Masculine spotlight technique card

Masculine Japanese fish boat CAS card

Japanese fishing boat CAS card

Hey all! CraftyLori on the blog today with a Masculine spotlight technique card featuring Art Neko’s  Japanese Fishing Boat Silhouette stamp.

I know sometimes I struggle with making masculine cards this technique is a NO FAIL way to make a great masculine or really any card. All you have to do is stamp your image on white card stock I chose to use a 3.75X5 inch piece of cardstock and stamped my image right in the middle.

I placed a circle die on the image lower right just enough so I caught part of the image and part of white space, I ran it through my die cutter, removed the circle and water colored the circle with with distress inks tumbled glass, salty ocean and tea dye on the appropriate spots of the partial image on the circle.

I layered and glued the white card panel onto a medium blue card panel 4X5.25 inches then those 2 card panels were glued on a light blue card panel 5.5X4.25 inches. Now its time to replace that watered colored circle into the cut out circle(negative space), I like to use dry adhesive for this so there is no oozing of glue around the edges, I also make sure its not crooked.

Those layered card panels completed my card front so I then glued it onto a white standard A2 sized card base. I printed “Sail away with me” from my computer and cut that into 3.75 inch strip and glued it towards the top of my card so it is placed white on white.  That’s it all done! It looks great and was super quick. In the words of my husband when I asked him his opinion of the card “I’d give that that to a dude if it didn’t say sail away with me” LOL.

CLICK HERE to see a detailed process video of this card on my YouTube channel. That ends my blog post for today. Have a GREAT week and stay crafty!


Samurai Cartoon Tiger on the Latch

Hello everyone – it’s Sabrina here this Friday, with a fun latch card using the Samurai Cartoon Tiger set, which includes the little medallion I used for the “latch” and samurai kanji.  The latch card is a fun fold – you can find a tutorial on Splitcoaststampers HERE.

Samurai Cartoon Tiger latch card


I started by cutting and scoring my base using kraft card. Then I stamped that irresistible tiger on white card, and coloured him with Polychromos pencils. My brother-in-law teaches Tai Chi and Aikido, and while they are not as warrior-like as the samurai tradition, I’m looking forward to making him a couple of cards using this sweet Samurai Cartoon Tiger.

I also stamped the “Speak softly and carry a tiger” sentiment on white card to use inside, and die-cut it using a Spellbinders label die.I cut the label from black card to create a matting layer, trimming out the stamped sentiment to fit. Last of all I stamped the Samurai medallion on black card with some Encore Gold ink and embossed it with gold embossing powder. I punched it out with a circle punch and layered it onto a slightly larger circle of gold. I layered the image panel onto black and gold to match the medallion.

Samurai Cartoon Tiger and medallion stamps from Art Neko used to create a latch card


Inside, I used some tiger pattern cardstock  – a perfect pairing with this and the other more realistic tiger stamps available from Art Neko. I also used a narrow strip of it to decorate the edge of the card beyond the scored lines, which serve to let you latch and unlatch the card without having to bend it; they just add a little flexibility to the back.

Samurai Cartoon Tiger stamp from Art Neko used to create a latch card


I hope you like the card – I certainly really enjoyed making it – and thinking about the meaning of the inside sentiment. The best I could find out, it appears to be a variant of a saying attributed to Theodore Roosevelt – speak softly and carry a big stick.


Mermaid on Oil Pastels

Hi everyone!  It’s Holly posting today, and I’m sharing my Mermaid on Oil Pastels card with you today.  We are in our hot days of summer here in Texas, and the temperatures are hovering around 100 every day now.  I want to dive into the sea like this mermaid and cool off!

For this card, I was playing with some water soluble oil pastels.  I scribbled some blue and green pastels onto watercolor paper, and then I dipped my fingers into water and blended the colors together.  After the piece dried, I stamped the beautiful mermaid image from the Mermaids and Ocean Life stamp set (A198) directly onto the oil pastels.  I had never tried stamping on oil pastels before, so I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it worked!  🙂

For the blue card base, I used Versamark to stamp the collection of seashells and starfish (also from the Mermaids and Ocean Life stamp set A198) in each of the four corners.  This stamp is a perfect fit for stamping onto the corners of your cards.  I cut out the mermaid piece with an oval die and matted it with a matching scallop oval.  This oval fits beautifully inside the stamped corner frame.

