News from Art Neko

Hi everyone!  Art Neko will be offline for several weeks as they transition to a new website for the store.  We will be back next month with lots of great artwork and some fun giveaways to celebrate the Grand Opening of the new website for Art Neko.

 

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Skeleton Leaves in Taupe

Hi everyone, it’s Holly popping in with a surprise posting this weekend.  Today I am sharing this card called Skeleton Leaves in Taupe.  I’ve been playing with some of the brand new fall-themed stamps that are now available in the Art Neko store.  See those skeleton leaves?  I have fallen in love with these and I can’t stop stamping them on everything!

When I first started playing with these skeleton leaf stamps, I just grabbed the first inkpad I could see, which happened to be a taupe color.  I then decided to make the entire card taupe and white for an elegant clean and simple look.  After I stamped the skeleton leaves, I cut them out with scissors.  I stamped this beautiful ornate frame and the sentiment from the new A415 sheet (Fall Images and Quotes) with the same taupe color and cut them out.  I arranged the leaves on the frame and then placed the sentiment over the ends of the leaves.  For the card base, I wrapped some taupe lace around a white layer before I glued down the framed piece.  Then I glued the whole thing down on some taupe cardstock.

Check out the fabulous new fall themed stamps in the Art Neko store.  There will be a few more new stamps in the coming weeks, so keep checking back.  I’ve provided the links below so you can start shopping.  Have fun!!

A413 Fall Harvest

A415 Fall Images and Quotes

Skeleton Leaves

 

 

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Ginkgo Leaf

 

Today I choose the ginkgo leaf stamp to make some cards and started to make some backgrounds.

1. on the left I used 4 different colors of embossing powder, 2. in the middle the image is embossed with clear embossing powder and colored with lime green color burst powder and 3. on the right the 3 colors of distress oxide colors.

These backgrounds came out so beautiful, that i wanted to show of the stamp with not so moch else added.

For this card I die cutted the sentiment added a ribbon and a few sticky pearls to set of the beauty of the ginkgo leaf background.

This is the embossed background. You may wonder how I did this. Stamp the image with versamark and add ech color of embossing powder one by one. Tap off the first color, put the left over powder in the jar and close the lid (so you make not the mistake i did by adding the powder in the wrong pot). Then the next color the same way and every other color after that. Also hew sticky pearls. Great for an Autumn birthday.

I have one more card on my Craftchaos Blog, hope you come over and see. Thank you all for looking and have a creative day!

Hetty

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Jellyfish Shadowbox Card

Hi everyone, it’s Holly posting today.  I made this fun Jellyfish Shadowbox Card to share with you today along with a fun little sand-filled necklace.

Have you ever seen a Shadowbox Card?  It lays flat so you can mail it, but when you push the sides in, it expands the middle so it becomes a shadowbox.  There is a great tutorial on SCS here if you’d like to try making one.  The picture below shows a different angle on the card – you can see the “box” part better.

 

I started this card by stamping the beautiful jellyfish image with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink.  This jellyfish stamp is from the P041 Japanese Fishing Scenes sheet.  I cut the paper down so it would fit inside the blue shadowbox.  Once the shadowbox card was assembled, I had a better idea of where to place the sentiment.

I stamped the kanji “Friend” with the same Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink and trimmed it down.  This kanji stamp is from the A337 Friendship, Get Well, and Thank You sheet.  With the shadowbox standing up, I carefully placed the kanji inside right on top of the stamped jellyfish.

When i was shopping for the ocean and mermaid stamps, I also found these adorable little glass vials with cork stoppers in the Art Neko store.  I filled one with the Galveston beach sand and a few of the tiny little seashells available from Art Neko.  After I secured the cork in the top, I wrapped some twine around the vial and tied it with a large loop.  This will be a cute little necklace to give to the friend who receives this card.

This is my last summer-themed project for this year.  I am already working on some fun new fall cards using brand new stamps that you will soon see in the store!  Come on back this weekend for a fun sneak peek!!

