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Cornucopia Wishes


Here in the United States, many families are getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, so I wanted to share this Cornucopia of Thanksgiving Wishes with you today.  Did you know that Art Neko has Thanksgiving stamps?  You can find them HERE on this Thanksgiving Images stamp sheet (A333).  I stamped the beautiful cornucopia with Potting Soil Archival ink onto some hot press watercolor paper.  Then I pulled out some Derwent Inktense pencils and colored the cornucopia and fruits and vegetables and leaves.  I used a wet watercolor brush to blend the colors and smooth out the pencil strokes.

After all the coloring was done, I cut out the cornucopia with a circle die and adhered it to a larger dark brown circle.  I stamped the sentiment with the same Potting Soil Archival ink and trimmed it down to a narrow strip.  I found some small strips of this gorgeous Volcano Handmade Thai paper in my stash, and when I turned them over, the back side was full of these rich orange and brown and crimson hues.  I adhered these strips of Volcano Handmade Thai paper to a kraft card base.  The cornucopia was glued down over the Volcano strips, and then the sentiment was adhered with some foam tape.

For those of you who celebrate this holiday, I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.  Have a wonderful day with your friends and family!



No Ordinary Cats

I am excited to be sharing my first post on the Art Neko Blog today. My name is Judy and I am a dog lover. I have an 8 year old rescue dog named Fiona. But — my daughter has a cat, and I am learning to love and appreciate them. We also have six neighborhood cats that take advantage of our sunny front porch and deck, and they are sweet too. And none of them are ordinary!


For my card today I chose NO ORDINARY CATS as my image for my main tag. I made a watercolor background with distress inks and then stamped my image in VersaFine Onyx Black, using a MISTI to re-stamp until I got the image as dark as I wanted. Watercolor paper has texture, and it sometimes takes several impressions to fill in that texture. This cute image also comes in a sheet with some other amazing cat images and sentiments.img_1065a I layered my main tag with a die cut tag for interest, and added some fun ribbons and fibers to the tops of the tags, along with some mulberry flowers. I think my daughter will like this card!


Woodgrain Chickadee



Hi folks, it’s Holly posting today.  I am sharing this Woodgrain Chickadee with y’all, and this was such a joy to color.  I started by stamping the ATC Chickadee from Art Neko’s State Birds and Flowers, Set 6 sheet with some permanent black ink.   I sponged the background with a soft blue color first.  After that was completely dry, I then pulled out my Zig Clean Color markers and went over the pine needles with two different colors of green and I colored the branches with two shades of brown.  I had to Google chickadees to see how to color this little cutie, and I used both brown and gray markers to color him.

After my piece was completely dry, I cut it out and matted it with some black cardstock.  Some brown cardstock was embossed with a woodgrain embossing folder and I sponged the raised areas with some brown ink to help them stand out.  I matted that woodgrain embossed paper with a white cardstock layer before wrapping some linen thread around the bottom.  Once the thread was secure, I adhered this piece to a black cardstock base.  The watercolored chickadee panel was adhered with some foam tape over the linen thread.

Have you seen all the fabulous State Birds and Flowers stamps in the Art Neko store?  There is one for every state in the US, so go look for your state!  🙂




Autumn Cherry Blossoms

Hi! Leah with you today. I have a pretty card to share with you that uses a cherry blossom stamp that is typically associated with spring, but by changing up the colors you can use it for an autumn card as well. I used the lovely image called Stylized Cherry Blossoms Hanging Over a Pond.


I stamped the image onto watercolor paper using Versafine Onyx Black ink and watercolored it. I thought an autumn sunset would be pretty with the yellow gold flowers.


I matted the image onto some black paper and added some machine stitched borders. A few tips with watercoloring is to start very light, which means more water, and let it dry before adding more concentrated color to areas. For instance, in the sky the darker blue was added on my second and third wash with drying in between. Also, I highly recommend letting the paper air dry as opposed to using a heat gun to speed it up. The heat gun will warp the paper a lot more and can disrupt the color as it settles. I hope you enjoyed today’s card! Thanks for stopping by today 🙂


Autumn Bird

Hello! Leah from Paper Blossoms here with you today. I have a card to share with you today that is perfect for sending to someone this autumn just because. With autumn in the air I went with fall colors.


I used the lovely image called Framed Bird on Gourd Vine. I stamped it onto watercolor paper in Versafine Onyx Black in and used watercolors to color it. I backed the image with some gorgeous foiled paper called Gold Bamboo Leaves on a Field of White Paper. It’s so light and beautiful. I sewed it onto my main card layer mat.


I wrapped some natural twine around the bottom of the card to finish it. I hope you enjoyed my autumn bird card today and are enjoying the weather wherever you are! Thanks for joining me today 🙂


Gansai Tambi Watercolored Mum

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Hi everyone!  It’s Holly posting today, and I played with my Gansai Tambi watercolors this time.  I stamped this beautiful Framed Stained Glass Chrysanthemum with archival black ink onto some watercolor paper.  Then I used a paintbrush dipped in water to pick up colors from my palette of Gansai Tambi watercolors.  I wanted some autumn colors for my flower, so I colored it with some mustard and  hints of orange and red.  This piece was set aside to dry completely for several hours.

The background is a layer of mustard cardstock which has been embossed with a brick pattern.  It is adhered to a black card base.  I matted the watercolored flower piece with some black cardstock, and I added the persimmon orange ribbon underneath the image.

There are so many different colors you could use with this chyrsanthemum.  Imagine this in pinks or reds or purples or even white.  You could color this with anything.  Watercolors, colored pencils, Copic markers, or even crayons would be lovely with this image.  I used my Gansai Tambi watercolors because I wanted to see how they blended on a flower and leaves and ribbons.  These Gansai Tambi watercolors are very creamy and the pigments are very rich.  They work very well with floral images like this one from Art Neko.

Art Neko has hundreds of beautiful floral stamps.  Check out their catalog of floral images and have fun shopping!




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