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ATC’s for Mom

Today I created a serie of atc’s for Mother’s Day with some of the images from the teacups, the dragonfly medallion and the Chikanobu Collage Sheet 3. I cut them to the size of 2 x 3 inch so i could use them on the atc’s in combination with some other images. After mounting the iimages to the background href=”http://www.artneko.com/displayItem/A209-0008″>Oda Nobunaga Family Crest. All the stamping is embossed with black or gold embossing powder.

The letters that make MOM are die cuts from a Tim Holtz die and glued to the cards after I added a little ink all around each letter.

On my Craftchaos Blog you can see all the atc’s one by one and I have another cute little giftbox idea there.

Hoppe all you crafty moms have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

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2 Floral ATCs – Lotus and Lilies

Happy Friday, everyone; today I have 2 floral ATCs to share with you, using images from the Set of 9 Flowered Arist Trading Cards.

 

Lotus blossom ATC using Flowered ATC stamp and papers from Art Neko

I have to admit that it’s a long time since I’ve made trading cards to trade – postage costs and lack of space to display any more than the large collection I have are factors against it, so I will most likely keep these two floral ATCs  on hand to make quick cards with in an emergency, adding a suitable sentiment at the time.  But  if I do decide to get back into trading again, I will be very happy knowing that Art Neko have a great stamp for the back of ATCs, all the fields all ready to fill in including edition/series information and stamps used.

For these two ATCs I used the Lotus blossom and the Asiatic Lilies – both are stamped on white card with black ink and coloured with Polychromos pencils.

For the Lotus, I used a stencil and added little circles in the “sky” area of the background, highlighting some of them with Stickles, and coloured the water area with pencils. The base for this uses a piece of paper from one of the printed collage sheets – I can’t find the identical one in store currently but it was similar to THIS one; not that you can see much of it after I added the gold and silver embossing round the edges. But it picks up on the blue water, and doesn’t the canvase paper it’s printed on give a lovely finish to the embossing too?

 

For the lily, I chose rich oranges to colour it, thinking of the tiger-lilies in Alice in Wonderland. For the base, I added a small strip of one of the Japanese papers on the diagonal, and edged it with a gold pen before embossing. The lily image is added with some thin foam tape for extra dimension.

Two Floral ATCs using stamps from Art Neko's set of 9 Flowered ATCs and papers from the store

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the team’s creations this week. I thought Chrissy’s jellyfish was truly magnificent! Have a good weekend, and we’ll see you again next week.

 

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Sakura and Koi Wall Hangings

Hello everyone, it’s Holly posting today.  Remember the gorgeous collage paper that Art Neko created based on one of my cards?  I’ve used that sakura collage paper on this trio of wall hangings to share with you.  I stamped an assortment of koi and kanji on each of the three pieces.

I started by cutting out the Spring Summer Collage Sheet with scissors.  I trimmed each one to fit onto the ATC Masonite Blanks from B-Muse.  Next, I stamped the 3 Bold Koi and the kanji on each piece with a dark blue ink.  Then I glued the stamped collage sheets down onto the ATC Masonite Blanks, being careful not to get any wrinkles or bubbles in the paper as I pressed it down.

For the hangers, I glued them on with some liquid glue to the back of each piece.  I set some heavy blocks on them and let them dry overnight.  These are ready to hang up in my studio as soon as I finish hammering some nails into the wall.  I still have 6 ATC collage pieces left from the sheet, so I’ll be making more projects with those soon.  You can stamp anything you want on these collage sheets, and I’m looking forward to seeing all the different possibilities.

 

Items used on my project today:

Spring Summer Collage Sheet

3 Bold Koi stamps

Assorted Japanese Kanji stamps

ATC Masonite Blanks with Wall Hangers from B-Muse

 

 

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Spring is here with lots of tulips

Hello, Hetty here again with some cute little cards.

Spring has arrived in my art room! Not outside though….too much rain and very heavy winds today. So it was a good day to start using my new distress oxide inks for these ATC’s. I used the tulip stamp set. For each card I used another color. After stamping the tulip. I covered it with a post it note image. Then I stamped with the same color the text behind it. If you want to see more detailed pictures, please hop over to my personal Craftchaos blog.

Now as for the gemstones, don’t they fit nicely and are the same color? Well, I used the same colors of distress markers to color the gemstones before I glued them to the card.

Thanks for looking and have a creative day!

 

 

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Butterfly Fairy ATC

Hi everyone, it’s Holly here to share this fun mixed media Butterfly Fairy ATC with you today.  An ATC is an acronymn for Artist Trading Card, and they typically measure 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches.  They are miniature works of art and many people like to trade them with other ATC artists.

Did you know that Art Neko recently bought the B-Muse store?  There are lots of fabulous items in the B-Muse store, such as collage sheets, ATC supplies, dominoes, and other ephemera?  I’ve used several of those B-Muse items on this ATC today.

I began working on this ATC by painting a sheet of ATC watercolor paper with some Raw Sienna Daniel Smith watercolor paint.  I love that warm brownish/orange-y/yellowish quality of this color.  While that was drying, I cut out these fabulous wings from the Fantasy Wings collage sheet from B-Muse.  The colors on these particular wings coordinate beautifully with my painted background.

This collage sheet was printed on Premium Laser Paper, but you have so many options with the collage sheets from B-Muse.  You can order them printed on canvas, vellum, fabric paper, transparencies, and laser paper.  The canvas collage sheets are gorgeous – they look and feel just like a real painting!

 

Once my watercolored piece was dry, I adhered it to an ATC Chipboard blank (pictured above).  This provides a wonderful sturdy backing for my painted watercolor background.  I sponged the edges with some Brushed Corduroy distress ink for that aged look.

