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Masculine Japanese fish boat CAS card

Japanese fishing boat CAS card

Hey all! CraftyLori on the blog today with a Masculine spotlight technique card featuring Art Neko’s  Japanese Fishing Boat Silhouette stamp.

I know sometimes I struggle with making masculine cards this technique is a NO FAIL way to make a great masculine or really any card. All you have to do is stamp your image on white card stock I chose to use a 3.75X5 inch piece of cardstock and stamped my image right in the middle.

I placed a circle die on the image lower right just enough so I caught part of the image and part of white space, I ran it through my die cutter, removed the circle and water colored the circle with with distress inks tumbled glass, salty ocean and tea dye on the appropriate spots of the partial image on the circle.

I layered and glued the white card panel onto a medium blue card panel 4X5.25 inches then those 2 card panels were glued on a light blue card panel 5.5X4.25 inches. Now its time to replace that watered colored circle into the cut out circle(negative space), I like to use dry adhesive for this so there is no oozing of glue around the edges, I also make sure its not crooked.

Those layered card panels completed my card front so I then glued it onto a white standard A2 sized card base. I printed “Sail away with me” from my computer and cut that into 3.75 inch strip and glued it towards the top of my card so it is placed white on white.  That’s it all done! It looks great and was super quick. In the words of my husband when I asked him his opinion of the card “I’d give that that to a dude if it didn’t say sail away with me” LOL.

CLICK HERE to see a detailed process video of this card on my YouTube channel. That ends my blog post for today. Have a GREAT week and stay crafty!

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Modern Grid Fantail Goldfish

Hi everyone!  I hope you are enjoying your summer season! I decided to play a bit with the fun Fantail Goldfish  this week. Have you seen the gorgeous card that Kia created using the same image? Great minds think alike, I didn’t even know she created her project until after I created mine. 🙂

I started this technique by stamping the Fantail Goldfish  several times around the white cardstock using black Memento Ink.  The technique I used is called Modern Grid and was originally a Technique Junkies Newsletter technique from many years ago. I created the grid with a ruler and then using markers, I colored some blocks blue, yellow and orange. Once I was done doing that, I used the writing tip of the markers to create designs in some of the “grids.” Using Alcohol Markers, I colored the fish creating a fun pattern with yellows, blues and oranges on the fish.

I stamped the Happy Birthday image  in blue ink on white cardstock. I cut around the image using scissors and mounted the words using pop dots. Using a quarter of sheet of orange cardstock and navy for the base, I layered the stamped cardstock to the cardbase.

Wishing you a safe and fun Fourth of July! Thank you for stopping by and come back this week for more great creations from our talented Design Team. Have a great week!

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Summertime Siamese Cat

It’s Sabrina here today, and as we’re in full summer mode, spending more time outdoors, I have a simple project to share today – a Summertime Siamese Cat, using the Siamese Cat with Brushtroke Butterfly and Cat Kanji stamp from Art Neko.  I think this is such a lovely image, I’ve made several cards with it. This one was meant to have the colours of the Irish flag, as I used it for a card swap recently, so I coloured the flower orange, and the grass green, and added some little punched banners in the same colours.

detail shot of Summertime Siamese Cat using a brushstroke image from Art Neko

There’s not much to say about this, other than that I used my old Marvy Markers to colour and stamp the image, huffing after colouring. Then I layered it onto a lacy scalloped square, and popped it up onto a base which was embossed with a polka-dot pattern. I was afraid that the embossing might affect the little Irish banners, so I mounted them onto light cardstock before adding them to the card.

card featuing a Summertime Siamese Cat using brushstroke image from Art Neko

 

 

Since I omitted the butterfly image from the stamp, here’s another butterfly for you instead:  a bookmark for summer holiday reading, made with one the the stamps from the Bookmarks and Sentiments set. Now I can’t remember what I had in mind when I originally started colouring the flowers yellow – by the time I was part way through I decided that it reminded me very much of freemontodendron, California flannel bush. We don’t see a lot of it here, but it does grow well in sheltered places and is such a gorgeous riot of vivid colour on a wall. My image was stamped on white card with Versafine Onyx black, and then coloured with Polychromos pencils. I used Sakura  Stardust pencils to add some sparkle to all the stamens, and a Spectrum Noir glitter pen on the butterfly.

