Welcome to the Cardz 4 Galz challenge # 175.  Lynda chose the theme of using punches and/or dies for this two week challenge.  When you finish here, I hope you will visit the challenge blog to see what the rest of the design team members created.  Hopefully, you’ll be inspired to play along with us!  Can’t wait to see your creations in our gallery.  

I used a stamp set and coordinating die set from the upcoming Sale-a-Bration catalog.  This promotion starts on July 1, 2022.  I earned both parts of this set with a qualifying order of $50 each piece.  Adorable and fun doesn’t even begin to describe these Hippest Hippos!

Here’s  my card:


Isn’t this hippo just fabulous?  I used the stylish shapes dies for the banner and the fish come from the Seas the Day dies, as does the sentiment.  I used the same DIY stencil for the clouds that I used on the Color Throwdown post on Wednesday.  You can see that post, and the directions for creating the clouds, here.  The bird stamp can be found in the Waves of Inspiration set.  Other than that, everything comes from the Hippest Hippos set.  


  • The Tahitian Tide base measures 4-1/4 by 11 inches, scored at 5-1/2 inches.
  • I used the 2022-2024 In Color 6 x 6 inch DSP (designer series paper) for the waves at the bottom of the card. There’s a die in the Hippo die set to crop the waves.
  • Next, I picked a piece of the Parakeet Party In Color DSP for the envelope flap. I trimmed it to 6 inches by 2-1/2 inches.
  • At the same time, I punched a 1 inch circle from the Sweet Sorbet DSP for the envelope seal. After I ran it through my XYRON create-a-sticker, I had my finished envelope seal.
  • The life preserver and the water droplets were both cropped from the same In Color DSP pack.
  • I needed a piece of white cardstock for the front, and it measures 4-1/8 inches by 5-3/8 inches. The white cardstock for the inside of the card measures 4 inches by 5-1/4 inches.
  • I cropped the boat from a scrap piece of woodgrain DSP.
  • That’s it for measurements.

What I Did:

  • First, I used Tahitian Tide ink, a blender brush, and the DIY clouds stencil to create the sky for the background of this card. You can find the directions for how I did it here.
  • Then, I stamped the hippo and sentiment in black ink.
  • Next, I colored the hippo using the Smoky Slate light and dark blends markers. I used the light petal pink blend for his mouth.
  • I thought the Sweet Sorbet color would add a pop of brightness to the card, so I used that for the three fish.
  • Then, I did all the cropping I needed at once. I started with the waves. I’m still not 100% sold on the way they came out, but I do have another card started. My mind has been working through different ways to make the waves work better, but I might just have to visit Pinterest.
  • I have a layer of Sweet Sorbet topped by a layer of Starry Sky for the life preserver.
  • Next, I cropped the goggles and snorkle from a scrap of Parakeet Party 6 x 6 In Color DSP.
  • I finished up by cropping the water droplets from Tahitian Tide DSP, the fish, and the sentiment, for which I used the Stylish Shapes die.


  • First, I layered the waves on a piece of Tahitian Tide cardstock, then added dimensionals under the cardstock.
  • Next, I adhered the goggles and snorkle to the hippo and the life preserver to the boat using multipurpose liquid glue.
  • Then, I added dimensionals under the boat and hippo. Thankfully, the snorkle lies on the face of the hippo so I didn’t need to try to get dimensionals under it.
  • However, I did need dimensionals under the droplets. I had to cut mini-dimensionals into little, tiny pieces of dimensionals.
  • HINT: I strongly recommend using scissors with titanium blades so the adhesive doesn’t stick to the scissors. Since I’m left-handed I prefer this pair and this pair, both on Amazon.
  • HINT # 2: I also strongly recommend reverse tweezers for cardmaking. I’ve got 4 pairs (a bit much, I know) and use them on every project. They take a bit to get used to them, but since they stay closed on their own, they are invaluable. You can find the EK Tools reverse tweezers on Amazon here.
  • Then, I tucked two fish into the waves and one so that it would peek out from under the sentiment.
  • Finally, I turned my attention to the sentiment banner. I added a piece of tear and tape to the back of the sentiment so I could easily wrap the Tahitian Tide metallic ribbon around the banner three times. I added dimensionals to the sentiment banner, and adhered it to the card.
  • I haven’t stamped an inside sentiment yet because the front sentiment covers so many occasions. Therefore, I will add the sentiment when I am ready to use the card.
  • With that, I’d finished this coordinated card, envelope, and envelope seal set.

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