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Birthday Girl Gift Tag

Happy Friday, everybody; it’s Sabrina here today with a Birthday Girl Gift Tag to dress up a small gift. I love adding tags like this to birthday and Christmas gifts.

 

Gift tag using fancy papers and stamps from Art Neko

This actually started out as a project with no stamps, simply using the lovely papers from Art Neko, but then I decided to stamp a repeated sentiment across my tag and to add a little wrapped gift, too.

Large shipping tags are available from B-Muse.com (now owned by Art Neko), you will find them on THIS page, about four lines from the top. I used a dress-form on my tag because I was given a gift of a Tim Holtz die a couple of years ago – but a perfect alternative would be the Torso Tags from B-Muse.com – they are on the same page I have just linked, but right down at the end of the page.

I actually coloured the tag quite some time ago so I’m afraid I can’t remember exactly what I did, but I know it was distress inks sponged on, then spritzed with a silver shimmer mist and a stencil laid down on it for a few minutes, giving a slight textured look. I put it on a sheet of grid paper to help me stamp the  Happy Birthday sentiment across it in parallel  lines.

My dress form was cut from a cereal box and swiped with distress inks. I cut a scrap of holographic paper to cover the torso, and then set about creating the skirt. For this, I used a small piece of the Gold Stars on a Field of Black polyester fabric paper.  I scored it at 1/2″ intervals using a score-board, and then pleated it – it holds the pleats beautiful. I stuck a  narrow strip of paper on the waistline of the dress-form, and then carefully shaped the skirt onto it. I added a belt cut from another scrap of paper to neaten it up, with a  large gem for a buckle,  and trimmed the hem where necessary to make it even.

To add to the birthday feel, I decided to add a small wrapped gift, and used the Furoshiki Wrapped Gift for this purpose. I stamped it on thin card, cut it out, coloured it with markers and added another gem over the knot in the bow. It needed a little grounding, I thought, so I just added an offcut from my micrcoscope slide ornament! A ribbon to add the tag to a gift finishes off this Birthday Girl Gift Tag.

 

A Birthday Girl Gift Tag using papers and stamps from Art Neko

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the teams’ creations this week – make sure to come by again soon for more inspiration.

 

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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!

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Microscope Slide Ornament for Spring

It’s Sabrina here today, and this week I have used the microscope slides available from Art Neko to create a microscope slide ornament to celebrate Spring.  It’s beautiful here with all the white  and pink flowers on the magnolias, cherry blossom and even the hawthorn already coming out in the hedgerows.

 

Microscope slide ornament using one of the bookmarks from the Bookmarks and Sentiments set from Art Neko

 

For this ornament, I used a tutorial available on Splitcoaststampers, you can find it by clicking HERE. I know that many people use metal tape and soldering to finish off ornaments like these, but even had I been able to find any tape, my soldering skills are pretty rusty so I was pleased that this tutorial suggested using strong double-sided tape as an alternative.

 

I started out by colouring one of the bookmarks from the Bookmarks and Sentiments plate. I masked the birds with masking fluid and used dilute acrylic paints to colour the sky, and pencil for the tree branches. After the paint was dry, I removed the masking fluid to leave the birds white, and used more acrylic paints for the blossom. Then I trimmed a portion of the bookmark to match the size of the slide. For the back of the ornament, I used one of the beautiful fabric papers available from Art Neko. I chose the Silver Sakura Blossoms on White because I was going to use silver cording and silver glitter.  I stuck this onto a piece of thin white card so that the silver cording, which is secured between the back and front layers of the ornament, wouldn’t show through.

And then I followed the tutorial instructions to assemble my ornament.  I used a small silver half-pearl to tidy up the join between the two ends of my tape. It looks pretty, but unfortunately this means it will no longer fit into the protective slide mailer which I was starting to decorate. So you will see that as another project shortly!

Microscope slide ornament created using the Bookmarks and sentiments stamp set from Art Neko

 

 

This is what the back  of the microscope slide ornament looks like, with that beautiful paper.

Microscope slide ornament

 

As always, thank you for taking the time to visit the Art Neko blog this week. I hope you’ve been inspired by the creativity the team have shared with us -I know I have. Have a lovely weekend, and we’ll see you again next week.

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Hippity-hop, the moon viewing rabbits come out for Easter

It’s Sabrina here with a Friday post for you, and I am using the Hiroshige moon viewing rabbits stamp from Art Neko to create an Easter card. After all, why can’t the moon be a sun if  it suits us? Spring is meant to be here now and Easter isn’t all that far off, so I thought the rabbits should come out to play. We had some lovely warm weather for a while (and enough sunshine to make the daffodils really glow) but this week we’ve even had some snow (rare in Ireland) and biting winds. Enough to send any self-respecting rabbit back into his burrow to escape from it all!

Hiroshige moon viewing rabbits think it's Easter!