Bookmark from Art Neko's bookmarks and sentiments plate, coloured with pencils

 

A quick summer memory – most of our childhood cats were home-lovers, and someone always was organised to look after them when we went on holidays – the dogs came with us. But, we had a pedigree Siamese who absolutely loved the car and always came along with us, we have quite a few photos and snippets of cine film showing her walking daintily down the track to the beach or across the fields.

 

 

Thanks for coming by the blog this week ! Enjoy your weekend – read a book, create a memory… and make sure to come by again next week for some more creative inspiration from the team.

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Waterlilies, Dragonflies and Sparkle

It’s Sabrina here today, and I have a card using the Waterlily and Dragonfly Panels stamp from Art Neko to give you some waterlilies, dragonflies and sparkle – lots of sparkle!!Let me start by saying that if you don’t like loose glitter and the mess it leaves in its wake, this particular stained glass technique is not for you – but it does give a beautiful effect!

 

Waterlily and dragonfly panels stamp used with a stained glass window technique to give waterlilies, dragonflies and sparkle

 

You start out by stamping the image on acetate, using Staz-On ink ( I tried with Rangers Archival too, which is what is shown in the photo below. It dried, when left for a few hours, but my pad is much juicier than my Staz-On one, and it smudged in one corner. However, I have kept it because I think I can use it for something else. The one shown in the finished card was stamped with Staz-On black.

waterlily and dragonfly panels image from Art Neko stamped on acetate for a glitter stained glass window

 

Then you turn the image over and work on the non-stamped side. It will help at this stage if you can wipe it with some sort of anti-static cloth, to reduce the amount of glitter clinging to it.  You need to allow plenty of time, as the glue has to dry before you change to another colour. So, working one colour at a time, apply a clear-drying glue such as Glossy Accents (Diamond Glaze or Ranger’s Multi-Medium will also work well) to the back of the acetate and sprinkle plenty of glitter over it. Allow it to dry, shake off the excess glitter and then move on to your next colour and repeat the process until you have blocked in all the colours you need to create your stained glass. I used three different greens, and silver for the lily flowers, plus a couple of blues for the dragonflies. If you would like a tutorial with step by step pictures, there is one on Splitcoaststampers HERE.

I cut an aperture in a piece of 5 3/4″ square card which was just slightly larger than the dimensions of the stamped image. I used an old Cuttlebug embossing folder to emboss the floral swirl, and  used my Scor-Pal to create a frame around the image. I added a few sparkly gems to the flower centres – to vary the shade of green I used my Sharpies to colour a couple of them. I added one extra dragonfly; I’d stamped the panel with it on white card, then coloured it with Twinkling H2Os, used a metallic gold pen on the body and then cut it out.

I had created a beautiful yellow and blue cling-wrap background to use behind it – and then accidentally used it up for something else. However, it was a happy accident because this panel which was coloured simply by blotting up my craft mat after using Mermaid Markers for a stencil monoprint had colours which went beautifully behind the waterlily panels and probably actually suits it better. Normally when I use this technique I attach the acetate panel directly to the card base, but in this case I decided to pop it up a little from the background, so I used foam tape all round. I wish that it was possible to capture the sparkle better in these waterlilies, dragonflies and sparkle – but the acetate makes it hard to photograph without reflections. It’s a fun technique, and if you don’t mind the loose glitter floating round afterwards, it really is beautiful.

 

Waterlily and dragonfly panels stamp used with a stained glass window technique to give waterlilies, dragonflies and sparkle

 

And that’s it from me for today!  Thanks for stopping by the Art Neko blog this week, and have a lovely weekend. Find some sparkle somewhere…

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Vintage Postcard Advertising Mini Bag

Hi Everyone – Chrissy D here today sharing a project I created using the beautiful B-Muse papers. Using craft cardstock, I created a mini bag with this tutorial. I had a lot of fun using the images from the B-Muse papers collage sheet, Vintage Postcard Advertising Collage Sheets.

I sponged the edges of the mini bag and images from the collage sheet that I cut out with brown ink to give it an aged appearance. I overlapped the pieces of the papers and adhered them to the mini bag. I took the primary image and adhered it to the craft cardstock and another layer of black cardstock and used Dimensionals to pop up the image. The words are from the B-muse, Authentic Chinese Cookie Fortunes Bmuse and distressed and layered it on black cardstock. To finish it off, I tied a bow using stitched black grosgrain ribbon.

I hope you enjoyed my project today! Tune in tomorrow to see what Sabrina has in store for you!

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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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