Introduction to In Color Class – Tahitian Tide

Things got really fishy with the Tahitian Tide project from my annual Introduction to In Color Class.

The ‘sea’ combines Tahitian Tide and Pacific Point, with the Layering Diorama Dies providing the outline shape.

Seaweed is from the Natural Prints Dies from the Annual Catalogue and they are in Granny Apple Green.

Using the new Fish Builder Punch, several are cut out in more colours from the Brights Collection, Poppy Parade, Mango Melody and Daffodil Delight.

The different pieces are layered to create depth (pun intended!), with the top layer raised up on Dimensionals.

A sentiment from the Art Gallery Stamp Set has a length of the coordinating Metallic Woven Ribbon added behind it in a wave pattern.

Fish eyes are made from the Matte Decorative Dots, coloured with a Stampin’ Blend.

Finally, coordinating Matte Decorative Dots are added to create the effect of bubbles.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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FISH BUILDER PUNCHLAYERING DIORAMA DIESNATURAL PRINTS DIESART GALLERY PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SETTAHITIAN TIDE A4 CARDSTOCKTAHITIAN TIDE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADDAFFODIL DELIGHT A4 CARDSTOCKGRANNY APPLE GREEN A4 CARDSTOCKMANGO MELODY A4 CARDSTOCKPACIFIC POINT A4 CARDSTOCKPOPPY PARADE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKTAHITIAN TIDE 1/8'' (3.2 MM) METALLIC WOVEN RIBBON2022-2024 IN COLOR MATTE DECORATIVE DOTSSTAMPIN' BLENDS BASIC BLACK COMBO PACKMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Abstract Beauty DSP Meets Stampin’ Blends

I’m loving the Abstract Beauty 4″x6″ DSP from the Mini Catalogue.

Abstract Beauty DSP Meets Stampin' Blends. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As one of the pieces has a black and white design, I reached for my Stampin’ Blends to add some colour.

Using Poppy Parade and So Saffron for the flowers, Granny Apple Green and Old Olive for the leaves, and only colouring a few of the pieces, it allows them to really pop.

I’m a fan of the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and I think this is a little nod to his style.

Abstract Beauty DSP Meets Stampin' Blends. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Three pieces of Simply Elegant Trim in Gold are added to coordinate with the Gold foil elements in the DSP.

Next, I took some hexagonal cut outs from the Expressions in Ink Ephemera Pack, also in Gold.

These had a sentiment from the Hello Beautiful Stamp Set stuck to them, with the edges cut to meet the hexagonal shape.

Due to the bulk of the Gold Trim, the hexagon and sentiment piece sits over it using Dimensionals.

Abstract Beauty DSP Meets Stampin' Blends. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As well as the current range of colours, make sure you take a look at the new early release skin tone Stampin’ Blends.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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ABSTRACT BEAUTY 4" X 6" (10.2 X 15.2 CM) SPECIALTY DESIGNER SERIES PAPEREXPRESSIONS IN INK EPHEMERA PACKHELLO BEAUTIFUL PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (ENGLISH)STAMPIN' BLENDS GRANNY APPLE GREEN COMBO PACKSTAMPIN' BLENDS OLD OLIVE COMBO PACKSTAMPIN' BLENDS POPPY PARADE COMBO PACKSTAMPIN' BLENDS SO SAFFRON COMBO PACKPOPPY PARADE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKTUXEDO BLACK MEMENTO INK PADSIMPLY ELEGANT TRIMSTAMPIN' SEALSTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Blessings of Home with Watercolor Pencils

I’ve recently been sharing some projects I’ve made with the Blessings of Home Bundle from the Jan-Jun Mini Catalogue.

Blessings of Home with Watercolor Pencils. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This is the third project I made while I had the Bundle on my desk.

Here, I’ve stamped the image from the Blessings of Home Stamp Set several times in the background, and again on a separate piece of cardstock. This one has been cut out using the coordinating Flowers of Home Dies from the Bundle.

Blessings of Home with Watercolor Pencils. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using my Watercolor Pencils, I’ve coloured the flowers and then used a Blender Pen to help soften and blend the colouring.

