Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Hippo Birthday

One the best ways to get out of a crafting slump is to realize that you have several birthdays in the near future.  Such is the case for me this week.  Glad to be at my craft table creating a few little gems to put in the mail.  Today I realized that my nephew has a birthday coming up, and this little Hippo Birthday from Unity Stamp Company was perfect.  The color choices are based on his undying devotion as a fan of the U of O Ducks, so green and yellow it is!

I was inspired to make a quick card using the April sketch challenge at Unity.  The card went together very quickly with all of the design choices in place. 

The hippo is stamped in Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black on white card stock and is colored with Chameleon pens.  (Bubble Gum PK3, Grass Green GR3, and Cool Gray CG8)  Using the fine tip I just scribbled in some grass so the hippo is grounded instead of just floating in white space.  He is backed with green card stock from my stash.  Most likely it is from Creative Memories due to the texture of the card stock.  The same card stock is pressure embossed with Cuttlebug’s Honeycomb border.  The border was fussy cut to give to strips of texture to match the sketch.

The background stamp is Unity’s Reversed Punchinella stamped in Colorbox Crafter’s Alpine ink on yellow card stock from my stash.  After adhering the textured green card stock strips and laying the hippo for placement, the “Hippo Birthday” sentiment was stamped in Colorbox Crafter’s Alpine ink.   Pleased with the placement, I adhered the Hippo image. 

This card is entered in the following challenges:

Cuttin and Stamping Challenges #12 Cute Critters (I think the hippo is very cute!)
Shopping Our Stash #198 Texture Me—this may not be my oldest embossing folder, but I’ve had it for several years!

Thanks for stopping by, it is good to be back in the crafting groove after or so off!


  1. Adorable card! Thanks for accepting the challenge this week at Shopping Our Stash!
    Chana, DT

  2. Great take on the sketch! Thanks for joining the shopping our stash crew for our "Texture Me" challenge!!

  3. What a great way to get you started crafting--BIRTHDAYS! I'd love to receive this for my birthday.CUTE!

  4. What a cute card. Love the little hippo.

  5. What a delightful, chubby hippo! So glad you were inspired to join Cuttin' and Stampin's Critters challenge!
    Hugs, Debbie
    Design Team


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