Archive | Kia Gibson-Clapper

Art Neko designer and artist

Sympathy Butterfly

Hello Art Neko fans, Kia here with you today to share this sympathy card.

I think we all need to have a few sympathy cards in our stash, which is what inspired this card.  I love using butterflies in general, but also think they are perfect for sympathy cards.

For the butterflies I wanted the background to have some movement, so I did my background using a foam brush and a sweeping motion across the paper using alcohol inks on glossy paper.  I used dark blues, turquoise and a lighter blue along with a hint of pinks, which show up better in real life. I then stamped the butterfly from the Butterflies and Dragonflies Plate A199 and the Sympathy sentiment on acetate and heat embossed with silver embossing powder. The detail in the butterfly shows beautifully done in the silver. I attached the acetate with vellum tape to my alcohol background. For the frame I used the negative left from die cutting another frame, which I think frames the piece nicely.

To finish I added a few sequins in the silver and blue and as I was gluing on acetate I used glossy accents.

Thank you for joining us here at Art Neko today. I will see you next time.


Dancing Dragonflies

Hello all! Happy Wednesday to you. Kia here with you today to share this dragonflies card I did for today’s post.

I first stamped and heat embossed with white embossing powder the bold silhouette dragonflies on the bottom layer and brushed on some picked raspberry ink, getting lighter towards the top of the card and attached the panel to my card base. I then stamped the Sakura Blossoms Circle Frame using mustard seed ink and with my aqua brush brought the yellow towards the centre of the circle, adding more ink as needed. I coloured the flowers with the raspberry ink, then went over the image again with embossing ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder, then fussy cut the circle to attach to my dragonfly panel. I then stamped and heat embossed the Realistic Dragonfly using black embossing powder in the centre of the circle.

I finished with a few sprinkles in the pinks and yellows.

I hope you enjoy this card and thank you for visiting today.




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.


Swimming Goldfish

Good morning ~ Kia here with you today to share my “Swimming Goldfish” card with you.

This is a quick and easy clean and simple card which I think could be used for almost any occasion.

To start my card today I stamped the wonderful Seashell Corner on the stitched rectangle card stock with black ink. I then stamped the Goldfish stamp using black ink on watercolour paper, and painted with Daniel Smith watercolours. One dry I attached the panel to the card base using foam strips and added a few raindrops to finish.

Thanks for having a look today, I look forward to seeing you next time.



Kia here with you today to share a card I made.

 I have had these Kimono papers for a bit now and wanted to finally use them, but I wanted to use them in a different way.  I think they are ever so pretty, so I decided to highlight the paper on my card.  I love the simplicity of this paper design, which is included in the Collage Sheet of 9 Japanese Kimono Fabrics, hence the name of my card and the sentiment I used.  I started with a grey cardstock base and added the medium blue cardstock. I then added the designer paper, which I framed with the darker blue cardstock.  I did not want to cover the beautiful paper with anything, so I used the medium butterfly from the Butterfly Set of 3.  I heat embossed the butterfly using blue embossing powder, then added a bit of green watercolour.   I styled the butterfly and attached just off the designer paper with a foam dot.  I stamped the simplicity sentiment in black ink, and added a few sequins to finish.

I hope you enjoy this card, and I look forward to seeing you next time.


A Rose in Summer

Hello everyone, Kia here with you today and I would like to share this card I made for today’s post.  As most everyone knows, I love Clean and Simple cards.  I like the open airy feeling they give, and that is what I was thinking while making this card.  For this card I used a couple stamps. First is the leaf background stamp, which I stamped using a citrus green ink.  I cut the panel to size and attached to a vellum die cut stitched rectangle.  I then stamped the Old Fashioned Rose 3, heat embossing with gold embossing powder, and fussy cut one of the flowers for my card.  I watercoloured the rose using Zig brushes in a lemon yellow, and the citrus leaves, then styled and attached to the raised panel on a foam dot.  I then added a strip of  gold glitter tape to my card base, and stamped and heat embossed the summer sentiment from the 4 Seasons Kanji and English, using gold embossing powder.  And to finish, a few sequins, just in case there wasn’t enough sparkle!  I hope you enjoy my card today and I will see you next time.



At first glance one has to wonder if this is a spelling mistake or a play on words.  I am taking it as a play on words, and as a card maker I know these words well.  This sentiment is included with the Half sheet of assorted texts and fonts and I decided that the sentiment needed a matching background, so I am calling my background a play on stamps where I used the beautiful Old Fashioned Rose 3.

I stamped the full rose, then stamped parts of the rose around my cardstock. Once I was happy I die cut my background using my stitched rectangle die and attached to a deep yellow cardstock. For the sentiment I die cut using a stitched label die and attached it to my background on foam strips.   And, to finish I used my trademark sequins in the same deep yellow colour.  For a bit more glam I added Wink of Stella to the flower centre’s, which is very pretty, but hard to see in the photo.

I hope you enjoy this card today and look forward to seeing you next time here on the Art Neko Blog.


Enjoying Waterlily Gold

Hello all, Kia back here with you today and I am sharing the Waterlily and Dragonfly Panels stamp. When I took out this stamp to colour, I kept thinking I wanted it in gold, not embossing, but all gold ink colouring, but would it work was my question. So, the only way to find out is to do it. I set up the image in my Misti and stamped in Citrus green several times to get good coverage. I then inked the stamp with embossing ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. Then I proceeded to paint in the golds, adding more layers to some areas.  I used the Zig Gansai Starry Colours ink set, painting in the blue golds. As I proceeded the image changed entirely for me, and I must say I do like the look. Once I was done with the golds I added the light blue from the Zig Clean Colour paints for the sky and also added it around the panels. I added layers of matting in the greens and blues, and finished by adding some Key Lime Jewel Drops and the die cut sentiment in black. I love it when a stamp can be used in several ways.

Thank you for joining the Art Neko Blog today. I will look forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks.



So many books … so little time

Hello all, Kia here with you today.  I decided to change it up a bit and do a bookmark.  I could not resist this Bookmark called So many books, so little time.  Isn’t that the truth!

The image is stamped on Arches 140lb Coldpress Water Colour Paper and used my Zig brushes to paint.  I wanted the Gerbera Daisies to pop so I did them in a Light Carmine and Scarlet Red, and used a Light Blue for the background. The flower centres and around the clock are done in yellow, and the clock face is done in a Light Grey.  Once it was dry I attached it to black cardstock and then thought I wanted to do the back as well, so I painted another in different colours for the back of the bookmark.

This is the back of the bookmark. The Gerbera Daisies are done with yellow then the Light Carmine, and the background I changed to May Green.  The accents are still yellow but the face of the clock is done in a Medium Grey.  I like both of them, each different from the other.  Art Neko has the Plastic Sleeves for protection, so I have used this for my bookmark.  There  also was a Tassle, but while I was painting the bookmarks, my pet Cockatiel named CC, had a party with the tassel. I should have know something was up when she was so quiet. The tassel became spaghetti. So, to replace the tassle I used some Bakers Twine in yellow and white.

I hope you enjoy this post today and wish to thank you for visiting the Art Neko Blog.


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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