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Imagination is the highest kite…

Large sentiment stamp from Art Neko, Imagination is the highest kite one can fly

Imagination is the highest kite one can fly – like the sentiment stamp I used last week on my framed shell picture, this too is strong enough to carry a project, and will let your imagination soar.  I can still remember the first kite we had as children – it was one my father had made out of something rather like umbrella ribs for the frame, and plain white nylon, in the classic kite shape that I have used on this card. It might have been very simple and functional, but we loved flying it on the beaches or up in the mountains when we were on holidays. The next kite I can remember was one that was much more fun, if less durable. It was made out of some type of plastic so in the end it ripped, but it was shaped like and printed as a butterfly – our imaginations really did fly high with that one. Now we have a fancy stunt kite, always tossed into the car for holidays. Think of Mary Poppins returning to the children instead of their expected kite, and poor Charlie Brown forever doomed to fail in his attempts to get his to fly. China is considered to be the birthplace of kites, over 2000 years ago – technology may have improved them a little, but the magic remains the same.

I wanted my card to have a feeling of no boundaries, so I masked off the edges with low-tack tape before sponging the cloudy sky using a die-cut scalloped circle and some Weathered Wood distress ink. After removing the tape I stamped the sentiment (and isn’t a beautiful font – my father used to write like that, and his brother too) so that the attribution to Lauren Bacall was in the white margin of the card front.

paper kite using paper with a flying crane pattern

I happen to have a kite die, but it’s such a simple shape that anybody could create a high-flyer! Keeping with the idea of flying and soaring, I used one of the designs from the Collage Sheet of 9 Vintage Kimono Fabrics, which features cranes. The paper the collage sheet is printed on has a beautiful canvas grain.

I lightly sketched in a curved line for the kite string, and then stuck down some gold cord, then added the kite and decorated the cord.

CAS card using the Imagination is the highest kite sentiment from Art Neko,

 

Thank you for coming by the Art Neko blog this week – I’m sure you’ve enjoyed seeing what the team have created. Let your imagination fly  like the highest kite this weekend!

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To Find A Seashell

Text stamp from Art Neko, to find a seashell - on watercolour wash with paper shells

I grew up within earshot of the sea, so when I came across this To Find a Seashell stamp in the store, it was a definite must-have. It brings back memories of many childhood visits to the beach. The North Beach, nearest our house, was very stony, but the South Beach was near where we went to school, and in the summer term we often used to go for a picnic lunch after school and spend the afternoon playing, and that was the beach where we mostly found shells.

 

I’ve made a very simple project using this stamp – just a bit of watercolour wash and a couple of paper shells, set in a plain white frame. It could equally well be made with stamped shells – there are a couple on the Japanese Marine Sheet 1 (which also includes the sentiment stamp), and more on the Japanese Marine Sheet 2. Sheet 2 includes the sentiment “all the way to the blue sky’s edge… low tide”  – I think there’s just as much magic and wonder in that as there is in the one I used.

I bought a white frame in our local €2 store – and did well, I’d been expecting to only find something that I would have had to alter, but this clean white frame was just perfect for what I wanted. The aperture in it is 6″ x 4″, so I cut a piece of card a little larger, and added a wash with some Twinkling H2Os.  When that was dry, I stamped the sentiment using Ranger’s Archival Black, so that it wouldn’t smudge on the watercolour.

Then I added a couple of paper shells – the photo below shows how I created them. After cutting them, I sponged them with distress inks, and the purple line and splotches on the smaller shell were added with an Inktense pencil. I used one coat of satin varnish on them, just to add to the shell-like appearance.  I learned how to make these some years ago from an upload by Gem35 on Splitcoaststampers, and have made them often since then.

creating small shells by scoring and sponging paper

 

 

And then I simply added the shells into my picture, popping the smaller one up on foam tape.

 

 

Framed picture with text stamp from Art Neko (To find a seashell) and watercolour background

 

Thanks for coming by the blog this week, I hope you’ve been inspired by the creativity the team have shared.  Find a world of imagination this weekend and explore it. Find a seashell, if you’re lucky enough to live near the seaside!

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Follow Your Heart

Happy Friday, everybody – the weekend is almost here and it’s time to forget about work and follow your heart! It’s felt like a very long week here and I’m glad it’s finally Friday – I can follow my heart and find some stamping time. My project today is a CAS (clean and simple) card using the Follow Your Heart sentiment from the Bookmarks and Sentiments plate, along with a few other bits and pieces from Art Neko.

follow your heart, sentiment from Art Neko's Bookmarks and Sentiments

 

The little heart-shaped tins come in packs of two (currently at $1.00 for the two tins) and are so easy to decorate and alter. I didn’t include a photo of the unaltered tin, as you can see that on the website. In the past I’ve used alcohol inks applied with a felt pad, and I know that this works very well on a tin surface. But I wanted this heart to be uniformly matt and a solid colour, so I used a Sharpie. The photo shows it after one coat – by the time I added a second coat it had a beautiful satin finish which I hope you can see in the final photo.

