Artistic Expression with Jane Allen – Happy Hippos

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from Jodi’s blog: Denise Evans


It’s time for our monthly Artistic Expression with Jane Allen feature. Have you implemented any of the techniques Jane has shared over the past few months? We’d love to see your projects!

Hello there, Jane again with another look at this month’s awesome MFT 11th birthday release.

As some of you saw earlier in the month that I had so much fun with the Happy Hippos that I had to have another play! With my previous card, I’d opted for pure Copic colouring. This time however, I wanted to push myself out of my colouring comfort zone and try another 3D shaker card.

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I started out by stamping the waving hippo and one of the little birds with MFT Hybrid Ink in Gravel Gray. That’s when I had an idea — if you look at the photograph above you can see I’ve drawn lines on the hippo’s legs…and I’m going to turn them into arms! Please remember, if you intend to colour your image with Copic markers make sure you use a Copic suitable marker, in this case, a Copic Multiliner in Warm Gray.

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Rather than the traditional grey, I opted to give my little hippo a rosy glow and coloured his little bird friend in blue.

COPIC COLOURS:

Hippo: R81, R83, R85, R89, B14, B16, W8

Bird: B21, B41, B45, YR23, W8, W2

Edge of fussy cuts: W2

I don’t have a picture of the next stage, sorry, but once coloured I fussy cut the images. I did not worry about the bird’s tiny feet as I intend to draw them back in later. Once cut, I always carefully go around the edge of the cut pieces with a W2 marker — it helps hide any dodgy scissor work!

Then it was time to turn my attention to the background and as some of you know, I have been trying to incorporate other crafting techniques into my card making. So, I opted for a Distress Ink background in gorgeous rainbow colours inspired by the Sweet Celebration Paper Pack.

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Once inked up, I stamped my sentiment in the bottom right hand corner using Versamark and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. Again, I apologise in advance that I forgot to take photographs — I got rather too engrossed in making the shaker card. Have you used the new MFT shaker dies and pouches yet? Honestly, they make this type of card a piece of cake to make. I kept with the rainbow theme by backing my shaker with dotty paper from the Sweet Celebration pack having added Springtime Sequins Mix.

At this point I would love to share an awesome tip from my fellow DT member, Karolyn Loncon. If like me you suffer from static issues you may find that your sequins stick to the inside of the pouch, or keep jumping out. To alleviate this, rub the inside of the pouch with a tumble dryer sheet — not only does it solve the static problem but it makes your card smell nice too!

I then adhered the shaker element to the card base with double sided adhesive tape.

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

Then it was time to turn my attention to the little characters I had coloured earlier. To make them look a tad more authentic I mounted them on to the card with dimensional foam tape. Nobody will ever know that you’ve used the hippo’s feet to make his hands (if you don’t tell them ;))

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

I drew the bird’s feet with the Copic Multiliner — as you recall I’d decided they were far too fiddly to try and cut by hand earlier. Once I’d mounted the characters, I felt that the water splashes I’d added were not bold enough and the star seemed to be floating with too much empty space around it… with several bags of beautiful sequins on my desk I thought why not add a little more sparkle and ta da, problem solved!

Handmade card from Jane Allen featuring products from My Favorite Things #mftstamps

So there you have it. I hope this inspires you to think outside the box, use your imagination, and above all to have fun with your stamps and dies!

Until next time, happy colouring.

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  • Cecilia Lewis

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    Wow, what a great idea! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  • Elena Finelli

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    I ADORE the shaker cards!!

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  • Connie Newell

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    Absolutely adorable.

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  • Lanette

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    Oh My! Love the idea of the feet for hands! Beautiful finished project! Absolutely LOVE your work!

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  • Beckie Williams

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    This is adorable. I love how you transformed you hippo. Awesome job!!

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  • Jean Chaney

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    Jane, such a cute shaker card! And, how clever to turn his legs into arms! I can’t tell you how many wasted hours I’ve spent fighting with sequins. I have tried the anti-static powder bag, but that didn’t work. I will try your idea.

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  • Donna Gibson

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    Fantastic card! And a great tip on avoiding static which I’ve had a problem with too!

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  • Arianna Barbara

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    Absolutely stunning!!!
    Congrats to Denise!!!

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  • Kerry Phillips

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    So clever & totes cute!

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  • Barbara Ghigliotty

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    Beautiful no line coloring and I love the star shaker! Really cute card!

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