Author Archive | Kia Gibson-Clapper

A Rose in Summer

Hello everyone, Kia here with you today and I would like to share this card I made for today’s post.  As most everyone knows, I love Clean and Simple cards.  I like the open airy feeling they give, and that is what I was thinking while making this card.  For this card I used a couple stamps. First is the leaf background stamp, which I stamped using a citrus green ink.  I cut the panel to size and attached to a vellum die cut stitched rectangle.  I then stamped the Old Fashioned Rose 3, heat embossing with gold embossing powder, and fussy cut one of the flowers for my card.  I watercoloured the rose using Zig brushes in a lemon yellow, and the citrus leaves, then styled and attached to the raised panel on a foam dot.  I then added a strip of  gold glitter tape to my card base, and stamped and heat embossed the summer sentiment from the 4 Seasons Kanji and English, using gold embossing powder.  And to finish, a few sequins, just in case there wasn’t enough sparkle!  I hope you enjoy my card today and I will see you next time.

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Misteak!

At first glance one has to wonder if this is a spelling mistake or a play on words.  I am taking it as a play on words, and as a card maker I know these words well.  This sentiment is included with the Half sheet of assorted texts and fonts and I decided that the sentiment needed a matching background, so I am calling my background a play on stamps where I used the beautiful Old Fashioned Rose 3.

I stamped the full rose, then stamped parts of the rose around my cardstock. Once I was happy I die cut my background using my stitched rectangle die and attached to a deep yellow cardstock. For the sentiment I die cut using a stitched label die and attached it to my background on foam strips.   And, to finish I used my trademark sequins in the same deep yellow colour.  For a bit more glam I added Wink of Stella to the flower centre’s, which is very pretty, but hard to see in the photo.

I hope you enjoy this card today and look forward to seeing you next time here on the Art Neko Blog.

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Enjoying Waterlily Gold

Hello all, Kia back here with you today and I am sharing the Waterlily and Dragonfly Panels stamp. When I took out this stamp to colour, I kept thinking I wanted it in gold, not embossing, but all gold ink colouring, but would it work was my question. So, the only way to find out is to do it. I set up the image in my Misti and stamped in Citrus green several times to get good coverage. I then inked the stamp with embossing ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. Then I proceeded to paint in the golds, adding more layers to some areas.  I used the Zig Gansai Starry Colours ink set, painting in the blue golds. As I proceeded the image changed entirely for me, and I must say I do like the look. Once I was done with the golds I added the light blue from the Zig Clean Colour paints for the sky and also added it around the panels. I added layers of matting in the greens and blues, and finished by adding some Key Lime Jewel Drops and the die cut sentiment in black. I love it when a stamp can be used in several ways.

Thank you for joining the Art Neko Blog today. I will look forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks.

 

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So many books … so little time

Hello all, Kia here with you today.  I decided to change it up a bit and do a bookmark.  I could not resist this Bookmark called So many books, so little time.  Isn’t that the truth!

The image is stamped on Arches 140lb Coldpress Water Colour Paper and used my Zig brushes to paint.  I wanted the Gerbera Daisies to pop so I did them in a Light Carmine and Scarlet Red, and used a Light Blue for the background. The flower centres and around the clock are done in yellow, and the clock face is done in a Light Grey.  Once it was dry I attached it to black cardstock and then thought I wanted to do the back as well, so I painted another in different colours for the back of the bookmark.

This is the back of the bookmark. The Gerbera Daisies are done with yellow then the Light Carmine, and the background I changed to May Green.  The accents are still yellow but the face of the clock is done in a Medium Grey.  I like both of them, each different from the other.  Art Neko has the Plastic Sleeves for protection, so I have used this for my bookmark.  There  also was a Tassle, but while I was painting the bookmarks, my pet Cockatiel named CC, had a party with the tassel. I should have know something was up when she was so quiet. The tassel became spaghetti. So, to replace the tassle I used some Bakers Twine in yellow and white.

I hope you enjoy this post today and wish to thank you for visiting the Art Neko Blog.

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Glorious Rose

Hello all, Kia here with you and I would like to share this beautiful Old Fashioned Rose with you today.

With the first day of spring being this past Monday, I have bright and yellow on my mind.  One of my dear friends lives in British Columbia and she belongs to an International Womens Soriority, where the flower is the Yellow Rose.  I would like to send her this card to give to one of her Sorority Sisters, hence my choice to watercolour in the yellows.

To start, I am using Fabriano 140lb Hot Press Watercolour Paper.  I love this paper for heat embossed images as it embosses beautifully.  I watercoloured the Rose using Zig Brushes in several shades of yellow, and for the leaves I used a few shades of greens.  Once my image was dry I stamped the lovely Rose sentiment in a Burnt Orange, then matted using a coordinating yellow cardstock, and added a bit of bling via sequins to finish.

I very much enjoyed the relaxing time spent colouring this image and hope you enjoy this card as well.  Thanks so much for visiting the Art Neko Blog today … I look foward to seeing you next time.

