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Hi everyone!  Art Neko will be offline for several weeks as they transition to a new website for the store.  We will be back next month with lots of great artwork and some fun giveaways to celebrate the Grand Opening of the new website for Art Neko.



Ginkgo Leaf


Today I choose the ginkgo leaf stamp to make some cards and started to make some backgrounds.

1. on the left I used 4 different colors of embossing powder, 2. in the middle the image is embossed with clear embossing powder and colored with lime green color burst powder and 3. on the right the 3 colors of distress oxide colors.

These backgrounds came out so beautiful, that i wanted to show of the stamp with not so moch else added.

For this card I die cutted the sentiment added a ribbon and a few sticky pearls to set of the beauty of the ginkgo leaf background.

This is the embossed background. You may wonder how I did this. Stamp the image with versamark and add ech color of embossing powder one by one. Tap off the first color, put the left over powder in the jar and close the lid (so you make not the mistake i did by adding the powder in the wrong pot). Then the next color the same way and every other color after that. Also hew sticky pearls. Great for an Autumn birthday.

I have one more card on my Craftchaos Blog, hope you come over and see. Thank you all for looking and have a creative day!



Faux painted rocks to hide

rocks painted and decoupaged with art neko stamps

Lori here today on the blog. My daughter and I faux painted rocks to hide.  The concept of the rocks is to paint rocks and hide them for others to find.

The painted rock craze has just started to show up around our area. I don’t paint very well especially on rocks so we decoupaged colored images onto our rocks.

The stamps that I used are Windswept pine, ATC Pansies, and Roaring Tiger and Crescent Moon

The rocks were first completely painted with light colored acrylic paint, then with a natural sponge blue, pink and purple acrylic paint was sponged on each of the painted rocks. My daughter did a great job with the painting of the rocks.

While the rocks were drying I used my stamping tool to stamp each of the images onto white tissue paper with a water proof ink.

Using Prisma colored pencils I colored each image carefully so I didn’t rip the tissue paper.

With the coloring complete I carefully tore the extra tissue paper from around the images until they would fit perfectly on the rocks.

Using a matte decoupage glue I glued the images to the rocks adding at least 3 layers of the glue.

I taped a piece of tissue paper onto cardstock which I then ran through my laser printer, printing out this info “This painted rock was hidden for you to find & keep. Painted by Tabitha and Lori. contact us here Stamps used by” I decoupaged this onto the bottom of the rocks.

Once the decoupage glue was dry, I sprayed all the rocks with a waterproof non yellowing lacquer. The rocks are ready for hiding!

I really hope whoever finds these pretty rocks contacts us at the special email I created just for the rocks. For a detailed process video of how I created these rocks click HERE. Have a great week! Happy Monday!



Flaming Fall Colors – a haiku

It’s Sabrina here on the last Friday in August with Flaming Fall Colors – a haiku. The haiku is a very stylized traditional form of Japanese poetry. Traditionally each poem only had seventeen syllables; while that stricture has been loosened for more contemporary poems, they all hold true to the three-line format.  I have always loved this format, ever since reading Miss Happiness and Miss Flower, by Rumer Godden as a child. Part of the book describes how a boy builds a Japanese-style dolls-house for two Japanese dolls sent to his sisters. He and a younger cousin living with the family do a lot of research on how to make as authentic a house for the dolls as possible and one of the important decor items was a tiny scroll with a seasonal haiku on it. The appendix  in the book listed four different haiku, one for each season of the year.

Here I have used an autumnal haiku from the Japanese Haiku (poem) plate . There are  also many other haiku stamps available from Art Neko, in a variety of fonts – check them out here.  I think this one is really lovely: “My heart will find peace in the light of tomorrow after the dark storm”.


I took my inspiration for today’s card from the technique challenge on Splitcoaststampers this week, which was an ink spritzer background technique  – the tutorial can be found HERE.  I’ve also seen far too many leaves on the ground already round here, which was a secondary inspiration when it came to creating the tag.

For the background, I followed the tutorial, using  homemade sprays with distress re-inkers and picking rich autumnal colours to tie in with the haiku. When when the cardstock was dry, I embossed it with a leafy embossing folder from Darice, and gently swiped over the embossed leaves with Wild Honey, Fired Brick and Brushed Corduroy distress inks for some “flaming fall colors”.  I distressed the edges, and added it to a brown card base.

Then I took a leaf from the garden (appropriately enough, I used a Japanese Anemone), inked it up with Antique Linen distress ink, laid it on a sheet of card, put a sheet of kitchen towel on top to protect my plates,  and put it through the  Big Shot, creating a soft leafy background to stamp the verse on. I used a tag punch, and sponged the edges a little for definition, and then threaded through an assortment of fibres, ribbon and gold cording. I popped the tag up on foam tape, and finished the card off with a few sequins die-cut from gold card.


