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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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Follow Your Heart

Happy Friday, everybody – the weekend is almost here and it’s time to forget about work and follow your heart! It’s felt like a very long week here and I’m glad it’s finally Friday – I can follow my heart and find some stamping time. My project today is a CAS (clean and simple) card using the Follow Your Heart sentiment from the Bookmarks and Sentiments plate, along with a few other bits and pieces from Art Neko.

follow your heart, sentiment from Art Neko's Bookmarks and Sentiments

 

The little heart-shaped tins come in packs of two (currently at $1.00 for the two tins) and are so easy to decorate and alter. I didn’t include a photo of the unaltered tin, as you can see that on the website. In the past I’ve used alcohol inks applied with a felt pad, and I know that this works very well on a tin surface. But I wanted this heart to be uniformly matt and a solid colour, so I used a Sharpie. The photo shows it after one coat – by the time I added a second coat it had a beautiful satin finish which I hope you can see in the final photo.

Little heart-shaped tin from Art Neko, suitable for altering

 

After allowing drying time between each coat, I decorated round the window aperture with some Liquid Pearls, and added a sparkly heart sticker to finish it off.  I filled mine with some little resin hearts for a calorie-free treat, but of course you could use candy – or even some small jewellery as a gift for a special friend. The tins are also suitable for storing small embellishments, because of the window in the lid.

heart-shaped tin from Art Neko

 

Thanks for coming by to check the blog this week. I hope that you find something to do this weekend which will make your heart happy!

Card using Follow Your Heart sentiment from Bookmarks and Sentiments plate, with some simple stencilling and ribbon

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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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Paper Lanterns for the New Year

Hello. Hetty here and I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones. Now we are only  a few days away from the New Year, so i had to come up with a new year card for you. I made these paper lanterns with the snowflake background stamp.

You find a complete picture tutorial on my Craftchaos Blog, here I will explain a little too. First I stamped  the image with versamark and embossed it with white embossing powder. The embossed flakes work as a resisit and when I colored the paper with blue distress ink, the snowflakes were popping up. Then I cut out the lanterns with a circle and an oval die. The shapes where run through a crimper and little strips of paper where added on top and bottom of the shapes. The tassels I had in my stash and where ready made and just perfect for my card. The background of the card is a now embossing folder from Stampin Up! and the sentiment for the New Year can be found here as Holiday Greetings.

Leaves me to wish you all a very Healthy, Energetic, Peaceful, Loving and Creative New Year!

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Crane Circle Facing Right

It’s Sabrina here, and for my last card of the year I have chosen to use the ” Crane Circle Facing Right” stamp from Art Neko. I chose this partly because the crane is looking forward into next year with whatever that may bring, and also because in Asian mythology, the crane is a symbol of good fortune and long life.

Circle crane facing right image from Art Neko
I have to confess that I chose to get this crane circle facing right image because many years ago I did a Chinese-style embroidery of an eagle; he’s perched in a very stylized pine tree just like this one. There will be a photo on my blog later today  if you want to see it. Anyway, my embroidery has an orange and red setting sun, and I wished to replicate that in my design, so after inking the stamp up with Versafine Onyx Black, I used a Q-tip to gently sponge all the ink off the sun so that I could colour it. On the stamp itself, the sun is solid black so that this makes a beautiful silhouette image with no need for any colouring!  This image is also available on the Asian Butterfly with Crane Medallions sheet of stamps, which has some gorgeous butterflies and kanji, as well as another two crane medallions.

After stamping the image on watercolour paper I used Inktense pencils to colour it, and a glitter pen to add some sparkly highlights. After cutting it out, I coated the whole circle with Versamark and three layers of UTEE, so that it would look like a ceramic plate, and layered it onto a lacy black circle.

My sentiment comes from the full sheet of Oriental images and texts, and is stamped onto the same linen-finish paper that I used for the white layer, and cut with a decorative label die.
The white layer is embossed with a typically Asian fan motif, and I used a South-West corner punch on each corner so that I could add a strand of red floss for some definition.

Crane Circle facing right stamp from Art Neko,

 

I wish you all a happy and peaceful Christmas season, and may the crane bring you good things in 2017.

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Teahouse on Lily Pond

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Hi, it is Shirley posting today and I have an Asian themed card to share with you using the Art Neko image Teahouse on Lily Pond #PO23TS02.

I layered my gold shimmery paper and Asian designer paper over the black card base. I colored my image using copic markers and matting it over layers of the same papers previously used.  I used Asian dies to cut the Kanji and the bridge.  I layered the Kanji and popped it up with dimensional.  I adhered the pieces to the card base to complete the card.

Thanks, for stopping in today. I hope you enjoyed my card.

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