 

 

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Faux painted rocks to hide

rocks painted and decoupaged with art neko stamps

Lori here today on the blog. My daughter and I faux painted rocks to hide.  The concept of the rocks is to paint rocks and hide them for others to find.

The painted rock craze has just started to show up around our area. I don’t paint very well especially on rocks so we decoupaged colored images onto our rocks.

The stamps that I used are Windswept pine, ATC Pansies, and Roaring Tiger and Crescent Moon

The rocks were first completely painted with light colored acrylic paint, then with a natural sponge blue, pink and purple acrylic paint was sponged on each of the painted rocks. My daughter did a great job with the painting of the rocks.

While the rocks were drying I used my stamping tool to stamp each of the images onto white tissue paper with a water proof ink.

Using Prisma colored pencils I colored each image carefully so I didn’t rip the tissue paper.

With the coloring complete I carefully tore the extra tissue paper from around the images until they would fit perfectly on the rocks.

Using a matte decoupage glue I glued the images to the rocks adding at least 3 layers of the glue.

I taped a piece of tissue paper onto cardstock which I then ran through my laser printer, printing out this info “This painted rock was hidden for you to find & keep. Painted by Tabitha and Lori. contact us here paintbrushrock@gmail.com. Stamps used by artneko.com” I decoupaged this onto the bottom of the rocks.

Once the decoupage glue was dry, I sprayed all the rocks with a waterproof non yellowing lacquer. The rocks are ready for hiding!

I really hope whoever finds these pretty rocks contacts us at the special email I created just for the rocks. For a detailed process video of how I created these rocks click HERE. Have a great week! Happy Monday!

 

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Flaming Fall Colors – a haiku

It’s Sabrina here on the last Friday in August with Flaming Fall Colors – a haiku. The haiku is a very stylized traditional form of Japanese poetry. Traditionally each poem only had seventeen syllables; while that stricture has been loosened for more contemporary poems, they all hold true to the three-line format.  I have always loved this format, ever since reading Miss Happiness and Miss Flower, by Rumer Godden as a child. Part of the book describes how a boy builds a Japanese-style dolls-house for two Japanese dolls sent to his sisters. He and a younger cousin living with the family do a lot of research on how to make as authentic a house for the dolls as possible and one of the important decor items was a tiny scroll with a seasonal haiku on it. The appendix  in the book listed four different haiku, one for each season of the year.

Here I have used an autumnal haiku from the Japanese Haiku (poem) plate . There are  also many other haiku stamps available from Art Neko, in a variety of fonts – check them out here.  I think this one is really lovely: “My heart will find peace in the light of tomorrow after the dark storm”.

 

I took my inspiration for today’s card from the technique challenge on Splitcoaststampers this week, which was an ink spritzer background technique  – the tutorial can be found HERE.  I’ve also seen far too many leaves on the ground already round here, which was a secondary inspiration when it came to creating the tag.

For the background, I followed the tutorial, using  homemade sprays with distress re-inkers and picking rich autumnal colours to tie in with the haiku. When when the cardstock was dry, I embossed it with a leafy embossing folder from Darice, and gently swiped over the embossed leaves with Wild Honey, Fired Brick and Brushed Corduroy distress inks for some “flaming fall colors”.  I distressed the edges, and added it to a brown card base.

Then I took a leaf from the garden (appropriately enough, I used a Japanese Anemone), inked it up with Antique Linen distress ink, laid it on a sheet of card, put a sheet of kitchen towel on top to protect my plates,  and put it through the  Big Shot, creating a soft leafy background to stamp the verse on. I used a tag punch, and sponged the edges a little for definition, and then threaded through an assortment of fibres, ribbon and gold cording. I popped the tag up on foam tape, and finished the card off with a few sequins die-cut from gold card.

 

I hope you enjoyed this Flaming Fall Colors – a haiku, and that you have been inspired either to try out one of these fun techniques or to write your own haiku. Thanks for visiting this week -have a creative weekend, and make sure to stop by soon for more inspiration from the team.

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Sympathy Butterfly

Hello Art Neko fans, Kia here with you today to share this sympathy card.

I think we all need to have a few sympathy cards in our stash, which is what inspired this card.  I love using butterflies in general, but also think they are perfect for sympathy cards.

