Monday, January 7, 2008

Hips and Kisses!

Here is a Just So Hippy card that uses the same technique I used on yesterday's posted sample, I had a few questions about it, so I wanted to explain how it was done, it's very simple.* You will need a piece of vellum paper(not vellum CS, which is thicker and not transparent) Stamp your image on the left hand side of the vellum, then flip the paper over, and you will now have a reversed image on the right hand side. Stamp the image again on the left as you did before, and voila! you have two hippos (or giraffes or whatever!) facing each other. Use a stampamajig or peek under if you want them to be touching(nuzzling!)as you see here. Vellum smears easily, so be careful when you flip the paper (you may want to blot it with tissue or scratch paper) and when you start coloring. Then I omitted the tied end of my balloon when inking up my image to leave just the heart floating between them.

Colored pencils are probably your best choice when doing this technique because the thin vellum will buckle easily with watercoloring. Here I used markers and a tiny bit of watercoloring with a brush, but went very easy on the amount of water. I used my white gel pen on their eyes and teeth for some "pop".

Adhere to a lighter piece of CS the same size or slightly larger if you want the vellum "framed". You'll need to use brads or find some punches or embellishments to cover glue if you choose to adhere it that way. I ran my Real Red Mat and Basic Gray card base through my Cuttlebug using the D'vine Swirls folder, one of my faves, it goes with almost everything! I did a direct to paper technique with my white craft pad over the embossed swirls to really show the texture.

I always try to make my choice of embellishments echo some of the other elements in the card (rather than just picking something because it's cute!) so I chose this dotted ribbon to pick up the spots on the back, the brads, the white dots from the heart and the flower center, etc. All these things, whether the viewer realizes it or not, draw the eyes around the card, and creates a much more visually appealing whole. I feel like since I started making sure everything had "an intent/purpose", my cards improved dramatically. I'll be showing an sample I feel illustrates this really well tomorrow, please check back! :)

* if you don't have vellum, you can also do a reverse image with a rubber brayer or a large bold "reversing" stamp like a square or rectangle by kissing your image onto the reversing stamp, then pressing it to your paper (but mine was not large enough for the giraffe, it is a tall image). This is better for being able to color and not having the smearing or adhesive issues you do with vellum, BUT, your second image with be lighter as it comes out looking "stamped off". So there are advantages and disadvantages to both...


  1. This is adorable ! Thanks for the tips!

  2. Soooo cute! Love the card... great color... and the images... I have been looking at the set over and over again... and I think I just have to have it! Love the hippo! :o) TFS!

  3. That's adorable, Melanie! The hippo is Danielle's favorite animal - we have several stuffed ones throughout the house.

    Congrats on the new design business :-)

  4. Hi Melanie! I'm having fun with your new set, just wanted to share with you! :-)


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