The sentiment is also from the same Mermaids and Ocean Life stamp set A198.   I stamped the sentiment onto white cardstock and cut it out with scissors.  It is adhered with some foam tape to give the sentiment some dimension.

There are 36 stamps on this Mermaids and Ocean Life sheet A198.  That’s a lot of stamps!  This set has so many wonderful coordinating stamps all on one sheet for a great price.  I love all the fish and the seashells as well as the variety of mermaids on this sheet.  The “crab shack” stamp is awesome!  I can’t wait to use that one!  Go check out the stamps by clicking on this link – Mermaids and Ocean Life A198.

Have a great week!



The Best Thing

HI Everyone – I am visiting Alabama this week and have limited supplies. I packed some cardstock, markers, twine some fabulous Art Neko Images, some sequins and adhesive… One of my favorite images from Art Neko is this Peacock Feather Background image. Art Neko has many gorgeous images with peacocks and other birds!

On my card today, I stamped the Peacock Feather Background in black memento ink. I then took a taupe, aqua, 3 shades of green markers and randomly sprinkled lines throughout the feathery image to avoid any specific pattern in the design. I then used my Grass Green Chameleon marker to color around the eye of the feather and added Blue and purple into the eye. I added stickles to the eye to add some sparkle.

I layered the colored Peacock Feather Background onto purple cardstock and added the beautiful paper,  Gold Butterflies on a Field of White  alongside of it. I then layered that peice onto blue cardstock.  I added a strip of blue cardstock and some purple sequins.

To finish the card, I stamped the sentiment The best thing about me is you using Black Memento ink. I wrapped blue twine around the sentiment and mounted it on the cardstock.

I hope you enjoyed my card today! If you haven’t been here in awhile, scroll back through a few posts to see the team’s AMAZING art work. So beautiful. They inspire me every week!




Stylized Geisha Pear with a Faux Leather Background

Happy Friday, everybody; it’s Sabrina here today with a card made using the beautiful Stylized Geisha Pear image from Art Neko. This image features two geishas and a large fan set in a pear, with a filling of calligraphy.

Stylized Geisha Pear - image from Art Neko with two geishas and a fan in a pear shape

Isn’t it lovely? I stamped mine with Versamark Onyx Black on watercolour paper, and then coloured it with Inktense pencils. After cutting out the rectangular shape, I sponged the edges with distress inks, and then I masked the pear image off and spattered the background with some gold Twinkling H2Os.

I thought a vintage look background would suit this, so I created a faux leather background using masking tape.

To do this, you start with a piece of card the desired size, then you simply tear small pieces of masking tape and stick them down till the whole piece is covered. Smaller pieces look better. When you have done this, you simply sponge or pounce colour onto it till you get the look you like. The torn edges will be darker than the rest. I used Tea Dye and Vintage Photo distress inks, but this looks good in all sorts of colours.

Faux leather - stage one


Faux leather - stage 2


Faux leather - stage 3


After adding colour, sprinkle clear embossing powder over it and heat it – as the surface is rough and a little tacky you shouldn’t need to use any Versamark. You get a lovely slightly glossy finish with a great vintage look – and I’ve always thought this type of faux leather works well with oriental style images.

Faux leather - finished

I discovered last night that not all masking tapes are created equal! The first one I tried felt very tacky, and in fact when I heated it up at the embossing stage it curled off the paper – shock!!  So, I had to go downstairs and hunt out some other tape, and second time round it worked perfectly. In fact, having done this I decided I wanted to take it up a notch, so I embossed mine with a vine-design and then added some copper gilding wax, buffing it in.  I edged all the panels with a black Sharpie – including the Ginkgo leaf panel, which was cut from this lovely collage sheet. I think they are such beautiful leaves. There must be a tree near work, because a few times over the years I find a ginkgo leaf lying on the path as I walk up the hill – but it’s a rare treat and I’ve never been able to spot the tree.

To finish the card, I popped the main image panel up on foam tape and added some black half-pearls. Here’s the finished Stylized Geisha Pear card.

Stylized Geisha Pear image on a faux leather background


Thanks for visiting the blog this week – make sure to stop by again and see what new delights the team have been creating to share next week.


