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Iris Folded Dragon

 

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Hello, Hetty here with a fun technique card. Have you ever tried iris folding? It does look very complicated, but in fact is is super easy. It is just a bunch of folded papers and some cellotape and a template to follow. I found this free template of the dragon HERE. Now you can give it a try too. Click on the image, it will get larger and you can safe it to your computer with a right mouse click.

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For the dragon I used various gold colored papers and the eye is a brad. The background is embossed. I did that before I cut out the dragon shape.

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You find the birthday sentiment with kanji here.

Thank you for looking

and have a creative day!

Hetty

 

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Gansai Tambi Watercolored Mum

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Hi everyone!  It’s Holly posting today, and I played with my Gansai Tambi watercolors this time.  I stamped this beautiful Framed Stained Glass Chrysanthemum with archival black ink onto some watercolor paper.  Then I used a paintbrush dipped in water to pick up colors from my palette of Gansai Tambi watercolors.  I wanted some autumn colors for my flower, so I colored it with some mustard and  hints of orange and red.  This piece was set aside to dry completely for several hours.

The background is a layer of mustard cardstock which has been embossed with a brick pattern.  It is adhered to a black card base.  I matted the watercolored flower piece with some black cardstock, and I added the persimmon orange ribbon underneath the image.

There are so many different colors you could use with this chyrsanthemum.  Imagine this in pinks or reds or purples or even white.  You could color this with anything.  Watercolors, colored pencils, Copic markers, or even crayons would be lovely with this image.  I used my Gansai Tambi watercolors because I wanted to see how they blended on a flower and leaves and ribbons.  These Gansai Tambi watercolors are very creamy and the pigments are very rich.  They work very well with floral images like this one from Art Neko.

Art Neko has hundreds of beautiful floral stamps.  Check out their catalog of floral images and have fun shopping!

 

 

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Fun with Silly Snails

It’s Sabrina here again – and today I want to share a couple of my Silly Snails cards.  I love this set – they have been crawling onto quite a few of my cards recently. I like that they come in three different sizes and are not all going in the same direction.

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My first card is a more artsy one – I used watercolours on a piece of Tyvek, and then shrank and distressed it with my iron. Don’t let it come in direct contact – not good for the iron even if the Tyvek looks pretty cool afterwards. As soon as I had made this piece, I knew I wanted to use it as a setting for one of the snails…I used silver embroidery thread to create a little trail for him, and green cotton to embroider flower leaves and stems. The flowers are just punched from scraps of old backgrounds, with a sequin and French knot to finish them off.

For the snail, I stamped him with Memento Chocolate brown, coloured him with Polychromos pencils and glazed his shell with Glossy Accents after cutting him out.

I used a sentiment from Whimsical and Kind Sayings, stamping it with the same brown ink on a kraft card base, and then adding sparkle with a Sakura Stardust pen.  To finish, I just added a couple of score lines.

Art Neko Silly Snails on a Tyvek background, with punched flowers and embroidery

 

My second card uses the same sentiment set and two of the Silly Snails, but is totally different in style. I made it to send to someone who has a lot of problems to deal with just now. I often see snails climbing up our back wall if I go out late at night – and that inspired this card, which is meant to give the encouragement that even when we don’t see the end of a problem (brick wall) in sight, we’ve just got to “hang in there”.

This time I stamped the snails in black ink and coloured them with pencils. The brick wall was created with an embossing folder, and I added a bit of die-cut grass that was lying on my desk to give the earthbound snail a little grounding.

Art Neko Silly Snails - one is climbing up a dry-embossed brick wall,.

 

 

 

 

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Cherry Blossoms

Stylized Cherry Blossoms Hanging Over a Pond

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Good morning everyone, Kia here today and I am sharing my Art Neko Stylized Cherry Blossoms Hanging Over a Pond image with you today.  Cherry Blossom Trees are so beautiful, especially when there is more than one.

I first stamped my image using Memento London Fog Ink. I took my time adding colour to the Cherry Blossom, doing so with Zig Brushes and a damp paint brush in order to control the amount of water. And, I tried to let it dry between colours, but I was getting ancy to see the finished tree. I painted the flowers with a light pink, then added Crimson Red to the centre of the flowers and touched it with my damp brush to allow it to spread. I added matting using the colours from the image and attached to my embossed background. I then printed the “beauty/beautiful” symbol out on my computer and went over it with my silver glitter pen several times, die cut and attached to the card front on foam dots.

Thank you for having a look today and I hope you enjoy this Stylized Cherry Blossom Over a Pond card.

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Birthday Card

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Hello! Hetty here.

I have a masculine birthday card for you. It so happens today is the birthday of my husband and he loves fishes, especially koi fishes. We did have a pond, but now that we have grandchildren, we decided to cover the pond. I am sure in the future we will have one again. So for this card i used the koi stamp here and a wave stamp for the background here.

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I started with the white panel and cuting a circle out of it, stamping the wave for background. Then I stamped the fishes on a separate piece of paper with black ink and colored them with orange distress ink and a water brush. After the fishes were cut, I placed one behind the circle. A piece of blue holographic paper behind the white panel and then the other fish was placed on the card.  On light blue I stamped the birthday sentiment and cut it out with a circle die. With one that was a little larger I cut also a circle from the holographic blue paper. Glued together and punching 2 holes I attached the circle with white scrappers floss to the card. Finishing off the card with sticky gemstones.

Thank you for looking and I hope you have a creative day!

