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Framed Koi

Hello! Leah here today with a card that has a beautiful image and a wonderful saying. I love sentiments that have a lot of meaning. The stamp set I used is called Framed Koi and Kanji with a Wee Butterfly.

I just love this sentiment. He who obtains has little he who scatters has much. So true! I stamped the image and sentiment onto watercolor paper and colored it with Tombow markers. For the water I used a very light blue and quickly covered the entire background. I then went over the water in the front of the image around the koi with the same blue to achieve a darker tone. I love how one color can give varying effects.

The bit of patterned paper is from a collage sheet from Bmuse. I added a twine bow to finish it. I hope you enjoyed my card and be sure to scatter some kindness today!

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Five Sea Shells

Hi, it’s Chrissy D posting today.  I was playing with my gelatos today and I wanted to see how it looked in shades of yellows, oranges and reds as opposed to the normalblues and purples.  I stamped this summery Five Sea Shells with some Brown Staz On ink onto watercolor paper.  Then I pulled out my Gelatos and started coloring with the yellow, orange and red  gelatos.  So vibrant and cheerful!

I love the beachy feel of the sea shells, it makes me long for warmer, sunnier days than the ones we are having here in Wisconsin.  I adhered the watercolor paper to red cardstock and white card base.  Three gold sequins were affixed to the lower left corner of the card, and then I added a strip of tacky tape across the middle section of the card.  My final touch was to sprinkle the white sanitized sand across the strip of tape.

This Five Sea Shells is so versatile. I love how you could color it, or even use a multicolored ink pad to get a variety of colors.

I hope you enjoyed my project today. Thank you for stopping by!

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Rose Garden Fairy

Hello! Leah with you today with a card that is perfect as spring gets underway. I fell in love with this image when I first saw it and couldn’t wait to watercolor it. It’s called Delicate Framed Fairy in a Rose Garden.

If I could be a fairy this one would be it 🙂 I started by stamping the image onto watercolor paper using Versafine Onyx Black ink. I then used Gansai Tambi watercolors to color the image. As I continue to learn how to paint with watercolors one of the best things to do is decide on your colors and aim to paint them in as few washes as you can. Also to pay attention to light and dark areas, contrast is what makes an image come alive.

I added a die cut doily strip to the bottom and chose to keep the contrast high by giving her a sparkly black background. Some machine stitching around the border finished it off.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card and that if it’s spring time where you are that you are starting to warm up! Thanks for visiting today!

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Butterfly Fairy ATC

Hi everyone, it’s Holly here to share this fun mixed media Butterfly Fairy ATC with you today.  An ATC is an acronymn for Artist Trading Card, and they typically measure 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches.  They are miniature works of art and many people like to trade them with other ATC artists.

Did you know that Art Neko recently bought the B-Muse store?  There are lots of fabulous items in the B-Muse store, such as collage sheets, ATC supplies, dominoes, and other ephemera?  I’ve used several of those B-Muse items on this ATC today.

I began working on this ATC by painting a sheet of ATC watercolor paper with some Raw Sienna Daniel Smith watercolor paint.  I love that warm brownish/orange-y/yellowish quality of this color.  While that was drying, I cut out these fabulous wings from the Fantasy Wings collage sheet from B-Muse.  The colors on these particular wings coordinate beautifully with my painted background.

This collage sheet was printed on Premium Laser Paper, but you have so many options with the collage sheets from B-Muse.  You can order them printed on canvas, vellum, fabric paper, transparencies, and laser paper.  The canvas collage sheets are gorgeous – they look and feel just like a real painting!

 

Once my watercolored piece was dry, I adhered it to an ATC Chipboard blank (pictured above).  This provides a wonderful sturdy backing for my painted watercolor background.  I sponged the edges with some Brushed Corduroy distress ink for that aged look.

My next step was to get my fairy ready.  I stamped the Dreaming Fairy from the A145 Fairies and Seasons sheet with Rich Cocoa Memento ink onto some white cardstock.  After I colored her with Copic markers, I cut her out, making sure I cut the stamped wings off.  After I determined the placement of the collage wings and the fairy, I glued them down onto the prepared ATC.  I added the stamped sentiment on the side – it says “Be yourself.”  This sentiment is also from the A145 Fairies and Seasons sheet.

I loved creating my own custom fairy by pairing a stamped figurine with the wings from the collage sheet.  I have plenty of other wings left on the collage sheet, so I can make all kinds of fairies and other winged creatures.

Check out all the great items in the B-Muse shop and jump-start your creativity.  The collage sheets are gorgeous, and I love the ATC supplies (both the watercolor sheets and the chipboard blanks).  I have a few other supplies from B-Muse that I’m playing with, and I’ll share those with you soon.

 

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Happiness

Hi there! Leah here with you today and I am sharing a fun spring card. Spring is my favorite time of year and I love flowers regardless of the season so I really enjoyed creating this one!

I cut a piece of watercolor paper and stamped the gorgeous Framed Tulip in Versafine Onyx Black ink. That ink is great for watercoloring, it won’t bleed at all! I then stamped the lovely sentiment stamp, Happiness is to hold flowers in both hands. I used my Tombow markers to color the image. I started with the backgound using a really pale blue and then moved to the flower. In general I find it’s best to start with your background. For the tulip I started with a peachy color and layered on a darker red and then used a slightly wet brush to blend them together. The leaf was done in the same way with a dark green and a light green.

To finish it I used some jute twine and tied a bow and then added a lovely tiny white paper rose from B.Muse. Some machine stitching and patterned paper brought it all together. I hope you find some happiness today! Thanks for joining me.

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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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Watercolored Valentine Hearts

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!  It’s Holly posting today, and I’m excited to share this watercolored Valentine hearts card with you.  I stamped this gorgeous double heart image from Art Neko’s A405 Valentine and Love Stamps sheet onto watercolor paper and watercolored it with Daniel Smith’s Pyrrol Red paint.  Yes, I just used one color of paint.  The vibrancy of the red changes depending on how much water you add while you are painting.

After the hearts were dry, I cut out the image and adhered it to a piece of white cardstock that was embossed with some diagonal stripes.  I wanted to mimic the black and red strips in the corners of the hearts.  To give the stripes inside the hearts more impact, I colored the alternating stripes with a black Sharpie marker.  The white striped panel was adhered to a layer of black cardstock and then to a red card base.  I stamped the sentiment from A405 Valentine and Love Stamps sheet and affixed it on top of the hearts.  Some white buttons with black and white baker’s twine were added to each of the hearts.

This was a fun experiment with watercolor paint, and I’m sure it won’t be the last.  I’ll have another painted card to share with you next week.  Enjoy today with your special Valentine!

 

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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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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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The Muse of Fall

Hello! Leah here with you today and I have an autumn card to share with you. When I saw this image I just fell in love with it and was so excited to watercolor it. The Muse of Fall is the perfect name for it!

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I stamped the image onto watercolor paper using Versafine Onyx Black ink and then watercolored it using Gansai Tambi watercolors. I wanted her to look like the autumn leaves and that they were flowing out of her. Hopefully I achieved that feel!

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I stamped the sentiment using one of the 4 seasons Kanji and English. I kept the rest pretty simple with just some paper layering as I really wanted the image to shine. I hope you enjoyed my card! Thanks for stopping by!

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