, they paint daisies! Amazing what people will do to customize nature, huh? 😺 ~ Andrea

      • wrote on June 27th, 2018 at 3:39 pm


        Thanks, Adrian, for that interesting fact. I never knew that either. We live and we learn!

    • wrote on June 27th, 2018 at 4:05 pm

      Carol Mac

      Hi Connie, yes I did know that as I bought some mixed color roses a few times and the water turned color and that was how I found out (in a clear case). also, if you go here: https://youtu.be/xLfDKL_MNls you will see a comparison of current colours and new so you can see the difference. You can skip to 15 minutes or so and she does each “family” of colours. HTH 😎

      • wrote on June 27th, 2018 at 4:06 pm

        Carol Mac

        Sorry Connie, the comment about the SU colours was for Danielleb below you. 😎

      • wrote on June 27th, 2018 at 7:23 pm


        Thanks about the Roses’ comment, Carol Mac. Thanks too for the SU colour video that Danielle and all of us should find very helpful, especially for the July Challenge!. Haven’t got any of the new colours yet but there’s plenty on my Wish List. However, I don’t like the lid opening as much on the new ink container. I get inky fingers very easily and need all the help I can get.

    • wrote on June 27th, 2018 at 10:09 pm


      Hi Connie – of course I was taking liberties with color – I honestly don’t even consider reality for some reason. I just use the colors I want, lol. 🙂

      • wrote on June 27th, 2018 at 10:15 pm


        I must try that too. Makes life easier that way! 😀

  2. wrote on June 27th, 2018 at 1:24 pm


    This set is now on my wish list too! and that’s good to know it works better with darker inks. I wonder is the granny apple green different from other previous SU green inks I still have like pear pizzazz, lucky limeade? It’s hard to tell by the little swatch in the catalogue. What do you think Darlene (or any one else that may have this new colour already)?

    • wrote on June 27th, 2018 at 10:12 pm


      Hi Danielle. I think the Pear Pizzazz has more yellow to it. This green is closer to Wild Wasabi, but a little brighter. I don’t have Lucky Limeade.

      • wrote on June 28th, 2018 at 6:32 pm


        good to know! I also have Pear Pizzazz and and Wild Wasabi I had forgotten about in that moment (blush), oopsie! I think it will be on my maybe yes wish list then until I see it in real life. Thanks Darlene!

  3. wrote on June 27th, 2018 at 2:44 pm


    This card is awesome, Darlene! Sometimes the ones that are easiest to pull together can be the most striking. I love how that flower stamp came out. I was trying to decide if it looks more like fabric or newspaper photos, with the detailed dots. Anyway, I love the colors you used as well. My brother, who lives in Rowlett, said y’all are roasting, with heat index temps over 100 degrees! Hope you are keeping as cool as possible. Thankfully, we live in a largely rural area, so we don’t have all the concrete & buildings to retain & reflect heat. Stay cool, and have a great day! 😺 ~ Andrea

    • wrote on June 27th, 2018 at 4:10 pm

      Carol Mac

      A few cm fell in Cape Breton and Newfoundland two days ago….😎

    • wrote on June 27th, 2018 at 10:13 pm


      Yes, Andrea. It was 102 degrees today! And we haven’t even started the warmest months of July and August. One thing I do enjoy is leaving a store or restaurant, which is always freezing. I feel like I’m walking into an oven and it’s so warm!

      • wrote on June 27th, 2018 at 10:17 pm


        It sounds like the climate in Dallas has gotten much hotter over the years. Is this correct or have I just forgotten?!

        • wrote on June 30th, 2018 at 3:35 pm


          I think you’ve forgotten. I remember training for a marathon in May 1998. I had to do my long runs starting at 4am because it was up in the 100’s later on. That was a warmer year than usual, but 100’s every day in July and August is pretty normal.

          • wrote on June 30th, 2018 at 5:52 pm


            Wow! I must have forgotten but then air conditioning makes all things tolerable until you walk outside like you’re stepping into an oven. I do remember that!

  4. wrote on June 28th, 2018 at 12:06 am

    Lesley S

    Hi Darlene. Nice to know you really like the new Granny Apple Green, and it’s on my wish list also. I’m still really missing Gumball Green and wish it had reappeared in the new Colour Refresh! I also like how the new ink pads will stack on top of each other without sliding off. I don’t have any yet, but have seen many comments on how stiff the cases are to operate. One person suggested that running some wax paper a few times along the side rails really seemed to help the cases slide better…..might be worth trying?

    • wrote on June 30th, 2018 at 3:36 pm


      Hi Lesley. I don’t know – seems like wax would thicken the rails? If you try it, let us know!

  5. wrote on June 28th, 2018 at 8:54 am


    I enjoyed reading all of your comments tonight ladies, you are all a “font of information” – very interesting. Now Darlene, I love the card. I think Stampin’ Up is on a winner. Very effective.

  6. wrote on June 28th, 2018 at 11:14 am


    I have to say how refreshing it is to see such a detailed flower stamp that you only have to stamp once! I have several stamp-layering sets, and I do like them, but you have to, with the exception of the second-generation stamping technique, have different color inks, often in the same color family. The cube ink pads make this easier and more affordable, for sure, but I was so pleasantly surprised by how nicely this stamp stamps with only one application and with only one ink color! Nice job, Stampin’ Up!

    (And btw, Darlene, I love the blue color!) 😉

    Thanks for sharing!

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