There’s just one week of June left and that means time is running out for you to take advantage of the Last Chance list and BOGO 50% promotion on the Kits Collection. But more exciting for me is that today is the day I start my sneak peeks from the July to December 2022 Mini Catalogue. I love this particular catalogue and especially because it coincides with the second Sale-A-Bration promotion. As soon as I opened the Sale-A-Bration Brochure I fell in love with the Hippest Hippos, I mean, who wouldn’t?
As as sat down with the Hippest Hippos Stamp Set I immediately wanted to create a birthday card with a simple layout. From the three hippos in the set I chose the ballet dancer, the other two would see ink later.
Using Tuxedo Black ink I stamped my dancing hippo three times. First in the bottom right corner of a 4″ x 5-1/4″ layer of Basic White Card. Then on the front of a Basic White Medium Envelope. And finally onto a scrap of Thick Basic White Card.
I wanted to keep the whole project pretty simple so chose just two sets of Stampin’ Blends to colour the three images. For the hippo’s fingernails, shoes and skirt I used light Fresh Freesia. Then for her nose I used light Petal Pink, while the remaining parts were coloured using the dark Petal Pink marker.
For the background scene I began by cutting a 2-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ piece of Basic White Card. Then using a Blending Brush I added Granny Apple Green ink over the bottom 1/3 of the piece. For the sky I changed brushes and chose Balmy Blue ink. With that done I mounted the scene onto a 2-3/8″ x 3-3/8″ piece of Fresh Freesia Card using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow).
I loved the colour combination and decided to add a little Granny Apple Green ink along the bottom of the envelope and Basic White layer too.
With that done I pulled out the coordinating Hippo Dies (another unfortunate name!). Like the Hippest Hippo Stamp Set, these will also be available for free with a $60CAD order. From the 19 dies in the set I found the one that coordinated with my dancing hippo and cut it out using my Mini Cut & Emboss Machine.
Now I needed a card base and for that I chose Thick Basic White Card. After using my Paper Trimmer to cut and score the card, I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder. Then using liquid glue I fixed the Basic White layer on the inside.
The Hippest Hippos Stamp Set has some fun sentiments but I particularly wanted “happy birthday”, so I turned to the Go To Greetings Stamp Set. There’s three different “happy birthday” sentiments in the set and I decided that the middle-sized one would be perfect. Then using Tuxedo Black ink I stamped it onto the front of the card base towards the bottom.
Now I just needed to attach my hippo image to the scene layers using Stampin’ Dimensionals. Then with more Stampin’ Dimensionals I added the assembled piece to the card front and my project was complete.
Oh my goodness this card turned out even better than I’d hoped, and to think the stamp set and dies were FREE! Watch out for more hippo projects in the weeks to come.
The Hippest Hippos Stamp Set and coordinating Hippo Dies are available to customers from July 1st to August 31st (while stocks last). However, like all products in the Sale-A-Bration Brochure these will not be available to buy, but can be earned for free simply by placing a qualifying order. The stamp set and dies are available individually, each one requiring a $60 spend (before shipping and taxes). So you can get these by placing two $60 orders or one $120 order.
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