Sunday, May 21, 2017

Fun Jungle Safari - Masculine Birthday

The Latin word "hippopotamus" is derived from the ancient Greek, meaning "horse of the river". Most of us have most likely seen them in zoos rather than in their native habitat - lakes and rivers throughout the African jungle.
But my hippo is just for birthday fun! I never noticed until I decided to color this stamped image, that they are black, gray or brown and they have pinky-orange skin around their eyes, ears and sometimes their bellies and mouths.
The jungle-masculine-adventure idea was inspired by four theme challenges. The layout was inspired by a CAS sketch, which is recognizable in the card but is no longer CAS. (CAS was not a requirement.)

A panel of cork was adhered to the white card base then another panel of patterned paper with safari Jeeps in various colors was adhered. The oval frame was die cut from cork and the solid oval was cut from blue DSP that coordinates with the blue Jeeps. The leaves were stamped in three shades of green and fussy cut. The image was stamped in gray ink, colored with Copics and die cut.
The ovals were backed with foam tape and adhered to the card front. The leaves were added and the hippo was backed with foam tape and adhered. The sentiment was stamped in gray on white cardstock and matted with blue paper. The inside of the card was decorated with a stamped leaf.

This card is being submitted to:

1. Cardz 4 Guyz #169
    (Theme: Jungle Fun)

2. Watercooler Wednesday #119

3. City Crafter #362
    (Theme: Travel/Adventure)

4. Try Stamping on Tuesday Sketch #322

5. Seize the Birthday
    (Opt: Creatures & Animals)

Techniques: Stamping, coloring, die cutting, fussy cutting
Size: A2

Stamps: Paper Smooches "Huge Hugs" & Crafter's Companion "A Taste of India" (leaves)
Inks: Stampin' Up! Basic Gray, Garden Green, Old Olive, Lucky Limeade; Copic markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White
Paper: Echo Park "Jungle Safari"
Dies: Paper Smooches "Huge Hugs"
Misc.: DCWV Cork; Stampin' Up! Dimensionals foam tape


  1. Hi Melanie, what a lovely mixture of colours and texture! That little hippopotamus of yours is more like a pony of the river. He certainly looks as if he just wants to make friends. Love the Designer paper with those jeeps and, of course, the cork. What a lot of interest that adds to your card! Thanks so much for joining our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

  2. What a lovely, bright, fun card! Thanks for sharing at Cardz 4 Guyz.

  3. So cute! Love your little hippo and the fern images behind him are perfect! Great colors and design. :)

  4. Hee hee! This is such a fun creation! Thanks so much for playing along with us at CCCB!!

  5. Great card, Melanie! Thanks for joining us this week at Watercooler Wednesday Challenges.

  6. A wonderful bright and happy fun card. Loving your design. Thanks for sharing at Cardz 4 Guyz. Caz DT.

  7. OMG this is absolutely adorable!!!! What a fun card! And definitely a great take on the masculine challenge! I love everything about this! Thanks for joining us this week on Watercooler Wednesday!

  8. Such a fun and fab take on our theme; Your hippo is definitely the eye-catcher:) Thanks so much for joining us at CCCB!

  9. Ha-ha-cute!!! Thanks for joining us this week at Watercooler Wednesday challenges!

  10. Super cute Hippo card and wonderfully colored! Love the added greenery too! Thanks for being with us over at Seize the Birthday!

  11. Great Card! Thank you for joining us at Cardz 4 Guyz. Sian.

  12. What a fun card, Melanie! Lots of lovely colors, and a very different take on hippopotami! Your research on their coloring really paid off! Thank you for sharing your talents with us at Try Stampin' on Tuesday! -Donna

  13. What a cutie!! I haven't inked this guy up yet... love him! Great card!