Tuesday, April 23, 2019

CASology: Africa

Hello! Two posts in one day?! What? But not only is it Kindred Stamps reveal day, but it's also new cue day for CASology! (You'll see that my brain was still on the underwater theme!)

I decided that a hippo would fit this theme nicely since they're an African animal and MFT has the cutest hippo set, so it was super easy to figure out which theme to go with. Hippos love water and I was already in watery mood so I just kept my blue Copics on my craft table and went to town!

My happy little hippo is enjoying his swim time in the river and he's sending you tons of love! I started by stamping a partial hippo by simply inking up the top third portion of the stamp with Memento Tuxedo black. I stamped it out on a card panel, but left the image in my MISTI so I could go back in after I added my water and stamp the rest of my hippo in a lighter color since he'd be obscured by the water.

I colored everything using what I've learned from the fabulous Sandy Allnock in her mini Copic Underwater Scenes class. I'm not going to go into details since I don't want to give away her hard work, but let me tell you, the class is super fun and it's so much easier than you think it's going to be!

When I liked the look of my water, I stuck my panel back in my MISTI and stamped the rest of my hippo using SSS Stone gray ink. It's not Copic friendly, but I was going for a no-line coloring look, so it didn't bother me that the line essentially disappeared as I colored in the rest of my hippo. I made sure that the bottom two thirds of my hippo were just slightly lighter than the portion above the water to give it that faded look.

I finished everything by stamping my sentiment on the panel and then adhering it to the front of a top-folding card base.

I hope my rambling made sense today! Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to link up your creations on the CASology post!

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  1. Oh gosh this is utterly adorable, I absolutely love your water and bubbles, it looks good enough to jump right in with your hippo x

  2. This is soooooo adorable!!! And what a brilliant idea for having him swimming in the water; it looks perfect!!! I was checking out the CASology blog and just HAD to come see how you had created the look. Awesome job!!

  3. This is just fabulous, Rachel!!! Love the way you stamped your hippo and will definitely be checking out Sandy's class to learn how to make such an amazing water scene.

  4. Simply brilliant! I love it! And your Copic colouring is amazing!

  5. You did a really nice job on that card. Love the water and the little hippo is so cute. You can tell he is partially submerged. I really like Sandy Allnock's work too. She's great.

  6. Oh my, your coloring is amazing and so is this wonderful hippo card :)

  7. That water is amazing, Rachel! You are always magic with your markers!