For the butterflies I wanted the background to have some movement, so I did my background using a foam brush and a sweeping motion across the paper using alcohol inks on glossy paper.  I used dark blues, turquoise and a lighter blue along with a hint of pinks, which show up better in real life. I then stamped the butterfly from the Butterflies and Dragonflies Plate A199 and the Sympathy sentiment on acetate and heat embossed with silver embossing powder. The detail in the butterfly shows beautifully done in the silver. I attached the acetate with vellum tape to my alcohol background. For the frame I used the negative left from die cutting another frame, which I think frames the piece nicely.

To finish I added a few sequins in the silver and blue and as I was gluing on acetate I used glossy accents.

Thank you for joining us here at Art Neko today. I will see you next time.

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Little Farm Girl and Calf

Hello Everyone! Chrissy D here sharing a sweet card of a little girl and her calf. I find this image so endearing and enjoyed coloring and creating this card.

To create this card, I ran the pink cardstock through my Big Shot with a flower embossing folder. Isn’t that cute? I like how it matches the horse shoe.

I stamped the Little girl image and the Horse shoe image using Black Memento Ink on white cardstock. You can get this image on an entire sheet called Cowboy Up, in a duo with the Little Cowboy and Cowgirl with Colt and Calf or individuallyI just love this set!

Once the image was stamped, I colored all of the images in using my Alcohol markers. Using a stitched circle diecut, I cut out the image. I had a dark gray sheet of cardstock cut at 4″ x 5 1/4″ and adhered the pink embossed cardstock to it. Taking my scissors, I cut out the horse shoe image.

I adhered the circle on the cardstock and used pop dots to raise up the horse shoe and mounted that on the card as well. Wrapping a pink gingham ribbon around the pink cardstock, I tied a bow. Folding the medium gray cardstock in half, I created the cardbase and adhere the layers onto it to finish the card. Using mini glue dots, I attached 3 sequins to complete the card!

So cute and so fun! Thanks for taking a look today!

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Medallion of Flowers

Inspired by a color challeng I made this card from the left over part of watercolor paper I died with oxide inks directly from my craftsheet. I used tree colors: fossilized amber, spiced marmalade and worn lipstick.

After the coloring I used the Bold flower medallion in a bed of calligrapy stamp with versamark on the watercolor and embossed the image with silver embossing powder. I decorated the circle with three sticky pearls.

On the top and bottom of the card you see a pair of ginkgo leaves in matching colors as decoration. The card is mounted on silver paper and decorated with a pink organza ribbon before mounted on the pink card. Thank you for looking and have a creative day!

Hetty

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Altered gelli print index card

geisha on a field of flowers

Hey Everyone! Good Monday to you. Lori here with you today I wanted to share this altered gelli print index card I created.

To create this altered gelli print index card I printed from my computer the Japanese proverb “No road is too long in the company of a friend”. I made sure it was printed to the far left and bottom of the gelli print. The printer I used is a laser printer so The ink will not smear.

After cutting out the appropriate size rectangle of 3X5 inch so it would fit on an index card I stamped Geisha on a field of flowers with Fun Stampers Journey black ink using a stamping tool. I stamped it to the far right of the 3X5 inch gelli plate rectangle print. The ink I used to stamp the Geisha is an ink that is permanent and wont smear if you heat set it and that’s what I did, I used a heat tool to set the ink since the gelli print was a chalky type of surface and stamping on that type of surface can cause an ink not to set/dry properly.

With a die in the shape of bamboo branches I die cut seven bamboo branches which I then glued in a scattered pattern in the upper left corner of the stamped gelli plate rectangle.

I used a small punch to punch out three swirls from gold foiled card stock. I glued those three swirls in the middle of the stamped gelli plate rectangle.

With a strong adhesive I glued the stamped gelli plate rectangle onto a 3X5 index card making sure the lines of the index card faced outward.

My altered index card is completed and I can use the lines as a guide on the back to add whatever info I want. To see a video tutorial of this altered index card click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by have a great week!

 

 

 

 

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