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.


Iris Folded Dragon



Hello, Hetty here with a fun technique card. Have you ever tried iris folding? It does look very complicated, but in fact is is super easy. It is just a bunch of folded papers and some cellotape and a template to follow. I found this free template of the dragon HERE. Now you can give it a try too. Click on the image, it will get larger and you can safe it to your computer with a right mouse click.



For the dragon I used various gold colored papers and the eye is a brad. The background is embossed. I did that before I cut out the dragon shape.



You find the birthday sentiment with kanji here.

Thank you for looking

and have a creative day!




お主は俺の敵か? Onushi wa ore no teki ka?

OK this is Chrissy D here – and I couldn’t help myself with this CUTE little Samurai cat. Here is a sassy Samurai cat and he is saying: お主は俺の敵か? Onushi wa ore no teki ka? You wanna piece o’ this? (literal translation: Are you my enemy?)

Well, I know YOU are not my enemy – but I thought it would be fun to share that. I do not read Japanese, nor do I speak it, so I have no idea even how to pronounce it. I am sure GOOGLE would be able to tell me though, right?

I had so much fun playing with this stamp set and creating a background to match the cat. If you love Asian type images, Art Neko has a wide variety of beautiful images. However, even if the Asian style is NOT your type, I know there are more images than we can imagine to draw from our creative juices.  For instance, Art Neko offers so many beautiful florals, you can spend an hour or more looking through the variety of luscious papers, punches and images! Then let’s say you like whimsical and FUN images that may strike your humorous side – you can see those HERE. I love the fact Art Neko has a search button because I can type in whatever words I want too and seach to find what I am looking for!
All right, moving on to my card! I had a ton of fun playing with my Gelatos. I started out with Water color paper and scribbled my gelatos across the background in a “tiger” pattern. I sprayed water with a mister and then using my Aquapainter and brush strokes I blended the colors in a bit. The little circles behind the images, was a scrap I had left for a die cut, I wanted to use up.

I stamped the Samurai Cartoon Cat in Memento Black ink and colored him with my Copic Markers and White gel pen. I matted the card on Black cardstock and then some orange cardstock.

Once finished, I stamped the sentiment using the image from this Tiger’s Galore sheet and added these Iridescent Round Faceted Gems


Thank you for stopping by! Enjoy your Labor Day!


Gansai Tambi Watercolored Mum

mustard mum hb


Hi everyone!  It’s Holly posting today, and I played with my Gansai Tambi watercolors this time.  I stamped this beautiful Framed Stained Glass Chrysanthemum with archival black ink onto some watercolor paper.  Then I used a paintbrush dipped in water to pick up colors from my palette of Gansai Tambi watercolors.  I wanted some autumn colors for my flower, so I colored it with some mustard and  hints of orange and red.  This piece was set aside to dry completely for several hours.

The background is a layer of mustard cardstock which has been embossed with a brick pattern.  It is adhered to a black card base.  I matted the watercolored flower piece with some black cardstock, and I added the persimmon orange ribbon underneath the image.

There are so many different colors you could use with this chyrsanthemum.  Imagine this in pinks or reds or purples or even white.  You could color this with anything.  Watercolors, colored pencils, Copic markers, or even crayons would be lovely with this image.  I used my Gansai Tambi watercolors because I wanted to see how they blended on a flower and leaves and ribbons.  These Gansai Tambi watercolors are very creamy and the pigments are very rich.  They work very well with floral images like this one from Art Neko.

Art Neko has hundreds of beautiful floral stamps.  Check out their catalog of floral images and have fun shopping!




Butterflies and Flowers

Hi Everyone, Chrissy D here!!! Every now and then I see an image or a technique that I just have to try but do not always have the correct supplies, so I improvise… Some times it works and other times, I throw the project in the trash or set it aside for another day. I got lucky this week and it turned out. *HAPPY DANCE*
I started with the Crafters Workshop stencil, Treescape and taped it down to Smooth White cardstock with my painters tape. I used a Stipple Brush along with several ink colors – mustard, navy, light blue, lavender and olive to create the background. Using the Butterflies and Flowers bookmark,  I stamped the image using Staz On Black Ink and then proceeded to clean it right away using the StazOn All Purpose Cleaner to clean the stamp.  Art Neko also carries refills for this great cleaner! You can find the StazOn All-Purpose Stamp Cleaner Refill here.
Butterfly border

I grabbed my old Watercolor crayons from my stash and used my Aquapainter to watercolor the floral image. However, as I was looking around Art Neko, I found this! Have you seen these? Liquid Ink Markers Set (10)These sound so cool! These markers can be can be blended with a watercolor brush to create even more colors. Imagine the possibilities! Adding them to my WISH LIST! I love FUN, NEW toys, don’t you?

To finish off the card, I stamped Thank You in StazOn ink and added Stickles to the flowers on the bookmark.  I appreciate you stopping by today! Be sure to come back tomorrow to see Miss Holly Brown’s artwork. Have a great day!



Fun with Silly Snails

It’s Sabrina here again – and today I want to share a couple of my Silly Snails cards.  I love this set – they have been crawling onto quite a few of my cards recently. I like that they come in three different sizes and are not all going in the same direction.

