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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.

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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.

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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

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Three women

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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!

Hetty

 

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Framed Bamboo

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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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Tiled Egrets in the Snow

Hello everybody !

It’s  Friday – so it’s me, Sabrina, here again with another card to share with you – Tiled Egrets in the Snow . This week I am once again using the Shoson Five Snowy Egrets with Wee Calligraphy stamp from Art Neko. I like to know that there are several ways of using a stamp, and I’m sure you’ll agree that this is quite different from the faux whitewash card I shared a couple of weeks ago using the same stamp!

Shoson's Five Snowy Egrets done with a Faux Tile Technique.

 

 

 

 

 

For this  card, I stamped the image on white card with Versafine black ink, and then coloured it with Polychromos pencils. I used a gel pen to add colour back into the falling snow.

Then I cut the image into tiles; I used a quilting ruler to identify the centre of the image, and it turned out that cutting it into tiles about 1″ wide by 1 1/8″ high worked out to include the entire image. Then I distressed the edges and sponged them lightly with some pale grey ink.

Each tile was coated with a layer of Diamond Glaze and left overnight to dry.
The next morning I assembled them onto a blue base, leaving a tiny space between each tile. Those tiles that just had snow on them were a little bit like a jigsaw – and in the end I had to refer back to an earlier card to make sure I got them right!! I matted that onto black and added it to a white card base.
I spent a long time deciding whether to leave it just as it was, or to add the black die-cut “hello” (a Memory Box die)  which was on my desk as a leftover from another project. In the end, as you can see, I added it – since I had already added gloss to it it went very well with the tiled effect.

Five Snowy Egrets card with Art Neko stamp using a faux tile technique

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing all the lovely creations which the team have been sharing this week. Make sure to stop by again next week for more inspiration.

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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.

Close-up shot of Silly Snail with a Glossy Accents shell

 

 

 

 

 

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

Cherry Blossoms

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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