Paris is always a good idea

It’s Sabrina here today with a Paris-themed card ~ I totally endorse Sabrina Fairchild’s sentiment that Paris is always a good idea. I have to confess, though, that August is a month I have never visited – I think I like it best on crisp, cold, sunny days in the winter, or perhaps in Spring when the trees are all turning green and flowers are just starting to appear.

Paris is Always a Good Idea sentiment from Art Neko stamped on ATC collage sheet


I used several images from the Spring in Paris plate from Art Neko.
To start with, I used distress oxide inks on watercolour paper to create a wrinkle-free distress background – I used seedless preserves and cracked pistachio. I stamped the main Eiffel Tower collage image on this, and also the Paris postmark on a patch that was mostly the green colour. The main image was trimmed down, and I distressed the edges. I used a punch to cut out the postmark, and added three layers of UTEE to give it a glassy smooth finish. When we visited last December, Paris was experiencing heavy smog, and only about half the Eiffel Tower was visible – quite beautiful at night when it was all lit up. But I’m glad we can see it all on this wonderful collage image. The postmark, Paris text and that wonderful old-fashioned postman’s bicycle are also available as a set of French Stamps (3).

Eiffel Tower collage image from Art Neko stamped on distress oxide background

Since it’s autumn and not Spring, I used autumnal colours on my front – a street map of Paris, sponged with distress inks to tone it down a little, and then crumpled and sponged again. You can’t actually tell, since so much of it is covered, but I chose a piece of the map which has the area around the Bois de Vincennes. There is a lovely linear park (the Promenade Plantée)  starting just off the Place de Bastille, much of which runs along a disused railway track, and if we walk to the end of it, the Bois de Vincennes is where we finish up.

I dry-embossed a piece of vellum, trimmed it on the diagonal and added this to the map, to tone it down a little more, and stitched with heavy-weight thread.

Inside, I used the sentiment from Sabrina Fairchild. I wanted to make the inside of the card fancier than I normally do, so I stamped the sentiment on this lovely Victorian Roses ATC collage sheet. To match the feel of the printed collage sheet, I dry-embossed some tissue paper after first scribbling a Gelato over the inside of the embossing folder and misting it with water. I tore the tissue down to size when it was dry, and edged it with Stickles and a few gilding flakes. Finally I added the sentiment and a gold die-cut swirl.

Paris is Always a Good idea - sentiment from the Spring in Paris plate, stamped on ATC collage sheet from Art Neko


Remember, Paris is always a good idea – and if you can’t actually go there, watching the movie isn’t a bad substitute, de Givenchy’s costumes for Audrey Hepburn are just wonderful.


Here’s the finished card front…


Eiffel Tower collage image from Art Neko's Spring in Paris plate, stamped on a distress oxide background


Dancing Dragonflies

Hello all! Happy Wednesday to you. Kia here with you today to share this dragonflies card I did for today’s post.

I first stamped and heat embossed with white embossing powder the bold silhouette dragonflies on the bottom layer and brushed on some picked raspberry ink, getting lighter towards the top of the card and attached the panel to my card base. I then stamped the Sakura Blossoms Circle Frame using mustard seed ink and with my aqua brush brought the yellow towards the centre of the circle, adding more ink as needed. I coloured the flowers with the raspberry ink, then went over the image again with embossing ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder, then fussy cut the circle to attach to my dragonfly panel. I then stamped and heat embossed the Realistic Dragonfly using black embossing powder in the centre of the circle.

I finished with a few sprinkles in the pinks and yellows.

I hope you enjoy this card and thank you for visiting today.




Marbled Japanese Hanging Lanterns

Hello Everyone – Chrissy D here using the beautiful Japanese Hanging Lanterns and Thank you stamps from Art Neko. Starting with the marbled background, I used the long forgotten technique (by me), the shaving cream technique.

I used water based fig, rose and pink ink refills and placed drops in the shaving cream and created a swirly pattern. I gently placed the white cardstock onto the marbled shaving cream allowing the ink to penetrate the paper. Scraping the shaving cream off, I set aside and allowed it to dry for a bit.

The cardstock I used felt a little “waxy” after I used the shaving cream technique. I wiped it with a cloth to clean up the waxy feeling. Once dry, I inked the Japanese Hanging Lanterns and the Thank you  stamps using fig and Rose ink pads and stamped the image twice on the cardstock. The ink looked wet, so I sprinkled clear embossing powder on the images and heat embossed the text and the images.

To complete the project, I added 3 magenta sequins and mounted the marbled cardstock on the rose cardstock. I just love these lanterns, the flourishes are so pretty! I hope you like my project too! Thank you for stopping by and looking.


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!



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!  🙂





To Find a Seashell in the Summer

It’s not Friday and it’s Sabrina here, popping by with an extra post;  to mark the start of the traditional holiday season here in Europe I am using the “To find a seashell” stamp from Art Neko to create a Seashells and Summer project.