Close-up shot of Silly Snail with a Glossy Accents shell






My first card is a more artsy one – I used watercolours on a piece of Tyvek, and then shrank and distressed it with my iron. Don’t let it come in direct contact – not good for the iron even if the Tyvek looks pretty cool afterwards. As soon as I had made this piece, I knew I wanted to use it as a setting for one of the snails…I used silver embroidery thread to create a little trail for him, and green cotton to embroider flower leaves and stems. The flowers are just punched from scraps of old backgrounds, with a sequin and French knot to finish them off.

For the snail, I stamped him with Memento Chocolate brown, coloured him with Polychromos pencils and glazed his shell with Glossy Accents after cutting him out.

I used a sentiment from Whimsical and Kind Sayings, stamping it with the same brown ink on a kraft card base, and then adding sparkle with a Sakura Stardust pen.  To finish, I just added a couple of score lines.

Art Neko Silly Snails on a Tyvek background, with punched flowers and embroidery


My second card uses the same sentiment set and two of the Silly Snails, but is totally different in style. I made it to send to someone who has a lot of problems to deal with just now. I often see snails climbing up our back wall if I go out late at night – and that inspired this card, which is meant to give the encouragement that even when we don’t see the end of a problem (brick wall) in sight, we’ve just got to “hang in there”.

This time I stamped the snails in black ink and coloured them with pencils. The brick wall was created with an embossing folder, and I added a bit of die-cut grass that was lying on my desk to give the earthbound snail a little grounding.

Art Neko Silly Snails - one is climbing up a dry-embossed brick wall,.






Cherry Blossoms

Stylized Cherry Blossoms Hanging Over a Pond

Cherry Blossoms

Good morning everyone, Kia here today and I am sharing my Art Neko Stylized Cherry Blossoms Hanging Over a Pond image with you today.  Cherry Blossom Trees are so beautiful, especially when there is more than one.

I first stamped my image using Memento London Fog Ink. I took my time adding colour to the Cherry Blossom, doing so with Zig Brushes and a damp paint brush in order to control the amount of water. And, I tried to let it dry between colours, but I was getting ancy to see the finished tree. I painted the flowers with a light pink, then added Crimson Red to the centre of the flowers and touched it with my damp brush to allow it to spread. I added matting using the colours from the image and attached to my embossed background. I then printed the “beauty/beautiful” symbol out on my computer and went over it with my silver glitter pen several times, die cut and attached to the card front on foam dots.

Thank you for having a look today and I hope you enjoy this Stylized Cherry Blossom Over a Pond card.


Falling Leaves

Hey Everyone – Chrissy D., here in Wisconsin. Right down the road the leaves are starting to change. School will be starting for many children this week and we can begin to enjoy a little cooler weather. I may have mentioned fall is my favorite time of year. I have had so much fun playing with the leaf images from Art Neko and pulling out some of my supplies that have sat for quite awhile.

I started with Navy Cardstock and stamped the leaf images from the set of Leaves, Acorns and Kanji set using White Craft Ink. I then used a sponge (Art Neko sells a fabulous Sable brush for this, I intend to order!) to apply my Chalks to create this background of cascading leaves. I added some faux stitching to the background before I added layers of Mustard and Olive cardstock. (Be sure to check out ALL of the gorgeous papers and card stock Art Neko has to offer! WOW!!! What a wonderful variety for you to get your Creative Genius on!)

chalkedleavesOnce the background was complete, I used my Big Shot and my Nestabilities Die Set Labels 2 on the Navy Cardstock and using Bright white cardstock the circle die. I then stamped Thinking of You in Navy ink. Once I had that complete, I stacked them using foam mounting squares to add a little dimension to the card. I then stamped the assorted leaves from the Leaves, Acorns and Kanji set on white cardstock, inked the entire image with Versamark ink and using a stipple brush added the chalks . I then fussy cut them out and adhered them to the white cardstock.

To finish the card off, I used a Navy Sharpie marker I added some free hand dots around the circle and some dew drops in each of the four corners.

Be sure to stop by tomorrow to see what Kia has to share!








Birthday Card


Hello! Hetty here.

I have a masculine birthday card for you. It so happens today is the birthday of my husband and he loves fishes, especially koi fishes. We did have a pond, but now that we have grandchildren, we decided to cover the pond. I am sure in the future we will have one again. So for this card i used the koi stamp here and a wave stamp for the background here.


I started with the white panel and cuting a circle out of it, stamping the wave for background. Then I stamped the fishes on a separate piece of paper with black ink and colored them with orange distress ink and a water brush. After the fishes were cut, I placed one behind the circle. A piece of blue holographic paper behind the white panel and then the other fish was placed on the card.  On light blue I stamped the birthday sentiment and cut it out with a circle die. With one that was a little larger I cut also a circle from the holographic blue paper. Glued together and punching 2 holes I attached the circle with white scrappers floss to the card. Finishing off the card with sticky gemstones.

Thank you for looking and I hope you have a creative day!


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