 

I stamped my image on white card with  Versafine black ink, and coloured it with Polychromos pencils, using a Zest-It for blending. After cutting with a circle die, I added some dots of pale yellow Liquid Pearls to create some spring flowers to the meadow – a tasty treat for the rabbits. Then I simply layered the rabbit panel onto a larger blue circle and then onto a die-cut decorative base. To finish off, I  dabbed a little gesso on with my fingers for a soft cloudy sky – no threatening grey with rain on the horizon here.

 

Hiroshige moon viewing rabbits stamp from Art Neko used for an Easter card

 

There are some other lovely rabbit stamps available from Art Neko which would make cute Easter cards – I think these long-eared rabbits are especially sweet. And if you’d like some charms to dress up your Easter creations with, look no further than these little Easter basket charms or the textured Easter egg charms.

 

Thank you so much for coming by the Art Neko blog this week. I hope you’ve enjoyed all the lovely floral Spring creations the team have been sharing with us – check back next week to see some more inspiring ideas.

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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!

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Time for Steampunk

It’s Friday – and it’s time for steampunk! I’ve been itching to get this lovely Steampunk Feather image inky, and this was the week when I finally made time.

Time for Steampunk - steampunk image with feather, flowers and a pocket-watch from Art Neko

I started by stamping the image with Versafine Black ink on kraft cardstock and embossing it with clear embossing powder. I used a mixture of Twinkling H2Os and Inktense pencils to add colour, along with some diluted white re-inker for the watch face – and some Glossy Accents on the glass front ot the watch.  I tore the piece of card to a suitable size, and then sponged the edges with some distress ink. To add a bit of texture, I brushed on a little Multi Medium from Ranger and sprinkled some gold microbeads over it.

For the card base, I took an embossing folder I had on hand and made a faux patina background. To do this, you ink one face of the embossing folder with a fairly light neutral colour of ink (I used Tea Dye distress ink), and then you sponge it with a couple of darker shades and finally add a brushing of gold embossing powder. There are two embossing folders available from Art Neko which would work perfectly for the steampunk theme – Clocks and Time and Gears and Cogs, both made by Darice. I like the size of these – it works for the standard European card size! The Gears and Cogs, having more detail, would be more suitable for the technique I used for this card.

I edged the card front with some copper paint to keep in with the overall metallic trend, and then added a few embellishments. Picking up on the flowers in the stamped image, I made two rolled roses from felt, and pulled out some old leaves from Prima. I was looking through my scrap ribbon box for a string of tiny pearls, but when I came across this silver trim I thought it would work even better – and for a final finishing touch (time for steampunk!), and also picking up on the stamped image, I added a little brass clock charm. I wanted it to look a little aged, so I rubbed some metallic luster into it and sprayed it with fixative. The whole image panel is popped up on foam, and I called the card done.

Time for Steampunk - steampunk image with feather, flowers and watch from Art Neko, faux patina background

 

Thank you for visiting the Art Neko blog this week – I’m sure you’ve enjoyed the creativity that the team have shared;  I certainly have. Have a good weekend – and find time for something creative, steampunk or otherwise!

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Chinese Chop Signature

Good Morning,  it is Shirley posting today.  I have made a Asian card to share with you. I used the Calligraphy and Chinese Chop Signature along with the Bamboo and Kanji Bookmark.

 

Here is some information on the Chopped Calligraphy Stamp that I received from Annette.  The Japanese Kanji is a personalized signature and “chop” of an artist.  As you already know,  Asian artists sign their work with a stamp, a chop, in red. It is usually a square, a rectangle, an oval, or a combination of geometric shapes with Kanji or Chinese script inside the geometric shape. This design is extra special because it has three parts: the usual rectangle at the bottom left, a large central Kanji with a notation on the right that is smaller. This type of combination I have seen only in twentieth century signatures. Sometimes it will include not just the chop identifying the artist, but where the item was created, an actual date, a title for the art piece  and or a personal comment about the art by the artist.  This specific Japanese Kanji is some of the newest we have found from the late twentieth century.

Thanks, so much for joining us today. Have a great weekend.

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Imagination is the highest kite…

Large sentiment stamp from Art Neko, Imagination is the highest kite one can fly

Imagination is the highest kite one can fly – like the sentiment stamp I used last week on my framed shell picture, this too is strong enough to carry a project, and will let your imagination soar.  I can still remember the first kite we had as children – it was one my father had made out of something rather like umbrella ribs for the frame, and plain white nylon, in the classic kite shape that I have used on this card. It might have been very simple and functional, but we loved flying it on the beaches or up in the mountains when we were on holidays. The next kite I can remember was one that was much more fun, if less durable. It was made out of some type of plastic so in the end it ripped, but it was shaped like and printed as a butterfly – our imaginations really did fly high with that one. Now we have a fancy stunt kite, always tossed into the car for holidays. Think of Mary Poppins returning to the children instead of their expected kite, and poor Charlie Brown forever doomed to fail in his attempts to get his to fly. China is considered to be the birthplace of kites, over 2000 years ago – technology may have improved them a little, but the magic remains the same.