To find a seashell text stamp from Art Neko

I’m sure I mentioned when I first uploaded a project using this stamp that I grew up within earshot of the sea – and we also spent most summer holidays somewhere within walking distance of the sea too – or at least a lake. Isn’t there something so relaxing about being beside water? And even on a lake beach you can find shells to add to the magic of the day. Something my husband and I bring along with us on most holidays is a couple of origami books and a small supply of paper – a great rainy-day activity. So I have combined summer shells and origami for this little shadow box.

There are some great shell collage papers in the Art Neko store – my finished project uses the Printed Collage Seashells on Sand , which has a great sandy colour, but I confess that originally I wanted to use the Printed Collage Seashells on White version, but I got a couple of blue splashes on it and I am too much of a perfectionist.  As you can see, I stamped my sentiment directly on the collage paper and embossed it with clear embossing powder for a little extra definition.  WIth a curved die, I cut a shoreline edge, and layered it on top of a piece of card which I had coloured by smooshing it in a couple of distress oxide inks (I used salty ocean and faded jeans), and I also added a sprinkling of chunky white embossing powder for some salt spray.  I trimmed this to 4″ by 6″ to fit in my shadow box frame.


To find a seashell text stamp, framed piece with origami shell

My origami shell was folded from some old paper I found on my shelves, using a design by Tomoko Fuse. I have a couple of her books, but not this particular one. I found a great video on YouTube which she had authorised, you can find it here. Luckily I had made two shells, because this one looks better with the sand-coloured collage sheet, whereas the other one looked great on the white shell background. My first trial version I folded from thin copy paper, and it too is lovely enough to use on a project some time,  and is almost flat. This one is quite dimensional, which I hope you can see a little in the final photo.


To find a seashell text stamp from Art Neko, stamped on collage paper

Thanks for coming by this week. Enjoy what’s left of the summer, and capture some memories of it for the winter.

p.s. – did you check out the lovely Mermaid release from Art Neko? I think this sentiment goes well with mermaids, once you have a seashell in there somwhere!





You make a great pear

Hello Everyone – Happy Monday! Can you believe July is over already? Today I am sharing a card using the Medium Bold Silhouette Pear with Leaves stamped in Versamark ink on white cardstock. Using stamping pastels and sponge swabs, I mixed a combination of green, yellow and rust color to create the realistic look of a pear. It has been ages since I have used my stamping pastels and I am so pleased I chose to grab them for this card.

As I was looking through the store at Art Neko, I noticed they have a very nice sable brush that would work great with your chalks/ pastels. Less waste and you would have the ability to control the color application along with blend it well.

The background paper is a mixture of sprays and ink. Holly Brown sent me a bag of scraps and treasures of backgrounds she created, so I am using them on my cards. 🙂 I adhered the sprayed cardstock on an angle, on top of green cardstock and really liked how it looked. Using scissors, I trimmed the extra cardstock from the edges where it hung over.

Using black ink, I stamped the sentiment on the paper. I thought the text, “You make a Great pear” is so fun! I then adhered the image on green cardstock and added them to the card with dimensionals to pop it up. Using a writing tip marker, I added dots along the layered cardstock. To complete the card, I used a mini glue dot to add one dew drop.

I hope you enjoyed my project! Stop on by later this week to see what Holly and Sabrina have in store for you!



Grape Celebration

For this card I used a fun background technique from Technique Junkies, and you can find the tutorial HERE. After I made the background, the panel was laid into the misty for stamping the image on the card with black ink. The stamped image is colored with pencil and the centiment is a die cut. Once in black and once in purple.

Thank you for looking and have a creative day!



Sea Scenery

Hi Stampers,

Are you all having a wonderful Summer? I hope you do. As I guess some of you are enjoying the seaside and that is why I choose the Mermaids and Oceanlife stamps to make this card for you. I started the background of this card with Broken China Distress oxide ink. The ink was dabbed on my craft sheet and with the white paper pressed to it, you get a wonderful sea like background.

Next choosing a variety of stamps from the sheet and some darker blue ink, I stamped the images and colored a little with pencil. The sentiment was added in black. While I was busy I made two more ATC and I hope you come over to my Craftchaos Blog and see them there. Thanks again for looking and have a creative day!



Colourful Autumn Leaves

Hello all, Kia here with you today.  I would like to apologize as I was to post this card on Wednesday, but due to internet issues I could not.  They finally fixed it this morning, with the Bell fellow here for a couple of hours!  But, all is now well, so I can now post and share.

We have had very hot weather the last few days, so I made an autumn card to cool myself down!

I used the beautiful leaf background stamp along with the 4 Seasons Kanji and English sentiment.  I used distress ink markers to colour my stamp and spritzed with water before stamping.  I stamped the sentiment on a coordinating cardstock panel using black ink, and added the matting to the image piece along with dry embossed my card base for added textures.

Thanks so much for visiting Art Neko today. I hope you enjoy this card and look forward to seeing you in a           couple of weeks.


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