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Chinese New Year: Rooster

rooster for chinese new year

Hello Hetty here with a card for Chinese New Year that will be the Year of the Rooster, so here some inspiration with the stamp of the rooster that you can find here. This card looks complicated, but I can assure you it is not. I have some pictures on my Craftchaos Blog. This is how it works: first you stamp the background. Stamps some roosters with versamark and emboss them with white embossing powder. Take red and orange ink and color the paper with a blending tool. The white embossing powder works as a resist. Then I stamped the words Year of the Rooster (that comes with the rooster stamp) at random in black. A few drops of water and the background is finished.

For the red circle i stamped the rooster in black and colored him with pencil. After adding some red/white twine around the card I added the circle with foam tape on top. The Happy New Year sentiment is from the Holiday Greetings and after stamping it, I cut it apart and added it to the card like the rooster called it out.

I hope you will visit my blog too and besides seeing the tutorial, there is an ather card with the rooster. Thank you for looking and have a creative day!


Gold Dot Snowflake Holiday card


Hi folks!  It’s Holly posting today, and this is the card that I sent to Annette and her family (owners of Art Neko).  I used some of the gorgeous gold dot fabric paper as the background for my snowflakes.  As you can see, the gold really sparkles and shines when you move it in the light.  It’s just beautiful!

I adhered the gold dot fabric paper to a stitched frame that I die cut from lagoon blue cardstock.  This frame was then glued to a kraft card base.  I punched out some snowflakes and glued three of them onto the frame, and then I affixed different colors of sequins to the centers of the snowflakes.

The inside is stamped with a Merry Christmas sentiment from the Charming Christmas Characters 1 sheet from Art Neko.  Unfortunately I don’t have the card here with me, so I don’t have a picture of the inside.  Hopefully this inspires you to make a quick and easy card using the gorgeous fabric papers from Art Neko!

Merry Christmas!!



Happy Holidays


Hetty here with a Holiday card to wish you all Happy Holidays and hope you all have a wonderful time with your family and friends. I want to tell you a little how I made this card with the skating reindeer and the Christmas text background stamp.hetty_an_tutorial2

On the left you see how the background stamp was stamped on the card with the misti tool. The advantage of this tool is that you can restamp your image on the same spot. Starting with the red color first and next finishing the words with a green inkpad.


The same inkpads were used to color the reindeer with an extra brown pad. Next the reindeer was cut out and added to the card with foam tape.

I also decorated the inside of the card with the same reindeer stamp. The sentiment can be found here. I hope I have given you some ideas for your last minute Holiday cards.

Merry Christmas !



Peacock Background Snowflake Greetings


Peacock Background Snowflake Greetings …

Hi everyone!  It’s Holly posting today, and I’m sharing the fun background tutorial that I hinted at last week.  I call this the Peacock Background, even though there are no peacocks on this card.  The peacock moniker comes from the fact that I used a peacock distress ink to create this background.  I went to a retreat a couple of months ago, and the hostess shared this awesome technique with us there.  She actually got the idea from the fabulous Jennifer McGuire, but she changed some of the ink colors and stamps.  So I’m adapting this technique to use with the wonderful snowflake stamps from Art Neko today.  These snowflakes are from the Victorian Christmas sheet (A167) and the sentiment is from the Charming Christmas Characters 1 sheet (A137).

Are you ready to get started with this technique?  Let’s start with the supplies you need:


snowflake stamps from Art Neko

small acrylic block with Tack ‘n Peel on one side

hot press watercolor paper

Versamark ink pad

white embossing powder

Mermaid Lagoon distress ink

Blueprint Sketch distress ink

Peacock Feathers distress ink

nonstick craft mat

mister bottle filled with water

heat tool (not pictured)


Step 1: Use the Tack ‘n Peel block to stamp the snowflakes with Versamark onto the hot press watercolor paper.




Step 2:  Cover the snowflakes with white embossing powder, shake off the excess, and melt the powder with the heat tool.




Step 3:  Smoosh the three distress inks onto the nonstick craft mat.




Step 4: Spray each pool of ink with water.




Step 5:  Dip your fingers into one of the pools of color and tap your inky fingers onto your snowflake embossed paper.




Step 6: Repeat with the remaining colors.  Use your heat tool to dry the colors when it gets too wet.  Keep dipping your fingers into the inks and tapping them onto the paper until the background has the desired look.


Step 7:  Use the heat tool to dry the piece completely or let it sit for several hours.  Use as desired.





A note of warning – your fingers will be blue for at least two days.  You can wear a latex glove if you want to avoid inky fingers.  Feel free to try this technique with other distress ink colors, such as reds, greens, purples, and even browns.  Distress inks are the best for this kind of technique.  You can try this with other dye inks, but they may not react as much with the water, and you may not achieve this result.  I used hot press watercolor paper because it is smoother and easier to stamp on.  The watercolor paper is stronger than regular cardstock and it will not warp as much.

I’d love to see your creations if you decide to try this technique!  Have a wonderful week!



Sepia Santa


Hi everyone, it’s Holly posting today.  We only have a little over three weeks til Christmas, so I’m sharing this Sepia Santa Christmas card with you.  I love this vintage image of Santa holding presents for all the little boys and girls out there.

I started by stamping this Santa (from the Victorian Christmas stamp set) with Potting Soil Archival ink onto some white cardstock.  I sponged some kraft ink around Santa, leaving his face and beard white.  I sponged around the edges with a chocolate brown ink.  The edges were roughed up by dragging a distress tool across the edges.

For the copper background, I cut some white cardstock larger than the Santa piece.  I inked up the edges with Versamark, sprinkled them with copper embossing powder, and melted the powder with my heat gun.  I adhered the Santa piece to this copper background, and then I adhered that to a chocolate brown card base.  Some copper shimmer baker’s twine was tied around the top of the card.

Have you seen the gorgeous stamps in the Victorian Christmas stamp set?  You could easily do this sepia technique with all of those images.  Look at all the fabulous snowflakes in this set – I’ll show you a fun technique with those next week.  So come on back next week for some more Christmas inspiration!



Emerald Holly Christmas



Are you ready for Christmas?  It’s Holly posting today, and I’m sharing this Emerald Holly Christmas card with you.  I was playing around with a new emerald green ink pad and I wanted to see how it looked on a Christmas card.  I stamped the beautiful Holly Corner with the emerald green ink in opposite corners onto white cardstock.  I then sponged the same emerald green ink all over the edges of the paper.  It’s such a vibrant green color!

I found this Merry Christmas sentiment from the Charming Christmas Characters 1 sheet at Art Neko, so I stamped it with black ink onto white cardstock.  I used a pretty label die to cut out the sentiment.  I then added a couple of punched leaves below the sentiment and some red rhinestones for the holly berries in between the leaves.  This sentiment piece is adhered to my card with some foam tape.

Go check out all the wonderful Christmas stamps in the Art Neko store.  You still have plenty of time to shop and stamp your Christmas cards for this season.  Thanksgiving will be here in a couple of days, so I hope you all have a wonderful and safe holiday.




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