I hope you enjoyed this Flaming Fall Colors – a haiku, and that you have been inspired either to try out one of these fun techniques or to write your own haiku. Thanks for visiting this week -have a creative weekend, and make sure to stop by soon for more inspiration from the team.


Little Farm Girl and Calf

Hello Everyone! Chrissy D here sharing a sweet card of a little girl and her calf. I find this image so endearing and enjoyed coloring and creating this card.

To create this card, I ran the pink cardstock through my Big Shot with a flower embossing folder. Isn’t that cute? I like how it matches the horse shoe.

I stamped the Little girl image and the Horse shoe image using Black Memento Ink on white cardstock. You can get this image on an entire sheet called Cowboy Up, in a duo with the Little Cowboy and Cowgirl with Colt and Calf or individuallyI just love this set!

Once the image was stamped, I colored all of the images in using my Alcohol markers. Using a stitched circle diecut, I cut out the image. I had a dark gray sheet of cardstock cut at 4″ x 5 1/4″ and adhered the pink embossed cardstock to it. Taking my scissors, I cut out the horse shoe image.

I adhered the circle on the cardstock and used pop dots to raise up the horse shoe and mounted that on the card as well. Wrapping a pink gingham ribbon around the pink cardstock, I tied a bow. Folding the medium gray cardstock in half, I created the cardbase and adhere the layers onto it to finish the card. Using mini glue dots, I attached 3 sequins to complete the card!

So cute and so fun! Thanks for taking a look today!


Altered gelli print index card

geisha on a field of flowers

Hey Everyone! Good Monday to you. Lori here with you today I wanted to share this altered gelli print index card I created.

To create this altered gelli print index card I printed from my computer the Japanese proverb “No road is too long in the company of a friend”. I made sure it was printed to the far left and bottom of the gelli print. The printer I used is a laser printer so The ink will not smear.

After cutting out the appropriate size rectangle of 3X5 inch so it would fit on an index card I stamped Geisha on a field of flowers with Fun Stampers Journey black ink using a stamping tool. I stamped it to the far right of the 3X5 inch gelli plate rectangle print. The ink I used to stamp the Geisha is an ink that is permanent and wont smear if you heat set it and that’s what I did, I used a heat tool to set the ink since the gelli print was a chalky type of surface and stamping on that type of surface can cause an ink not to set/dry properly.

With a die in the shape of bamboo branches I die cut seven bamboo branches which I then glued in a scattered pattern in the upper left corner of the stamped gelli plate rectangle.

I used a small punch to punch out three swirls from gold foiled card stock. I glued those three swirls in the middle of the stamped gelli plate rectangle.

With a strong adhesive I glued the stamped gelli plate rectangle onto a 3X5 index card making sure the lines of the index card faced outward.

My altered index card is completed and I can use the lines as a guide on the back to add whatever info I want. To see a video tutorial of this altered index card click HERE.

Thanks for stopping by have a great week!






Paris is always a good idea

It’s Sabrina here today with a Paris-themed card ~ I totally endorse Sabrina Fairchild’s sentiment that Paris is always a good idea. I have to confess, though, that August is a month I have never visited – I think I like it best on crisp, cold, sunny days in the winter, or perhaps in Spring when the trees are all turning green and flowers are just starting to appear.

Paris is Always a Good Idea sentiment from Art Neko stamped on ATC collage sheet


I used several images from the Spring in Paris plate from Art Neko.
To start with, I used distress oxide inks on watercolour paper to create a wrinkle-free distress background – I used seedless preserves and cracked pistachio. I stamped the main Eiffel Tower collage image on this, and also the Paris postmark on a patch that was mostly the green colour. The main image was trimmed down, and I distressed the edges. I used a punch to cut out the postmark, and added three layers of UTEE to give it a glassy smooth finish. When we visited last December, Paris was experiencing heavy smog, and only about half the Eiffel Tower was visible – quite beautiful at night when it was all lit up. But I’m glad we can see it all on this wonderful collage image. The postmark, Paris text and that wonderful old-fashioned postman’s bicycle are also available as a set of French Stamps (3).

Eiffel Tower collage image from Art Neko stamped on distress oxide background

Since it’s autumn and not Spring, I used autumnal colours on my front – a street map of Paris, sponged with distress inks to tone it down a little, and then crumpled and sponged again. You can’t actually tell, since so much of it is covered, but I chose a piece of the map which has the area around the Bois de Vincennes. There is a lovely linear park (the Promenade Plantée)  starting just off the Place de Bastille, much of which runs along a disused railway track, and if we walk to the end of it, the Bois de Vincennes is where we finish up.

