Archive | Holly Brown

Art Neko designer and artist

Chocolate Tulip

Hi, it’s Holly posting today.  I was coloring some of these tulip images, and I wanted to see how it looked in shades of chocolate as opposed to the normal pinks, reds, and yellows.  I stamped this gorgeous Boxed Tulip with some kraft ink onto kraft cardstock.  Then I pulled out my Prismacolor pencils and started coloring with a dark chocolate, a milk chocolate, and a white chocolate pencil.  Yum!  Are you hungry yet?

I love the stark modern look of the chocolate tulip, so I went for a similar bold modern look for my card.  I adhered the chocolate tulip to a dark chocolate card.  Three chocolate pearls were affixed to the lower left corner of the card, and then I added some strips of kraft cardstock to the left and the bottom of the card.  My final touch was to tie some chocolate ribbon around the top of the card.

Did you see what Kia did with this same Boxed Tulip stamp last week?  Isn’t that beautiful?  There are so many ways to use this gorgeous tulip stamp.  I love how Kia colored her stamp and misted it with water before pressing it onto the paper.  That’s a stunning watercolor look.  You could also stamp the tulip and paint it with watercolors instead of using colored pencils.

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Springtime Flowers

Hi friends!  It’s Holly posting today and I’m back with another watercolored Art Neko card.  It got up to 85 degrees on Saturday, so it definitely feels like springtime around here.  The flowers are blooming on our peach trees and the redbud trees are starting to show off their brilliant purple buds.

I pulled out the Spring in Paris (A407) stamp sheet and stamped the beautiful flowers randomly around the edges of my hot press watercolor paper with Versamark ink.  I covered that with white embossing powder and melted the powder with my heat tool.  There was just enough space in the middle for that beautiful sentiment (also from the Spring in Paris set), so I stamped that with Versamark ink and embossed it with white embossing powder.

Next, I pulled out some Daniel Smith watercolor paints.  For the sky background, I wanted a pale blue and a medium blue.  I watered the paint down to make a nice watercolor wash and I painted that over my paper, carefully avoiding the flowers.  I let this dry for about an hour, and then I went back over with another wash of blue paint.  I set this aside to dry completely.  Then I pulled out my Zig Clean Color markers and watercolored the flowers and the stems.  Those bright pink flowers just pop against that blue background.

Once the paper was completely dry, I burnished the white embossing with a tissue to remove any leftover paint.  I also sponged the edges with a blue dye ink before adhering this piece to a white card base.

I had so much fun painting this card, I sent a sneak peek of this to Annette at Art Neko.  She liked this so much, she turned my card into an ATC Collage Sheet!!!!!!!!  How exciting is that????  You can see the Spring Summer Collage Sheet HERE in the Art Neko store.  I love how she edited my card to remove the sentiment and put those watercolor blue blocks all over.  It has such a modern, artsy vibe to it!

I have some of these collage sheets on their way to me in the mail, and I can’t wait to play with these!  All you have to do is cut these apart and use them on your projects just like regular patterned paper.  If you are an ATC trader, you can use these as backgrounds on your ATCs.  You can stamp the centers with a sentiment, add more flowers, add birds or butterflies, add a die cut, whatever you want to do.  There are so many possibilities!!  Go order your Spring Summer Collage Sheet today along with the beautiful Spring in Paris stamp sheet and have fun making some gorgeous art.  🙂

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Watercolored Valentine Hearts

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!  It’s Holly posting today, and I’m excited to share this watercolored Valentine hearts card with you.  I stamped this gorgeous double heart image from Art Neko’s A405 Valentine and Love Stamps sheet onto watercolor paper and watercolored it with Daniel Smith’s Pyrrol Red paint.  Yes, I just used one color of paint.  The vibrancy of the red changes depending on how much water you add while you are painting.

