Twisted Pop-Up Card with Spring Flowers

Hi everyone, it’s Holly posting today.  I played with the spring flowers and butterflies from the Flowers and Whimsy set (A410) from Art Neko.  These stamps are perfect to use with this fun Twisted Pop-Up Card technique.  The tutorial for this technique is over at SCS, so click HERE if you’d like to check it out.  This card is fun and interactive and perfect when you want to surprise someone.

I cut out the pieces for the card first, and then I mixed and matched the stamps from the Flowers and Whimsy sheet (A410) until I was satisfied with the arrangement.  The flowers and butterflies are colored with Copic markers.  I chose a classic spring combo of yellow wildflowers to go with the green papers on my card.

If you decide to give this technique a try, we’d love to see what you come up with.  There are so many stamps from Art Neko that would be perfect on this Twisted Pop-Up Card.  Have fun shopping in the Art Neko store!  🙂

 

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Rose Garden Fairy

Hello! Leah with you today with a card that is perfect as spring gets underway. I fell in love with this image when I first saw it and couldn’t wait to watercolor it. It’s called Delicate Framed Fairy in a Rose Garden.

If I could be a fairy this one would be it 🙂 I started by stamping the image onto watercolor paper using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I then used Gansai Tambi watercolors to color the image. As I continue to learn how to paint with watercolors one of the best things to do is decide on your colors and aim to paint them in as few washes as you can. Also to pay attention to light and dark areas, contrast is what makes an image come alive.

I added a die cut doily strip to the bottom and chose to keep the contrast high by giving her a sparkly black background. Some machine stitching around the border finished it off.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card and that if it’s spring time where you are that you are starting to warm up! Thanks for visiting today!

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Hippity-hop, the moon viewing rabbits come out for Easter

It’s Sabrina here with a Friday post for you, and I am using the Hiroshige moon viewing rabbits stamp from Art Neko to create an Easter card. After all, why can’t the moon be a sun if  it suits us? Spring is meant to be here now and Easter isn’t all that far off, so I thought the rabbits should come out to play. We had some lovely warm weather for a while (and enough sunshine to make the daffodils really glow) but this week we’ve even had some snow (rare in Ireland) and biting winds. Enough to send any self-respecting rabbit back into his burrow to escape from it all!

Hiroshige moon viewing rabbits think it's Easter!

 

I stamped my image on white card with  Versafine black ink, and coloured it with Polychromos pencils, using a Zest-It for blending. After cutting with a circle die, I added some dots of pale yellow Liquid Pearls to create some spring flowers to the meadow – a tasty treat for the rabbits. Then I simply layered the rabbit panel onto a larger blue circle and then onto a die-cut decorative base. To finish off, I  dabbed a little gesso on with my fingers for a soft cloudy sky – no threatening grey with rain on the horizon here.

 

Hiroshige moon viewing rabbits stamp from Art Neko used for an Easter card

 

There are some other lovely rabbit stamps available from Art Neko which would make cute Easter cards – I think these long-eared rabbits are especially sweet. And if you’d like some charms to dress up your Easter creations with, look no further than these little Easter basket charms or the textured Easter egg charms.

 

Thank you so much for coming by the Art Neko blog this week. I hope you’ve enjoyed all the lovely floral Spring creations the team have been sharing with us – check back next week to see some more inspiring ideas.

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Glorious Rose

Hello all, Kia here with you and I would like to share this beautiful Old Fashioned Rose with you today.

With the first day of spring being this past Monday, I have bright and yellow on my mind.  One of my dear friends lives in British Columbia and she belongs to an International Womens Soriority, where the flower is the Yellow Rose.  I would like to send her this card to give to one of her Sorority Sisters, hence my choice to watercolour in the yellows.

To start, I am using Fabriano 140lb Hot Press Watercolour Paper.  I love this paper for heat embossed images as it embosses beautifully.  I watercoloured the Rose using Zig Brushes in several shades of yellow, and for the leaves I used a few shades of greens.  Once my image was dry I stamped the lovely Rose sentiment in a Burnt Orange, then matted using a coordinating yellow cardstock, and added a bit of bling via sequins to finish.

I very much enjoyed the relaxing time spent colouring this image and hope you enjoy this card as well.  Thanks so much for visiting the Art Neko Blog today … I look foward to seeing you next time.

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Spring is here with lots of tulips

Hello, Hetty here again with some cute little cards.

Spring has arrived in my art room! Not outside though….too much rain and very heavy winds today. So it was a good day to start using my new distress oxide inks for these ATC’s. I used the tulip stamp set. For each card I used another color. After stamping the tulip. I covered it with a post it note image. Then I stamped with the same color the text behind it. If you want to see more detailed pictures, please hop over to my personal Craftchaos blog.

Now as for the gemstones, don’t they fit nicely and are the same color? Well, I used the same colors of distress markers to color the gemstones before I glued them to the card.

Thanks for looking and have a creative day!

 

 

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Spring is around the corner

Hello! Hetty here and some of you know I live in The Netherlands, country of the bulbs, All around me the bulbs are popping their heads out of the ground and looking so festive.

So I choose this Iris stamp for my card today. If you are not a coloring person, this is a perfect stamp. Only a little coloring on the flower with aquarel pencils. With a strip of beautiful paper of a thousand wishes (great for birthday cards!) and a yellow paper behind the stamed image this card needs hardly anything else.

To make this card a little more bling, I added a few shiny sequins to this card. This image is great for quick cards. Hope you are inspired and get your fingers inky too. Have a wonderful creative day!

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Butterfly Fairy ATC

Hi everyone, it’s Holly here to share this fun mixed media Butterfly Fairy ATC with you today.  An ATC is an acronymn for Artist Trading Card, and they typically measure 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches.  They are miniature works of art and many people like to trade them with other ATC artists.

