Bookmarks

Hello! Leah with you today and I have a couple of bookmarks to share with you. My family loves to read and we are always in need of bookmarks!

I love the different bookmark stamps Art Neko offers and this one has the cutest sentiment, “So many book so little time.” This is the So Many Books So Little Time Gerbera Daisy’s Bookmark. I stamped the image using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic markers.

I punched a small hole into the top and added a bit of twine. I like my bookmarks to be completely flat and smooth so as not to hurt any book pages. This is such a pretty stamp! I hope you enjoyed by project today. Thanks for joining me!

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2 Floral ATCs – Lotus and Lilies

Happy Friday, everyone; today I have 2 floral ATCs to share with you, using images from the Set of 9 Flowered Arist Trading Cards.

 

Lotus blossom ATC using Flowered ATC stamp and papers from Art Neko

I have to admit that it’s a long time since I’ve made trading cards to trade – postage costs and lack of space to display any more than the large collection I have are factors against it, so I will most likely keep these two floral ATCs  on hand to make quick cards with in an emergency, adding a suitable sentiment at the time.  But  if I do decide to get back into trading again, I will be very happy knowing that Art Neko have a great stamp for the back of ATCs, all the fields all ready to fill in including edition/series information and stamps used.

For these two ATCs I used the Lotus blossom and the Asiatic Lilies – both are stamped on white card with black ink and coloured with Polychromos pencils.

For the Lotus, I used a stencil and added little circles in the “sky” area of the background, highlighting some of them with Stickles, and coloured the water area with pencils. The base for this uses a piece of paper from one of the printed collage sheets – I can’t find the identical one in store currently but it was similar to THIS one; not that you can see much of it after I added the gold and silver embossing round the edges. But it picks up on the blue water, and doesn’t the canvase paper it’s printed on give a lovely finish to the embossing too?

 

For the lily, I chose rich oranges to colour it, thinking of the tiger-lilies in Alice in Wonderland. For the base, I added a small strip of one of the Japanese papers on the diagonal, and edged it with a gold pen before embossing. The lily image is added with some thin foam tape for extra dimension.

Two Floral ATCs using stamps from Art Neko's set of 9 Flowered ATCs and papers from the store

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the team’s creations this week. I thought Chrissy’s jellyfish was truly magnificent! Have a good weekend, and we’ll see you again next week.

 

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Sakura and Koi Wall Hangings

Hello everyone, it’s Holly posting today.  Remember the gorgeous collage paper that Art Neko created based on one of my cards?  I’ve used that sakura collage paper on this trio of wall hangings to share with you.  I stamped an assortment of koi and kanji on each of the three pieces.

I started by cutting out the Spring Summer Collage Sheet with scissors.  I trimmed each one to fit onto the ATC Masonite Blanks from B-Muse.  Next, I stamped the 3 Bold Koi and the kanji on each piece with a dark blue ink.  Then I glued the stamped collage sheets down onto the ATC Masonite Blanks, being careful not to get any wrinkles or bubbles in the paper as I pressed it down.

For the hangers, I glued them on with some liquid glue to the back of each piece.  I set some heavy blocks on them and let them dry overnight.  These are ready to hang up in my studio as soon as I finish hammering some nails into the wall.  I still have 6 ATC collage pieces left from the sheet, so I’ll be making more projects with those soon.  You can stamp anything you want on these collage sheets, and I’m looking forward to seeing all the different possibilities.

 

Items used on my project today:

Spring Summer Collage Sheet

3 Bold Koi stamps

Assorted Japanese Kanji stamps

ATC Masonite Blanks with Wall Hangers from B-Muse

 

 

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The Magnificent Jellyfish

Hi Art Neko Friends! Chrissy D here sharing a project with the beautiful Magnificent Japanese Jellyfish image.

