Mar 2, 2018

Hello Hippo!

Hello, Alicia here today.  I have made a series of hippo cards.  After a couple of experiments, I came up with a design I liked.  I started with the Frantic Stamper Stitched Rounded Rectangles as a base.  I layered a Tutti Designs Scalloped Stitched Nesting Circle  before adding the Cheapo Dies Hippo cut from a fine glitter paper.

For embellishments, I added sequins and ribbons.  I also inked all my edges to accentuate the embossing.

I used some new Dies R Us products that aren't dies.  First I used several Distress Oxide ink pads and a few different techniques to create backgrounds.  One of those techniques was inking my mat and spritzing with water and dragging my paper through the ink. I also used the Tutti Designs Poke Tools to poke out pieces and replace them with cuts of a different color.  Adding this detail really gives the hippo some character.

I made a few more cards, the distress backgrounds were so much fun to create.   This first one was the "drag" technique.

For this card I sponged the ink on the paper and spritzed lightly.  I used did this several times to create the pale background.

Here are my first two experimental cards.  On the first one I replaced all the detail cuts with another color of paper.  It was really time consuming so for future hippos, I just replaced the face details with another color.  I also tried a different sentiment  but decided the Hello die was the perfect one.  

Dies R Us Products:
Tutti Designs - Scalloped Stitched Nesting Circles
Tutti Designs Scalloped Stitched Nesting Circle
Cheapo Dies - Hippo
Cheapo Dies Hippo
Tutti Designs - Poke Tools
Tutti Designs Poke Tools
Frantic Stamper - Dies - Stitched Rounded Rectangles
Frantic Stamper Stitched Rounded Rectangles
Karen Burniston - Dies - Greetings
Karen Burniston Greetings
Distress Oxide Ink Pad - Worn Lipstick
Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick
Distress Oxide Ink Pad - Cracked Pistachio
Distress Oxide Cracked Pistachio
Distress Oxide Ink Pad - Peacock Feathers
Distress Oxide Peacock Feathers
Distress Oxide Ink Pad - Seedless Preserves
Distress Oxide Seedless Preserves

Distress Oxide Ink Pad - Hickory Smoke
Distress Oxide Hickory Smoke
Distress Oxide Ink Pad - Abandoned Coral
Distress Oxide Abandoned Coral

Frantic Stamper - Dies - Life Is Good
Frantic Stamper Life is Good

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  1. Wow, Look at all of the detail on that hippo die, and look at all of the cute cards it made.

  2. WOW what a fun collection of hippo cards and awesome designs! You did a great job with those oxide inks and thanks for sharing all the tips. Wonderful inspiration!

  3. Such a Happy Hippo! lol Great creations they just make me smile!

  4. What a lovely set of cards. That hippo die is too cute :-)


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