Archive | Holly Brown

Art Neko designer and artist

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





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



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!



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!


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!



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!  🙂




Gold Dot Snowflake Holiday card


Hi folks!  It’s Holly posting today, and this is the card that I sent to Annette and her family (owners of Art Neko).  I used some of the gorgeous gold dot fabric paper as the background for my snowflakes.  As you can see, the gold really sparkles and shines when you move it in the light.  It’s just beautiful!

I adhered the gold dot fabric paper to a stitched frame that I die cut from lagoon blue cardstock.  This frame was then glued to a kraft card base.  I punched out some snowflakes and glued three of them onto the frame, and then I affixed different colors of sequins to the centers of the snowflakes.

The inside is stamped with a Merry Christmas sentiment from the Charming Christmas Characters 1 sheet from Art Neko.  Unfortunately I don’t have the card here with me, so I don’t have a picture of the inside.  Hopefully this inspires you to make a quick and easy card using the gorgeous fabric papers from Art Neko!

Merry Christmas!!



Black and White Christmas Tag


Hi folks, it’s Holly posting today.  Do you like to create tags for your Christmas gifts?  I created this modern black and white Christmas tag using some stamps from the Victorian Christmas stamp set (A167) from Art Neko.

I stamped the snowy village scene with archival black ink onto some white cardstock.  After waiting a few minutes to make sure the ink was dry, I cut this out with an arch die.  I wanted some sparkle on this, so I covered the entire scene with some diamond glitter glue and set it aside to dry.  Meanwhile, I cut out some black cardstock with a slightly larger arch die.  Once the glitter glue was completely dry, I adhered the white arch to the black arch.  You can see the wonderful glittery sparkle in the picture below.




The small Merry Christmas script sentiment on the Victorian Christmas sheet fits perfectly at the bottom of this village scene.  I stamped it with the same archival black ink onto white cardstock and layered it with some black cardstock.  I glued this onto the tag near the bottom.

To finish off my tag, I punched a hole at the top and threaded some ribbons through the hole.  I tied the ribbons together with a narrow white ribbon tied into a bow.  Now I can attach this to a gift and write the recipient’s name on the back with a white or silver pen.


Peacock Background Snowflake Greetings


Peacock Background Snowflake Greetings …

Hi everyone!  It’s Holly posting today, and I’m sharing the fun background tutorial that I hinted at last week.  I call this the Peacock Background, even though there are no peacocks on this card.  The peacock moniker comes from the fact that I used a peacock distress ink to create this background.  I went to a retreat a couple of months ago, and the hostess shared this awesome technique with us there.  She actually got the idea from the fabulous Jennifer McGuire, but she changed some of the ink colors and stamps.  So I’m adapting this technique to use with the wonderful snowflake stamps from Art Neko today.  These snowflakes are from the Victorian Christmas sheet (A167) and the sentiment is from the Charming Christmas Characters 1 sheet (A137).

Are you ready to get started with this technique?  Let’s start with the supplies you need:


snowflake stamps from Art Neko

small acrylic block with Tack ‘n Peel on one side

hot press watercolor paper

Versamark ink pad

white embossing powder

Mermaid Lagoon distress ink

Blueprint Sketch distress ink

Peacock Feathers distress ink

nonstick craft mat

mister bottle filled with water

heat tool (not pictured)


Step 1: Use the Tack ‘n Peel block to stamp the snowflakes with Versamark onto the hot press watercolor paper.




Step 2:  Cover the snowflakes with white embossing powder, shake off the excess, and melt the powder with the heat tool.




Step 3:  Smoosh the three distress inks onto the nonstick craft mat.




Step 4: Spray each pool of ink with water.




Step 5:  Dip your fingers into one of the pools of color and tap your inky fingers onto your snowflake embossed paper.




Step 6: Repeat with the remaining colors.  Use your heat tool to dry the colors when it gets too wet.  Keep dipping your fingers into the inks and tapping them onto the paper until the background has the desired look.


Step 7:  Use the heat tool to dry the piece completely or let it sit for several hours.  Use as desired.





A note of warning – your fingers will be blue for at least two days.  You can wear a latex glove if you want to avoid inky fingers.  Feel free to try this technique with other distress ink colors, such as reds, greens, purples, and even browns.  Distress inks are the best for this kind of technique.  You can try this with other dye inks, but they may not react as much with the water, and you may not achieve this result.  I used hot press watercolor paper because it is smoother and easier to stamp on.  The watercolor paper is stronger than regular cardstock and it will not warp as much.

I’d love to see your creations if you decide to try this technique!  Have a wonderful week!



Sepia Santa


Hi everyone, it’s Holly posting today.  We only have a little over three weeks til Christmas, so I’m sharing this Sepia Santa Christmas card with you.  I love this vintage image of Santa holding presents for all the little boys and girls out there.

I started by stamping this Santa (from the Victorian Christmas stamp set) with Potting Soil Archival ink onto some white cardstock.  I sponged some kraft ink around Santa, leaving his face and beard white.  I sponged around the edges with a chocolate brown ink.  The edges were roughed up by dragging a distress tool across the edges.

For the copper background, I cut some white cardstock larger than the Santa piece.  I inked up the edges with Versamark, sprinkled them with copper embossing powder, and melted the powder with my heat gun.  I adhered the Santa piece to this copper background, and then I adhered that to a chocolate brown card base.  Some copper shimmer baker’s twine was tied around the top of the card.

Have you seen the gorgeous stamps in the Victorian Christmas stamp set?  You could easily do this sepia technique with all of those images.  Look at all the fabulous snowflakes in this set – I’ll show you a fun technique with those next week.  So come on back next week for some more Christmas inspiration!



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