Once I had coloured the image, I chose a coordinating colour for my layer, Pumpkin Pie.

The separate flower is raised up on Dimensionals.

A sentiment from the Stamp Set sits on a piece of Crinkled Seam Binding on the flower. By using a Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Blend Marker, I was able to match the colour of the ribbon with my layer.

Blessings of Home with Watercolor Pencils. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

For a finishing touch, I chose to use some pretty Polished Dots in Calypso Coral.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my little trip into the Blessings of Home Bundle. It’s not unusual for me to make several projects at once while I have a set out on my desk.

Don’t forget that you could grab this Bundle, plus a FREE SAB item if you place an order by 28th Feb.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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BLESSINGS OF HOME BUNDLE (ENGLISH)PUMPKIN PIE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC GRAY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKVERY VANILLA A4 THICK CARDSTOCKWATERCOLOR PENCILSWATERCOLOR PENCILS ASSORTMENT 2BLENDER PENSWHISPER WHITE 1/4" (6.4 MM) CRINKLED SEAM BINDING RIBBONSTAMPIN' BLENDS PUMPKIN PIE COMBO PACKPOLISHED DOTSSTAMPIN' SEALTEAR & TAPE ADHESIVESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Using Blending Brushes

For this week’s Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques video, I’m sharing how to work with Blending Brushes.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Using Blending Brushes. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Click on the picture below to watch my video all using them.

Today’s project uses the Many Layered Blossoms Dies and the coordinating Blossoms in Bloom Stamp Set.

The five colours are all from the Brights Collection to make the rainbow effect. They are Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody, Poppy Parade, Melon Mambo and Gorgeous Grape.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Using Blending Brushes. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Once the background had been made using the Blending Brushes, the die cut shape was attached using Adhesive Sheets.

A length of the Essentials Baker’s Twine was then coloured using a Stampin’ Blend marker and this made a bow.

Finally, the sentiment from the Stamp Set was cut out using the Tasteful Labels Dies and raised up on Mini Dimensionals.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Using Blending Brushes. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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BLOSSOMS IN BLOOM BUNDLE (ENGLISH)TASTEFUL LABELS DIESDAFFODIL DELIGHT CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADGORGEOUS GRAPE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADMANGO MELODY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADMELON MAMBO CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADPOPPY PARADE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKBLENDING BRUSHESMELON MAMBO STAMPIN' BLENDS COMBO PACKBAKER'S TWINE ESSENTIALS PACKADHESIVE SHEETSSTAMPIN' SEAL+MINI STAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Say it with Sunflowers

This sunny thank you card was made for a friend who loves sunflowers.

Say it with Sunflowers. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My main colours are Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Basic White, with others used for the colouring.

The Jar of Flowers Stamp Set and coordinating Jar Punch provide the stamping and jar shape.

Say it with Sunflowers. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I’ve stamped in Black to create the outlines for colouring. I would normally use Grey or Brown for this, but felt black would work better with the overall design.

For the sunflowers, these are stamped twice. This allowed me to fussy cut parts of the images out for some strategic piecing. They are stuck together in various layers over the top of the jar.

Now, instead of the three sunflowers, there is a fuller looking bouquet. It was a bit fiddly and time consuming cutting them out, but it was worth it.

Using Stampin’ Blends, the water is coloured in Balmy Blue, stems and leaves in Granny Apple Green, centre in Soft Suede and flowers in Daffodil Delight.

A sentiment from the Blossoms in Bloom Stamp Set sits in a shape cut using the Tasteful Labels dies.

Say it with Sunflowers. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This is raised using Dimensionals over some Linen Thread and a little bow.

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JAR OF FLOWERS PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SETJAR PUNCHBLOSSOMS IN BLOOM PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SETTASTEFUL LABELS DIESDAFFODIL DELIGHT A4 CARDSTOCKOLD OLIVE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKTUXEDO BLACK MEMENTO INK PADSTAMPIN' BLENDS BALMY BLUE COMBO PACKSTAMPIN' BLENDS DAFFODIL DELIGHT COMBO PACKSTAMPIN' BLENDS GRANNY APPLE GREEN COMBO PACKSTAMPIN' BLENDS SOFT SUEDE COMBO PACKLINEN THREADMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' SEALMINI STAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

A Fabulous 50th

A very good friend celebrated their 50th Birthday earlier this week.

