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Flaming Fall Colors – a haiku

It’s Sabrina here on the last Friday in August with Flaming Fall Colors – a haiku. The haiku is a very stylized traditional form of Japanese poetry. Traditionally each poem only had seventeen syllables; while that stricture has been loosened for more contemporary poems, they all hold true to the three-line format.  I have always loved this format, ever since reading Miss Happiness and Miss Flower, by Rumer Godden as a child. Part of the book describes how a boy builds a Japanese-style dolls-house for two Japanese dolls sent to his sisters. He and a younger cousin living with the family do a lot of research on how to make as authentic a house for the dolls as possible and one of the important decor items was a tiny scroll with a seasonal haiku on it. The appendix  in the book listed four different haiku, one for each season of the year.

Here I have used an autumnal haiku from the Japanese Haiku (poem) plate . There are  also many other haiku stamps available from Art Neko, in a variety of fonts – check them out here.  I think this one is really lovely: “My heart will find peace in the light of tomorrow after the dark storm”.


I took my inspiration for today’s card from the technique challenge on Splitcoaststampers this week, which was an ink spritzer background technique  – the tutorial can be found HERE.  I’ve also seen far too many leaves on the ground already round here, which was a secondary inspiration when it came to creating the tag.

For the background, I followed the tutorial, using  homemade sprays with distress re-inkers and picking rich autumnal colours to tie in with the haiku. When when the cardstock was dry, I embossed it with a leafy embossing folder from Darice, and gently swiped over the embossed leaves with Wild Honey, Fired Brick and Brushed Corduroy distress inks for some “flaming fall colors”.  I distressed the edges, and added it to a brown card base.

Then I took a leaf from the garden (appropriately enough, I used a Japanese Anemone), inked it up with Antique Linen distress ink, laid it on a sheet of card, put a sheet of kitchen towel on top to protect my plates,  and put it through the  Big Shot, creating a soft leafy background to stamp the verse on. I used a tag punch, and sponged the edges a little for definition, and then threaded through an assortment of fibres, ribbon and gold cording. I popped the tag up on foam tape, and finished the card off with a few sequins die-cut from gold card.


I hope you enjoyed this Flaming Fall Colors – a haiku, and that you have been inspired either to try out one of these fun techniques or to write your own haiku. Thanks for visiting this week -have a creative weekend, and make sure to stop by soon for more inspiration from the team.


Colourful Autumn Leaves

Hello all, Kia here with you today.  I would like to apologize as I was to post this card on Wednesday, but due to internet issues I could not.  They finally fixed it this morning, with the Bell fellow here for a couple of hours!  But, all is now well, so I can now post and share.

We have had very hot weather the last few days, so I made an autumn card to cool myself down!

I used the beautiful leaf background stamp along with the 4 Seasons Kanji and English sentiment.  I used distress ink markers to colour my stamp and spritzed with water before stamping.  I stamped the sentiment on a coordinating cardstock panel using black ink, and added the matting to the image piece along with dry embossed my card base for added textures.

Thanks so much for visiting Art Neko today. I hope you enjoy this card and look forward to seeing you in a           couple of weeks.


Wine Cask

Hello, It is Shirley Posting today. I am sharing a card I made with the Art Neko Stamp Wine Cask A3840003.


I took a napkin with grapes on it and put glue on the back of it. I  attached it to my vanilla card base. I colored my wine cask and the grapes with copics. I colored the grapes to match the ones on the napkin. I fussy cut the image and set it aside. I had a scrap piece of burlap on my craft table so I adhered it to the card base. I took a piece of heart lace and adhered it to the burlap, then added the pearls. I placed the image over the burlap, attaching it with adhesive. I stamped the sentiment  Vintage Wine A384002 on a piece of card stock and cut it out to place it over the wine cask. In the upper corner of my card I added a sticker with wine bottles on it which was the finishing touch to my card.

I hope you enjoyed the card I prepared for today.   I appreciate you coming by today.






Colors Of Fall

Colors Of Fall

Hi, it is Shirley with you today. I am excited to be posting my first card to the Art Neko blog. I used Fall Images A329 from Art Neko on my card.


I started out by stamping the acorns with Versa Mark and embossed them with gold embossing powder. I stamped my leaves onto Glossy card stock, then took some distress ink pads and drug them over the leaves. I wanted them to have more of a shiny look to them so I used clear embossing powder over the top of the leaves. I fussy cut the acorns and leaves then I assembled my card. I arranged the acorns over the burlap ribbon. Once I decided where I wanted them, I added some gold cording behind them. The final step was adhering the leaves to the embossed panel.

I appreciate you stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed my card.


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