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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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Fun with Silly Snails

It’s Sabrina here again – and today I want to share a couple of my Silly Snails cards.  I love this set – they have been crawling onto quite a few of my cards recently. I like that they come in three different sizes and are not all going in the same direction.

Close-up shot of Silly Snail with a Glossy Accents shell

 

 

 

 

 

My first card is a more artsy one – I used watercolours on a piece of Tyvek, and then shrank and distressed it with my iron. Don’t let it come in direct contact – not good for the iron even if the Tyvek looks pretty cool afterwards. As soon as I had made this piece, I knew I wanted to use it as a setting for one of the snails…I used silver embroidery thread to create a little trail for him, and green cotton to embroider flower leaves and stems. The flowers are just punched from scraps of old backgrounds, with a sequin and French knot to finish them off.

For the snail, I stamped him with Memento Chocolate brown, coloured him with Polychromos pencils and glazed his shell with Glossy Accents after cutting him out.

I used a sentiment from Whimsical and Kind Sayings, stamping it with the same brown ink on a kraft card base, and then adding sparkle with a Sakura Stardust pen.  To finish, I just added a couple of score lines.

Art Neko Silly Snails on a Tyvek background, with punched flowers and embroidery

 

My second card uses the same sentiment set and two of the Silly Snails, but is totally different in style. I made it to send to someone who has a lot of problems to deal with just now. I often see snails climbing up our back wall if I go out late at night – and that inspired this card, which is meant to give the encouragement that even when we don’t see the end of a problem (brick wall) in sight, we’ve just got to “hang in there”.

This time I stamped the snails in black ink and coloured them with pencils. The brick wall was created with an embossing folder, and I added a bit of die-cut grass that was lying on my desk to give the earthbound snail a little grounding.

Art Neko Silly Snails - one is climbing up a dry-embossed brick wall,.

 

 

 

 

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Medallion Framed Khalil Gibran

Life Without Love hb

Hi everyone!  It’s Holly posting today, and I created this very clean and simple card to share with you.  I was playing around with these medallion stamps from this gorgeous Japanese Floral 4 sheet, and I liked this unusual color combo of pumpkin orange, denim blue, and emerald green.  These may not be traditional Japanese colors, but I like how these colors hint at the coming fall season.

I punched these medallions out with different sizes of circle punches, and then adhered them to a stitched circle frame.  This Life Without Love sentiment was stamped with the same denim blue ink as one of the medallions.  I then adhered the circle frame with foam tape to frame the sentiment.  This card is a 4.25″ square.

You could create a card very similar to this using any of the medallions from Art Neko.  There are several different sheets with medallion stamps, and I’ve listed some of them below if you would like to check them out.  These are just a few examples.  You can type in “medallions” in the search box at Art Neko and you will see many more medallion images.   I hope you have a wonderful day!

Japanese Floral 4 sheet

Sheet with 34 Medallions

Japanese Family Crests, Medallions, Animals, and Birds sheet

Crane Medallions

Cranes and Waves Medallions

 

 

 

 

 

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