Archive | Holly Brown

Art Neko designer and artist

Skeleton Leaves in Taupe

Hi everyone, it’s Holly popping in with a surprise posting this weekend.  Today I am sharing this card called Skeleton Leaves in Taupe.  I’ve been playing with some of the brand new fall-themed stamps that are now available in the Art Neko store.  See those skeleton leaves?  I have fallen in love with these and I can’t stop stamping them on everything!

When I first started playing with these skeleton leaf stamps, I just grabbed the first inkpad I could see, which happened to be a taupe color.  I then decided to make the entire card taupe and white for an elegant clean and simple look.  After I stamped the skeleton leaves, I cut them out with scissors.  I stamped this beautiful ornate frame and the sentiment from the new A415 sheet (Fall Images and Quotes) with the same taupe color and cut them out.  I arranged the leaves on the frame and then placed the sentiment over the ends of the leaves.  For the card base, I wrapped some taupe lace around a white layer before I glued down the framed piece.  Then I glued the whole thing down on some taupe cardstock.

Check out the fabulous new fall themed stamps in the Art Neko store.  There will be a few more new stamps in the coming weeks, so keep checking back.  I’ve provided the links below so you can start shopping.  Have fun!!

A413 Fall Harvest

A415 Fall Images and Quotes

Skeleton Leaves

 

 

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Jellyfish Shadowbox Card

Hi everyone, it’s Holly posting today.  I made this fun Jellyfish Shadowbox Card to share with you today along with a fun little sand-filled necklace.

Have you ever seen a Shadowbox Card?  It lays flat so you can mail it, but when you push the sides in, it expands the middle so it becomes a shadowbox.  There is a great tutorial on SCS here if you’d like to try making one.  The picture below shows a different angle on the card – you can see the “box” part better.

 

I started this card by stamping the beautiful jellyfish image with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink.  This jellyfish stamp is from the P041 Japanese Fishing Scenes sheet.  I cut the paper down so it would fit inside the blue shadowbox.  Once the shadowbox card was assembled, I had a better idea of where to place the sentiment.

I stamped the kanji “Friend” with the same Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink and trimmed it down.  This kanji stamp is from the A337 Friendship, Get Well, and Thank You sheet.  With the shadowbox standing up, I carefully placed the kanji inside right on top of the stamped jellyfish.

When i was shopping for the ocean and mermaid stamps, I also found these adorable little glass vials with cork stoppers in the Art Neko store.  I filled one with the Galveston beach sand and a few of the tiny little seashells available from Art Neko.  After I secured the cork in the top, I wrapped some twine around the vial and tied it with a large loop.  This will be a cute little necklace to give to the friend who receives this card.

This is my last summer-themed project for this year.  I am already working on some fun new fall cards using brand new stamps that you will soon see in the store!  Come on back this weekend for a fun sneak peek!!

 

 

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Oxide Jellyfish

Good morning, everyone!  It’s Holly posting today and I’m sharing this Oxide Jellyfish card with you.  I’m switching days with Chrissy this week as she does not have access to a computer right now.  I’ve been playing in some challenges on Splitcoaststampers, and one was to have a water technique with some sea life on it.  I pulled out my P041 Japanese Fishing Scenes set because I wanted to play with the jellyfish stamp.

For my background, I smooshed three colors of distress oxide ink onto my craft mat – Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, and Cracked Pistachio.  I spritzed them with water and then smooshed some white cardstock over the inks.  I dried the first layer with my heat tool, and then I smooshed the cardstock back over the inks again.  I repeated the drying and smooshing until my paper was covered.  After the final drying, I sprayed some water into my hand and flicked it over the background and dried it again.  I love how the background turned out.

I wanted the jellyfish to look like it was swimming in the watery background, so I stamped it with Faded Jeans distress oxide ink. It’s the perfect shade to go with the background.  I glued this piece down onto a white card base and I added a die cut “hello” to the lower right side.

I hope you’ve been inspired by all our summery cards over the past few months.  Enjoy the last few weeks of summer!

 

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Mermaid on Glittery Scales

 

Hi everyone!  It’s Holly posting today, and I am here to share my Mermaid on Glitter Scales with you.  This seems to be the summer of mermaids, doesn’t it?  Everyone is making cards with mermaids, and I am in awe of the gorgeous mermaid card that Hetty created last week.  Take a look at her Sea Scenery card here.  I wanted to try something completely different for my mermaid card today.

