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Napkin Art


Hello, Hetty here with a  card for today with a napkin background. It is the technique of the month in the Art Neko stamp group. I took one of my napkins and only used one layer. I glued it to a piece of white cardstock. Then I embossed it and added some fossilized amber on the raised parts. For the center part i stamped 2 images on top of each other. First a script stamp in the fossilized amber distres ink and on top the Birds on a Blossom Branchhs_artneko_birds_on_flowery_cherry

In the center of the flowers  there are some sticky gemstones. I have not yet added a sentiment for this card can be used for all kind of occasions.

Thank you for looking and until next time. Have a creative day.


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.



Silhouetted Girl in a Garden with Chinese Lanterns

It’s me, Sabrina,  with another card to share with you, showing a silhouetted girl in a garden with  paper lanterns hanging overhead.  The stamp I used is called  Silhouette: Framed Girl beneath Chinese Lanterns.   I have always loved silhouetted images, especially ones with an old-fashioned feel such as this one has. It reminds me of several favourite childhood books and illustrators.

silhoutted girl in garden with Chinese lanterns

SIlhouetted girl in garden

To start with, I stamped my image on white card with Brilliance Graphite Black ink, which I find very good for solid images, and embossed it with clear embossing powder. Then I sponged a little Squeezed Lemonade distress inks around the lanterns, and use Chipped Sapphire, Faded Jeans and Dusty Concord to sponge in a deep night sky. I spritzed it lightly with water and left it to dry. Originally I had I really wanted to make this into a swing or flip-flop card, but the image was just the wrong size to work well, so in the end I had to give up on that idea and make a simple sponged and dry-embossed background for it. I used a frame with stars and scrolls to pick up on the night sky. After embossing a piece of white card, I sponged it with the same inks that I had used on the image panel, using some of the yellow inside the frame.

I used a Sakura Stardust pen to add silver to all the stars in the frame, and a few silver dots scattered here and there, and then I added the silhouetted girl.

My “dreaming” sentiment comes from the Bookmarks and Sentiments  set. I thought it went very well with the nostalgic feel of the girl in the garden.   I stamped it on white card, sponged it with Antique Linen to give it a more aged look in keeping with card, and folded it into a small banner.


Sillhouetted image of a girl in a garden with a string of Chinese lanterns

Dreaming Girl in a Garden with Lanterns


I hope you all have a lovely weekend. Remember to come by again next week to see more beautiful creations from the team.


When is a bookmark not a bookmark?

A bookmark, obviously, isn’t a bookmark when it’s a card! It’s Sabrina here today, and I wanted to share a card I made with the beautiful Diamonds and Flowers bookmark stamp from Art Neko. It’s actually one of several bookmark-style stamps which can all be found on the Bookmarks and Sentiments plate A382FSHT, so  you will be seeing a couple more bookmark cards from me over the next few weeks. I do read and love books, but typically I don’t use a lot of bookmarks myself except in recipe books to mark favourites!  I really like the Art Nouveau (or is it more Art Deco?) look of this image.

uncolored image of Diamonds and Flowers bookmark stamp from Art Neko


When my husband was looking at it, he wondered what I would do with this particular design. I said I was going to add rhinestones to all the little circles in it, and he thought that sounded good. Of course, it means it’s totally unsuitable as a bookmark because I respect my books too much to put anything dimensional into them – so I turned it into a card.

To start with, I stamped the entire image on Eclipse tape and made a couple of masks so that I could sponge in background colours after colouring the flowers with Polychromos pencils. For the lower flowers, I stamped them again a couple of times on thin white card, and cut them out for layering. While the upper flowers are left flat, I added a little Stickles to the centre of each one. After colouring and then sponging with distress inks (antique linen, forest moss and peacock feathers) I added the flower layers and bling.

Close up detail of the layered flowers on the Diamonds and Flowers bookmark card


To create a base to display this, I used Spellbinders Bracket Borders 1 – they picked up perfectly on the diamonds in the bookmark, and created a lovely frame for it.  Using the Gold Leaves Paper on Black I cut another set of brackets to lay underneath the diamond apertures.

I cut each border slightly wider than I needed it to be, and then scored about half an inch in from the long straight edge. This made a tab which I was able to fold under and attach to the back of  another piece of white linen card cut to the size of a regular card front. I found this to be the cleanest and neatest way of attaching my borders – and then I added a little foam tape along the bracket edge to give them some dimension. I then added this whole piece to a regular folded card – and here it is.

Card made using the Diamonds and Flowers Bookmark stamp from Art Neko


I hope you like it! Have a great weekend and remember to check back next week for some more creative inspiration.


Lucky Coffee Cat


Hello Hetty here for you, with this lucky cat card. You find the stamp here. As I am playing with a coffee blog hop, I decided to make a coffee themed card here too with the lucky cat. The dark red background is embossed with coffee beans, then you see a die cut with craft paper and in the middle the cat. The cat is stamped on watercolor paper and I colored the cat with distress markers. Not direct to the paper, but I colored on my craft sheet and took a brush and water to color the cat. All the cups are cut with a die and tiny sticky gemstones are added for decoration. The leaves on the left and the right are cut out of a sheet of polyester “fabric” paper. You find the paper here. And finishing of the card with tiny paper roses. Have a great day and enjoy your coffee or tea!


