Wise Woodland Owl

Hello! It’s Sabrina, and I am delighted to be here today sharing my first post for the Art Neko blog.

Leafy Owl Thinking of You card with Art Neko stamps

Wise Woodland Owl by Sabrina F for Art Neko

I chose to be inspired by the rapid approach of autumn. Already the ash trees on my road are laden with berries, some trees are starting to drop a few leaves on windy days…and  the evenings are getting noticeably shorter.

With these thoughts in my mind I went out to the garden and picked a few leaves to do some leaf stamping, by way of creating a suitable background for this lovely Wise Owl on a Branch with Calligraphy.

Leaf stamping was a technique I learned a few years ago on Splitcoaststampers, one that has stuck in my repertoire.
For this card  I picked a nasturtium leaf (not to be recommended, it had far too high a water content and smooshed out all over the place), a couple of honeysuckle leaves and a big Japanese Anemone leaf.
I inked these with distress inks (bundled sage, tea dye and pumice stone, layered them on a piece of paper and put it through the Big Shot using the regular sandwich for cutting wafer-thin dies. I’m not sure how much of the green is actually ink and how much was transferred from the nasturtium! It’s not necessary to use the Big Shot – you could simply use a brayer to help transfer the ink from the leaves to the paper, or even just press with your hands; but I find I get the best ink transfer by running it through the Big Shot.
Then I decided where best on my leaf-stamped sheet to position my little owl, and stamped him with Versafine Onyx Black.
I used a Sizzix die to cut the leaf shape, and then coloured my owl with Polychromos pencils; he doesn’t need a lot of colouring to look good!
To finish it off,I edged the leaf with a Sakura Stardust pen to add definition.

I like cards with sentiments – so I pulled out Whimsical and Kind Sayings, and stamped one of the sentiments on some of the leaf-stamped paper that was left over. I edged this and a spare die-cut leaf with the same Sakura pen that I had used on my owl leaf.

I thought the lighter colours of the leaves needed a dark background as a foil, so I used a sheet of paper from BoBunny’s Autumn Song collection,  stitching round the edges with a metallic thread, and embossing it with a wood-grain folder.
I added this to a matt gold card base, and finally positioned the leaves and sentiment, using a little foam tape to shape the sentiment slightly and to pop the leaf up

Be sure to check back soon and see what other beautiful creations the team have been preparing to share with you.


Tea Time in the Orient with Art Neko

Hello everyone!  Welcome to the brand new Art Neko blog!  My name is Holly Brown and I am the Design Team Coordinator.  I’m thrilled to embark on this wonderful journey to share artwork created with Art Neko stamps.

Tea Time in the Orient card by Holly Brown

Tea Time in the Orient, Art Neko stamps.

For today’s project, I used the beautiful pagoda in the gardens image from the Tea Time in the Orient sheet.  I stamped it with Versamark onto some chocolate brown cardstock, and then covered it with a green verdigris embossing powder.  After I heated up the powder and let it melt, all the gorgeous colors started popping out.  You can see the jade green color, but there is also some darker green and some copper colors mixed in there.  

For my background, I experimented with some different inks to get the same coloring as you see with the verdigris embossing powder.  I started by spraying some white cardstock with Cracked Pistachio distress spray stain, and then I did a rough sponge with some Gathered Twigs distress ink and some emerald green ink.  It coordinates beautifully with the pagoda image.

I wanted to highlight the copper coloring in the embossing powder, so I cut a larger rectangle of cardstock and covered it with copper embossing powder.  I did the same with a couple of small strips and used them for the horizontal strips behind the pagoda image.

I found a medallion stamp from the 34 Medallions sheet and embossed it with the same verdigris embossing powder onto chocolate brown cardstock.  Instead of a circle punch, I decided to echo the shapes of the pagoda by punching the embossed medallion out with a hexagon punch.  I adhered it to the side of the pagoda scene with a little bit of foam tape.  I love how this jade and copper card turned out!

Tea Time in the Orient card by Holly Brown

Be sure to come back and check out what the rest of the Design Team Artists have been creating.  You’re going to love their wonderful artwork!  🙂


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