Grape celebration

For today’s card I have been playing with the Asian Woman Picking Grapes stamp. For the background  I used a technique called Shaped Stencil Technique by the Technique Junkies. You find the tutorial HERE.

The card is started with making the stencil shaped background, before adding the stamp. For that I used my misti, so to be sure that the stamped image would come out right. Then I colored the Asian Woman with pencil and added a sentiment that is cut out with a thinlit. I cut it out twice: one black and one in the color of the base of the card. Thanks for looking, hope you like it. Have a creative day!

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A Rose in Summer

Hello everyone, Kia here with you today and I would like to share this card I made for today’s post.  As most everyone knows, I love Clean and Simple cards.  I like the open airy feeling they give, and that is what I was thinking while making this card.  For this card I used a couple stamps. First is the leaf background stamp, which I stamped using a citrus green ink.  I cut the panel to size and attached to a vellum die cut stitched rectangle.  I then stamped the Old Fashioned Rose 3, heat embossing with gold embossing powder, and fussy cut one of the flowers for my card.  I watercoloured the rose using Zig brushes in a lemon yellow, and the citrus leaves, then styled and attached to the raised panel on a foam dot.  I then added a strip of  gold glitter tape to my card base, and stamped and heat embossed the summer sentiment from the 4 Seasons Kanji and English, using gold embossing powder.  And to finish, a few sequins, just in case there wasn’t enough sparkle!  I hope you enjoy my card today and I will see you next time.

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Bumble Bee

Hello! Leah with you today with a simple but encouraging card that’s perfect to give to someone just because. I love this time of year as everything starts to wake up and the flowers and bees come back around. I used the lovely image called The Humble Bumble Bee as my main focus and colored it with Copic markers.

The sentiment is so perfect with the bee as well. I stamped it onto some patterned paper and cut the end to be a little flag shape.

I hope your day is filled with sunshine and that you’ll share it with whomever you meet along your way. Thanks for dropping by!

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Birthday Girl Gift Tag

Happy Friday, everybody; it’s Sabrina here today with a Birthday Girl Gift Tag to dress up a small gift. I love adding tags like this to birthday and Christmas gifts.

 

Gift tag using fancy papers and stamps from Art Neko

This actually started out as a project with no stamps, simply using the lovely papers from Art Neko, but then I decided to stamp a repeated sentiment across my tag and to add a little wrapped gift, too.

Large shipping tags are available from B-Muse.com (now owned by Art Neko), you will find them on THIS page, about four lines from the top. I used a dress-form on my tag because I was given a gift of a Tim Holtz die a couple of years ago – but a perfect alternative would be the Torso Tags from B-Muse.com – they are on the same page I have just linked, but right down at the end of the page.

I actually coloured the tag quite some time ago so I’m afraid I can’t remember exactly what I did, but I know it was distress inks sponged on, then spritzed with a silver shimmer mist and a stencil laid down on it for a few minutes, giving a slight textured look. I put it on a sheet of grid paper to help me stamp the  Happy Birthday sentiment across it in parallel  lines.

My dress form was cut from a cereal box and swiped with distress inks. I cut a scrap of holographic paper to cover the torso, and then set about creating the skirt. For this, I used a small piece of the Gold Stars on a Field of Black polyester fabric paper.  I scored it at 1/2″ intervals using a score-board, and then pleated it – it holds the pleats beautiful. I stuck a  narrow strip of paper on the waistline of the dress-form, and then carefully shaped the skirt onto it. I added a belt cut from another scrap of paper to neaten it up, with a  large gem for a buckle,  and trimmed the hem where necessary to make it even.

To add to the birthday feel, I decided to add a small wrapped gift, and used the Furoshiki Wrapped Gift for this purpose. I stamped it on thin card, cut it out, coloured it with markers and added another gem over the knot in the bow. It needed a little grounding, I thought, so I just added an offcut from my micrcoscope slide ornament! A ribbon to add the tag to a gift finishes off this Birthday Girl Gift Tag.

 

A Birthday Girl Gift Tag using papers and stamps from Art Neko

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the teams’ creations this week – make sure to come by again soon for more inspiration.

 

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Gigantic Jellyfish

Hello Everyone, This week, I am sharing a card I created using the Magnificent Japanese Jellyfish image. With the hope of summer looming around the corner, I chose blues and purples. This morning, as I was preparing to work on my write up, I googled Gigantic Jellyfish and there are many articles over the years of these jellyfish invasions. Very interesting considering we do not often hear about that in Wisconsin.

When creating this project, I used watercolor paper along with my gelato crayons. I use metallic blues and purples and colored directly on the image, then lightly misted with water. In order to get the color vibrancy I wanted, I stamped the image twice, which created a blurry effect for the writing. Once that dried, I used Hologram Highlights Embossing Powder and heat embossed to give the image more dimension.