I was playing with this image and wanted to try something, but it just wasn’t turning out. Here is the  attempt I made below…

I embossed the Octopus image on the cardstock and tried to create a darker shadow around the image. I could not get the Octopus to “POP” the way I wanted. I water colored darker blues and it was not looking good, then tried a “white wash” and I felt that was even worse. Disgusted, I set the project aside. Have you ever had that happen?

I created a few other projects, and came back to this one. I decided to use it as a background image. I stamped the Jellyfish on white card stock in blue ink and fussy cut it out. Mounting with dimensionals to give it a little depth. I added Dew Drops with mini glue dots. Then I added the Just a Note saying from the Whimsical and Kind Sayings using blue ink.

I hope you enjoyed my project today. Be sure to come back and see more of our talented designers projects.

 

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Happy Easter

As it is nearEaster, I got my bunnies out to make a card for you to wish you all a very Happy Easter.

For my card I used the following stamps: sakura blossom circle frame, rabbit and joy sentiment stamp.

I started with stamping the blossom circle in versamark and embossed it with white embossing powder. After heathing this I took out orange and green dylussion spray ink ansd sprayed all over. The white embossing powder works as a resist. Inside the circle I stamped joy with black ink. The rabbits are stamped and colored seperately, cut out and added with a piece of foam tape. On the flowers a purple gemstone is added in the heart.

Thank you for looking and have a Blessed Easter.

Hetty

 

 

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So many books … so little time

Hello all, Kia here with you today.  I decided to change it up a bit and do a bookmark.  I could not resist this Bookmark called So many books, so little time.  Isn’t that the truth!

The image is stamped on Arches 140lb Coldpress Water Colour Paper and used my Zig brushes to paint.  I wanted the Gerbera Daisies to pop so I did them in a Light Carmine and Scarlet Red, and used a Light Blue for the background. The flower centres and around the clock are done in yellow, and the clock face is done in a Light Grey.  Once it was dry I attached it to black cardstock and then thought I wanted to do the back as well, so I painted another in different colours for the back of the bookmark.

This is the back of the bookmark. The Gerbera Daisies are done with yellow then the Light Carmine, and the background I changed to May Green.  The accents are still yellow but the face of the clock is done in a Medium Grey.  I like both of them, each different from the other.  Art Neko has the Plastic Sleeves for protection, so I have used this for my bookmark.  There  also was a Tassle, but while I was painting the bookmarks, my pet Cockatiel named CC, had a party with the tassel. I should have know something was up when she was so quiet. The tassel became spaghetti. So, to replace the tassle I used some Bakers Twine in yellow and white.

I hope you enjoy this post today and wish to thank you for visiting the Art Neko Blog.

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Pocket Card

Hello! Leah with you today with a fun pocket card. Sometimes it’s fun to mix up the card types you make and the library cards and pockets from B Muse were the perfect pairing.

I started by using Distress inks to distress the library pocket. I used the colors Weathered Wood and Bundled Sage with a bit of Broken China. I stamped the sentiment, All things grow with love, in black ink and trimmed it out and distressed it as well. I used a beautiful collage sheet from B Muse for the crane paper background and adhered that onto the pocket. I then stamped the beautiful Circle Medallion of Flowers and Butterflies in red, trimmed it out and adhered it using foam tape.

For the pull out card I used a library card and used another piece from the collage sheet and stamped the Standing Crane Medallion in black in and trimmed it out and adhered it. I then stamped the Love Rose sentiment at the bottom and colored in the rose using Tombow markers. I hope you enjoyed my card today! Thanks for visiting 🙂

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Microscope Slide Ornament for Spring

It’s Sabrina here today, and this week I have used the microscope slides available from Art Neko to create a microscope slide ornament to celebrate Spring.  It’s beautiful here with all the white  and pink flowers on the magnolias, cherry blossom and even the hawthorn already coming out in the hedgerows.

