Don’t we all want to see a hippo in a pink tutu among blue skies and clouds LOL. I was watching watercolor videos on Instagram the other day, there are lots of them out there where you literally watch someone touch a paint loaded brush to the water and see the magic as the color spreads through the water – so mesmerizing! I immediately grabbed the new Trouble In A Tutu set from Clearly Besotted so I could do the same with the lovely cloud image from the set. All supplies are linked at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used.
I white heat embossed the clouds on a panel of Arches watercolor card and then wet an area above the line of the first cloud before simply running a brush loaded with Phthalo Turquoise just along the line of the cloud. Now normally I’d be going in there dotting around with my brush and feeling very busy. But I resisted and in fact walked away so that the paint could do its own thing. I’m telling you, just leaving it be was a huge struggle for me! However, I love the results :D I repeated the same process for the other two clouds in the image and while they dried I stamped one of the adorable hippos from the set in Versafine Onyx Black and watercolored that too. I did add a few Prismacolor details to the hippo when she was dry ;)
For the sentiment, I stamped the swirling banner on Candy Hearts card and white heat embossed before trimming out. I die cut the watercolored panel with a Stitched Rectangle and then mounted the hippo and banner on top with foam adhesive. The panel is then popped on a Fog card base and I dotted just a couple of pink sequins around, because, well, a hippo in a pink tutu needs a bit of sparkle LOL.
You will be able to check out all the new sets at Clearly Besotted and Simon Says Stamp at 10pm UK time, 5pm EST on 5th July. In the meantime please call by and see Stephanie for more inspiration and links to the team as well as our guests for July Laura Bassen and Kay Miller!
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A summary of the project which gives all the views of the card in one photo :D I’d love if you pinned and called by on Pinterest :D
Oh Debby, this is adorable! That hippo is tutu cute, ha! Love your post. x
A hippo in a tutu. Adorable.
The background looks great. I’m a big admirer of the watercolor trend but doing it myself is daunting.
Your Ballerina Hippo looks so happy “dancing” on that gorgeously watercoloured BG, Debby. Of course I’m taking down “notes” on how you created it ;-) Walking away to allow it to dry was the right decision – I love the different variations of colour as they make the clouds “pop”.
I really love your clouds!!
You were right about letting the watercolour do it’s magic – it looks wonderful and the colour you chose is amazing , so vibrant. And I gotta say, I think these hippos in tutu’s are so adorable, I mean what is not to love about that image!
The minute I saw this hippo on sneak peak I was sold! It’s just me! A ballerina trapped in a hippo body!;))
Your card is out of this world. Coloring is amazing!