To finish the card, I used black border stickers to frame the card and mounted the watercolor paper on blue cardstock. The next project I will be sharing, another day will be using some of the B-muse papers.  If you have not checked out those products yet, I encourage you to do so! There is such a gorgeous variety of papers to create fun art work and gifts with. Thank you for taking the time to look today!

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ATC’s for Mom

Today I created a serie of atc’s for Mother’s Day with some of the images from the teacups, the dragonfly medallion and the Chikanobu Collage Sheet 3. I cut them to the size of 2 x 3 inch so i could use them on the atc’s in combination with some other images. After mounting the iimages to the background href=”http://www.artneko.com/displayItem/A209-0008″>Oda Nobunaga Family Crest. All the stamping is embossed with black or gold embossing powder.

The letters that make MOM are die cuts from a Tim Holtz die and glued to the cards after I added a little ink all around each letter.

On my Craftchaos Blog you can see all the atc’s one by one and I have another cute little giftbox idea there.

Hoppe all you crafty moms have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

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Misteak!

At first glance one has to wonder if this is a spelling mistake or a play on words.  I am taking it as a play on words, and as a card maker I know these words well.  This sentiment is included with the Half sheet of assorted texts and fonts and I decided that the sentiment needed a matching background, so I am calling my background a play on stamps where I used the beautiful Old Fashioned Rose 3.

I stamped the full rose, then stamped parts of the rose around my cardstock. Once I was happy I die cut my background using my stitched rectangle die and attached to a deep yellow cardstock. For the sentiment I die cut using a stitched label die and attached it to my background on foam strips.   And, to finish I used my trademark sequins in the same deep yellow colour.  For a bit more glam I added Wink of Stella to the flower centre’s, which is very pretty, but hard to see in the photo.

I hope you enjoy this card today and look forward to seeing you next time here on the Art Neko Blog.

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Framed Koi

Hello! Leah here today with a card that has a beautiful image and a wonderful saying. I love sentiments that have a lot of meaning. The stamp set I used is called Framed Koi and Kanji with a Wee Butterfly.

I just love this sentiment. He who obtains has little he who scatters has much. So true! I stamped the image and sentiment onto watercolor paper and colored it with Tombow markers. For the water I used a very light blue and quickly covered the entire background. I then went over the water in the front of the image around the koi with the same blue to achieve a darker tone. I love how one color can give varying effects.

The bit of patterned paper is from a collage sheet from Bmuse. I added a twine bow to finish it. I hope you enjoyed my card and be sure to scatter some kindness today!

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Daisy and Snail birthday card

Hello everyone, it’s Sabrina here this Friday with a Daisy and Snail birthday card. I have plenty of summer birthdays, and with the weather improving here it’s definitely gardening time.

 

Daisy and Snail birthday card, close-up of the pieced dasiy

 

I used the daisy stamp from the Bookmarks and Sentiments plate – as I mentioned before, I trimmed the thank-you sentiment off it to use separately, as I get more use from the daisy on its own. This time I went for some simple paper-piecing, using a scrap of the Pastel Bargello Fans paper from the selection of Japanese papers available from Art Neko. I stamped the flower over two different areas of the paper, so that I could cut the yellow centre separately.  I also stamped the daisy on plain white card, and coloured the grassy foreground and the leaves with pencils.

My Silly Snail was stamped twice on thin white card, using Versafine Onyx Black, and sponged with distress inks to add some colour. The shell was cut out and layered onto the first snail.

After stamping the vertical Happy Birthday  ( I love vertical sentiments, and in this case it really goes well with the tall daisy stem), I tore along one edge. Then I used a stencil and some distress ink and lightly sponged with blue to add a bit of depth. Then I stitched along the other edge – I like to use thread designed for buttonholes or top-stitching, as they are a bit thicker than the regular thread and stand out more. Finally I dry-embossed a strip along the edge of my base card, where it would show under the torn edge, and added my main panel.

 

Daisy and Snail birthday card using stamp from bookmarks and sentiments plate and a Silly Snail

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing what the team members have created to share with us this week. Have a good weekend, and make sure to come by again next week and see what new beauties are on display.

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Five Sea Shells

Hi, it’s Chrissy D posting today.  I was playing with my gelatos today and I wanted to see how it looked in shades of yellows, oranges and reds as opposed to the normalblues and purples.  I stamped this summery Five Sea Shells with some Brown Staz On ink onto watercolor paper.  Then I pulled out my Gelatos and started coloring with the yellow, orange and red  gelatos.  So vibrant and cheerful!

I love the beachy feel of the sea shells, it makes me long for warmer, sunnier days than the ones we are having here in Wisconsin.  I adhered the watercolor paper to red cardstock and white card base.  Three gold sequins were affixed to the lower left corner of the card, and then I added a strip of tacky tape across the middle section of the card.  My final touch was to sprinkle the white sanitized sand across the strip of tape.

This Five Sea Shells is so versatile. I love how you could color it, or even use a multicolored ink pad to get a variety of colors.

I hope you enjoyed my project today. Thank you for stopping by!

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