Did you know that Art Neko recently bought the B-Muse store?  There are lots of fabulous items in the B-Muse store, such as collage sheets, ATC supplies, dominoes, and other ephemera?  I’ve used several of those B-Muse items on this ATC today.

I began working on this ATC by painting a sheet of ATC watercolor paper with some Raw Sienna Daniel Smith watercolor paint.  I love that warm brownish/orange-y/yellowish quality of this color.  While that was drying, I cut out these fabulous wings from the Fantasy Wings collage sheet from B-Muse.  The colors on these particular wings coordinate beautifully with my painted background.

This collage sheet was printed on Premium Laser Paper, but you have so many options with the collage sheets from B-Muse.  You can order them printed on canvas, vellum, fabric paper, transparencies, and laser paper.  The canvas collage sheets are gorgeous – they look and feel just like a real painting!

 

Once my watercolored piece was dry, I adhered it to an ATC Chipboard blank (pictured above).  This provides a wonderful sturdy backing for my painted watercolor background.  I sponged the edges with some Brushed Corduroy distress ink for that aged look.

My next step was to get my fairy ready.  I stamped the Dreaming Fairy from the A145 Fairies and Seasons sheet with Rich Cocoa Memento ink onto some white cardstock.  After I colored her with Copic markers, I cut her out, making sure I cut the stamped wings off.  After I determined the placement of the collage wings and the fairy, I glued them down onto the prepared ATC.  I added the stamped sentiment on the side – it says “Be yourself.”  This sentiment is also from the A145 Fairies and Seasons sheet.

I loved creating my own custom fairy by pairing a stamped figurine with the wings from the collage sheet.  I have plenty of other wings left on the collage sheet, so I can make all kinds of fairies and other winged creatures.

Check out all the great items in the B-Muse shop and jump-start your creativity.  The collage sheets are gorgeous, and I love the ATC supplies (both the watercolor sheets and the chipboard blanks).  I have a few other supplies from B-Muse that I’m playing with, and I’ll share those with you soon.

 

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Happiness

Hi there! Leah here with you today and I am sharing a fun spring card. Spring is my favorite time of year and I love flowers regardless of the season so I really enjoyed creating this one!

I cut a piece of watercolor paper and stamped the gorgeous Framed Tulip in Versafine Onyx Black ink. That ink is great for watercoloring, it won’t bleed at all! I then stamped the lovely sentiment stamp, Happiness is to hold flowers in both hands. I used my Tombow markers to color the image. I started with the backgound using a really pale blue and then moved to the flower. In general I find it’s best to start with your background. For the tulip I started with a peachy color and layered on a darker red and then used a slightly wet brush to blend them together. The leaf was done in the same way with a dark green and a light green.

To finish it I used some jute twine and tied a bow and then added a lovely tiny white paper rose from B.Muse. Some machine stitching and patterned paper brought it all together. I hope you find some happiness today! Thanks for joining me.

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Daffodils and Sunshine

It’s Sabrina here today, with some daffodils and sunshine for you, no matter what the real weather is like for you today.

Daffodils in Sunshine - detail of floral ATC stamp from Art Neko featuring daffodils

Some daffodils here were coming up very early here and there because we have had such a mild winter, but now that March is here they’re out all over, a lovely splash of colour on the dullest of grey days and a beautiful glow of light when the sun shines. For my card, I used the daffodil image from the Set of 9 Flowered Artist Trading Cards.  I stamped it on watercolour paper with Versamark Smokey Grey to give a slightly softer look, and coloured it with pencils.

To create a sunny, soft background I used the starch and cling-wrap technique: I sprayed some glossy card with starch, sprinkled some coloured pigments over, laid a piece of cling-wrap over it and moved the pigments round a bit to mix them. Then I left it (wrinkles in the cling-wrap are what add the lovely textured look to this) for about half an hour, removed the wrap and left it to dry thoroughly. Then, I added a marker border around the edge (picking up on the frame of the ATC), and embossed it with a sun-ray embossing folder. The one I used comes from Taylored Expressions but there are several available. I used soft pure pigments, if you use something like Brusho or Colorburst powders for this technique you can get some beautifully vivid backgrounds.

I thought this Gift of Sunshine sentiment was perfect to pair with the golden daffodils. I created a small background piece with a stencil and some acrylic spray, and then stamped the sentiment with black ink. I trimmed it to a tag shape and added a dotted border with a green marker, and then punched a hole and tied some natural raffia through it.

The tag is popped up on foam tape for dimension, and I added a whole lot of sequins for some extra sunny sparkle.

Daffodils in Sunshine - floral atc from Art Neko with sentiment tag

 

Thanks for coming by the Art Neko blog this week! May you have some sunshine – or even better, daffodils and sunshine,  somewhere in your weekend.

 

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Daffodil Splendor

Happy Wednesday everyone, Kia here with you today.  It is raining, and very grey in my neck of the woods, so there is nothing better than bringing some sunshine into my world.  I did that by using this beautiful Two Daffodils stamp along with the lovely sentiment stamp It is not rain to me, it’s Raining Daffodils, which I stamped on a stitched circle die cut.  I inked the stamp with distress markers and spritzed with water before stamping.  I then added extra colour using my Zig Brushes.

For the background I added a yellow polka dot paper, which I stamped the sentiment on.  I added foam strips to the back of the circle and attached, then added a bit of ric rack, along with a few sequins.  I wanted the flowers to sparkle a bit so I added some Wink of Stella, which is hard to see in the photo unfortunately.

I think this card explains perfectly my day today, rain with a bit of sparkle.

Thank you for joining in with the Art Neko Blog today.  I hope I have inspired you to find some Daffodils.

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