Author Archive | Chrissy Dickinson

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.

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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!



Wavy Valentine’s and Love


Hello everyone!  It’s Chrissy posting today!  I have a fun, easy and fast Valentine for you today!  To create this card, I used white and black cardstock. To create the wave, I drew a swerved line with a pencil and cut the wave on the face of card. In addition, I trimmed the edge and added some designer paper along the wave.  I stamped the Faux Postage and 4 Medallions image in Red ink.  Then I used a 1″ and 1 1/4″ circle punch. Once those circles were punched, I used a 1 1/4″ and 1 3/8″ circle punch, to add a layer of black cardstock.

After I adhered the images to the medallions to the image, I stamped the hearts and cut them out. Customers can buy the hearts that I used, from the stamp set called Valentines and Love. Using pop dots, I added them to the back of the hearts to give a boost on the card. Most of all, I love the way the red looks on the black and white! So Striking!

I kept the card clean and simple by adding some “faux” stitching with a white gel pen. While the gel pen dried, I used liquid adhesive to add the black and white polka dot ribbon.  Just one more finishing touch was needed and that was 2 black gems in the upper corner. In conclusion, this was such a FUN and EASY project!


Three Framed Geishas

Hi everyone!  It’s Chrissy D posting three framed Geishas today. Last week, I had the pleasure of being in Texas and meet Holly Brown in person! We have been e-mail/ penpals for over 12 years and have never met. While I was there, I dug through her stash of Art Neko images and found this beauty!  I stamped the Framed Geishas image in Black Memento Ink.  Using Chameleon Markers, I colored the Geishas adding extra shading in the hair using the Gray, black and blue markers. I always love how black hair has that hint of blue in it.

After I colored the image, I cut around the frame using Scissors. I thought the image would look cool cut out in small squares, creating a window effect. I measured the image and divided the 2.5 in x 3.5 in by 3 so they are all equal in size. I added a layer of red cardstock. This piece is glued to a black card base.   I felt like the card needed a little bit of something, so I added some feathers and paper flowers.   I love the color combination of red, black and white with the simplicity of the Geishas.

Be sure to stop back on Thursday, to see what the talented Shirley has in store for you! Have a wonderful week and thank you for stopping by.


Snoozing Mouse


As we kick off our New Year with day 2, I thought I would share this project showcasing our Snoozing Mouse in a teacup. We start off our year with new goals or dreams, how perfect is this DREAM word for our New Year!


On today’s card, I stamped the Snoozing Mouse in a Teacup and the DREAM word  in Brown Memento Ink. I wanted to create a project with pastels to offer a dreamy state for our little mouse. I colored him in using the Chameleon Markers muted with alcohol ink.

Once I finished coloring this cute mouse, I matted it on the dark brown cardstock. To create some dimension, I used popdots to give it a lift. I used a Peachy Pink, Saffron and dark brown cardstock. The saffron, I embossed in a Leaf dry embossing folder.

I stamped the Dream word stamp on a white piece of cardstock that I used a filigree banner die cut to create. The flowers were a Multi flower die and I used mini glue dots. To add some elegance, I addedPeel and Stick Pearls to finish this project off. I appreciate you stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my project! Thank you for looking!





Thanksgiving Japanese Kokeshi Geisha Tin

Thanksgiving Japanese Kokeshi Geisha

Hi Everyone! Chrissy D here and I was playing in my stamp room this week. I had SO MUCH fun creating this fun tin that Art Neko has! You can see all of the tins HERE. These tins make the most fun gifts! I used the Heart Shape Tins and thought it would make a great little Thank you gift for a friend.


To create this project, I wrapped some black and ribbon around the tin and used Tacky Tape to adhere it and the beautiful Red Tassels. Art Neko has a variety of gorgeous colors to create bookmarks or for other crafty creations! On the lid of the tin, there is a window, so to decorate that I used these FUN Red peel and Heart stickers.These are the perfect fun embellishment for your Valentine’s Day Projects (Or Anniversary, love, Wedding, Birthday, etc.)

To create the tag, I used the Circle Diecut and stamped the Thanksgiving Japanese Kokeshi Geisha in Black Memento Ink and colored her with my Copic Markers R29 and R20 for her cheeks and her bow. I stamped the Thank You from Whimsical and Kind Sayings in black memento ink and mounted it on Black Cardstock and fussy cut around it. Using Foam Dots I popped up the sentiment.

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



Hello Art Neko Fans – I am taking a break from the beautiful Christmas cards you have been enjoying! I am curious, have you seen and used the beautiful papers available at Art Neko yet? The papers I used on this project is the Gold Leaf on Black paper. On this project, I used the paper to add a little extra something as an embellishment. Using a craft knife, I cut out the leaf and pulled it towards the front of the card…



I just love tigers. They often remind me of my grandmother who passed away a few years ago. She always had a way of mispronouncing different words… she would call Sconces, “scones”, the store Hobby Lobby, “Holly Lolly or even Holly hobby” and then we had Tigers, she would call them “Taggers.” It makes me smile to think about her.

When I saw all of the images that Art Neko has of Tigers,  my heart skipped a beat and if you enjoy tigers, yours will too! On my project today, I used the Tiger Mom with her Baby image and stamped it in Black Memento Ink. I then took several colors of orange, brown and yellow Prismacolor pencils and colored both tigers.I adhere my image and the black leafed paper to the  blue textured cardstock . To finish the card, I adhered gold sequins with mini glue dots.


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


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