Japonisme Owl card and fridge magnet

Good morning everybody – it’s Sabrina here today with a card and fridge magnet created using the little Japonisme Owl stamp from Art Neko. In this first photo, I have taken the lid off the little tin so that you can see inside more clearly.


Fridge magnet in a tin, with the little Art Neko Japonisme owl in a leafy setting

Fridge magnet in a decorated round tin, with the little Art Neko Japonisme owl in a leafy setting


When I got the owl stamp, my intention was to make a little woodland setting for him using the little tin canisters stocked by Art Neko. These little tins are 2 inches in diameter and an inch deep.  I prepared mine by covering the outside of the base and the lid with some patterned paper. I also lined the inside rim. In the back I added a circle cut from the Gold Leaves on a Field of White paper, positioning the circle die over one of the gold leaves.  The owl was stamped on white card with black ink, coloured with pencils and then cut out. I added a little extra cards at each end of his branch perch, so that I could stick him about halfway between the back of the tin and the front. I added a few little die-cut ivy leaves, and added more of these with some little Liquid Pearl “berries” to the outside of the tin – and I finished it off by adding a strip of peel and stick magnet to the back, so that he can be used as a fridge magnet.


A card and fridge magnet set created using the Japonisme Owl from Art Neko.


Once I’d finished this little gift, I thought I should make a matching card to go with it. So I stamped the owl again and coloured him with pencils. I created a front panel by sponging a piece of kraft cardstock with 3 different shades of brown distress inks to create a faux wood effect.  After cutting a circle aperture in it to nest the Japonisme Owl in, then I embossed it with a leafy embossing folder and added doodled white outlines to most of the embossing. I added another matting layer of some leafy scrap from my box of spare backgrounds. After tying some bakers’ twine around the panel, I popped it up on foam tape and added it to a kraft base which was scored along the top and bottom edges.

A CAS card using Art Neko's Japonisme Owl recesessed behind a panel embossed with a leaf pattern and doodled with a white pen.


Pink Whimsy Watercolored Flowers



Hi everyone.  It is Holly posting today.  Chrissy is away on a road trip, so I’m jumping in to share this watercolored flower card with you.  I pulled out this stamp from the Flowers and Whimsy sheet from Art Neko because I wanted to try watercoloring it.  I stamped it with Versamark onto some Fabriano Studio Hot Press watercolor paper and then covered it with clear embossing powder.  After shaking off the excess powder, I melted the powder with a heat tool.

Zig Clean Color markers are water based, and they have some very fine brushes on the coloring ends of the markers.  I pulled out three colors – a pale blue, a deep green, and a deep red.  I outlined the flowers and leaves with the pale blue color first, and then I went back over the blue with a wet paintbrush to pull the color out.  After I waited a little bit for the paper to dry, I colored in the edges of the leaves with the deep green color.  I did not fill in the entire leaf – just the edge.  Then I used my wet brush to drag some of the green color over each leaf.

Once again, I waited until the paper was dry before starting in on the pink flowers.  I used a deep red color on just one edge of each petal, and then I used the wet brush to pull the color out onto the rest of the petal.  That deep red color turned into a vibrant pink during this process.  That was a fun discovery!

After my piece was completely dry, I cut the paper down to a smaller size (3″ x 4″) and matted it with a dark green cardstock.  I stamped this sentiment with green ink onto a scrap piece of the same watercolor paper and cut it out with a circle die.  The sentiment can be found on the Friendship, Get Well, and Thank You’s sheet from Art Neko.

I found a small length of this pink ribbon which coordinated beautifully with my flowers, so I tied it around the bottom of the floral piece.  This piece is attached to a sandy gray card base with some foam tape.  I added some more foam tape to the sentiment and adhered that next to the flowers.

I hope this card inspires you to experiment with coloring.  It is fun to see what happens when you try new things!





Gold Weaving Background with Vase by Holly Brown


Hi folks, it’s Holly popping in with another surprise posting this weekend.  Remember the washi weaving card I shared last weekend?  I played with black and gold cardstock for my paper weaving this time.  It’s a lot of fun once you get the hang of the weaving.  I cut the black and gold cardstocks into 1/4″ strips and then weaved them together.  I created a much tighter weave, and I love how this background resembles a bamboo placemat or a rug.

I pulled out this image from the Tea Time in the Orient sheet which I thought was a vase.  I stamped it with Versamark and embossed it with gold embossing powder.  After the melted embossing powder cooled, I cut out the vase with fine tipped scissors.  I cut a square of black cardstock and turned it so that it looks like a diamond on the black and gold weaving background.  The vase is adhered to the black diamond with some foam tape.

