Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Wacky Wednesday - Hug Card

Welcome back to Wacky Wednesday
Oops... forgot my definition:  wassail - means toast to someone's health

I don't know if this is the official name of this type of card, but I call them "HUG Cards" - can't say why exactly, but they remind me of a hug.  I made my first card like this in January, and have been making many variations of them ever since because I think they are so versatile and they are perfect for gift cards.

This is how I made this card:
The HUG:
Cut 5" x 12" decorative paper
Score at 4" and 8"
Now you will notice that if you fold the sides in, you cannot see into the center of the card.  So now we need to do a bit of cutting so we can get the HUG :-)
You want to cut a diagonal line beginning at the crease down to the corner
Do this on both sides
Now when you fold the card onto itself you have a hug

To make the Pocket Insert:
Cut 3-3/4" x 9" (just under 4" so that it slides in and out easier)
Border punched both ends
Score at 4" and fold up - the folded height is approx 5" so that it peaks above the base card
I punched a scallop in the middle of the shorter side(so you can see the gift card or tag)
Note: I used double sided paper so that there was a pattern on all the visible pieces)
I then took a coordinating paper and cut it at 3-3/4" x 3"
For this one, I adhered it to the inside of the shorter side so that it was visible when folded up and then punched a scallop in the same place.  This way I didn't have to measure, and the coordinating paper created a contrast so that you could more easily see that something was back there.
I then decided what I was going to put into the pocket and glued the pocket so that the item fit.

You may wonder, how did I keep the pocket from sliding out of my card?
Well, I cut a scrap piece of cardstock, 3" x 3" and folded it in half
I glued one side to the bottom of the inside of my hug
This is then covered by the sides when they are folded in, and you slide the Pocket right in

The Scallop Flowers
I punched 6 scallops
Folded and bent them to create dimension
Snipped along either side of the scallop (see the detailed picture)
Put a brad in the center
I used the brads to adhere it to my card - but you don't have to, you can use a glue dot just as easily

Finishing touch:
I cut a 1" x 9" strip of coordinating paper
Take a Ribbon and tie it to the strip

Slide the pocket into the hug
Fold up the flap at the bottom of the hug so the Pocket doesn't slide out
Fold in the sides (arms) of the hug
Take your 1" wide strip, wrap it around the card and glue it to the back - make sure your ribbon is positioned in a nice place in the front of the card - you can move it around until you like it and then glue everything.

That's it!  Would love to see what you do!

Note: I have included a template with dimensions, it is not drawn to scale, but shows the dimensions (click on it for a bigger picture)

Update - 6/24 Linkup:  Top Tip Tuesday -   (this challenge is to make the exact type of card I have posted - YEAH!! How cool is that?)

Update - 5/25 - Link Parties:
I Heart Naptime - Sundae Scoop Link Party -

Make It Monday #38 - Anything Goes -

A Marvelous Mess #14 -

Update - 6/4 - Link Parties
Sundae Scoop Link Party -
One Stop Craft Challenge - Texture -

Enjoy! Copyright for Personal Use Antonella DeFalco


Jennifer said...

You are very creative! Thank your for coming to visit my blog :)


Jessica Lauren said...

what a cool card! it would be great for invitations too! love the colors you used!
~*stopping by via your link on my blog, thanks for your comment and kind words*~
Jessica Lauren @

Lindsay said...

I love it! You are very creative! Great job.

Thanks for blog hopping over to mine, by the way!

Linda Breedlove said...

Very clever card... beautiful colors and your description is so detailed.... good work!
Thank you for visiting with me today... such a pleasure!

Betty Wright said...

This is wonderful and the fold design is terrific! Thanks for the graphic, too! Beautifully done!

Karen said...

Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog for the Make it Mondy entry. I love this card and think it would be very handy for all occassions. Thanks for providing all the details.
Hugs, Karen

Nancy said...

Hi, I'm linking over from Make It Monday! Beautiful card, love the colors!!
Nancy :D

Eenzy Beenzy said...

Really need a hug on Wednesdays to keep myself going :P
Super card the pretty colours!

Mary J said...

Thank you for visiting my blog - thought I'd pop by to say hi!

I love your card - you're so creative! Hope to see you again soon!

Mary J

Jen @ My Own Road said...

Great job! I've never been very good with cards, you make it look easy

Kathy@DandelionsandDustBunnies said...

Super cute. Love those flowers too. Great card.

Ann said...

I love the card. Very clever and creative. Thanks for sharing how you did it.

Michelle said...


Fantastic card, what a great fold, very clever. Thanks for the details too.

Thank you for sharing with us at make It Monday this week.

Michelle :-)

Naturally Me Creations said...

Lovely card! And tnx for sharing that template, what a cool card/invite design!

Tnx for stopping by my blog. :)

Maria said...

I love your card,you're very creative! (thanks for the details)


Antonella said...

Oh my! So many kind words, I am overwhelmed! You are all so welcome for the template, I am having such fun making them. I would love to see what you make!!!
Hugs, antonella :-)

Natascha said...

Hello Antonella!
Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog. I hoped over and would like to say thank you! Your card is so pretty too. Thank you so much for this great template too.

Hugs, Natascha

Agnieszka M said...

Bautiful card, and great tutorial.


Annette said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and I'm so pleased that my card gave you the inspiration to join in our One Stop Craft challenge this week. I really love your 'hugs' card, and even if it does have an official name, I much prefer your name and will start calling it that from now on! Love those pretty colours. Annette xx

xxxtglxxx said...

Hi Antonella :)

Thanks so much for visiting my blog and your lovely comments.

I love your definition of this style of card as a 'hug card', thats perfect and works for me ;).

Very pretty project and great colours too.

Have a great day, and thanks for joining us at One Stop Craft Challenge this week,



Antonella said...

You know, I have no idea what this card is really called, but I am pleased that you like the "hug card" name!! Thanks for all your kind words!
Hugs, Antonella :-)

Marilyn Webb said...

Hi Antonella!
Love your card, it's stunning and I like the way you make yours, it uses less card stock, and how clever to add the extra bit of paper to keep the pocket in place, will definitely do that for my next one. Thanks so much for popping over to my blog, and I appreciate your lovely comments. Have a wonderful week-end.
hugs Marilyn

Ann Whitfield said...

This is really lovely Antonella, thank you for visiting my blog and leaving me the link to yours.
Ann x

Lisa Minckler said...

Wow..great tutorial on this "hug card" Antonella!
I love the contrast in colors and textures that you've chosen. Beautiful outcome on this gorgeous card. :)
Thank you so much for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday for our Cross It challenge. Good luck to you!
Hugs n' Happy Stamping...
P.S. Perused your blog and you are a very talented woman! Also, thanks for leaving some love on my blog..made me smile . :D

Bettina L. said...

Such a gorgeous hug criss cross card:) I just love the colours:) Thanks for visiting my blog and for your kind words;) Love your tutorial btw. Thanks for playing at Top Tip Tuesday this week. Bettina

PCM said...

Lovely Card - and your colors are just gorgeous. I like the name of your version (a hug card). Thanks for joining us this week at Top Tip Tuesday. Just a side note - your link to our blog is not working, so you might want to check it and fix it. :)


I must say, never seen this before, so beautiful! Thanks you for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday this time, good luck and hope to see you again!
Tammy Louise


I must say, never seen this before, so beautiful! Thanks you for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday this time, good luck and hope to see you again!
Tammy Louise


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