A Fabulous 50th. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

As they are a fan of Crumb Cake, Rich Razzleberry and sparkle, my colour combination was easy to decide.

I chose to make a square card and I used lots of different products to create this project.

The images and die cutting are from the Artistically Inked Bundle (Artistically Inked Stamp Set and Artistic Dies), Quiet Meadow Stamp Set and the Playful Alphabet Dies.

A Fabulous 50th. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

To begin, the background piece was stamped with the small flowers from Artistically Inked, plus some splats from Quiet Meadow.

This was then run through the Timeworn Type 3D Embossing Folder. Next, using a Blending Brush, I gave a vintage feel to the background. I like how it looks like dried flowers.

Different generations of stamping create the flowers for the centre piece.

The layering begins with the die cut leaves, then the Fine Art Ribbon and Glitter Organdy Ribbon. As there isn’t a Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Blend Combo, the light Blackberry Bliss Blend was a good substitute to colour the ribbon.

I then layered the flowers together on a separate piece of cardstock and popped some more die cut leaf pieces around them. Raising the whole piece up on Dimensionals added a lot more depth.

A Fabulous 50th. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

’50’ is coated in Wink of Stella and added to the corner. Again, using Dimensionals, the sentiment lays across the flowers. As this project was being hand delivered, I used several layers of Dimensionals.

Finally, some Metallic Pearls are dotted around the project.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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ARTISTICALLY INKED BUNDLE (ENGLISH)QUIET MEADOW CLING STAMP SETPLAYFUL ALPHABET DIESTIMEWORN TYPE 3D EMBOSSING FOLDERRICH RAZZLEBERRY CARDSTOCK A4RICH RAZZLEBERRY CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADCRUMB CAKE A4 CARDSTOCKCRUMB CAKE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKBLENDING BRUSHESSTAMPIN' BLENDS BLACKBERRY BLISS COMBO PACK3/8" (1 CM) FINE ART RIBBONWHITE 3/8" (1 CM) GLITTERED ORGANDY RIBBONMETALLIC PEARLSWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUETEAR & TAPE ADHESIVESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Spotlight Technique

For this week’s Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques video, I’m briefly explaining the Spotlight Technique.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Spotlight Technique. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG DesignsClick below to watch my video.

 

My project uses a colour combination of Daffodil Delight and Basic Black.

The fabulous FREE SAB Beautifully Penned DSP provides the images for the technique.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Spotlight Technique. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

My cut out shapes are circles using the Layering Circles Dies. You can use any shape you like.

Top Tips, Tricks & Techniques: Spotlight Technique. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

The sentiment from the coordinating Hand-Penned Petals Stamp Set is also layered onto Basic Black

Finally, a few of the Black Matte Dots are added.

Don’t forget that SAB is only running until the end of September. Items are available while stocks last.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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BEAUTIFULLY PENNED 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPERHAND-PENNED PETALS PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SETLAYERING CIRCLES DIESDAFFODIL DELIGHT A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC BLACK A4 CARDSTOCKTUXEDO BLACK MEMENTO INK PADSTAMPIN' BLENDS DAFFODIL DELIGHT COMBO PACKMATTE BLACK DOTSMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUE

Turtle Friends with Penguin Playmates DSP

I thought it was time to play with the Turtle Friends Bundle (Turtle Friends Stamp Set & Turtle Punch) again.

Turtle Friends with Penguin Playmates DSP. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This time, I’ve paired it with the Picture This Dies and the FREE SAB Penguin Playmates DSP. There are some non-penguin patterns on the reverse side that are great for lots of different projects.

These SAB items are only available until the end of September, while stocks last.

My colour combination of Just Jade and Soft Sea Foam is taken from the DSP.

Turtle Friends with Penguin Playmates DSP. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Using the rectangle die from the set creates the cut out pieces. In these areas, the tiny tortoise, party hats, sentiment and grass are stamped in Just Jade on a Whisper White backing piece.