Little heart-shaped tin from Art Neko, suitable for altering

 

After allowing drying time between each coat, I decorated round the window aperture with some Liquid Pearls, and added a sparkly heart sticker to finish it off.  I filled mine with some little resin hearts for a calorie-free treat, but of course you could use candy – or even some small jewellery as a gift for a special friend. The tins are also suitable for storing small embellishments, because of the window in the lid.

heart-shaped tin from Art Neko

 

Thanks for coming by to check the blog this week. I hope that you find something to do this weekend which will make your heart happy!

Card using Follow Your Heart sentiment from Bookmarks and Sentiments plate, with some simple stencilling and ribbon

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Purple Framed Flowers

 

Hi everyone!  It’s Holly posting today, and I’m sharing this sweet Purple Framed Flowers card with you.  A friend of mine hurt her back last week. so I popped this card in the mail to her as a virtual hug.

I started by stamping this beautiful framed flower (A408 Geishas and Framed Flowers sheet) with a gray ink onto some white cardstock.  I wanted a softer look, so I used gray ink instead of black.  The image was then colored with Polychromos pencils.  It’s hard to see, but the background between the flowers and the frame is colored with a pale yellow pencil.  I added some White Blizzard Glitter Drops (Nuvo) to the center of the open flower on the left.  Gotta love that glitter!  🙂

I cut out the colored piece and adhered it to a white card with some foam tape.  Some Lilac twine wrapped around the top and tied with a bow completes this clean and simple card.

Check out the gorgeous stamps on the A408 Geishas and Framed Flowers sheet.  The flowers and the geishas are beautiful, and the sentiments are wonderful.  I can’t wait to color up the rest of these stamps!

 

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Sugarplum Valentine Hearts

Hi everyone, it’s Holly posting today.  I’m sharing this sweet CAS (Clean And Simple) Valentine card with these adorable hearts stamped in a sugarplum ink.  Look closely inside the three hearts.  See the tiny little hearts inside the big hearts?  I love that!  It’s so cute!

I found this sweet little heart stamp on the A405 Valentine and Love Stamps sheet in the Art Neko store.  I stamped it three times with a sugarplum ink and then cut them out with a square die.  I cut out some white squares with a larger square die and matted each of the hearts with foam tape.  I carefully lined up the three heart squares on my card and glued them down across the top.  Then I stamped the sentiment, also from the A405 Valentine and Love Stamps sheet, with the same sugarplum ink underneath the row of hearts.

Wouldn’t it be fun to make a bunch of these cards in different colors?  You’re not limited to just red or pink.  You could use blue or green or even brown to make this a masculine card, and you could go with bright colors like purple or orange if you wanted to make these for your kids.  You could even have fun making each of the hearts a different color and going with a black ink for the sentiment.  Stamping is all about having fun!

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Thank You Cards with Flowers

 

 

 

Hi everyone, it’s Holly posting today.  I needed some thank you cards for some ladies who sent me some birthday cards a few weeks ago.  After looking through my Art Neko stamps, I found this beautiful reverse silhouette flower from the Flowers and Whimsy sheet.  I stamped this in several different colors just to see how it looked, and I loved them all.  The first one in the picture below is stamped with daffodil yellow ink.  The rest are mint, peach, lagoon, and sugarplum inks.

 

For the “thanks” stamp, I found this one from the Full Sheet of Oriental Images and Text.  I love that it has the tiny bird sitting on the “t” and there is a tiny kanji letter at the end.  This was perfect to stamp near the flower stems on my cards.  I stamped it with a black ink so it would stand out against all the different colors of stamped flower blocks.

I’m going to stamp some more of these cards in a rainbow of colors.  This will be a great addition to my stash for when I need a card in a hurry.  I think I will stamp half of them with a birthday stamp for those times when I need a quick birthday card.  This flower stamp is perfect for any kind of card – birthday, sympathy, thinking of you, and thank you cards.  I hope I’ve inspired you today!  🙂

 

 

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Egrets at Nightfall

egrets

Hello everyone, Kia with you today and I am sharing my card of the Shoson Five Snowy Egrets with Wee Calligraphy. I decided I wanted to do some heat embossing on black cardstock, which I did using silver embossing powder.  It feels like they are in a snowstorm and they are huddled together for warmth, much like most of us have been doing over the last couple of days.  I framed my image with white cardstock and then matted again in the black.  I then added a few cupped sequins to finish the front of the card.  I think I would like to use it for a thank you card.  Thank you for joining me today …  I look forward to seeing you next time.