After the hearts were dry, I cut out the image and adhered it to a piece of white cardstock that was embossed with some diagonal stripes.  I wanted to mimic the black and red strips in the corners of the hearts.  To give the stripes inside the hearts more impact, I colored the alternating stripes with a black Sharpie marker.  The white striped panel was adhered to a layer of black cardstock and then to a red card base.  I stamped the sentiment from A405 Valentine and Love Stamps sheet and affixed it on top of the hearts.  Some white buttons with black and white baker’s twine were added to each of the hearts.

This was a fun experiment with watercolor paint, and I’m sure it won’t be the last.  I’ll have another painted card to share with you next week.  Enjoy today with your special Valentine!

 

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Shimmery Strips of Happiness

Hi folks, it’s Holly posting today.  I’m sharing this sparkly card that I created with some leftover Dabbed Shimmers technique strips and a double happiness kanji stamp.  The strips in the background are the pieces left over from another project, and I could not bear to throw them away.  They are so pretty and shimmery.  To make these, I mixed some iridescent medium with distress ink (Peacock Feathers and Shaded Lilac) and dabbed them onto cardstock with a sponge.  No two pieces are alike, and it’s fun to see how they turn out.

I arranged the strips horizontally and adhered them to a white card.  Then I stamped the butterfly and the circle with Shaded Lilac distress ink onto white cardstock.  Both of the stamps are from the A407 Spring in Paris sheet at Art Neko.  After carefully trimming them out, I affixed them to my card with foam tape.

Would you like to see a tutorial on how to create the dabbed shimmers background?  Let me know in the comments, and if there is some interest, I’ll film a step by step tutorial for you.  🙂

 

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Paper Pieced Dragon Geisha

Hi everyone, it’s Holly posting today.  I am sharing this paper pieced Dragon Geisha card to give you another way to use your washi papers.  I stamped this beautiful geisha from the A279 Oriental Dragons and Geisha sheet onto some white cardstock.  I then stamped it again right onto the beautiful red and gold washi paper.  The geisha on the white cardstock was colored with Copic markers first.  Then I carefully cut the robe out of the washi paper and glued it down on top of my colored geisha.  I used some small strips of the same washi paper to accent the left side of my card.

Pull out your washi papers and try paper piecing one of your Art Neko stamps with it.  It’s a fun and easy way to add texture and color to your stamping!

 

A279 Oriental Dragons and Geisha sheet

Japanese washi papers

white cardstock

black cardstock

 

 

 

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Love Mailbox Valentine

 

Hi all, it’s Holly posting today.  Valentine’s Day will be here in a couple weeks, so I’m making some cards for my family.   This sweet silhouette features a little girl stuffing her Valentine cards into a mailbox.  Isn’t that cute?  This silhouette stamp is from the A405 Valentine and Love sheet at Art Neko.  You can see the word “love” across the bottom of the mailbox.  I added a glittery red heart sticker to the top of the mailbox for a pop of color.

Did you know that Art Neko carries ribbon in the store?  This beautiful heart ribbon can be found HERE.  I wrapped it around my card and tied it into a pretty bow.  I stamped the sentiment from the A157 Valentines and Love sheet and then cut the words apart so I could fit them directly above the ribbon bow.  Almost all the supplies on this card are from Art Neko, including the cardstock.  I’ve listed all the items below for easier shopping for you.

A405 Valentine and Love sheet (silhouette image)

A157 Valentines and Love sheet (sentiment)

heart ribbon

glittery heart stickers

red cardstock

black cardstock

white cardstock

 

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Purple Framed Flowers

 

Hi everyone!  It’s Holly posting today, and I’m sharing this sweet Purple Framed Flowers card with you.  A friend of mine hurt her back last week. so I popped this card in the mail to her as a virtual hug.

