Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Just flying by to say HI!

Hi there! I'm sharing a card today that I actually made a few weeks ago. Lately I seem to be making cards faster than I blog about them. I have so much fun in the card-making process that I just want to keep going. The trouble with not posting about the card right after I completed it is that by the time I write my article, I would have forgotten how I made it. Oops!

Luckily, it hasn't been that long since I made today's card and so I do still recall the process very clearly. In fact, I did it when LD released their Zoological collection the other week. There are so many fun images in that collection but I'm really drawn to the hippos. They look so goofy and I can't help smiling when I wonder about all the things I can make with them. You know, now that I think about it, I hope that LD will come up with a collection of nothing but hippos. How fun would that be?

The process of making this card is a little longer than a basic shaped card because there are several layers that I had to create myself. For example, the clouds were made by welding several circles together and cropped, while the stitched lines were made from changing the Line Styles of the internal offsets.

The entire background for the card front was print-and-cut while the main subject (hippo+balloons) was cut from different colored cardstock and layered together with foam tape. I used Stickles to add glitter to the balloons.

Some cards like the one shown here may look complicated but by applying the basic concepts of Offset, Weld, and Crop, you can make almost any kind of shaped cards.

LD Files used:
Zoological - Cut Set (SVG included)
Pop School Paper Pack
PN Pillow Fight font


  1. Hi Jin! Your flying Hippo card is totally ADORABLE! I really like how you did the stitches, and wonder If you would consider a tutorial? You mentioned changing line styles with an internal offset...is that done in the Silhouette design program? I wonder if I could get a similar effect somehow in MTC? Would appreciate hearing your thoughts on this! Thank you!

    1. Thanks, Eunice! I designed this card using Silhouette Studio (DE). If you CLICK HERE to go to a previous tutorial, you can find a similar step (where I changed the line style)in the video around the 1:50 mark.

    2. Thank you for your speedy response and link to your tutorial. One last question, are your stitches print and cut, or just printed? Unfortunately changing line styles is not an option in MTC, which leaves me to manually draw and scan my stitches...ugh!