 

Microscope slide ornament using one of the bookmarks from the Bookmarks and Sentiments set from Art Neko

 

For this ornament, I used a tutorial available on Splitcoaststampers, you can find it by clicking HERE. I know that many people use metal tape and soldering to finish off ornaments like these, but even had I been able to find any tape, my soldering skills are pretty rusty so I was pleased that this tutorial suggested using strong double-sided tape as an alternative.

 

I started out by colouring one of the bookmarks from the Bookmarks and Sentiments plate. I masked the birds with masking fluid and used dilute acrylic paints to colour the sky, and pencil for the tree branches. After the paint was dry, I removed the masking fluid to leave the birds white, and used more acrylic paints for the blossom. Then I trimmed a portion of the bookmark to match the size of the slide. For the back of the ornament, I used one of the beautiful fabric papers available from Art Neko. I chose the Silver Sakura Blossoms on White because I was going to use silver cording and silver glitter.  I stuck this onto a piece of thin white card so that the silver cording, which is secured between the back and front layers of the ornament, wouldn’t show through.

And then I followed the tutorial instructions to assemble my ornament.  I used a small silver half-pearl to tidy up the join between the two ends of my tape. It looks pretty, but unfortunately this means it will no longer fit into the protective slide mailer which I was starting to decorate. So you will see that as another project shortly!

Microscope slide ornament created using the Bookmarks and sentiments stamp set from Art Neko

 

 

This is what the back  of the microscope slide ornament looks like, with that beautiful paper.

Microscope slide ornament

 

As always, thank you for taking the time to visit the Art Neko blog this week. I hope you’ve been inspired by the creativity the team have shared with us -I know I have. Have a lovely weekend, and we’ll see you again next week.

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Handmade Flower Box

 

Hi folks, it’s Holly posting today.  I created this handmade flower box to share with you.  Did you know that Art Neko sells little pine boxes for you to decorate?  I had so much fun with this.  I knew I wanted to use one of the gorgeous collage scenes from the Antique Seed Catalogs collage sheet (B-Muse store), so I stained my box with an antique oak finish.  I stained it several times, letting it dry completely between each layer.  After the box was completely dry, I went over it with some Antique Bronze gilding wax.  After I buffed the wax with a soft cloth, it was ready for the floral collage scene.

I cut this sweet floral scene from the Antique Seed Catalogs collage sheet and matted it with some dark brown cardstock.  I glued this to the top of the box, making sure to leave a little room on the side for a small handmade flower bouquet.  I tied my little bouquet together with some linen thread and glued it down on the box.

This is a sweet little box that I can give to my mom for her earrings and bracelets.  Mother’s Day is coming up soon, so hopefully this will give you some gift ideas for the women in your life.  You can’t go wrong with flowers!

Products used:

Hinged Pine Box with Magnet Closure from Art Neko

Antique Seed Catalogs collage sheet from B-Muse

 

Other boxes for sale in the Art Neko store:

Pine Wood Box, Rectangular

Clear Lid Wooden Cigar Box

Round Canisters with Window Lids (metal containers)

 

 

 

 

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Golden Woman playing Samisen

Hello Art Neko Fans, today I am sharing this golden beauty of a Japanese Woman Playing a Samisen. A Moon Gate is behind her. Check out the entire sheet here – I am on love of this Asian Influence Sumi-e Paintings.

I started with brushed gold cardstock and stamped the Plum Blossom Branch with a Tiny Butterfly in Versamark many times on the background. I sprinkled the gold embossing powder over the image and heat set it with my heat tool.

I love the beauty of these images in gold. On white cardstock, I stamped the Japanese Woman Playing a Samisen in Versamark to emboss it with gold embossing powder. Using the Big Shot and a circle die cut, I cut it out to create the circle. I had it a little off center to allow an area to add some dew drops. I adhered the gold cardstock to a white card base.  Three golden dew drops were affixed to the lower left arc of the circle, and then I added some dimensionals to raise the focal portion.  My final touch was to tie a bow on the bottom of the card.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Be sure to scroll down to see MORE of what the talented designers have created!

 

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