Sending Hugs – A Card is Just a Hug in an Envelope
Dec 11, 2023
Stampin' Up! Sending Hugs card with heart background DSP and some leaves on tags, all made with Layering Leaves stamp set in pretty peacock and bubble bath and white

I’ve always valued a hug, so “sending hugs” is the perfect sentiment for a card for really any occasion! A common phrase in the cardmaking world is “A card is hug in an envelope” or something to that effect. So I took a minute to look up some details about hugs and here’s what I found:

In a world that often moves at a relentless pace, where digital communication frequently takes precedence over face-to-face interaction, the simple act of a hug (or sending hugs) can serve as a powerful antidote to the isolation that many of us feel. Beyond being a warm and comforting gesture, hugs carry profound emotional and physical benefits that contribute to our overall well-being.

The Science of Hugs:

Scientifically speaking, hugs trigger the release of oxytocin, often referred to as the “love hormone” or “bonding hormone.” This neuropeptide plays a crucial role in social bonding, reducing stress, and promoting feelings of trust and security. When we engage in a heartfelt hug, our bodies respond by releasing oxytocin, creating a sense of connection and promoting emotional well-being.

Stress Reduction:

One of the most immediate and noticeable benefits of hugging is stress reduction. The physical act of embracing someone activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which helps calm the body’s stress response. Whether you’ve had a challenging day at work or are facing personal struggles, a genuine hug can provide comfort and alleviate tension, fostering a sense of emotional balance.

Improved Mental Health:

The power of sending hugs extends beyond mere stress relief, influencing mental health on a broader scale. Regular physical contact, such as hugging, has been linked to lower levels of anxiety and depression. The emotional support conveyed through a hug can make individuals feel seen, heard, and valued, contributing to a positive mindset and an enhanced sense of self-worth.

Enhanced Emotional Connection:

In our increasingly digital world, where communication often occurs through screens and devices, the emotional depth of human connection can sometimes be overlooked. Hugging provides a tangible and genuine way to connect with others on a personal level. It fosters empathy, compassion, and a shared understanding that transcends words.

Physical Health Benefits:

Beyond the emotional and mental advantages, hugs can have positive effects on physical health. Research suggests that regular physical contact, including hugging, can boost the immune system, lower blood pressure, and even contribute to faster recovery from illness. The warmth and comfort exchanged during a hug create a cascade of positive physiological responses that support overall well-being.

Promoting Empathy and Understanding:

Hugs not only benefit the individuals involved but also contribute to a more compassionate and understanding society. By embracing one another, we acknowledge and validate each other’s experiences, fostering empathy and creating a sense of unity. In a world often divided by differences, the act of hugging serves as a universal language of compassion that transcends cultural, social, and linguistic boundaries.


In a fast-paced and often impersonal world, the value of hugs cannot be overstated. From their ability to reduce stress and improve mental health to fostering emotional connections and promoting physical well-being, hugs play a vital role in nurturing a happier and healthier society. So, let us embrace the transformative power of hugs, one warm and heartfelt embrace at a time, as we build a more connected and compassionate world for ourselves and future generations.

Wow! That’s a lot of info, thanks to ChatGPT! And to think you were just looking for the details on how to make this card! I’ve added the tutorial below. If you’d like to see some more cards sending hugs, check here and here.

Sending Hugs Card Measurements:

  • Basic White Cardstock – 5 ½” x 8 ½” score and fold at 4 ¼”; 2” x 4”; 1 ¾” x 2 ½”; scraps for leaves
  • Bubble Bath Cardstock – 2” x 4”; scrap
  • DSP:  4” x 5 ¼”


  1. Adhere your DSP to your card base.
  2. Die cut a tag from both your Basic White and Bubble Bath cardstock (2” x 4”).  Also die cut your tag topper from Bubble Bath scrap.
  3. Glue tag topper to your Basic White tag and your Basic White tag to your Bubble Bath tag.  Add these to your card.
  4. Stamp your Sending Hugs sentiment in Bubble Bath ink onto remaining Basic White rectangle.  Punch out with Lasting Label punch.
  5. Stamp two leaf outlines onto your Basic White scraps in Tuxedo Black ink. 
  6. Stamp the inside of the leaves, one in Pretty Peacock and the other in Old Olive ink.
  7. Layer your leaves behind your sentiment, then add your sentiment to your card with Dimensionals.
  8. Finish with rhinestones.

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