Hippest Hippos Swim Trio AYSI278

by Joanne James1. July 2022 12:00

Today I'm sharing my design team card for our new challenge over at As you See It where it's time for my favourite, a sketch challenge:


Since today celebrates the launch of the new July-December mini catalogue and the start of the second Sale-A-Bration promotion of the year, I couldn't resist the opportunity to create with some new goodies! I'm not quite in the Christmas zone yet though, so decided to pair the summery colour palette over at Global Design Project #GDP349 this week and the inspiration phrase of "Fun In The Sun" over at Try Stamping On Tuesday (but not the sketch for obvious reasons) and use two of my FREE Sale-A-Bration products to create a splashy pool-inspired card featuring a trio of hip hippos - take a look:


Here's the low-down on today's card:

Hippest Hippos - So how adorable are these hippos??! The stamp set contains 4 sentiments and a trio of hippos in a variety of poses - and the co-ordinating Hippos Dies extend the versatility of these semi-aquatic mammals further with the inclusion of a boat, bath tub and lots of accessories too. I 'dressed' my hippos in sunglasses, a snorkel and mask and cleverly adapted the ballet dancer in the set by adding an inflatable rubber ring that I made out of a retired stitched oval die to create a trio that are ready for some water-based fun.  

A Trio Of Dies - In addition to using the Sale-A-Bration Hippos Dies to cut out the hippos and their accessories, I also used the 'waves' die in the set for some partial diecutting to create the base for my stitched circle apertures that I wanted my hippos to sit in. The circles were diecut using the Stylish Shapes Dies and my panel cut using the Rectangle Stitched Dies. I like the way you can see the wave impressions beneath the die on the solid coloured cardstock, but the Tahitian Tide In-Color DSP beneath peaks through, a little like the sparkle of light on water. I added some splashes cut from this paper to my top layer, but I think they get a little lost - I think if I did them again I might use some in-color glimmer paper; what do you think?


Watercolour Pencil Wonder - I stamped my hippos directly onto Grey Granite cardstock, then added highlights and shading using my watercolour pencils, blended out with a blending pen. This is quite a neat way to use watercolour pencils and is a great way to add a little depth to your image without having to do lots of colouring. Did you know too that July is National Watercolour Month? Watercolouring can take lots of forms besides the traditional 'brush, water and paint' method. I look forward to sharing more watercolouring tips and tricks during the coming month. 

Both the 'Hippest Hippos' stamp set and the Hippo Dies can be yours FREE with a purchase of £45 (you will need two £45 purchases to get both items - they can be purchased separately). To get yours just click on the links to the online store below and place your order - you know you want to!!

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:


You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

Here's a summary of our challenge rules:

  • Create any card, scrapbooking page, 3D project or packaging project that fits the challenge.
  • Please include the challenge graphic and link back to the challenge in your blog post. Turn off word verification so we can leave you lots of lovely comments. Make sure you link the post not the whole blog to the Linky. Use #AYSIXXX when uploading to a public gallery.
  • If you’re unsure about ‘the rules’, check the details under the Challenge Guidelines tab on the As You See It Challenge homepage.
  • In a sketch challenge, you are welcome to rotate or flip a sketch. You can replace shapes used such as substituting a circle panel for a square panel. However, we must be able to still see the basis of the original sketch in your finished product.
We look forward to seeing your creations in the AYSI gallery.

Enjoy your day and I'll be back on Sunday with my card for our new theme challenge over at The Paper Players. Until then, happy stampin'!


Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Comments (11) -

Heather Heroldt
Heather HeroldtUnited States
7/1/2022 5:25:45 PM #

Oh gosh, Joanne, this card pushes the cuteness factor over the top - just awesome!  The new blue is the perfect backdrop for these cheery hippos - love it all!

Jan Clothier
Jan ClothierNew Zealand
7/2/2022 12:40:51 AM #

This card is so much fun! My set arrived yesterday and although I was going to keep them as a prize, I think I'll crack them open after all. Smile

Donna K Scholz
Donna K ScholzUnited States
7/2/2022 6:21:13 PM #

Joanner, love your hippo card! They are indeed having "fun in the sun" splashing around in the water. Great job doing partial die cutting, too! Thank you so much for sharing your card and creative talents with us at Try Stampin' on Tuesday!!! -Donna

Tracy Grauer
Tracy GrauerUnited States
7/3/2022 10:09:44 PM #

Love, love, love this card! Super cute and makes me smile x 3!!! Those hippos have so much style and just the right amount of sass!

AnnaUnited States
7/4/2022 1:48:08 AM #

What a fun card. I love the way that the hippos really pop on the blue background. Thank you for joining us for this challenge at Try Stampin' on Tuesday and look forward to seeing you again soon!
Anna, Design Team

Jane Knudsen
Jane KnudsenUnited States
7/5/2022 5:40:27 PM #

I am so happy you used these stamps!  I was going to use them for this challenge but just couldn't figure out a way to do it!  Now I am glad I did something else because this is sheer perfection!  Love it!

Heather Cooper
Heather CooperCanada
7/5/2022 11:43:05 PM #

This card is stunning, Joanne! There are so many little details that can't be overlooked, liked the watercolour pencil shading and those holes that you cut using a combination of the Stylish Shapes dies and the Hippo Dies (I think)! That's genius at work! And it's so perfect for this challenge! Wowsers!

Donna K Scholz
Donna K ScholzUnited States
7/6/2022 7:21:26 PM #

Congratulations, Joanne! Your adorable card was chosen as one of Try Stampin' on Tuesday's "Top 3" for challenge #561!!! -Donna

7/14/2022 2:49:07 PM #

Thank you Joanne for all your good ideas on this funny card that I scraplift (you can see my similar card on my french blog, I am a french SU demonstrator (scrapateliers81.over-blog.com/.../...vacances.html).

MichelleUnited States
8/10/2022 3:47:10 PM #

LOVE this card! How did you die cut the circles but not cut out the entire circle?

Diane Shafer
Diane ShaferUnited States
8/12/2022 2:22:13 PM #

Cased the layout ofyour hippo card but used blends instead of watercolors.  Haven't mastered those as of yet.  I had never done partial die cutting so this was a  new technique for me.   Love it!!  Thank you for sharing.

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