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Daffodil Splendor

Happy Wednesday everyone, Kia here with you today.  It is raining, and very grey in my neck of the woods, so there is nothing better than bringing some sunshine into my world.  I did that by using this beautiful Two Daffodils stamp along with the lovely sentiment stamp It is not rain to me, it’s Raining Daffodils, which I stamped on a stitched circle die cut.  I inked the stamp with distress markers and spritzed with water before stamping.  I then added extra colour using my Zig Brushes.

For the background I added a yellow polka dot paper, which I stamped the sentiment on.  I added foam strips to the back of the circle and attached, then added a bit of ric rack, along with a few sequins.  I wanted the flowers to sparkle a bit so I added some Wink of Stella, which is hard to see in the photo unfortunately.

I think this card explains perfectly my day today, rain with a bit of sparkle.

Thank you for joining in with the Art Neko Blog today.  I hope I have inspired you to find some Daffodils.

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Sparkle

Hello everyone, Kia  here with you today.  Last week I used this same stamp called Framed Tulip, but in a different way and with different colours. Today I have used much deeper colours and sponged on just a tad of the yellow for this one layer card.

I coloured the image with markers and spritzed with water, doing the colours individually to ensure I would not get any bleed.  I then inked up the tulip a second time and stamped without spritzing to get more definition from the tulip. Once I finished the tulip, I sponged on yellow ink in the bottom corner going up the side just slightly.  As I wanted to use this for a birthday card, so I added the birthday sentiment in intense black ink.

To add a bit of sparkle, that unfortunately does not show up in the picture, I added Wink of Stella on the tulip, then added my signature sequins in clear. The sequin along the stem on the right looks like a mistake, it is not, just a seqin that does not look like a sequin. Oh well … stuff happens eh?

Thanks so much for visiting the Art Neko Blog today and I hope you enjoy this card.

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A Tulip’s Beauty

Hello to you, Kia with you today.  I have a spring card to share, with the beautiful weather we have been having, all I can think about is spring and colours.

I used Art Neko’s Framed Tulip for my card, along with the Tulip with Monogram T sentiment.  For my background I stamped the sentiment stamp several times and heat embossed using clear embossing powder on the pale pink cardstock.  I stamped the tulip by colouring it with Distress Markers and spritzing with water before stamping.  I added a bit more colour by adding a deeper pink to the stamp and spritzed again before stamping. There is a frame as part of this stamp, but I cut it off  my piece only because I wanted a smaller image. I went around the image piece with the Citron marker that I coloured the leaf with to give it separation from the pink cardstock, then attached it to the card on foam strips.  And, me being me, I added sequins … they are like the sunshine on a cloudy day for me.

 This is a close up view showing the details of the tulip.  I wanted my tulip to be white with the pink, but I could also paint in the white areas with a coordinating colour for a different look.

Thank you for joining us here at Art Neko Blog today. I hope you enjoy this card today and I look forward to seeing you next time.

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Beautiful Iris’

Hello everyone. Kia with you today and I would like to share with you my latest card.  A couple of weeks back I was away at the Creativation 2017 show and unfortunately came home with pneumonia. That was not much fun, but the best thing to do when down and out is colour a stamp image, in my humble opinion of course.

For this card, on Fabriano Hot Press Watercolour Paper I stamped my image using Memento London Fog ink, which has a hint of green in it.  I like the softness of the image instead of having the black lines. I heat set my image to prepare it for the water and paint.  To colour this beautiful Iris Orchid I used my Zig Clean Colour Brushes in Aqua, Light and Medium Greens, Light and Dark Purple, Oranges and Yellows.  I did a couple of layers of colour to get the depth of colour I wanted.  Every spring I look forward to the Iris’ blooming so I also used the 4 Seasons Kanji and English “Spring” sentiment.  I watercoloured the centre in a darker aqua colour and cut another smaller piece from my watercolour paper to fit in with the sentiment stamped. Colouring the underlay gave a bit of a border to my sentiment.  To finish I attached the panel to foam mounting strips, then attached to a double matting of purple and aqua, and of course I added a few sequins for a bit of sparkle.

I hope you enjoy this card as much as I enjoyed making it.  Once done, it certainly made me feel better.  Thank you for visiting the Art Neko Blog today.  I look forward to seeing you next time.

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Geisha with thanks

Good morning to you … Kia here with you today. I would like to share this sweet Geisha with you.  She is from the Thanksgiving Japanese Kokeshi Geisha, but I think she can be used for many occasions, and in my case a thank you card. I coloured her using doCraft Markers, including the black of the hair and outline of the stamp. In doing so I was sure to get that black look I wanted. I used a piece of Silver Circles and Polyester Fabric Paper in the background which I framed for a nice clean look. I attached my Geisha to the card on foam dots, and stamped the thank you sentiment to finish. I think she is really sweet, and I hope you enjoy her. Thank you for dropping by today and I will see you next time.

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