Today I’m sharing a card featuring the Hello Bluebird Hippos on Holiday stamp set and coordinating dies. We are experiencing a heat wave in the U.K. and just looking at this scene makes me want to visit the seaside!

I love to create cards with images that pop out of the scene. I think it brings the whole card together when the scene isn’t constrained.

I began by die cutting a circle aperture in a piece of white card, the same size as my card base.

On the card base, I masked off areas for some ink blending. The sand is a blend of distress oxides in antique linen with a touch of wild honey. I also added some sand detail with my E50 copics.

The sea is a blend of distress oxides in broken china and peacock feathers, flicked with water for lots of detail.

For the sky, as I don’t have a light blue distress oxide ink, I grabbed a dye ink instead to add a little colour to the sky.

I stamped and coloured lots of images from the Hippos on Holiday stamp set, then die cut them with the coordinating dies. I wanted some greenery so found a die in the Tropical Foliage set that reminded me of palm tree leaves. I die cut some from white card, then added colour with my copic markers.

I layered two of the leaves and the beach towel onto the card base, then used liquid glue to add the panel over the top. I used a mix of liquid adhesive and foam tape to add the remaining images to the card.

To finish, I stamped one of the greetings from the stamp set in the top left corner.

Thank you for joining me today,