Iris Mini Altar

Hi folks, it’s Holly posting today.  I ordered these really cool mini gatefold chipboard pieces from Art Neko’s B-Muse website, and I’m sharing my Iris Mini Altar with you today.  These gatefold chipboard blanks are called Mini Altars, and I paired it with an ATC iris stamp.  The Mini Altars look like this when you order them from B-Muse:


The fun begins when you start to decorate these!  I stamped some soft green paper with the branch from the A151 Japanese Floral 4 sheet.  You can see the branch on the left and right sides of the green paper.  I sponged some Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint distress inks along the edges before I adhered it to the inside of the Mini Altar.

The iris ATC stamp from the A292 Flowered ATC’s sheet was stamped with black ink onto some white Bristol cardstock.  I colored it with Prismacolor pencils, taking the time to add the special details like the yellow areas and the pinkish hues on each flower.  The ATC was cut out and adhered to the center of the Mini Altar.


On the outside of the mini altar, I stamped some soft green paper with the same iris ATC stamp from the A292 Flowered ATC’s sheet and adhered them to the two front flaps.  I found some purple ribbon that matched my colored flowers and I tied the mini altar closed with the ribbon.

These mini altars are a lot of fun to decorate.  Grab some from the B-Muse store and select some stamps or papers from the Art Neko store and enjoy!




Modern Grid Fantail Goldfish

Hi everyone!  I hope you are enjoying your summer season! I decided to play a bit with the fun Fantail Goldfish  this week. Have you seen the gorgeous card that Kia created using the same image? Great minds think alike, I didn’t even know she created her project until after I created mine. 🙂

I started this technique by stamping the Fantail Goldfish  several times around the white cardstock using black Memento Ink.  The technique I used is called Modern Grid and was originally a Technique Junkies Newsletter technique from many years ago. I created the grid with a ruler and then using markers, I colored some blocks blue, yellow and orange. Once I was done doing that, I used the writing tip of the markers to create designs in some of the “grids.” Using Alcohol Markers, I colored the fish creating a fun pattern with yellows, blues and oranges on the fish.

I stamped the Happy Birthday image  in blue ink on white cardstock. I cut around the image using scissors and mounted the words using pop dots. Using a quarter of sheet of orange cardstock and navy for the base, I layered the stamped cardstock to the cardbase.

Wishing you a safe and fun Fourth of July! Thank you for stopping by and come back this week for more great creations from our talented Design Team. Have a great week!



Today I have made a bookmark for you. Bookmarks are such a fun gift for readers. I love reading too, so this one is in my book now. I used the “Butterfly and Flowers” rubber stamp. Now reading and coffee is the ultimate for me.

I stamped the bookmark in versamark and embossed the stamp with black embossing powder. For coloring I used the new distress oxide inks by tim Holtz. They are wonderful for coloring too. I used one of those water brushes and when you color it looks like watercoloring. Beautiful! You may wonder about the text. That is from one of the kanji characters. I just used the english text here. You can also write a wish or add someone’s name at that spot.

There are some lovely plastic sleeves for these bookmarks. This way they stay as beautiful as you made them and is also so much nicer for gifting. Thanks for looking and I am going to do some more reading now that I  have finished writing my post.



Swimming Goldfish

Good morning ~ Kia here with you today to share my “Swimming Goldfish” card with you.

This is a quick and easy clean and simple card which I think could be used for almost any occasion.

To start my card today I stamped the wonderful Seashell Corner on the stitched rectangle card stock with black ink. I then stamped the Goldfish stamp using black ink on watercolour paper, and painted with Daniel Smith watercolours. One dry I attached the panel to the card base using foam strips and added a few raindrops to finish.

Thanks for having a look today, I look forward to seeing you next time.


Paired Swans Swimming

Hi! I have a super pretty image to share with you today called Paired Swans Swimming in a Lily Pond. I just love swans, such beautiful and regal birds.

I stamped the image onto white cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with my Copic markers. I really enjoy white images because you just use a light shade of gray in the shadowed areas and it gives the illusion of a white image without it being completely flat.

I paired the image with some patterned paper and finished it with some pen dots and a little paper rose. I hope you have a creative day!


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