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Glorious Rose

Hello all, Kia here with you and I would like to share this beautiful Old Fashioned Rose with you today.

With the first day of spring being this past Monday, I have bright and yellow on my mind.  One of my dear friends lives in British Columbia and she belongs to an International Womens Soriority, where the flower is the Yellow Rose.  I would like to send her this card to give to one of her Sorority Sisters, hence my choice to watercolour in the yellows.

To start, I am using Fabriano 140lb Hot Press Watercolour Paper.  I love this paper for heat embossed images as it embosses beautifully.  I watercoloured the Rose using Zig Brushes in several shades of yellow, and for the leaves I used a few shades of greens.  Once my image was dry I stamped the lovely Rose sentiment in a Burnt Orange, then matted using a coordinating yellow cardstock, and added a bit of bling via sequins to finish.

I very much enjoyed the relaxing time spent colouring this image and hope you enjoy this card as well.  Thanks so much for visiting the Art Neko Blog today … I look foward to seeing you next time.

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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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Daffodil Splendor

Happy Wednesday everyone, Kia here with you today.  It is raining, and very grey in my neck of the woods, so there is nothing better than bringing some sunshine into my world.  I did that by using this beautiful Two Daffodils stamp along with the lovely sentiment stamp It is not rain to me, it’s Raining Daffodils, which I stamped on a stitched circle die cut.  I inked the stamp with distress markers and spritzed with water before stamping.  I then added extra colour using my Zig Brushes.

For the background I added a yellow polka dot paper, which I stamped the sentiment on.  I added foam strips to the back of the circle and attached, then added a bit of ric rack, along with a few sequins.  I wanted the flowers to sparkle a bit so I added some Wink of Stella, which is hard to see in the photo unfortunately.

I think this card explains perfectly my day today, rain with a bit of sparkle.

Thank you for joining in with the Art Neko Blog today.  I hope I have inspired you to find some Daffodils.

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Sparkle

Hello everyone, Kia  here with you today.  Last week I used this same stamp called Framed Tulip, but in a different way and with different colours. Today I have used much deeper colours and sponged on just a tad of the yellow for this one layer card.

I coloured the image with markers and spritzed with water, doing the colours individually to ensure I would not get any bleed.  I then inked up the tulip a second time and stamped without spritzing to get more definition from the tulip. Once I finished the tulip, I sponged on yellow ink in the bottom corner going up the side just slightly.  As I wanted to use this for a birthday card, so I added the birthday sentiment in intense black ink.

To add a bit of sparkle, that unfortunately does not show up in the picture, I added Wink of Stella on the tulip, then added my signature sequins in clear. The sequin along the stem on the right looks like a mistake, it is not, just a seqin that does not look like a sequin. Oh well … stuff happens eh?

Thanks so much for visiting the Art Neko Blog today and I hope you enjoy this card.

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A Tulip’s Beauty

Hello to you, Kia with you today.  I have a spring card to share, with the beautiful weather we have been having, all I can think about is spring and colours.

I used Art Neko’s Framed Tulip for my card, along with the Tulip with Monogram T sentiment.  For my background I stamped the sentiment stamp several times and heat embossed using clear embossing powder on the pale pink cardstock.  I stamped the tulip by colouring it with Distress Markers and spritzing with water before stamping.  I added a bit more colour by adding a deeper pink to the stamp and spritzed again before stamping. There is a frame as part of this stamp, but I cut it off  my piece only because I wanted a smaller image. I went around the image piece with the Citron marker that I coloured the leaf with to give it separation from the pink cardstock, then attached it to the card on foam strips.  And, me being me, I added sequins … they are like the sunshine on a cloudy day for me.

 This is a close up view showing the details of the tulip.  I wanted my tulip to be white with the pink, but I could also paint in the white areas with a coordinating colour for a different look.

Thank you for joining us here at Art Neko Blog today. I hope you enjoy this card today and I look forward to seeing you next time.

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Springtime Flowers

Hi friends!  It’s Holly posting today and I’m back with another watercolored Art Neko card.  It got up to 85 degrees on Saturday, so it definitely feels like springtime around here.  The flowers are blooming on our peach trees and the redbud trees are starting to show off their brilliant purple buds.

