Cricut Artiste Hippo Die Cut Coloring How-To

Good morning crafty friends,
Today I am sharing another Cricutlicious Cricut Artiste Paper Piecing creation with you. It also includes a quick little “how to” on using Close To My Heart  Water Color Pencils and Blending Pen to decorate your die cuts.
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First: Here’s my Finished layout. It includes patterned papers from the DCWV Summer Stack and The Glitter Summer Stack as well as the Baby Girl Stack.  All images and die cuts were created from the Cricut Artiste cartridge. If you haven’t purchased your set yet, you can gladly do so through my link: HERE. So let’s get started with the quick “how to”
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First, I inked the edges of my die cut “palm tree fronds” with New England Ivy Ink from CTMH Enchantment Mini Ink Pad Set.
I took my Olive colored pencil from my CTMH Water Color Pencil set and drew a line down the center of my die cut.

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Next I took my blending pen and “colored over” the pencil line. Getting the pencil line “wet”
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When the pencil medium started “mixing” with the blending solution, I was able to begin to “pull” the color out and that is how I created the “veins”

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In this shot you can see the finished one…lower right. I decided it was kind of light so I made the next ones a bit darker. Once the original one dried, I was able to “repeat” the process to get it even darker.

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Here is a closer look at the finished “fronds” I used my white Chalk Marker to create the white marks. The New England Ivy Ink came from my mini ink pad set. These sets are perfect for decorating your die cuts in addition to a little stamp use. The “sponge” on these is softer making inking the edges of your die cuts more effective. I used my Saddle Ink Pad for inking the coconuts and the Autumn Terracotta Mini Ink Pad From The Enchantment Mini Ink Assortment.

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Closer look at the title letters. I used my Copic Marker to outline the letters. They were cut from the DCWV Baby Girl Stack. The flowers were cut from plain white cardstock and then inked with the Autumn Terracotta Ink from the above ink set.

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Here’s a closer look at the pretty paper. I was trying to show that it was pre-glittered and has a wonderful gradient. Sorry the picture just doesn’t capture how pretty it is.

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Here’s a closer look at my little Hippo Paper Piecing. I had actually created a little shovel and bucket for him, when I was creating his pattern, but ran out of time to add it in….Maybe next time Smile

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Finally, one last look at the entire layout.

Here are the products used to create this layout
CTMH Enchantment Mini Ink Pad Set
New England Ivy and Autumn Terracotta
summer glitter stack
DCWV Summer Glitter Stack
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DCWV Summer Stack
basic brights
Pebbles Basic Brights Chalks
micron pen set

Additionally, I used:
Blue, White, Gray, Golden Rod and Green Cardstock
Robin’s Nest Plumeria Dew Drops
Miscellaneous Ribbon and Button.

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Well, I think that about covers it! I hope you will give the water colored pencils and blending pen a try! You can really add some wonderful touches to all your die cuts! Thank you so much for sharing your crafty time with me! Be sure to come back tomorrow for another great project!


  1. Wonderful layout! Thanks for sharing the tips!

  2. Brilliant card and thank you for sharing this x

  3. This is so cute but I looked and looked and never did find that cute hipo on my Artiste cartridge. Melissa

  4. Thank you for the kind words ladies! @ Moxy77...you won't "find" him because he is a paper piecing. In other words he is a series of cuts put together to create him. To get a better understanding, you can go to my Cricut paper piecing gallery: http://www.mypapercrafting.com/p/melins-cricut-critters-piecings.html

    Thank you again!

  5. Wow Melin, this layout is fabulous! Thanks for the tips, they are so awesome!! Hugs~


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