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.


Japonisme Owl card and fridge magnet

Good morning everybody – it’s Sabrina here today with a card and fridge magnet created using the little Japonisme Owl stamp from Art Neko. In this first photo, I have taken the lid off the little tin so that you can see inside more clearly.


Fridge magnet in a tin, with the little Art Neko Japonisme owl in a leafy setting

Fridge magnet in a decorated round tin, with the little Art Neko Japonisme owl in a leafy setting


When I got the owl stamp, my intention was to make a little woodland setting for him using the little tin canisters stocked by Art Neko. These little tins are 2 inches in diameter and an inch deep.  I prepared mine by covering the outside of the base and the lid with some patterned paper. I also lined the inside rim. In the back I added a circle cut from the Gold Leaves on a Field of White paper, positioning the circle die over one of the gold leaves.  The owl was stamped on white card with black ink, coloured with pencils and then cut out. I added a little extra cards at each end of his branch perch, so that I could stick him about halfway between the back of the tin and the front. I added a few little die-cut ivy leaves, and added more of these with some little Liquid Pearl “berries” to the outside of the tin – and I finished it off by adding a strip of peel and stick magnet to the back, so that he can be used as a fridge magnet.


A card and fridge magnet set created using the Japonisme Owl from Art Neko.


Once I’d finished this little gift, I thought I should make a matching card to go with it. So I stamped the owl again and coloured him with pencils. I created a front panel by sponging a piece of kraft cardstock with 3 different shades of brown distress inks to create a faux wood effect.  After cutting a circle aperture in it to nest the Japonisme Owl in, then I embossed it with a leafy embossing folder and added doodled white outlines to most of the embossing. I added another matting layer of some leafy scrap from my box of spare backgrounds. After tying some bakers’ twine around the panel, I popped it up on foam tape and added it to a kraft base which was scored along the top and bottom edges.

A CAS card using Art Neko's Japonisme Owl recesessed behind a panel embossed with a leaf pattern and doodled with a white pen.


Sorry You Caught a Bug (in a box)

It’s Sabrina here today with a small 3D project, using the Whimsical and Kind Sayings set to present a bug in a box as a small get-well gift. Sorry you caught a bug? You won’t be sorry you caught this one!


Get well gift of a decorative matchbox containing origami flowers and a ladybug, created using the Whimsical and Kind Sayings set from Art Neko


The Whimsical and Kind Sayings set includes a little ladybug and a bee, and “Sorry You Caught A Bug”, along with an assortment of other useful everyday sentiments. I was casting around for a way to use “Sorry You Caught A Bug” other than simply using the bug or bee in a jar – and came up with this idea. The box was created using a Sizzix matchbox die, Bazzill card and some old DP for the outside. I stamped the ladybug and sentiment in black before assembling the outside of the box. Then a added a liner cut from the same card as the actual box – adding a tab to make it easy to lift. Here I stamped the “Get Well Soon” sentiment. To give you an idea of  the finished size, the Sizzix die that I used is one of their Thinlits, and creates a box which measures 3/4″ x 2 5/8″ x 3 1/2″.


Get well gift of a decorative matchbox containing origami flowers and a ladybug, created using the Whimsical and Kind Sayings set from Art Neko


And inside –  something to bring a smile, I hope; a couple of origami morning glory flowers and a pleated leaf, along with a full-color version of the ladybug. This time I stamped it on watercolour paper and embossed it with clear embossing powder. Then I cut it out, coloured it with Inktense pencils and shaped it slightly with a large stylus before adding it to the leaf.

Get well gift of a decorative matchbox containing origami flowers and a ladybug, created using the Whimsical and Kind Sayings set from Art Neko




Speaking of origami – why don’t you  take a few minutes  to check out the gorgeous selection of Japanese  papers in the Art Neko store. And remember to come by again next week for some more inspiring creations from the team.

Here’s a close-up of my flowers: I used regular origami paper, and added details to the flowers with a white gel pen and some Stickles.

A get well gift of a decorative matchbox containing origami flowers and a little ladybug


Three women


Hello everyone! Hetty here with a new card, This time I used the stylized geisha’s in a stylized frame stamp. You find it here. For the background I used a stencil (that I thought looked like a bunch of parasols) and various colors of distress ink: fossilized amber, worn lipstick, wild honey and rusy hinges. By using washi tape, you can set the colors next to each other.

hs_art-neko_woman_stencilWhen I finished the background with colors, I added some smokey black splashes. Then the 3 women are stamped and colored them with the same distress inks as used for the background. After cutting out the image it is mounted to pink and black paper, the same as the card. A ribbon and a sentiment complete the card.

Thank yiou for looking and have a creative day!




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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