Author Archive | Chrissy Dickinson

A Bird Visiting

Hello Everyone! This is Chrissy D here today, sharing a card I created using the image, A Bird Visiting a Cherry Tree Flock of Birds in the Distance.  I decided to go with pink and white as my color choices to help create a warm summery feel. Using Black Memento Ink, I stamped the A Bird Visiting a Cherry Tree Flock of Birds in the Distance on white cardstock.  Did you know? Art Neko has a GREAT variety of beautiful papers in assorted weights and textures.

I layered Pink Cardstock on the white cardstock base and added Gold Bamboo Leaves on a Field of White paper over the top to mute the pink and create a softer look. I just LOVE these textured mulberry papers from Art Neko. So many choices!

I colored the image using my Chameleon Markers and using a bright pink ink, I ran the ink pad over the edges. Using pop dots to add some dimension, I adhered the image to the card base. Using gold thread, I wrapped the card four times and tied a bow. I used the Just a Note from the Whimsical and Kind Sayings sheet and stamped in pink. To complete the card, I added gold sequins.

I hope you enjoyed my project today. Join us again on Wednesday to see what eye candy Holly has created!


A Bird Visiting a Cherry Tree. Flock of Birds in the Distance – Image 411



Steam Punk Balloons

Hello Everyone! Happy June! Have you all checked out all of the cool papers and images at the B-muse store? I am loving the versatility and ease of using those great papers. On todays card, I have used the balloons from the Old Maps and Vintage Travel sheets.
On todays card, I stamped the Steampunk Gentleman with His Lady in black memento ink on White Cardstock. Using my Chameleon markers, I colored the image in. I find coloring so relaxing. Once that was completed, I used some light blue patterned paper and matted on black cardstock and a light blue shade as the card base.

I cut out the Hot Air Balloon image from the Old Maps and Vintage Travel sheets and mounted on top of the image. To finish the card, I added 3 sequins along the side of the image.

Have you seen the ornament Sabring created last week? You do not want to miss it! You can see the beautiful stamped ornament here.  Be sure to come back on Wednesday to see what Holly has in store for you! Thank you for stopping by!

Chrissy D



Vintage Postcard Advertising Mini Bag

Hi Everyone – Chrissy D here today sharing a project I created using the beautiful B-Muse papers. Using craft cardstock, I created a mini bag with this tutorial. I had a lot of fun using the images from the B-Muse papers collage sheet, Vintage Postcard Advertising Collage Sheets.

I sponged the edges of the mini bag and images from the collage sheet that I cut out with brown ink to give it an aged appearance. I overlapped the pieces of the papers and adhered them to the mini bag. I took the primary image and adhered it to the craft cardstock and another layer of black cardstock and used Dimensionals to pop up the image. The words are from the B-muse, Authentic Chinese Cookie Fortunes Bmuse and distressed and layered it on black cardstock. To finish it off, I tied a bow using stitched black grosgrain ribbon.

I hope you enjoyed my project today! Tune in tomorrow to see what Sabrina has in store for you!



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!


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!



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.



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!



Marbled Dragonflies

Hi Art Neko fans, Welcome to the blog today, it is Chrissy D here. Today, I created a marbled polish stone Dragon fly. I stamped the Square and Circle Framed Dragonflies and Border image on glossy cardstock using Black Staz On ink.  Then I pulled out my alcohol, cotton balls and purple and gold ink refills and started dabbing the droplets of ink with the cotton balls that had some rubbing alcohol on them. It made such a FUN, INKY mess.

I love the marbling created a soft look on the dragonfly image.  I trimmed around the image and mat it on black cardstock then angled it and mounted it on a larger square of purple cardstock. The card base is purple cardstock with black and white layered on them. I used the white and gold swirls mulberry paper as an added background to add a little flourish to the card.

I stamped Hang in there in black ink. To finish the card, I used gold sequins adhered with mini glue dots. Thank you for stopping by!


Creating a Dragonflies and Stars tag and tin

Hello Art Neko fans! Chrissy D here sharing the Dragonflies and Stars tag and tin with the fun tins Art Neko has to offer! These tins are the perfect size for you to create small gifts to brighten someone’s day! I had SO MUCH fun creating this Dragonflies and Stars tag and tin. Blue and Purple is one of my favorite combinations. These colors so comforting and perfect for dragonflies.

When creating this project, you will want the Framed Dragonfly image. Stamp the Dragonflies and Stars using Tuxedo Black Memento ink, or an ink that works well with Alcohol Markers on white cardstock. Color your image using B32, YG63, YG67, V12, V17, V09, B000. Once you are finished coloring, use a White Gel Pen to outline the wings and draw small circles along the moon/ sun image. Using a C7 Copic Marker color the edge of the frame.

Using scissors, cut along the image and create a tag in Orchid cardstock 4″ x  2.5″. Mat the colored image on the Orchid Cardstock. Stamp the image May you touch dragonflies and stars in Tuxedo Black Memento ink along the bottom edge. Using a mini glue dot, adhere the sequin to your tag.

In conclusion, punch a hole in your tag using a 1/4″ circle punch. Loop the purple gingham ribbon around the tin and tie a bow. Use a thread tie a knot through the bow to attach the tag to your tin. I hope you enjoy creating your Dragonflies and Stars tag and tin. Be sure to share images and show us what YOU create!

Come back on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday to see the wonderful creations Holly, Shirley and Sabrina have in store for you. In the meanwhile, you will want to look back at previous posts as well. Our designers are filled with so much talent, they inspire me and I am confident they will inspire you as well. Thank you for stopping by!




Steampunk Gentleman with His Lady

Hello Art Neko Friends!

On a scale of 1-10, how much do you LOVE Steampunk images? For myself, it is a 10 and this Steampunk Gentleman with His Lady just lends itself beautifully to this theme. This quote by Jean- Jacques Rosseau is so fitting, it says, ” The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.”

Are you wondering what Steampunk is all about? Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction or science fantasy that incorporates technology and … that have developed from the aesthetics of steampunk fiction, Victorian-era fiction, art nouveau design, and films from the mid-20th century.  I have been enchanted by the beauty and wonder of Steampunk.

You can create this or other beautiful artwork with the image I used called Steampunk Gentleman with His Lady. This image was stamped in Memento Black ink on white cardstock. Using prismacolor pencils, I colored the image with muted browns, yellows and golds. Once I finished coloring the image, I use the Antiqued ink and dropped it all over the image I colored, the saffron cardstock and the Hot ait balloon image from B-muse. Taking my papersnips, I trimmed out the hot air balloon image from B-muse Hot Air Balloon collage sheets. When I laid the image on the card, it seemed to get lost on the paper, adhering it to black cardstock and trimmed around it.

To finish the card, adhere all of the pieces together, cut out the filagree corners on both yellow and black cardstock. Using liquid glue, adhere  them to the card. Using Viva Liquid pearls, create  a lacy border by starting with a triangular shape and adding more “circles” along the v-shapes. To complete the card, add a border in the upper left hand corner of drops with the Viva Pearls.

Be sure to stop by tomorrow to see what Holly has in store for you! Thank you for taking a look!



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