Archive | Kia Gibson-Clapper

Art Neko designer and artist

Beautiful Iris’

Hello everyone. Kia with you today and I would like to share with you my latest card.  A couple of weeks back I was away at the Creativation 2017 show and unfortunately came home with pneumonia. That was not much fun, but the best thing to do when down and out is colour a stamp image, in my humble opinion of course.

For this card, on Fabriano Hot Press Watercolour Paper I stamped my image using Memento London Fog ink, which has a hint of green in it.  I like the softness of the image instead of having the black lines. I heat set my image to prepare it for the water and paint.  To colour this beautiful Iris Orchid I used my Zig Clean Colour Brushes in Aqua, Light and Medium Greens, Light and Dark Purple, Oranges and Yellows.  I did a couple of layers of colour to get the depth of colour I wanted.  Every spring I look forward to the Iris’ blooming so I also used the 4 Seasons Kanji and English “Spring” sentiment.  I watercoloured the centre in a darker aqua colour and cut another smaller piece from my watercolour paper to fit in with the sentiment stamped. Colouring the underlay gave a bit of a border to my sentiment.  To finish I attached the panel to foam mounting strips, then attached to a double matting of purple and aqua, and of course I added a few sequins for a bit of sparkle.

I hope you enjoy this card as much as I enjoyed making it.  Once done, it certainly made me feel better.  Thank you for visiting the Art Neko Blog today.  I look forward to seeing you next time.


Sunny Bamboo Thanks

Kia with you today with a thank you card to share.  I have a few of these to do, as I am sure we all do. It is a bit of a gloomy day here in Southern Ontario, so I wanted to add a bit of colour to my world.  For this card I coloured my Framed Bamboo with Sun/Moon stamp first using Tombow Markers, then lightly spritzing my coloured stamp with water before stamping.  I heat set my image to make it easier to add additional  colour with my Zig Brushes.  I die cut my image off centre with my stitched rectangles and  for a bit more interest I embossed my card base with a vines embossing folder.  This is a thank you card for a Christmas gift, and as such I like to add a bit of sparkle, so I die cut my thanks using green glitter paper and, rare for me,  I added baker’s twine tied in a bow at the top to finish.

I hope you enjoy today’s post and look forward to seeing you next time.  In the meantime I would like to wish one and all a very Happy and Healthy New Year.


Egrets at Nightfall


Hello everyone, Kia with you today and I am sharing my card of the Shoson Five Snowy Egrets with Wee Calligraphy. I decided I wanted to do some heat embossing on black cardstock, which I did using silver embossing powder.  It feels like they are in a snowstorm and they are huddled together for warmth, much like most of us have been doing over the last couple of days.  I framed my image with white cardstock and then matted again in the black.  I then added a few cupped sequins to finish the front of the card.  I think I would like to use it for a thank you card.  Thank you for joining me today …  I look forward to seeing you next time.


Watercolored Bamboo

Watercolour Bamboo

Watercolor Bamboo by Kia Gibson Clapper

Hello everyone,

Kia with you today to share this beautiful stamp called Bamboo and Bird Sumi-e.  I wanted to do something different today, so I stamped my image with Peeled Paint and spritzed with water. Using my aqua brush I pulled the colour, and added a lighter green called Shabby Shutters to the image.  Once dry, I outlined the image with Mustard Seed on the right side and dried again, then adding the turquoise and pulling it toward the edges, where it gets lighter. I am happy with the look and thought it would make a great birthday card, so I stamped a birthday greeting and added my trademark sequins to finish. I hope you have enjoyed this card, and I will see you next time. Thank you for visiting Art Neko today.


A Whimsical Snowman

The Joy of Winter

Hello everyone, Kia here with you today. I sure had fun doing this card. This little fellow is called Whimsical Snowman, and he sure makes me giggle! I love the pan on top of his head, and my pan’s have red bottoms, hence the red. I stamped him using a deeper blue ink from Tim Holtz Distress Inks called Blueprint Sketch, then coloured using a mix of Chameleon and Spectrum Noir Markers.  I added Gold Wink of Stella to the cookies and Silver Gel Pen to the rim of the pan and the buttons. I then stamped the Joy sentiment, also in the blueprint sketch ink.  I wanted more texture to my card, so I embossed with my snow embossing folder, then matted  with navy and red cardstock. For more sparkle I added Wink of Stella to the snow dots. It doesn’t show in the picture, but it is very pretty.  In addition, a few snowflake sequins always make me smile.

Thanks for visiting us here at the Art Neko Blog … I look forward to seeing you next time.


Butterfly Birthday

Birthday Butterfly

Hello everyone, Kia here with you today.

I am sharing with you this birthday card that I did using this Butterfly Stencil.  I forgot I had this or I would have used it much sooner, as it is very pretty.  I used the butterfly sheer image and have kept the negative butterfly for use on another card.  For my background I masked off my watercolour paper to make a frame and using my Bister powders I sprinkled in the blues, greens and yellows before spritzing with water to activate the powders.  I used my heat gun to dry the background, then framed with a darker blue/teal paper before attaching to my card base.  The butterfly has a lovely sheen and is somewhat translucent allowing a hint of what is underneath, like some butterflies.  As I am always in need of birthday cards, I added a die cut sentiment done in gold metallic paper and finished off with a few sequins.

Thank you for visiting today … I look forward to seeing you next time.


Golden Leaves of Happiness


Good morning everyone! Kia here with a card to share. When I sat down to make this card I was looking at the Polyester Fabric Papers from Art Neko. I wanted to make a Birthday card using the papers so I thought I would make it and share it with all of you.  I die cut the fabric paper along with some wax paper to get a clean cut.  I die a couple of layers for matting, one in white which is attached to the card base and the other in the metallic gold cardstock. I then die cut another piece of white cardstock the same size as the fabric paper and glued them together using Ranger Multi Media Glue. This keeps the white fabric paper looking clean and bright. I then attached that panel to the metallic gold piece and attached that to the base on foam squares.  The Double Happiness Symbol is cut in the metallic gold and attached on some foam dots, and of course I added a few gold sequins, giggles! I just love these papers, and there is a paper for any and all occasions. Thanks for stopping by today, I’ll see you next time.


Nature’s Beauty

Bird on gourd vines

Hello everyone, Kia here with a card to share.  I like to keep my cards CAS, Clean and Simple, which is what I have done with this card today.  I am working with Art Neko’s Framed Bird on Gourd Vine Stamp.  When I was reading up on Gourd Vines I found that there were both white and yellow flowers on these vines.  I very much like the look of the yellow flowers and read that these flowers are usually associated with the annual plants, which produce a rather bitter gourd.  But I loved the idea of the yellow flowers for my card, so yellow it was.  I thought using Zig brushes was best to use on this image, as they are perfect for detailed stamps, such as this stamp.  I did a couple of layers of colour and once finished, I added matting to my image using bazzill cardstock, picking colours that I used in the watercolour.  I then added some white Hemp Cording around the base.  I added another layer of white matting which I embossed to add more interest and attached the image to the left of the card on foam strips.  I hope you enjoy my card today and thank you for visiting with us.  I look forward to seeing you next time.  


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