Framed Flowers With Kanji

Hi crafting friends! Leah from Paper Blossoms with you today. I love flowers so much and Art Neko has many gorgeous images of them. Today’s card features some of them!


Framed Flowers With Kanji card by Leah Cornelius

This gorgeous image is called (A404) Framed Flowers with Kanji. I stamped the image onto white cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then used Copic markers to color it. I really like images that have a frame and are large enough to steal the show ūüôā After I colored the image I trimmed around the frame and mounted it onto a die cut background that has some embossed stitching. I then chose some patterned paper for my card base.


I really enjoy coloring these gorgeous images and letting them shine! Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you’ll create something today.


Water Lilies in Gold

kelli gold


Kelli is out sick so she asked me to post her card today.  She embossed the Framed Lily Pads with gold embossing powder onto black cardstock.  She also used some of the gorgeous papers found in the Art Neko store РSemi Circles on Navy and some handmade Thai paper.  Some gold pearls and a domino accent finish off this card nicely.



Shoson’s Five Egrets in Falling Snow


Egrets in the Snow on kraft

It’s Sabrina here; I know we are just starting to tiptoe into Autumn, but the card I wish to share with you today has more of a winter feel, featuring ¬†a group of ¬†five egrets in falling snow.

For this card, I used the Shoson Five Snowy Egrets with Wee Calligraphy stamp. I love the simple elegance of these birds!

I wanted to do something a little different with the stamp, as a change from stamping it on a white background. So I decided to stamp the image on kraft cardstock and add colour only to the birds. Normally I tend to colour birds according to their real life appearance, so I considered adding a little black and yellow to the egrets’ beaks and legs, but I decided that they would look better left snowy white.

I stamped the image with white ink on kraft cardstock, and embossed it with white embossing powder. Then I simply used white re-inker diluted with water to colour in the birds.
At this stage, it was beginning to remind me a little of parchment craft, or some of the beautiful decorated cakes I have seen, so I decided to stick with that simplicity, and just added a panel of vellum embossed with falling snow,to pick up on the stamped image. I used a Sizzix embossing folder,which has a much heavier snowfall at one end of the design; however, I wanted the snow to be falling evenly down the whole space, so I used a stylus and manually embossed some more snow to fill in the gaps. I used a white pen to edge the vellum and add a little definition to it.
Then I used eyelets to attach the vellum to a kraft base, attached the egret panel with foam tape,  and finished the card off with a doodled border.

I hope you enjoyed this Five Egrets in Falling Snow card. Be sure to check back soon to see what other beautiful creations the team have been working on to share with you.


Dragonfly Pocketletter


Hello! Hetty here again.

I was making some atc’s (cards of 2,5 inch by 3,5 inch) for trayinding and had so much fun that 3 cards suddenley were 9 cards¬†and I had enough to make a pocketletter. You see them quite a lot these days. The main stamp I used on all the cards is the dragonfly background stamp. All other stamps I used are the large winged dragonfly pair, dragonfly medallion, dragonfly triplets, flower and sentiment.


Here a little close up of the first 3 cards. I started with stamping the dragonfly background stamp on different surfaces in the blue color (salty ocean distress ink). Next I stamped the dragonfly medaillion on yellow paper with black ink and colored the wings with light blue glitter glue. On the middle one I sponged yellow ink as the moon through a piech of a 1 inch punched out circle. On top of the blue I stamped the set of 3 dragonflies with black ink. On the left card I used a left over gold embossed piece of the dragonfly stamped background. On all the 3 cards I added tiny red sticky pearls.


For the center cards I first used two pieces of black paper and embossed the background stamp with white embossing powder. The center piece of these cards are a stamped flower and paper cut out with a honeycomb dye. The middle card is totally different. Here I stamped and gold embossed the background stamp on brown paper. Then cut out a circle with a die and used a crumpler. With the black strips on top and bottom it looks like a chinese lantern. The dragonfly on top is punched out with one of those handheld punches.Top and bottom of this card are glittery washi tape.


And the bottom cards are different again. Stamping the background stamp on various papers. Left to right: regular cardstock colored in blue ink and dragonflies stamped in black, middle watercolor paper, first backgroundstamp in blue and next larg winged dragonfly pair in black and right the background stamp on top of a piece of bookpaper. On all these cards i used the dragonfly sentiment.

Hope you get some ideas. For more info about what  exactly is a pocket letter go HERE.


