Hello everyone!!  Happy Thursday!! Can you believe it is the last day of May already ?! This month sure went by fast!! Mayra here with today’s post.  I am super excited to be here on the Hello Bluebird blog for the first time!!! I created a set of summer themed cards to share with you today. Are you on the countdown to summer vacation? I know my boys and I are, lol!!

For my cards, I used the Hippos On Holiday stamp set from the newest release. This is such a fun set, perfect for summer. This set also has the coordinating dies.

I colored my images using Copic markers. For the hippos, I used C5, W3, C1, W0. For the lavender/purple areas, I used two tones of purples. V09, V17, V25, V22, and V20 for one tone. For the second purple tone, I used V06, V04, V01, V000 and V0000.

For the mint/teal areas, I used BG13, BG34, and BG10.

I then created the backgrounds for my hippos. I used Distress Oxide Ink to create the beach areas. I began with Peacock Feathers, then added Salty Ocean (Distress Ink), then a bit of Cracked Pistacchio. For the sand area, I used Walnut Stain Distress Ink. To create the foam area for the beach  I added a bit of white acrylic paint with just a bit of water mixed in. I applied it with a small paintbrush along the edge of where the water meets the sand. It is a super easy technique. I also used the hello die from the Gallery Frame Die #1 set. I added a bit of color using the Peacock Feathers and Walnut Stain Distress Inks.

I hope you enjoy the cards I created to share with you today!! Thank you for stopping by! I hope you feel inspired to create! Wishing you a wonderful and blessed day!