Maybe this cute guy will help!
I made this sweet card for the current Mix It Up Challenge going on over in Ellen Hutson's the CLASSroom. Yes, that's right ... If you haven't heard yet, Ellen is sponsoring two new challenges per month and just by participating you have the chance to win a $50 gift certificate to the store!
The Mix It Up Challenge is a challenge where Ellen invites one manufacturer (product carried in the store) to contribute a design that combines Essentials by Ellen stamps/dies with their product to inspire our readers! All you have to do is create a project with the manufacturer's product combined with Essentials by Ellen stamps/dies and link it up on the challenge blog post ... it's that easy!
This month's Mix It Up challenge manufacturer is Lawn Fawn. I used their awesome Milo's ABCs alphabet stamps to create a custom sentiment for Julie's Essentials by Ellen Wish Big hippo. (All bold products are linked below in the supply section).
The watery background for the hippo was created with my Copic Watercolor Background technique (tutorial can be found here). Basically, Copic Various Ink Refills BG01, BG53, B23 (shown below) were scribbled and puddled onto on an acrylic block and Copic Colorless Blender Solution spritzed to move the colors around, then "stamped" onto Ranger Specialty Stamping Paper.
The Lawn Fawn Milo's ABCs alphabet stamps are very easy to line up on an acrylic block and multiple letters are included so I was able to create this entire sentiment in one stamping, without having to leave blank spaces and go back to re-stamp some letters ... AWESOME!!
Ranger's Jet Black Archival Ink was used to stamp the hippo over the Copic Various Ink background, as it will not interact with the alcohol ink and will be permanent.
To finish the card, I layered the stamped piece with Copic Foam Tape onto wonky layers of Bazzill Card Shoppe Robin's Egg (turquoise) and Whirlypop (navy) cardstock.
I hope you'll play along with the challenge! I'm a little late participating ... it's been going on for almost two weeks and this contest ends later today, so hurry and good luck! :)