I wanted my card to have a feeling of no boundaries, so I masked off the edges with low-tack tape before sponging the cloudy sky using a die-cut scalloped circle and some Weathered Wood distress ink. After removing the tape I stamped the sentiment (and isn’t a beautiful font – my father used to write like that, and his brother too) so that the attribution to Lauren Bacall was in the white margin of the card front.

paper kite using paper with a flying crane pattern

I happen to have a kite die, but it’s such a simple shape that anybody could create a high-flyer! Keeping with the idea of flying and soaring, I used one of the designs from the Collage Sheet of 9 Vintage Kimono Fabrics, which features cranes. The paper the collage sheet is printed on has a beautiful canvas grain.

I lightly sketched in a curved line for the kite string, and then stuck down some gold cord, then added the kite and decorated the cord.

CAS card using the Imagination is the highest kite sentiment from Art Neko,

 

Thank you for coming by the Art Neko blog this week – I’m sure you’ve enjoyed seeing what the team have created. Let your imagination fly  like the highest kite this weekend!

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To Find A Seashell

Text stamp from Art Neko, to find a seashell - on watercolour wash with paper shells

I grew up within earshot of the sea, so when I came across this To Find a Seashell stamp in the store, it was a definite must-have. It brings back memories of many childhood visits to the beach. The North Beach, nearest our house, was very stony, but the South Beach was near where we went to school, and in the summer term we often used to go for a picnic lunch after school and spend the afternoon playing, and that was the beach where we mostly found shells.

 

I’ve made a very simple project using this stamp – just a bit of watercolour wash and a couple of paper shells, set in a plain white frame. It could equally well be made with stamped shells – there are a couple on the Japanese Marine Sheet 1 (which also includes the sentiment stamp), and more on the Japanese Marine Sheet 2. Sheet 2 includes the sentiment “all the way to the blue sky’s edge… low tide”  – I think there’s just as much magic and wonder in that as there is in the one I used.

I bought a white frame in our local €2 store – and did well, I’d been expecting to only find something that I would have had to alter, but this clean white frame was just perfect for what I wanted. The aperture in it is 6″ x 4″, so I cut a piece of card a little larger, and added a wash with some Twinkling H2Os.  When that was dry, I stamped the sentiment using Ranger’s Archival Black, so that it wouldn’t smudge on the watercolour.

Then I added a couple of paper shells – the photo below shows how I created them. After cutting them, I sponged them with distress inks, and the purple line and splotches on the smaller shell were added with an Inktense pencil. I used one coat of satin varnish on them, just to add to the shell-like appearance.  I learned how to make these some years ago from an upload by Gem35 on Splitcoaststampers, and have made them often since then.

creating small shells by scoring and sponging paper

 

 

And then I simply added the shells into my picture, popping the smaller one up on foam tape.

 

 

Framed picture with text stamp from Art Neko (To find a seashell) and watercolour background

 

Thanks for coming by the blog this week, I hope you’ve been inspired by the creativity the team have shared.  Find a world of imagination this weekend and explore it. Find a seashell, if you’re lucky enough to live near the seaside!

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Daisy Tag With Butterfly

I’m marking the official start of Spring in Ireland with a Daisy Tag with Butterfly on the blog today. Traditionally Spring here starts on February 1st, St. Brigid’s Day, but in terms of actual weather, most people don’t think Spring is here till March. Any excuse for flowers on a dull day is a good one, though.

Tag using Bookmarks and Sentiments, and Whimsical and Kind Sayings sets from Art Neko

 

I started with a manila shipping tag and a few distress inks to create a wrinkle-free distress background. When it had got thoroughly dry, I stamped the daisy image (without the sentiment) from the Bookmarks and Sentiments plate, using Versafine Black ink. I also stamped the daisy twice onto white card, and using Encore gold ink I stamped the little butterfly which is found on the same plate. The butterfly was embossed with gold embossing powder, and I then cut it out and sponged it with blue ink, and then added shimmer with a Spectrum Noir glitter overlay pen.

Daisy tag with Butterfly using images from the Bookmarks and Sentiments plate from Art Neko

One of the daisies is stuck straight down on the tag. Taking the second one, I trimmed down several of the petals to separate them, and also shaped the yellow centre a bit with a stylus. It’s popped up over the first daisy head with foam tape in the center – some of the individual petals were then stuck down and others left a bit higher to add dimension. The little leaves were also cut out and layered, so that I could have more vivid colour than if I had simply coloured the image stamped on the tag.

To finish the daisy tag off, I decided to add a sentiment that would make it suitable for almost any occasion, so I chose the “Thinking of You” sentiment from Whimsical and Kind Sayings. The daisy comes with “my warmest thanks” running along the length of the stem, but I cut this into a separate stamp as I know I’ll get more use out of the daisy like this. After adding the sentiment, I sponged the tag edges with some Walnut Stain distress ink and added a little spattering with an Inktense pencil. A scrap of vivid yellow ribbon to match the daisy centre finishes it off, all ready to add to a card base, a gift bag or a gift-wrapped present.

Daisy tag with butterfly, using Bookmarks and Sentiments and Whimsical and Kind Sayings

 

Thanks for coming by the blog this week! Stamp your own Spring this weekend, even if it’s snowy or just unseasonably cold outside.

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