I dry-embossed a piece of vellum, trimmed it on the diagonal and added this to the map, to tone it down a little more, and stitched with heavy-weight thread.

Inside, I used the sentiment from Sabrina Fairchild. I wanted to make the inside of the card fancier than I normally do, so I stamped the sentiment on this lovely Victorian Roses ATC collage sheet. To match the feel of the printed collage sheet, I dry-embossed some tissue paper after first scribbling a Gelato over the inside of the embossing folder and misting it with water. I tore the tissue down to size when it was dry, and edged it with Stickles and a few gilding flakes. Finally I added the sentiment and a gold die-cut swirl.

Paris is Always a Good idea - sentiment from the Spring in Paris plate, stamped on ATC collage sheet from Art Neko


Remember, Paris is always a good idea – and if you can’t actually go there, watching the movie isn’t a bad substitute, de Givenchy’s costumes for Audrey Hepburn are just wonderful.


Here’s the finished card front…


Eiffel Tower collage image from Art Neko's Spring in Paris plate, stamped on a distress oxide background


Marbled Japanese Hanging Lanterns

Hello Everyone – Chrissy D here using the beautiful Japanese Hanging Lanterns and Thank you stamps from Art Neko. Starting with the marbled background, I used the long forgotten technique (by me), the shaving cream technique.

I used water based fig, rose and pink ink refills and placed drops in the shaving cream and created a swirly pattern. I gently placed the white cardstock onto the marbled shaving cream allowing the ink to penetrate the paper. Scraping the shaving cream off, I set aside and allowed it to dry for a bit.

The cardstock I used felt a little “waxy” after I used the shaving cream technique. I wiped it with a cloth to clean up the waxy feeling. Once dry, I inked the Japanese Hanging Lanterns and the Thank you  stamps using fig and Rose ink pads and stamped the image twice on the cardstock. The ink looked wet, so I sprinkled clear embossing powder on the images and heat embossed the text and the images.

To complete the project, I added 3 magenta sequins and mounted the marbled cardstock on the rose cardstock. I just love these lanterns, the flourishes are so pretty! I hope you like my project too! Thank you for stopping by and looking.


To Find a Seashell in the Summer

It’s not Friday and it’s Sabrina here, popping by with an extra post;  to mark the start of the traditional holiday season here in Europe I am using the “To find a seashell” stamp from Art Neko to create a Seashells and Summer project.

To find a seashell text stamp from Art Neko

I’m sure I mentioned when I first uploaded a project using this stamp that I grew up within earshot of the sea – and we also spent most summer holidays somewhere within walking distance of the sea too – or at least a lake. Isn’t there something so relaxing about being beside water? And even on a lake beach you can find shells to add to the magic of the day. Something my husband and I bring along with us on most holidays is a couple of origami books and a small supply of paper – a great rainy-day activity. So I have combined summer shells and origami for this little shadow box.

There are some great shell collage papers in the Art Neko store – my finished project uses the Printed Collage Seashells on Sand , which has a great sandy colour, but I confess that originally I wanted to use the Printed Collage Seashells on White version, but I got a couple of blue splashes on it and I am too much of a perfectionist.  As you can see, I stamped my sentiment directly on the collage paper and embossed it with clear embossing powder for a little extra definition.  WIth a curved die, I cut a shoreline edge, and layered it on top of a piece of card which I had coloured by smooshing it in a couple of distress oxide inks (I used salty ocean and faded jeans), and I also added a sprinkling of chunky white embossing powder for some salt spray.  I trimmed this to 4″ by 6″ to fit in my shadow box frame.


To find a seashell text stamp, framed piece with origami shell

My origami shell was folded from some old paper I found on my shelves, using a design by Tomoko Fuse. I have a couple of her books, but not this particular one. I found a great video on YouTube which she had authorised, you can find it here. Luckily I had made two shells, because this one looks better with the sand-coloured collage sheet, whereas the other one looked great on the white shell background. My first trial version I folded from thin copy paper, and it too is lovely enough to use on a project some time,  and is almost flat. This one is quite dimensional, which I hope you can see a little in the final photo.


To find a seashell text stamp from Art Neko, stamped on collage paper

Thanks for coming by this week. Enjoy what’s left of the summer, and capture some memories of it for the winter.

p.s. – did you check out the lovely Mermaid release from Art Neko? I think this sentiment goes well with mermaids, once you have a seashell in there somwhere!





Masculine spotlight technique card

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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