Dragonfly Tag


Hello, Hetty here with a tag for you. I am a big fan of Tim Holtz and I follow his blog. Every month there is a tag with a tutorial on how to do it. This is the August tag. Tha base of the tag is colored with red and mustered seed distress stains, then I used a Asian text and colored with vintage distress ink and some water drops. On top the honecomb cut out with Asian papers inside. On top you find the Starry Eyed Dragonfly stamped in versamark and embossed with camelion embossing powder. The tag is finished with some sewing on the lefthand side and a poem stamp.

Hope you all have a wonderful and creative day!


Watercolored Fall

Fall thinking of you
Hey Everyone! It is Chrissy D again. Kelli was unable to get her post up this morning, so I thought I would fill in! I created this card the same day I did yesterdays card and was playing with my gelatos. I started with some textured card stock and just colored the background with the gelatos. I then used a watercolor brush and dispersed the colors around with some water. I must have looked like I was having a lot of fun, because my 12 year old daughter immediately came in and asked to create with me. FUN bonding time. I love stamping with my girls. Do you stamp with your children too? There are moments I want to run and hide by myself – I call that Mommy therapy. ūüôā

Anyways – I easily digress… First, I heat set the water colored background to make sure it was good and dry. I used the beautiful fall images from the Set of Leaves, Acorns, and Kanji and stamped them in Black Stazon. I love the spellbinders dies, but can not recall the name of this one. I used the metallic gelatos¬† to frame the edges and watercolored those as well. Once the edges were dry, to complete the card I stamped the Thinking of You¬† (also available in the Sayings and Quotes sheet) in Black Staz On¬† and tied this beautiful satin ribbon bow to finish the card off.

If this is your first time here, I hope you will take some time to look around and see what our other talented designers have to share. The beauty in their work inspires me to try new things! Enjoy your day!



Fall is in the Air

HI Everyone! Chrissy D here. With fall right around the corner, I thought it is the perfect time to pull out some beautiful leafy images to get us in the mood as we enjoy a few weeks of our remaining summer!

I was recently inspired by Holly Brown and a Spray Starch background she created. I decided though to put a twist on it and instead of using glossy black cardstock, I used white sparkly cardstock. This is what I did to create the background… I lightly sprayed spray starch on the paper, then sprinkled Pearl Ex onto the paper. I then sprayed it again with the spray starch. I then crumpled some saran wrap and laid it on the top smooshing it all in! Then I let it dry for about 30 minutes and created the remainder of the card. FUN technique!!

I stamped the acorn and leaves from the Set of Leaves, Acorns, and Kanji in Black Stazon in and versamark then stippled with Pearl Ex to get the color on the images.  I stamped the Happy Birthday image in Black Staz on along the light blue cardstock. I punched the border using Martha Stewarts  Three Edge Punch. Once assembling this, I used pop dots to give the acorn and leaf more dimension on the card. I had so much fun making this card, I created a second one that I will post on the 29th!
Thank you for stopping by! Stop by tomorrow to see what Kelli has in store for you to see!




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. ¬†


Copper Tin Beauty


Good morning! ¬†Are you ready for fall? ¬†I know I am! ¬†It’s Holly posting today, and¬†I was thinking about fall colors when I created this card. ¬†I made the three little rectangles (faux tin tiles) on the left side by adhering some foil onto some thin chipboard and then running it through an embossing folder. ¬†I painted the panels with some lime green paint and let it dry. ¬†Some liquid copper leafing finish was rubbed over the lime green paint and then I sanded and buffed the piece to get that variegated coloring. ¬†I love how it turned out.

This sentiment, QUOT0002 – Text: Beauty awakens the soul to act, is the perfect accent for this card. ¬†When I make a custom background like I did with the faux tin tiles, I don’t like to cover them up with a bunch of papers or stamped images. ¬†A simple and beautiful sentiment like this one is the only thing I needed for this card.

Have you seen the cards that Sabrina and Leah have shared this past week? ¬†I love their creativity, and I’m looking forward to seeing more. ¬†You’ll be seeing cards from the rest of our design team throughout the month, so please come back and visit soon.




Egrets Wading

Hello! Leah from Paper Blossoms joining you today for my first post on the Art Neko blog! I just love the images Art Neko offers and am excited to share my cards with you. Today’s card features some beautiful egrets.


Framed Egrets Wading Among the Flowers card by Leah Cornelius

This lovely image is called (A255) Framed Egrets Wading Among the Flowers. I stamped the image onto white cardstock and colored with Copic markers. I decided that I could take artistic liberty and make my egrets a beautiful soft yellow and purple. The frame around the egrets I also colored with a Copic marker. Using your markers that way stretches what your supplies can do for you!

I then cut several mats of cardstock to build up a layered look. A few sequins finish it off.


I hope you enjoyed today’s card and go create something beautiful!


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