Upon reading the description on the Art Neko website, I found out that what I thought was a vase is actually a tea cup with a cover to keep the tea warm.   I learn something new every day!  🙂




Sorry You Caught a Bug (in a box)

It’s Sabrina here today with a small 3D project, using the Whimsical and Kind Sayings set to present a bug in a box as a small get-well gift. Sorry you caught a bug? You won’t be sorry you caught this one!


Get well gift of a decorative matchbox containing origami flowers and a ladybug, created using the Whimsical and Kind Sayings set from Art Neko


The Whimsical and Kind Sayings set includes a little ladybug and a bee, and “Sorry You Caught A Bug”, along with an assortment of other useful everyday sentiments. I was casting around for a way to use “Sorry You Caught A Bug” other than simply using the bug or bee in a jar – and came up with this idea. The box was created using a Sizzix matchbox die, Bazzill card and some old DP for the outside. I stamped the ladybug and sentiment in black before assembling the outside of the box. Then a added a liner cut from the same card as the actual box – adding a tab to make it easy to lift. Here I stamped the “Get Well Soon” sentiment. To give you an idea of  the finished size, the Sizzix die that I used is one of their Thinlits, and creates a box which measures 3/4″ x 2 5/8″ x 3 1/2″.


Get well gift of a decorative matchbox containing origami flowers and a ladybug, created using the Whimsical and Kind Sayings set from Art Neko


And inside –  something to bring a smile, I hope; a couple of origami morning glory flowers and a pleated leaf, along with a full-color version of the ladybug. This time I stamped it on watercolour paper and embossed it with clear embossing powder. Then I cut it out, coloured it with Inktense pencils and shaped it slightly with a large stylus before adding it to the leaf.

Get well gift of a decorative matchbox containing origami flowers and a ladybug, created using the Whimsical and Kind Sayings set from Art Neko




Speaking of origami – why don’t you  take a few minutes  to check out the gorgeous selection of Japanese  papers in the Art Neko store. And remember to come by again next week for some more inspiring creations from the team.

Here’s a close-up of my flowers: I used regular origami paper, and added details to the flowers with a white gel pen and some Stickles.

A get well gift of a decorative matchbox containing origami flowers and a little ladybug


Three women


Hello everyone! Hetty here with a new card, This time I used the stylized geisha’s in a stylized frame stamp. You find it here. For the background I used a stencil (that I thought looked like a bunch of parasols) and various colors of distress ink: fossilized amber, worn lipstick, wild honey and rusy hinges. By using washi tape, you can set the colors next to each other.

hs_art-neko_woman_stencilWhen I finished the background with colors, I added some smokey black splashes. Then the 3 women are stamped and colored them with the same distress inks as used for the background. After cutting out the image it is mounted to pink and black paper, the same as the card. A ribbon and a sentiment complete the card.

Thank yiou for looking and have a creative day!




Framed Bamboo


This is Framed Bamboo Poem with Bamboo Leaves. I really do love this stamp and really enjoyed making this card.  I wanted my Bamboo Leaves to be done in an olive green, but I wanted my frame and letters to be done in gold heat embossing.

To do this I positioned my stamp in my Misti and used Tim Holtz Crushed Olive Distress Ink to colour the leaves.  I have the mini cubes, so it made it easy to watch where I was stamping the ink.  I then spritzed the image with water before stamping on watercolour paper. After cleaning my stamp and used my embossing pen to ink up the frame and letters with embossing ink and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  To add another layer of framing I die cut my image using a stitched rectangle die, then matted with a thin border of the same green used in the image. To finish I added some bling by way of my signature sequins in the greens and golds.

I hope you enjoy this post today, and I look forward to seeing you next time.


Red Dragonfly in Autumn by Holly Brown

Red dragonflies signal the coming of autumn - by Holly Brown

Have you seen a red dragonfly?  It’s Holly posting today, and I love this quote from Art Neko.  I have not seen any red dragonflies here, but at least I can create my own with stamps and ink.  I started by cutting a sheet of cream cardstock slightly smaller than an A2 card size (5.5″ by 4.25″).  I then masked off a small strip by sticking some Post-it Notes down on the top and middle of the cream cardstock.  Once my area was masked off, I started sponging some inks onto the little strip of exposed cream cardstock.