On a separate piece, the larger tortoise is stamped and then cut out with the coordinating punch from the bundle.

With my Soft Sea Foam Stampin’ Blends, I’ve coloured the tortoises and party hats.

The larger tortoise is then raised up over the bottom cut out using Dimensionals.

Turtle Friends with Penguin Playmates DSP. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, a touch of Wink of Stella is added to the party hats.

This is a great project for all ages!

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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TURTLE FRIENDS BUNDLE (ENGLISH)PICTURE THIS DIESPENGUIN PLAYMATES 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 CM) DESIGNER SERIES PAPERJUST JADE A4 CARDSTOCKJUST JADE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADSOFT SEA FOAM A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKSTAMPIN' BLENDS SOFT SEA FOAM COMBO PACKWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHMULTIPURPOSE LIQUID GLUESTAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Strong of Heart Stamp Set

Have you seen the Strong of Heart Stamp Set in the new July-December Catalogue? You may have flicked past it as it is at the  start on Page 5.

Strong of Heart. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

I would encourage you to take another look. Not only is it pretty, it’s a Make a Difference Stamp Set. For every Strong of Heart Stamp Set purchased, Stampin’ Up! will donate £2.50 to support heart health.

This card is one I made for a friend who is going through a bit of a tough time.

My colour combination is Fresh Freesia, Gray Granite, Soft Succulent and Very Vanilla. Fresh Freesia seems to be appearing in a lot of my projects at the moment!

Strong of Heart. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Both of the heart images are stamped, the floral one in Gray Granite, with the brushstroke one in Fresh Freesia.

I’ve then taken some Stampin’ Blends and coloured the flowers.

The sentiment is stamped and has one edge shaped using the Banners Pick a Punch.

A touch of sparkle is added to the flowers using Wink of Stella.

Strong of Heart. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

Finally, some coordinating In Color Jewels are added.

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STRONG OF HEART CLING STAMP SET (ENGLISH)FRESH FREESIA A4 CARDSTOCKFRESH FREESIA CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADGRAY GRANITE A4 CARDSTOCKGRAY GRANITE CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADVERY VANILLA A4 CARDSTOCKFRESH FREESIA STAMPIN' BLENDS COMBO PACKSOFT SUCCULENT STAMPIN' BLENDS COMBO PACK2021–2023 IN COLOR JEWELSWINK OF STELLA CLEAR GLITTER BRUSHSTAMPIN' SEALMINI STAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS

Double Masking – the papercrafting way

You may hearing quite a lot about double masking at the moment, but this is a happier papercrafting version.

Double Masking. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This monochrome ‘thanks’ card is in Daffodil Delight and Basic White.

My first piece of masking was for the strip across the middle of the project to create a blank space for my sentiment.

The next piece of masking was using one of the Plenty of Patterns Decorative Masks and a Blending Brush to create an ombre effect. I chose to go darker in the centre and paler towards the edges.

Double Masking. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

When my masking was complete, I added the sentiment from the Biggest Wish Stamp Set. If you haven’t got this £16 stamp set, I would definitely recommend it. It’s a must for your collection.

Next, I added some lengths of Baker’s Twine from the Essentials Pack across the edges of my centre strip.

Finally, using a Stampin’ Blend, some Rhinestones were given a Daffodil Delight colouring.

Double Masking. Project designed by Karen at HIPPOFROG Designs

This is a really quick and simple project. It would also be great in lots of different colours and sentiments too.

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Karen Young HIPPOFROG Designs

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PLENTY OF PATTERNS DECORATIVE MASKSBIGGEST WISH PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET (ENGLISH)DAFFODIL DELIGHT A4 CARDSTOCKDAFFODIL DELIGHT CLASSIC STAMPIN' PADBLENDING BRUSHESBASIC WHITE A4 CARDSTOCKBASIC WHITE A4 THICK CARDSTOCKRHINESTONE BASIC JEWELSSTAMPIN' BLENDS DAFFODIL DELIGHT COMBO PACKBAKER'S TWINE ESSENTIALS PACKSTAMPIN' SEAL+