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Summer Grapes

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Hello everyone, Kia here with today’s post.  I made this card using the Art Neko Grape Vine Frame and Summer Sentiment Stamp. I coloured the image with Prisma Pencils and Zig Brushes and set the frame inside embossed frames, and matted the background with the purple cardstock. I added a bit of ribbon and my signature sequins to finish. I am going to give this card, along with a bottle of wine to a friend as a hostess gift. As I am writing this post I have another idea for this frame and I will come back with that post next week. Thank you for visiting us here at Art Neko.

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Shoson’s Five Egrets in Falling Snow

 

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It’s Sabrina here; I know we are just starting to tiptoe into Autumn, but the card I wish to share with you today has more of a winter feel, featuring  a group of  five egrets in falling snow.

For this card, I used the Shoson Five Snowy Egrets with Wee Calligraphy stamp. I love the simple elegance of these birds!

I wanted to do something a little different with the stamp, as a change from stamping it on a white background. So I decided to stamp the image on kraft cardstock and add colour only to the birds. Normally I tend to colour birds according to their real life appearance, so I considered adding a little black and yellow to the egrets’ beaks and legs, but I decided that they would look better left snowy white.

I stamped the image with white ink on kraft cardstock, and embossed it with white embossing powder. Then I simply used white re-inker diluted with water to colour in the birds.
At this stage, it was beginning to remind me a little of parchment craft, or some of the beautiful decorated cakes I have seen, so I decided to stick with that simplicity, and just added a panel of vellum embossed with falling snow,to pick up on the stamped image. I used a Sizzix embossing folder,which has a much heavier snowfall at one end of the design; however, I wanted the snow to be falling evenly down the whole space, so I used a stylus and manually embossed some more snow to fill in the gaps. I used a white pen to edge the vellum and add a little definition to it.
Then I used eyelets to attach the vellum to a kraft base, attached the egret panel with foam tape,  and finished the card off with a doodled border.

I hope you enjoyed this Five Egrets in Falling Snow card. Be sure to check back soon to see what other beautiful creations the team have been working on to share with you.

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Dragonfly Pocketletter

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Hello! Hetty here again.

I was making some atc’s (cards of 2,5 inch by 3,5 inch) for trayinding and had so much fun that 3 cards suddenley were 9 cards and I had enough to make a pocketletter. You see them quite a lot these days. The main stamp I used on all the cards is the dragonfly background stamp. All other stamps I used are the large winged dragonfly pair, dragonfly medallion, dragonfly triplets, flower and sentiment.

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Here a little close up of the first 3 cards. I started with stamping the dragonfly background stamp on different surfaces in the blue color (salty ocean distress ink). Next I stamped the dragonfly medaillion on yellow paper with black ink and colored the wings with light blue glitter glue. On the middle one I sponged yellow ink as the moon through a piech of a 1 inch punched out circle. On top of the blue I stamped the set of 3 dragonflies with black ink. On the left card I used a left over gold embossed piece of the dragonfly stamped background. On all the 3 cards I added tiny red sticky pearls.

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For the center cards I first used two pieces of black paper and embossed the background stamp with white embossing powder. The center piece of these cards are a stamped flower and paper cut out with a honeycomb dye. The middle card is totally different. Here I stamped and gold embossed the background stamp on brown paper. Then cut out a circle with a die and used a crumpler. With the black strips on top and bottom it looks like a chinese lantern. The dragonfly on top is punched out with one of those handheld punches.Top and bottom of this card are glittery washi tape.

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And the bottom cards are different again. Stamping the background stamp on various papers. Left to right: regular cardstock colored in blue ink and dragonflies stamped in black, middle watercolor paper, first backgroundstamp in blue and next larg winged dragonfly pair in black and right the background stamp on top of a piece of bookpaper. On all these cards i used the dragonfly sentiment.

Hope you get some ideas. For more info about what  exactly is a pocket letter go HERE.

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Dragonfly Tag

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Hello, Hetty here with a tag for you. I am a big fan of Tim Holtz and I follow his blog. Every month there is a tag with a tutorial on how to do it. This is the August tag. Tha base of the tag is colored with red and mustered seed distress stains, then I used a Asian text and colored with vintage distress ink and some water drops. On top the honecomb cut out with Asian papers inside. On top you find the Starry Eyed Dragonfly stamped in versamark and embossed with camelion embossing powder. The tag is finished with some sewing on the lefthand side and a poem stamp.

Hope you all have a wonderful and creative day!

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Watercolored Fall

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Hey Everyone! It is Chrissy D again. Kelli was unable to get her post up this morning, so I thought I would fill in! I created this card the same day I did yesterdays card and was playing with my gelatos. I started with some textured card stock and just colored the background with the gelatos. I then used a watercolor brush and dispersed the colors around with some water. I must have looked like I was having a lot of fun, because my 12 year old daughter immediately came in and asked to create with me. FUN bonding time. I love stamping with my girls. Do you stamp with your children too? There are moments I want to run and hide by myself – I call that Mommy therapy. 🙂

Anyways – I easily digress… First, I heat set the water colored background to make sure it was good and dry. I used the beautiful fall images from the Set of Leaves, Acorns, and Kanji and stamped them in Black Stazon. I love the spellbinders dies, but can not recall the name of this one. I used the metallic gelatos  to frame the edges and watercolored those as well. Once the edges were dry, to complete the card I stamped the Thinking of You  (also available in the Sayings and Quotes sheet) in Black Staz On  and tied this beautiful satin ribbon bow to finish the card off.

If this is your first time here, I hope you will take some time to look around and see what our other talented designers have to share. The beauty in their work inspires me to try new things! Enjoy your day!

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