Life with the Hippest Hippos!

Hello and welcome to today’s blog post, which is a fun summertime themed card featuring the Hippest Hippos stamp set and coordinating Hippo Dies! Did you know that there are nineteen coordinating Hippos Dies that you can earn for FREE during Sale-A-Bration?? Earning a stamp set and super cute coordinating dies is a win-win for me, especially when you can create so many different types of cards! You don’t always have to use the sentiments that come with the stamp set and that is what I created today! While most of the card is made with the Hippest Hippos stamp set and Hippo Dies, I used other stamps and dies to show you to use “a little of this and a little of that” for a fun card!

The base layer for the card front is Basic White cardstock, cut at 4” x 5 ¼”, the sky is created by using the cloud-like Basic Border die to die cut from masking paper and a Blending Brush with Pool Party ink, and the flock of birds stamp from Let’s Set Sail stamp set is stamped twice in Memento ink:

For the rest of the card front, you will need:

1. On Shimmery White cardstock, I used a Balmy Blue and Pacific Point Watercolor Pencils, blended with the flat brush Water Painter, and used the wave die to die-cut four strips out. Tip-if you do not want the water to be uniform, place the die at different points on the paper, for example, place the die in the middle of the strip for the initial die-cut and then place the die on each side to complete the die-cut. The sun is created by coloring a spot on Shimmery White cardstock with the Daffodil Delight Watercolor Pencil, blending with a Blender Pen, and use the sun/circle die from the Palm Dies to die-cut out.

2. On Basic White cardstock, stamp the two hippos in Memento ink, colored in with Basic Gray, Basic Black, Calypso Coral, and Daffodil Delight Watercolor Pencils, blended in with a blender pen, and then die-cut out with the coordinating die. Note-I only partially colored the hippos because I knew that the bottom would be covered and not needed to be colored.

3. I used the following dies to die-cut from cardstock: scuba mask and snorkel from Granny Apple Green CS, boat from Smoky Slate CS, life preserver and sunglass frame from Real Red CS, propeller and sunglass lenses from Basic Black CS, and the water drops from Balmy Blue CS. Note-I die-cut out two sets of sunglasses, one from Real Red and one from Basic Black cardstocks to use the frame from Real Red and the lenses from Basic Black. The pieces that I did not use for this card I set aside.

I used liquid glue to adhere just the ends of the die-cut waves (this will allow to place the two hippos in between the waves), adhere the propeller and life preserver to the boat, the scuba mask and snorkel to one hippo, and the sunglasses to the other hippo. I placed the two hippos as shown in between the waves as shown, carefully flipped this piece over to place liquid glue on the backside to adhere to the base layer for the card front. The die-cut sun and water drops are adhered as shown and then this completed card front piece is adhered to a Smoky Slate cardstock card base, cut at 5 ½” x 8 ½” and scored at 4 ¼”:

For the inside, cut a piece of Basic White cardstock at 4” x 5 ¼”, stamp the sentiment from Peaceful Moments and the hippo in the corner in Memento ink, coloring in the hippo with Basic Gray, Calypso Coral, Basic Black, and Granny Apple Green Watercolor Pencils, blending in with a blender pen:

For the coordinating Basic White Medium Envelope, I stamped and colored the hippo in the corner the same way as the inside of the card:

How adorable do the dies make this card?? After designing the card front, I didn’t know which sentiment I wanted to use, so I went through all my stamp sets with the sentiments, and I thought this sentiment from Peaceful Moments was perfect! This way you have a fun and cute card to send your friend! Both the Hippest Hippos and Hippo Dies can each be earned for free with a qualifying $50 (USD) product purchase during Sale-A-Bration, now thru August 31st, 2022!

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I hope today’s project inspires you to get creative! Please contact me if you have any questions about the products used on this or any other project. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and thanks for stopping by!

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