Friday, March 2, 2018

Hello Hippo cards for Dies R Us

Hello, I have made a series of hippo cards.  I was inspired by a local celebrity Fiona the hippo.  I only live a couple of miles from this adorable baby!  She has been quite famous and even has her own show, but if you are not aware of Fiona's story you can check it out here. Isn't she the cutest hippo you have ever seen?

 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. Thanks for sharing with us at 4 Crafty Chicks, love it, great job!

    Leanne DT/4CC

  2. She sure is the cutest hippo I've ever seen! Seems real friendly, too. You captured her very well on your card! Your hippo looks like she's smiling, too!

    Thanks for joining us for our Anything Goes challenge at Cut it Up!


  3. Ok, first off that pic of the little hippo is sort of ...... ADORABLE!! The look on her face is oh so sweet! Your cards definitely mirror Miss Fiona! Your techniques are wonderful and replacing the small pieces really adds to them! Thanks for sharing with us at Cut It Up! ~Katrina

  4. Great photo at the aquarium, and great cards! Thanks for joining us at Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges this week.

  5. Your cards are so cute and the photo of Fiona is so darling. I can see why she won your heart and why you wanted to create her in your cards. Thanks for sharing over at Aud Sentiments.
    Billie A
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  6. Love your backgrounds and that hippo is too cute!
    Thanks for joining us at Craft Rocket.
    xxx Margreet