I started by stamping this beautiful framed flower (A408 Geishas and Framed Flowers sheet) with a gray ink onto some white cardstock.  I wanted a softer look, so I used gray ink instead of black.  The image was then colored with Polychromos pencils.  It’s hard to see, but the background between the flowers and the frame is colored with a pale yellow pencil.  I added some White Blizzard Glitter Drops (Nuvo) to the center of the open flower on the left.  Gotta love that glitter!  🙂

I cut out the colored piece and adhered it to a white card with some foam tape.  Some Lilac twine wrapped around the top and tied with a bow completes this clean and simple card.

Check out the gorgeous stamps on the A408 Geishas and Framed Flowers sheet.  The flowers and the geishas are beautiful, and the sentiments are wonderful.  I can’t wait to color up the rest of these stamps!

 

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Sugarplum Valentine Hearts

Hi everyone, it’s Holly posting today.  I’m sharing this sweet CAS (Clean And Simple) Valentine card with these adorable hearts stamped in a sugarplum ink.  Look closely inside the three hearts.  See the tiny little hearts inside the big hearts?  I love that!  It’s so cute!

I found this sweet little heart stamp on the A405 Valentine and Love Stamps sheet in the Art Neko store.  I stamped it three times with a sugarplum ink and then cut them out with a square die.  I cut out some white squares with a larger square die and matted each of the hearts with foam tape.  I carefully lined up the three heart squares on my card and glued them down across the top.  Then I stamped the sentiment, also from the A405 Valentine and Love Stamps sheet, with the same sugarplum ink underneath the row of hearts.

Wouldn’t it be fun to make a bunch of these cards in different colors?  You’re not limited to just red or pink.  You could use blue or green or even brown to make this a masculine card, and you could go with bright colors like purple or orange if you wanted to make these for your kids.  You could even have fun making each of the hearts a different color and going with a black ink for the sentiment.  Stamping is all about having fun!

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Love You Always

 

Happy New Year!!  Can you believe it is 2017 already??  It’s Holly posting today, and I’m already looking ahead to the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday.  I’ve got several Valentine cards ready to go, and this is the first one that I am sharing with you.

I started by stamping this beautiful flower frame from the A405 Valentine and Love Stamps plate.  The sentiment, from the same plate, fits beautifully inside this flower frame.  You could stamp it so the flowers are at the top, the side, or the bottom.  I chose to put the flowers on the left side and I stamped the sentiment accordingly.

The red and white polka dot paper actually comes from a Christmas set!  LOL  You can buy this Santa stamp and papers in a special bundle at the Art Neko store.  I love the bright red color of this glossy paper, and it’s perfect for a Valentine card.  I adhered it to a white card base and then I cut out the flower frame and glued it to the red and white polka dot paper.  Some red rhinestones were affixed to the centers of the flowers for that little touch of bling.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my first post for 2017.  Come on back to see what the design team is working on for you this year!

 

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Thank You Cards with Flowers

 

 

 

Hi everyone, it’s Holly posting today.  I needed some thank you cards for some ladies who sent me some birthday cards a few weeks ago.  After looking through my Art Neko stamps, I found this beautiful reverse silhouette flower from the Flowers and Whimsy sheet.  I stamped this in several different colors just to see how it looked, and I loved them all.  The first one in the picture below is stamped with daffodil yellow ink.  The rest are mint, peach, lagoon, and sugarplum inks.

 

For the “thanks” stamp, I found this one from the Full Sheet of Oriental Images and Text.  I love that it has the tiny bird sitting on the “t” and there is a tiny kanji letter at the end.  This was perfect to stamp near the flower stems on my cards.  I stamped it with a black ink so it would stand out against all the different colors of stamped flower blocks.

I’m going to stamp some more of these cards in a rainbow of colors.  This will be a great addition to my stash for when I need a card in a hurry.  I think I will stamp half of them with a birthday stamp for those times when I need a quick birthday card.  This flower stamp is perfect for any kind of card – birthday, sympathy, thinking of you, and thank you cards.  I hope I’ve inspired you today!  🙂

 

 

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