I was playing around embossing paste and glitter, and I made this background on a whim.  I started by mixing equal amounts of clear embossing paste and glitter – one batch was turquoise and the other batch was a soft green.  I then spread the blue and the green glitter pastes directly onto some white cardstock.  I just smeared random areas with green, then other areas with blue, and let it dry.

I mixed up another batch of clear embossing paste and turquoise glitter and spread it through a stencil right on top of my previously made background.  You can see the green and blue glitters peeking out through the spaces between the scales in the background.  It is soooooo glittery!

My mermaid comes from the A198 Mermaids and Ocean Life stamp sheet.  There are lots of wonderful fish and shell stamps that coordinate beautifully with all the mermaids on this sheet.  To make sure my mermaid matched my background, I colored her with Copic markers in shades of blue and green.  Then I applied glue to her hair and her tail and covered it with the same turquoise glitter.  Once the glue was dry, I set her down on a bed of sand (kraft cardstock strip) and added a couple sprigs of glittery greenery and some white coral pieces.

Have you made a mermaid card this summer?  Go shopping at Art Neko and get your mermaid stamps and ink them up before summer is over!  🙂

 

 

 

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Mermaid on Oil Pastels

Hi everyone!  It’s Holly posting today, and I’m sharing my Mermaid on Oil Pastels card with you today.  We are in our hot days of summer here in Texas, and the temperatures are hovering around 100 every day now.  I want to dive into the sea like this mermaid and cool off!

For this card, I was playing with some water soluble oil pastels.  I scribbled some blue and green pastels onto watercolor paper, and then I dipped my fingers into water and blended the colors together.  After the piece dried, I stamped the beautiful mermaid image from the Mermaids and Ocean Life stamp set (A198) directly onto the oil pastels.  I had never tried stamping on oil pastels before, so I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it worked!  🙂

For the blue card base, I used Versamark to stamp the collection of seashells and starfish (also from the Mermaids and Ocean Life stamp set A198) in each of the four corners.  This stamp is a perfect fit for stamping onto the corners of your cards.  I cut out the mermaid piece with an oval die and matted it with a matching scallop oval.  This oval fits beautifully inside the stamped corner frame.

The sentiment is also from the same Mermaids and Ocean Life stamp set A198.   I stamped the sentiment onto white cardstock and cut it out with scissors.  It is adhered with some foam tape to give the sentiment some dimension.

There are 36 stamps on this Mermaids and Ocean Life sheet A198.  That’s a lot of stamps!  This set has so many wonderful coordinating stamps all on one sheet for a great price.  I love all the fish and the seashells as well as the variety of mermaids on this sheet.  The “crab shack” stamp is awesome!  I can’t wait to use that one!  Go check out the stamps by clicking on this link – Mermaids and Ocean Life A198.

Have a great week!

 

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Iris Mini Altar

Hi folks, it’s Holly posting today.  I ordered these really cool mini gatefold chipboard pieces from Art Neko’s B-Muse website, and I’m sharing my Iris Mini Altar with you today.  These gatefold chipboard blanks are called Mini Altars, and I paired it with an ATC iris stamp.  The Mini Altars look like this when you order them from B-Muse:

 

The fun begins when you start to decorate these!  I stamped some soft green paper with the branch from the A151 Japanese Floral 4 sheet.  You can see the branch on the left and right sides of the green paper.  I sponged some Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint distress inks along the edges before I adhered it to the inside of the Mini Altar.

The iris ATC stamp from the A292 Flowered ATC’s sheet was stamped with black ink onto some white Bristol cardstock.  I colored it with Prismacolor pencils, taking the time to add the special details like the yellow areas and the pinkish hues on each flower.  The ATC was cut out and adhered to the center of the Mini Altar.

 

On the outside of the mini altar, I stamped some soft green paper with the same iris ATC stamp from the A292 Flowered ATC’s sheet and adhered them to the two front flaps.  I found some purple ribbon that matched my colored flowers and I tied the mini altar closed with the ribbon.

These mini altars are a lot of fun to decorate.  Grab some from the B-Muse store and select some stamps or papers from the Art Neko store and enjoy!

 

 

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Cherry Blossom Woman in Oil Pastels

Hi everyone!  It’s Holly posting today, and I’m sharing this card I made using this sweet Asian woman under a cherry blossom tree.  This image is watercolored with water soluble oil pastels.  That sounds like a strange contradiction, doesn’t it?

This woman under the cherry blossom tree collage is from the A411 Asian Influence Sumi-e Paintings stamp sheet.  I stamped this with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto white cardstock and let it dry completely.  Then I scribbled a little bit of color from the oil pastels onto some of the larger areas and used a wet paintbrush to move the color around.  For the smaller areas like the little ball, I touched the wet paintbrush to the end of the oil pastel stick and picked up some color from there.  This was a fun experiment to see what it was like to watercolor with oil pastels.