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Watercolored Bamboo

Watercolour Bamboo

Watercolor Bamboo by Kia Gibson Clapper

Hello everyone,

Kia with you today to share this beautiful stamp called Bamboo and Bird Sumi-e.  I wanted to do something different today, so I stamped my image with Peeled Paint and spritzed with water. Using my aqua brush I pulled the colour, and added a lighter green called Shabby Shutters to the image.  Once dry, I outlined the image with Mustard Seed on the right side and dried again, then adding the turquoise and pulling it toward the edges, where it gets lighter. I am happy with the look and thought it would make a great birthday card, so I stamped a birthday greeting and added my trademark sequins to finish. I hope you have enjoyed this card, and I will see you next time. Thank you for visiting Art Neko today.

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Penny Plain, Tuppence Coloured: Snowy Village on Christmas Eve

Penny plain, tuppence coloured: two versions of a snow covered village on Christmas Eve. Now that we’re into November, I hope it’s not too early to share Christmas cards! When I was child, we had a toy theatre from Pollock’s Toy Shop in Covent Garden, London. It was a replica of a popular Victorian toy theatre, which originally came with the option of buying the little paper figures to use in it either in black and white (for a penny), or printed on colour (for tuppence, two pennies).  Here we have one stamp shown in two versions, the plain black and white one, and the coloured version.

First up, the totally Clean And Simple black and white version. For this, I simply stamped the image with Brilliance Graphite Black, and added a narrow black mat layer, finishing it off with “Believe” die-cut from silver glitter paper. What child doesn’t want to believe in Santa riding through the sky in his sleigh, as we see here.

Penny Plain, Tuppence coloured: this is the coloured version of a Snow Covered Village on Christmas Eve using a stamp from Art Neko

Black and white card with a snow-covered village on Christmas Eve

And then we have the coloured version. This time I stamped the image in Versamark Onyx Black, because I wasn’t sure if I was going to use a wet medium for colouring it. In fact, I used pencils for colouring the village. The snowy foreground has a light dusting of Perfect Pearls which gives it a lovely shimmer. I used a Spellbinders Labels die to cut it, and sponged round the edges with Iced Spruce. Then I added a flurry of white snow with dots of white acrylic paint, and sparkled up the stars in the village sky with some Stickles. I layered this onto some glitter card, and a snowflake-embossed metallic base. Then I dug deep into my box of Christmas bits and pieces and found a peel-off sticker sentiment to finish the card.

Penny Plain, Tuppence coloured: this is the coloured version of a Snow Covered Village on Christmas Eve using a stamp from Art Neko

Snow Covered Village on Christmas Eve

You can find the Snow Covered Village on Christmas Eve from Art Neko stamps by clicking HERE. There are plenty of other great Christmas images too, take a peek HERE!

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Japonisme Owl card and fridge magnet

Good morning everybody – it’s Sabrina here today with a card and fridge magnet created using the little Japonisme Owl stamp from Art Neko. In this first photo, I have taken the lid off the little tin so that you can see inside more clearly.

 

Fridge magnet in a tin, with the little Art Neko Japonisme owl in a leafy setting

Fridge magnet in a decorated round tin, with the little Art Neko Japonisme owl in a leafy setting

 

When I got the owl stamp, my intention was to make a little woodland setting for him using the little tin canisters stocked by Art Neko. These little tins are 2 inches in diameter and an inch deep.  I prepared mine by covering the outside of the base and the lid with some patterned paper. I also lined the inside rim. In the back I added a circle cut from the Gold Leaves on a Field of White paper, positioning the circle die over one of the gold leaves.  The owl was stamped on white card with black ink, coloured with pencils and then cut out. I added a little extra cards at each end of his branch perch, so that I could stick him about halfway between the back of the tin and the front. I added a few little die-cut ivy leaves, and added more of these with some little Liquid Pearl “berries” to the outside of the tin – and I finished it off by adding a strip of peel and stick magnet to the back, so that he can be used as a fridge magnet.

 

A card and fridge magnet set created using the Japonisme Owl from Art Neko.

 

Once I’d finished this little gift, I thought I should make a matching card to go with it. So I stamped the owl again and coloured him with pencils. I created a front panel by sponging a piece of kraft cardstock with 3 different shades of brown distress inks to create a faux wood effect.  After cutting a circle aperture in it to nest the Japonisme Owl in, then I embossed it with a leafy embossing folder and added doodled white outlines to most of the embossing. I added another matting layer of some leafy scrap from my box of spare backgrounds. After tying some bakers’ twine around the panel, I popped it up on foam tape and added it to a kraft base which was scored along the top and bottom edges.

A CAS card using Art Neko's Japonisme Owl recesessed behind a panel embossed with a leaf pattern and doodled with a white pen.

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