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Hippo Hooray!

Hi crafty friends! It's Jenn and I'm excited to be back on the BRI blog with a Clearly Besotted card for you! Did you know that BRI is one of only two US based retailers that carries Clearly Besotted? I just love their cute sets, especially these chonky hippos from the Hippo Bird Day set!

For today's card, I wanted to try my hand at no line coloring. I used Ink on 3 Fadeout Ink (Lawn Fawn jelly fish ink is similar) to stamp out my images and colored them with Copic markers. I am NOT an expert in no line coloring (this was my 2nd time trying this technique). Fortunately, after coloring my images, my kids recognized my efforts and said "is this no line coloring?" and could tell they were hippos and birds, hahaha! I'll count that as a win LOL 😂 

I used Lawn Fawn Center Picture Window dies and ink blended and splattered the background with a cloudy stencil and Distress Oxide ink (tumbled glass, broken china). For the grass, I used Distress Oxide inks (twisted citron, mowed lawn) and Sunny Studio Picket Fence dies to cut the grass pieces and the fence. 

I would like to take a moment to talk about the picket fence. There are a lot of picket fence dies out there but allow me to tell you why I LOVE this Sunny Studio one. Most fence dies only provide the main shape of a fence. Nice, but a little plain. The Sunny Studio die, however, provides an extra die that cuts out textured pieces that you glue on top of the main shape and it LOOKS LIKE A REAL FENCE! GENIUS! And they include a lovely grass die that gives you grass that is not too tall and not too short. I am not paid by anyone to endorse this product but I just think it is awesome! (Grab yours here!)

Finally, I assembled the card, and I have a crafty tip for you: when using this center picture window die, make sure the images that are going on the inside window part (like my hippo with the pink balloon) do not stick out of the sides of your card when it is folded. Because if you don't double check before gluing everything down, when you fold up your finished card, you will shake your fist in the air and exclaim, "Ugh! All those hours of work to have a balloon sticking out!!" Don't ask me how I know... 😂

Thanks for stopping by and being part of my no line coloring experiment! Happy crafting! 💖Jenn (you can find me on IG @cre8iveli... please say hi!)


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