The background is something I made while I was at a retreat last month.  I was introduced to oil pastels while making this, and I fell in love.  We dabbed some white gesso through a stencil onto some watercolor paper and let it dry.  Then we scribbled the oil pastels all over the piece and used baby wipes to blend the colors together.  Isn’t that a fabulous background?  Now you see why I fell in love!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my oil pastels experiment today.  Have a wonderful week!

 

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Chocolate Flower Squares

 

Hi everyone!  I’m back after a bit of a hiatus from stamping.  My puppy tore her ACL and had to have surgery, so I spent a couple weeks helping her get around during her recovery.  Then I was packing up stuff and I went to a stamping retreat which was a lot of fun.  Here is the aftermath……  LOL

Yes, my studio looks like this right now as I’m typing up this post.  I have a lot of unpacking to do, but I was able to whip up a sweet little chocolate flower card to share with you today.  This card with the chocolate flower squares is a cute little 3×3 notecard, and you can put together a set of these in less than 30 minutes.

I stamped the Peonies Squared from the A281 sheet (Bold Nature Scenes) with some chocolate ink onto some cream colored cardstock.  I trimmed the stamped image out and glued it down onto a chocolate card.

It really helps to have a well-inked inkpad when inking up a solid stamp like this.  If you find that your images are coming out blotchy, try reinking your inkpad first.  You can also make sure you clean your stamp really well – sometimes there is a little residue left on the stamps from the manufacturing process.  Using a stamp positioning tool such as a MISTI is a big help when you need to re-stamp your image.

I’m going to get back to unpacking, so hopefully everything will be put away before my next Art Neko post.  Hee hee hee!  Have a great week!

 

 

 

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Sakura and Koi Wall Hangings

Hello everyone, it’s Holly posting today.  Remember the gorgeous collage paper that Art Neko created based on one of my cards?  I’ve used that sakura collage paper on this trio of wall hangings to share with you.  I stamped an assortment of koi and kanji on each of the three pieces.

I started by cutting out the Spring Summer Collage Sheet with scissors.  I trimmed each one to fit onto the ATC Masonite Blanks from B-Muse.  Next, I stamped the 3 Bold Koi and the kanji on each piece with a dark blue ink.  Then I glued the stamped collage sheets down onto the ATC Masonite Blanks, being careful not to get any wrinkles or bubbles in the paper as I pressed it down.

For the hangers, I glued them on with some liquid glue to the back of each piece.  I set some heavy blocks on them and let them dry overnight.  These are ready to hang up in my studio as soon as I finish hammering some nails into the wall.  I still have 6 ATC collage pieces left from the sheet, so I’ll be making more projects with those soon.  You can stamp anything you want on these collage sheets, and I’m looking forward to seeing all the different possibilities.

 

Items used on my project today:

Spring Summer Collage Sheet

3 Bold Koi stamps

Assorted Japanese Kanji stamps

ATC Masonite Blanks with Wall Hangers from B-Muse

 

 

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Handmade Flower Box

 

Hi folks, it’s Holly posting today.  I created this handmade flower box to share with you.  Did you know that Art Neko sells little pine boxes for you to decorate?  I had so much fun with this.  I knew I wanted to use one of the gorgeous collage scenes from the Antique Seed Catalogs collage sheet (B-Muse store), so I stained my box with an antique oak finish.  I stained it several times, letting it dry completely between each layer.  After the box was completely dry, I went over it with some Antique Bronze gilding wax.  After I buffed the wax with a soft cloth, it was ready for the floral collage scene.

I cut this sweet floral scene from the Antique Seed Catalogs collage sheet and matted it with some dark brown cardstock.  I glued this to the top of the box, making sure to leave a little room on the side for a small handmade flower bouquet.  I tied my little bouquet together with some linen thread and glued it down on the box.

This is a sweet little box that I can give to my mom for her earrings and bracelets.  Mother’s Day is coming up soon, so hopefully this will give you some gift ideas for the women in your life.  You can’t go wrong with flowers!

Products used:

Hinged Pine Box with Magnet Closure from Art Neko

Antique Seed Catalogs collage sheet from B-Muse

 

Other boxes for sale in the Art Neko store:

Pine Wood Box, Rectangular

Clear Lid Wooden Cigar Box

Round Canisters with Window Lids (metal containers)

 

 

 

 

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