I started by sponging some mustard ink in the center, and then I added some rusty orange ink to the left side.  I ended with some cherry red ink on the edge next to the orange ink.  Going back to the right side of the mustard ink, I sponged some moss green ink and then some denim blue ink.  It’s so fun to see the progression of the colors merging into each other.  I deliberately chose darker hues for these rainbow colors to reflect the feel of autumn.

After the autumn rainbow strip was done, I pulled off all the Post-it Notes.  I stamped the sentiment from Art Neko below the rainbow strip with a black ink.  The three dragonflies were stamped with a cherry red ink.  All three of these dragonfly stamps are found on the Dragonflies Galore and More sheet.  I love the different sizes of these dragonflies.  Look how I was able to stamp the smallest one next to the sentiment.

After all my sponging and stamping was done, I adhered the piece to a cherry red card base.  It looks like there are more layers on this card, but it is just the red card base and the cream cardstock.  Masking does wonders for fooling the eye.

I hope you have a wonderful week!






Cranes with Bamboo and Pine

Hello! Leah from Paper Blossoms here today and I have a card to share with you using some pretty bird images.


Crane with Bamboo, Crane with Pine card by Leah Cornelius

This image is called (A269) Crane with Bamboo Crane with Pine. I wanted to use the image individually so I cut them apart. I then die cut scallop circles out of white cardstock and stamped each image in Memento Tuxedo Black.  I colored the images with Copic markers. I layered black cardstock behind the crane images and layered patterned paper for my card base. A row of sequins gives just a bit of sparkle. I chose muted, earth colors for my cranes.


I like how they cranes are each facing a different direction. Even with smaller stamps you can create a pretty and balanced card. I hope you enjoyed today’s creation and thanks for stopping by!


Washi Paper Weaving with Kanji by Holly Brown




Hi everyone!  It’s Holly posting today.  I’m sneaking in a surprise post this weekend, and I created this paper weaving background to share with you.  There is a special Yahoo group called Oriental Stamp Art, and the technique challenge for September 2016 is weaving.  We can do any kind of weaving, so I chose to weave some strips of washi paper with some strips of brushed gold cardstock.  I wanted to be able to see most of the beautiful washi paper so I only used five little strips of gold cardstock in a very loose weave.  The kanji sentiment, found on this sheet from Art Neko, was stamped with Versamark onto black cardstock and embossed with gold embossing powder.

The Oriental Stamp Art group is very active with lots of swaps, mingles, contests, and artwork sharing.  If you are interested in this group, you can join by checking it out here.  Just click on the “Join” button and follow the directions.  After you’ve been approved, you’ll be able to see all the artwork and join in by sharing your own Oriental artwork.  If you’d like more information, OSA also has a blog here.  Please feel free to check it out by clicking on the tabs at the top of the page.  It is a wonderful resource for Asian culture and artwork and techniques.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!







Tiled Egrets in the Snow

Hello everybody !

It’s  Friday – so it’s me, Sabrina, here again with another card to share with you – Tiled Egrets in the Snow . This week I am once again using the Shoson Five Snowy Egrets with Wee Calligraphy stamp from Art Neko. I like to know that there are several ways of using a stamp, and I’m sure you’ll agree that this is quite different from the faux whitewash card I shared a couple of weeks ago using the same stamp!

Shoson's Five Snowy Egrets done with a Faux Tile Technique.






For this  card, I stamped the image on white card with Versafine black ink, and then coloured it with Polychromos pencils. I used a gel pen to add colour back into the falling snow.

Then I cut the image into tiles; I used a quilting ruler to identify the centre of the image, and it turned out that cutting it into tiles about 1″ wide by 1 1/8″ high worked out to include the entire image. Then I distressed the edges and sponged them lightly with some pale grey ink.

Each tile was coated with a layer of Diamond Glaze and left overnight to dry.
The next morning I assembled them onto a blue base, leaving a tiny space between each tile. Those tiles that just had snow on them were a little bit like a jigsaw – and in the end I had to refer back to an earlier card to make sure I got them right!! I matted that onto black and added it to a white card base.
I spent a long time deciding whether to leave it just as it was, or to add the black die-cut “hello” (a Memory Box die)  which was on my desk as a leftover from another project. In the end, as you can see, I added it – since I had already added gloss to it it went very well with the tiled effect.

Five Snowy Egrets card with Art Neko stamp using a faux tile technique


I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing all the lovely creations which the team have been sharing this week. Make sure to stop by again next week for more inspiration.


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