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Copper Tin Beauty


Good morning!  Are you ready for fall?  I know I am!  It’s Holly posting today, and I was thinking about fall colors when I created this card.  I made the three little rectangles (faux tin tiles) on the left side by adhering some foil onto some thin chipboard and then running it through an embossing folder.  I painted the panels with some lime green paint and let it dry.  Some liquid copper leafing finish was rubbed over the lime green paint and then I sanded and buffed the piece to get that variegated coloring.  I love how it turned out.

This sentiment, QUOT0002 – Text: Beauty awakens the soul to act, is the perfect accent for this card.  When I make a custom background like I did with the faux tin tiles, I don’t like to cover them up with a bunch of papers or stamped images.  A simple and beautiful sentiment like this one is the only thing I needed for this card.

Have you seen the cards that Sabrina and Leah have shared this past week?  I love their creativity, and I’m looking forward to seeing more.  You’ll be seeing cards from the rest of our design team throughout the month, so please come back and visit soon.




Tea Time in the Orient with Art Neko

Hello everyone!  Welcome to the brand new Art Neko blog!  My name is Holly Brown and I am the Design Team Coordinator.  I’m thrilled to embark on this wonderful journey to share artwork created with Art Neko stamps.

Tea Time in the Orient card by Holly Brown

Tea Time in the Orient, Art Neko stamps.

For today’s project, I used the beautiful pagoda in the gardens image from the Tea Time in the Orient sheet.  I stamped it with Versamark onto some chocolate brown cardstock, and then covered it with a green verdigris embossing powder.  After I heated up the powder and let it melt, all the gorgeous colors started popping out.  You can see the jade green color, but there is also some darker green and some copper colors mixed in there.  

For my background, I experimented with some different inks to get the same coloring as you see with the verdigris embossing powder.  I started by spraying some white cardstock with Cracked Pistachio distress spray stain, and then I did a rough sponge with some Gathered Twigs distress ink and some emerald green ink.  It coordinates beautifully with the pagoda image.

I wanted to highlight the copper coloring in the embossing powder, so I cut a larger rectangle of cardstock and covered it with copper embossing powder.  I did the same with a couple of small strips and used them for the horizontal strips behind the pagoda image.

I found a medallion stamp from the 34 Medallions sheet and embossed it with the same verdigris embossing powder onto chocolate brown cardstock.  Instead of a circle punch, I decided to echo the shapes of the pagoda by punching the embossed medallion out with a hexagon punch.  I adhered it to the side of the pagoda scene with a little bit of foam tape.  I love how this jade and copper card turned out!

Tea Time in the Orient card by Holly Brown

Be sure to come back and check out what the rest of the Design Team Artists have been creating.  You’re going to love their wonderful artwork!  🙂


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