I pulled out the Spring in Paris (A407) stamp sheet and stamped the beautiful flowers randomly around the edges of my hot press watercolor paper with Versamark ink.  I covered that with white embossing powder and melted the powder with my heat tool.  There was just enough space in the middle for that beautiful sentiment (also from the Spring in Paris set), so I stamped that with Versamark ink and embossed it with white embossing powder.

Next, I pulled out some Daniel Smith watercolor paints.  For the sky background, I wanted a pale blue and a medium blue.  I watered the paint down to make a nice watercolor wash and I painted that over my paper, carefully avoiding the flowers.  I let this dry for about an hour, and then I went back over with another wash of blue paint.  I set this aside to dry completely.  Then I pulled out my Zig Clean Color markers and watercolored the flowers and the stems.  Those bright pink flowers just pop against that blue background.

Once the paper was completely dry, I burnished the white embossing with a tissue to remove any leftover paint.  I also sponged the edges with a blue dye ink before adhering this piece to a white card base.

I had so much fun painting this card, I sent a sneak peek of this to Annette at Art Neko.  She liked this so much, she turned my card into an ATC Collage Sheet!!!!!!!!  How exciting is that????  You can see the Spring Summer Collage Sheet HERE in the Art Neko store.  I love how she edited my card to remove the sentiment and put those watercolor blue blocks all over.  It has such a modern, artsy vibe to it!

I have some of these collage sheets on their way to me in the mail, and I can’t wait to play with these!  All you have to do is cut these apart and use them on your projects just like regular patterned paper.  If you are an ATC trader, you can use these as backgrounds on your ATCs.  You can stamp the centers with a sentiment, add more flowers, add birds or butterflies, add a die cut, whatever you want to do.  There are so many possibilities!!  Go order your Spring Summer Collage Sheet today along with the beautiful Spring in Paris stamp sheet and have fun making some gorgeous art.  🙂

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Beautiful Iris’

Hello everyone. Kia with you today and I would like to share with you my latest card.  A couple of weeks back I was away at the Creativation 2017 show and unfortunately came home with pneumonia. That was not much fun, but the best thing to do when down and out is colour a stamp image, in my humble opinion of course.

For this card, on Fabriano Hot Press Watercolour Paper I stamped my image using Memento London Fog ink, which has a hint of green in it.  I like the softness of the image instead of having the black lines. I heat set my image to prepare it for the water and paint.  To colour this beautiful Iris Orchid I used my Zig Clean Colour Brushes in Aqua, Light and Medium Greens, Light and Dark Purple, Oranges and Yellows.  I did a couple of layers of colour to get the depth of colour I wanted.  Every spring I look forward to the Iris’ blooming so I also used the 4 Seasons Kanji and English “Spring” sentiment.  I watercoloured the centre in a darker aqua colour and cut another smaller piece from my watercolour paper to fit in with the sentiment stamped. Colouring the underlay gave a bit of a border to my sentiment.  To finish I attached the panel to foam mounting strips, then attached to a double matting of purple and aqua, and of course I added a few sequins for a bit of sparkle.

I hope you enjoy this card as much as I enjoyed making it.  Once done, it certainly made me feel better.  Thank you for visiting the Art Neko Blog today.  I look forward to seeing you next time.

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Shimmery Strips of Happiness

Hi folks, it’s Holly posting today.  I’m sharing this sparkly card that I created with some leftover Dabbed Shimmers technique strips and a double happiness kanji stamp.  The strips in the background are the pieces left over from another project, and I could not bear to throw them away.  They are so pretty and shimmery.  To make these, I mixed some iridescent medium with distress ink (Peacock Feathers and Shaded Lilac) and dabbed them onto cardstock with a sponge.  No two pieces are alike, and it’s fun to see how they turn out.

I arranged the strips horizontally and adhered them to a white card.  Then I stamped the butterfly and the circle with Shaded Lilac distress ink onto white cardstock.  Both of the stamps are from the A407 Spring in Paris sheet at Art Neko.  After carefully trimming them out, I affixed them to my card with foam tape.

Would you like to see a tutorial on how to create the dabbed shimmers background?  Let me know in the comments, and if there is some interest, I’ll film a step by step tutorial for you.  🙂

 

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