Author Archive | Kia Gibson-Clapper

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.


Sunny Bamboo Thanks

Kia with you today with a thank you card to share.  I have a few of these to do, as I am sure we all do. It is a bit of a gloomy day here in Southern Ontario, so I wanted to add a bit of colour to my world.  For this card I coloured my Framed Bamboo with Sun/Moon stamp first using Tombow Markers, then lightly spritzing my coloured stamp with water before stamping.  I heat set my image to make it easier to add additional  colour with my Zig Brushes.  I die cut my image off centre with my stitched rectangles and  for a bit more interest I embossed my card base with a vines embossing folder.  This is a thank you card for a Christmas gift, and as such I like to add a bit of sparkle, so I die cut my thanks using green glitter paper and, rare for me,  I added baker’s twine tied in a bow at the top to finish.

I hope you enjoy today’s post and look forward to seeing you next time.  In the meantime I would like to wish one and all a very Happy and Healthy New Year.


Egrets at Nightfall


Hello everyone, Kia with you today and I am sharing my card of the Shoson Five Snowy Egrets with Wee Calligraphy. I decided I wanted to do some heat embossing on black cardstock, which I did using silver embossing powder.  It feels like they are in a snowstorm and they are huddled together for warmth, much like most of us have been doing over the last couple of days.  I framed my image with white cardstock and then matted again in the black.  I then added a few cupped sequins to finish the front of the card.  I think I would like to use it for a thank you card.  Thank you for joining me today …  I look forward to seeing you next time.


Watercolored Bamboo

Watercolour Bamboo

Watercolor Bamboo by Kia Gibson Clapper

Hello everyone,

Kia with you today to share this beautiful stamp called Bamboo and Bird Sumi-e.  I wanted to do something different today, so I stamped my image with Peeled Paint and spritzed with water. Using my aqua brush I pulled the colour, and added a lighter green called Shabby Shutters to the image.  Once dry, I outlined the image with Mustard Seed on the right side and dried again, then adding the turquoise and pulling it toward the edges, where it gets lighter. I am happy with the look and thought it would make a great birthday card, so I stamped a birthday greeting and added my trademark sequins to finish. I hope you have enjoyed this card, and I will see you next time. Thank you for visiting Art Neko today.


A Whimsical Snowman

The Joy of Winter

Hello everyone, Kia here with you today. I sure had fun doing this card. This little fellow is called Whimsical Snowman, and he sure makes me giggle! I love the pan on top of his head, and my pan’s have red bottoms, hence the red. I stamped him using a deeper blue ink from Tim Holtz Distress Inks called Blueprint Sketch, then coloured using a mix of Chameleon and Spectrum Noir Markers.  I added Gold Wink of Stella to the cookies and Silver Gel Pen to the rim of the pan and the buttons. I then stamped the Joy sentiment, also in the blueprint sketch ink.  I wanted more texture to my card, so I embossed with my snow embossing folder, then matted  with navy and red cardstock. For more sparkle I added Wink of Stella to the snow dots. It doesn’t show in the picture, but it is very pretty.  In addition, a few snowflake sequins always make me smile.

Thanks for visiting us here at the Art Neko Blog … I look forward to seeing you next time.


Butterfly Birthday

Birthday Butterfly

Hello everyone, Kia here with you today.

I am sharing with you this birthday card that I did using this Butterfly Stencil.  I forgot I had this or I would have used it much sooner, as it is very pretty.  I used the butterfly sheer image and have kept the negative butterfly for use on another card.  For my background I masked off my watercolour paper to make a frame and using my Bister powders I sprinkled in the blues, greens and yellows before spritzing with water to activate the powders.  I used my heat gun to dry the background, then framed with a darker blue/teal paper before attaching to my card base.  The butterfly has a lovely sheen and is somewhat translucent allowing a hint of what is underneath, like some butterflies.  As I am always in need of birthday cards, I added a die cut sentiment done in gold metallic paper and finished off with a few sequins.

Thank you for visiting today … I look forward to seeing you next time.


Golden Leaves of Happiness


Good morning everyone! Kia here with a card to share. When I sat down to make this card I was looking at the Polyester Fabric Papers from Art Neko. I wanted to make a Birthday card using the papers so I thought I would make it and share it with all of you.  I die cut the fabric paper along with some wax paper to get a clean cut.  I die a couple of layers for matting, one in white which is attached to the card base and the other in the metallic gold cardstock. I then die cut another piece of white cardstock the same size as the fabric paper and glued them together using Ranger Multi Media Glue. This keeps the white fabric paper looking clean and bright. I then attached that panel to the metallic gold piece and attached that to the base on foam squares.  The Double Happiness Symbol is cut in the metallic gold and attached on some foam dots, and of course I added a few gold sequins, giggles! I just love these papers, and there is a paper for any and all occasions. Thanks for stopping by today, I’ll see you next time.


Snowy Egrets at Nighttime

Snowy Egrets

Hello everyone, Kia here with you today. I would like to share with you my card featuring the Shoson Five Snowy Egrets with Wee Calligraphy.  I stamped the image on black cardstock and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  Once heat embossed I added some orange ink to the beaks and coloured the Egrets using white PanPastels. I didn’t want the birds stark white as this is at night … and my imagination pictures them this way. Giggles! I added a frame, attaching with foam strips, and added the Joy sentiment which I die cut using white glitter paper.  A few sequins in gold and silver finished my card. I like how it turned out, and hope you do as well. Thanks for visiting us here at Art Neko and I will see you next time.



Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves

Good morning everyone. I am sharing a fall card with you today. I tell everyone that this is my favourite time of year.  I love the cooler temperatures and the beautiful colours we are graced with by the changing leaves.  And, speaking of leaves, I used Leaf Background for my card today. I used my MISTI to help me centre the image on my die cut Fabriano Hot Press watercolour paper, so I would have a nice clean border, and stamped using Tim Holtz Distress Inks Seedless Preserves. I then coloured the leaves with various colours of Zig Brushes, including yellow, pinks, oranges and greens.  I then stamped the Autumn Sentiment from the 4 Seasons Kanji and English using the Seedless Preserves and heat embossed with clear embossing powder on a strip of 40 lb. Vellum.  I wanted matting, and originally thought just the lighter purple, but I liked the deeper purple added as well.  And of course, sequins in the autumn tones were added to finish my card.  I hope you enjoy this card today and thank you for visiting with Art Neko today.


Framed Bamboo


This is Framed Bamboo Poem with Bamboo Leaves. I really do love this stamp and really enjoyed making this card.  I wanted my Bamboo Leaves to be done in an olive green, but I wanted my frame and letters to be done in gold heat embossing.

To do this I positioned my stamp in my Misti and used Tim Holtz Crushed Olive Distress Ink to colour the leaves.  I have the mini cubes, so it made it easy to watch where I was stamping the ink.  I then spritzed the image with water before stamping on watercolour paper. After cleaning my stamp and used my embossing pen to ink up the frame and letters with embossing ink and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.  To add another layer of framing I die cut my image using a stitched rectangle die, then matted with a thin border of the same green used in the image. To finish I added some bling by way of my signature sequins in the greens and golds.

I hope you enjoy this post today, and I look forward to seeing you next time.


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