Technique Tuesday Helen & Harry Hippo Cards

Hi friends, I hope your day is going well! I have a some fun cards to share today that I made with Helen & Harry the Hippos, the June Animal House stamp and die sets from Technique Tuesday.

The “hippo birdie” card in the middle you have seen already during the Technique Tuesday June release blog hop. The other two cards were colored and created in the same style of cutesy, fabric-covered stuffies.

The first card makes for a cute baby card, complete with “rattle”! I wanted to make a shaker card, but didn’t necessarily want the distraction of one with an acetate window and shiny sequins and beads rolling around, so I used vellum instead. You can see the hint of purple sequins and hear the noise that you usually associate with shaker cards but the overall mood is soft and baby-sweet.

To create the patterned hippo designs I stamped with alcohol friendly Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Neenah Solar White cardstock and colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. For the purple hippo above, I added the plaid design with fine tipped Copic Multi Liner pens.

I created the vellum window by die cutting a white card stock frame with the Lawn Fawn Stitched Square Frame dies, and another frame from white fun foam. I stamped “welcome” onto the vellum and added the “baby” die cut from Simon Says Stamp before sandwiching the vellum between the cardstock and fun foam layers. Then I added the sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and adhered the frame to the card front. I stamped the “big deal” sentiment from the Hippo stamp set with Versafine ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. Finally, I die cut some hearts from black cardstock using the Heart Strings dies and added it for a simple embellishment at the bottom. I like my shaker cards on the simple side, so this works well for me!

Next up is a thank you tag card.

I stamped and die cut the two hippos (Helen and Harry) and colored them as above, with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and stacked them up with a flamingo from May’s Animal House release – Crocs and Gators. I added the “fabric” patterns with a Copic Multi-liner pen for the top hippo and used the alcohol blender pen to create the white polka-dots for the bottom hippo. If you were coloring with some other medium than alcohol markers, you could create the dots with a white Signo Uniball pen too.

Next, I die cut a stitched tag out of the peach colored card panel, and two more stitched tags from coordinating colors of patterned paper, using a MFT stitched tag die. I stamped the sentiment onto the peach tag with Versafine ink and clear heat embossed it. Then I covered the die cut opening in the card panel with the two green/blue tags, covered the back of the peach tag with foam adhesive and positioned it exactly over the die cut opening in the card panel so that the pattern perfectly lines up between the tag and the background.

To complete the card, I tied a hand-dyed silk ribbon to the tag and added another of the black cardstock die cut hearts to embellish.

Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure to click on over to the Technique Tuesday blog where these projects are posted to see many more examples of cards using these and other Animal House stamp sets. As well, don’t forget that you can subscribe to this or any other of the stamp and die subscriptions to receive each month’s release automatically and save some money at the same time! Have a wonderful day!

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