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Take Risks. Make Magic! | CraftyPaws

I had so much fun playing with the Katzelkraft Jungle Animals Stamp Set for the Topflight Stamps 1st Birthday Blog Hop (see prior post HERE for hop and giveaways) that I had to create just one more whimsical card. That flying hippo is so magical and I thought he could be telling all of us to dream the impossible, because that’s when magic happens!

I stamped the background using the Katzelkraft Clouds Stamp with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass. Because I wanted a horizontal card and the stamp has a vertical orientation, I stamped portions of the stamp across the card front, trying to make sure that the edges of the unmounted stamped were wiped clean of ink before taking each impression (I failed once at this, but I was able to cover up the mistake with the hippo – whew!). Since the cloud image was so loose, it really wasn’t that difficult to create a seamless look. Then in the lower third, I wanted rooftops over which the hippo could be soaring so I stamped a portion of the Crafty Individuals Townhouse Rows Stamp (this is currently not available at Topflight Stamps but the Crafty Individuals Jingle Bells Rooftops has the same buildings) with Momento Tuxedo Black Ink. To cover up some of my spotty stamping, I added some shadows to the buildings with Copic N1 and N3 markers.

I next colored up the flying hippo from the Katzelkraft Jungle Animals Stamp Set with the following Copic markers, adding Signo Uniball White Gel Pen highlights to the wings:
Body: V20, BV01, BV23, BV25 with B32 toenails
Teeth: C0; Eyes: B34; and Wings: B32 and B91
I then fussy cut it out and inked the edges with a Momento Tuxedo Black Marker for a finished look. For added shimmer and shine, I also coated the eyes and teeth with Ranger Glossy Accents and the wings with Clear Wink of Stella. Popping him up on foam dots helped him stand out even more and add a bit of dimension to the card. The sentiment, which is from the Dylusions Quote Medley Stamp Set (this link is for a different set but has the same quote), and says, “It’s better to take a risk than miss a moment of magic” is heat embossed with charcoal embossing powder, fussy cut and popped up on foam dots as well.

Lastly, I stamped out the clouds again on another piece of card stock and inked the edges to create a card liner. I love coordinating the insides of cards with the card fronts this way. It adds a finished completeness, and it’s so easy!

The following is a process video of crafting this card:

Disclosure: Many of the supplies I’ve used for today’s project are linked. Some may be affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog!

This card is being entered into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Creatalicious Anything Goes with Optional Birthday ChallengeWINNER
Card Mania Embossing Challenge
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge
613 Avenue Create Anything Goes with Optional Reuse/Upcycle Challenge
Crafty Gals Corner Anything Goes Challenge


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