My next step was to get my fairy ready.  I stamped the Dreaming Fairy from the A145 Fairies and Seasons sheet with Rich Cocoa Memento ink onto some white cardstock.  After I colored her with Copic markers, I cut her out, making sure I cut the stamped wings off.  After I determined the placement of the collage wings and the fairy, I glued them down onto the prepared ATC.  I added the stamped sentiment on the side – it says “Be yourself.”  This sentiment is also from the A145 Fairies and Seasons sheet.

I loved creating my own custom fairy by pairing a stamped figurine with the wings from the collage sheet.  I have plenty of other wings left on the collage sheet, so I can make all kinds of fairies and other winged creatures.

Check out all the great items in the B-Muse shop and jump-start your creativity.  The collage sheets are gorgeous, and I love the ATC supplies (both the watercolor sheets and the chipboard blanks).  I have a few other supplies from B-Muse that I’m playing with, and I’ll share those with you soon.

 

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Daffodils and Sunshine

It’s Sabrina here today, with some daffodils and sunshine for you, no matter what the real weather is like for you today.

Daffodils in Sunshine - detail of floral ATC stamp from Art Neko featuring daffodils

Some daffodils here were coming up very early here and there because we have had such a mild winter, but now that March is here they’re out all over, a lovely splash of colour on the dullest of grey days and a beautiful glow of light when the sun shines. For my card, I used the daffodil image from the Set of 9 Flowered Artist Trading Cards.  I stamped it on watercolour paper with Versamark Smokey Grey to give a slightly softer look, and coloured it with pencils.

To create a sunny, soft background I used the starch and cling-wrap technique: I sprayed some glossy card with starch, sprinkled some coloured pigments over, laid a piece of cling-wrap over it and moved the pigments round a bit to mix them. Then I left it (wrinkles in the cling-wrap are what add the lovely textured look to this) for about half an hour, removed the wrap and left it to dry thoroughly. Then, I added a marker border around the edge (picking up on the frame of the ATC), and embossed it with a sun-ray embossing folder. The one I used comes from Taylored Expressions but there are several available. I used soft pure pigments, if you use something like Brusho or Colorburst powders for this technique you can get some beautifully vivid backgrounds.

I thought this Gift of Sunshine sentiment was perfect to pair with the golden daffodils. I created a small background piece with a stencil and some acrylic spray, and then stamped the sentiment with black ink. I trimmed it to a tag shape and added a dotted border with a green marker, and then punched a hole and tied some natural raffia through it.

The tag is popped up on foam tape for dimension, and I added a whole lot of sequins for some extra sunny sparkle.

Daffodils in Sunshine - floral atc from Art Neko with sentiment tag

 

Thanks for coming by the Art Neko blog this week! May you have some sunshine – or even better, daffodils and sunshine,  somewhere in your weekend.

 

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Flowered ATCs – Chrysanthemums with Butterflies

It’s Sabrina here  – and this week I have a floral card to share, using one of the stamps from the Set of 9 Flowered ATCs. The chrysanthemum is more typical of autumn , so I should probably have used the daffodil image ( or coloured them red, as in the language of flowers red chrysanthemums are a declaration of love) but generally chrysanthemums symbolise optimism and joy, so I think they are always in season. Some Chinese art features the “Four Gentlemen” or “Four Noble Ones”, which are four plants – plum blossom, orchid, bamboo and the chrysanthemum. Since they each represent a season, they can be used to depict the passing of the year.

 

Chrysanthemum image from the set of 9 flowered ATCs from Art Neko, coloured with pencils and embellished with butterflies

 

I stamped my image on watercolour paper with Versafine Black ink, and then wet the background and coloured it with watercolours. After leaving it to dry, I coloured the flowers with pencils, and cut the trading card out.

I wanted to give it something of a garden setting, so I found an old Brusho background in my box of scraps and spares, and laid a die-cut trellis over it, then popped the chrysanthemum ATC up on foam tape. I added a few little butterflies cut from a scrap of card sponged with purple inks.

 

Flowered ATCs - Chrysanthemums from the set of 9 floral ATCs from Art Neko

 

The set also includes other flowers including iris, hibiscus, lotus, daffodils, roses, and Asiatic lilies, so if you like to make and swap Artist Trading Cards, you could grow a whole garden of beautiful floral ATCs! Art Neko also sells packs of protective sleeves, and a super stamp for the back of your ATCs with space to fill in all the details.

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Woodgrain Chickadee

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Hi folks, it’s Holly posting today.  I am sharing this Woodgrain Chickadee with y’all, and this was such a joy to color.  I started by stamping the ATC Chickadee from Art Neko’s State Birds and Flowers, Set 6 sheet with some permanent black ink.   I sponged the background with a soft blue color first.  After that was completely dry, I then pulled out my Zig Clean Color markers and went over the pine needles with two different colors of green and I colored the branches with two shades of brown.  I had to Google chickadees to see how to color this little cutie, and I used both brown and gray markers to color him.

After my piece was completely dry, I cut it out and matted it with some black cardstock.  Some brown cardstock was embossed with a woodgrain embossing folder and I sponged the raised areas with some brown ink to help them stand out.  I matted that woodgrain embossed paper with a white cardstock layer before wrapping some linen thread around the bottom.  Once the thread was secure, I adhered this piece to a black cardstock base.  The watercolored chickadee panel was adhered with some foam tape over the linen thread.

Have you seen all the fabulous State Birds and Flowers stamps in the Art Neko store?  There is one for every state in the US, so go look for your state!  🙂

 

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