Archive | Sabrina Friel

Art Neko designer and artist

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.

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Paris is always a good idea

It’s Sabrina here today with a Paris-themed card ~ I totally endorse Sabrina Fairchild’s sentiment that Paris is always a good idea. I have to confess, though, that August is a month I have never visited – I think I like it best on crisp, cold, sunny days in the winter, or perhaps in Spring when the trees are all turning green and flowers are just starting to appear.

Paris is Always a Good Idea sentiment from Art Neko stamped on ATC collage sheet

 

I used several images from the Spring in Paris plate from Art Neko.
To start with, I used distress oxide inks on watercolour paper to create a wrinkle-free distress background – I used seedless preserves and cracked pistachio. I stamped the main Eiffel Tower collage image on this, and also the Paris postmark on a patch that was mostly the green colour. The main image was trimmed down, and I distressed the edges. I used a punch to cut out the postmark, and added three layers of UTEE to give it a glassy smooth finish. When we visited last December, Paris was experiencing heavy smog, and only about half the Eiffel Tower was visible – quite beautiful at night when it was all lit up. But I’m glad we can see it all on this wonderful collage image. The postmark, Paris text and that wonderful old-fashioned postman’s bicycle are also available as a set of French Stamps (3).

Eiffel Tower collage image from Art Neko stamped on distress oxide background

Since it’s autumn and not Spring, I used autumnal colours on my front – a street map of Paris, sponged with distress inks to tone it down a little, and then crumpled and sponged again. You can’t actually tell, since so much of it is covered, but I chose a piece of the map which has the area around the Bois de Vincennes. There is a lovely linear park (the Promenade Plantée)  starting just off the Place de Bastille, much of which runs along a disused railway track, and if we walk to the end of it, the Bois de Vincennes is where we finish up.

I dry-embossed a piece of vellum, trimmed it on the diagonal and added this to the map, to tone it down a little more, and stitched with heavy-weight thread.

Inside, I used the sentiment from Sabrina Fairchild. I wanted to make the inside of the card fancier than I normally do, so I stamped the sentiment on this lovely Victorian Roses ATC collage sheet. To match the feel of the printed collage sheet, I dry-embossed some tissue paper after first scribbling a Gelato over the inside of the embossing folder and misting it with water. I tore the tissue down to size when it was dry, and edged it with Stickles and a few gilding flakes. Finally I added the sentiment and a gold die-cut swirl.

Paris is Always a Good idea - sentiment from the Spring in Paris plate, stamped on ATC collage sheet from Art Neko

 

Remember, Paris is always a good idea – and if you can’t actually go there, watching the movie isn’t a bad substitute, de Givenchy’s costumes for Audrey Hepburn are just wonderful.

 

Here’s the finished card front…

 

Eiffel Tower collage image from Art Neko's Spring in Paris plate, stamped on a distress oxide background

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Samurai Cartoon Tiger on the Latch

Hello everyone – it’s Sabrina here this Friday, with a fun latch card using the Samurai Cartoon Tiger set, which includes the little medallion I used for the “latch” and samurai kanji.  The latch card is a fun fold – you can find a tutorial on Splitcoaststampers HERE.

Samurai Cartoon Tiger latch card

 

I started by cutting and scoring my base using kraft card. Then I stamped that irresistible tiger on white card, and coloured him with Polychromos pencils. My brother-in-law teaches Tai Chi and Aikido, and while they are not as warrior-like as the samurai tradition, I’m looking forward to making him a couple of cards using this sweet Samurai Cartoon Tiger.

I also stamped the “Speak softly and carry a tiger” sentiment on white card to use inside, and die-cut it using a Spellbinders label die.I cut the label from black card to create a matting layer, trimming out the stamped sentiment to fit. Last of all I stamped the Samurai medallion on black card with some Encore Gold ink and embossed it with gold embossing powder. I punched it out with a circle punch and layered it onto a slightly larger circle of gold. I layered the image panel onto black and gold to match the medallion.

Samurai Cartoon Tiger and medallion stamps from Art Neko used to create a latch card

 

Inside, I used some tiger pattern cardstock  – a perfect pairing with this and the other more realistic tiger stamps available from Art Neko. I also used a narrow strip of it to decorate the edge of the card beyond the scored lines, which serve to let you latch and unlatch the card without having to bend it; they just add a little flexibility to the back.

Samurai Cartoon Tiger stamp from Art Neko used to create a latch card

 

I hope you like the card – I certainly really enjoyed making it – and thinking about the meaning of the inside sentiment. The best I could find out, it appears to be a variant of a saying attributed to Theodore Roosevelt – speak softly and carry a big stick.

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Stylized Geisha Pear with a Faux Leather Background

Happy Friday, everybody; it’s Sabrina here today with a card made using the beautiful Stylized Geisha Pear image from Art Neko. This image features two geishas and a large fan set in a pear, with a filling of calligraphy.

Stylized Geisha Pear - image from Art Neko with two geishas and a fan in a pear shape

Isn’t it lovely? I stamped mine with Versamark Onyx Black on watercolour paper, and then coloured it with Inktense pencils. After cutting out the rectangular shape, I sponged the edges with distress inks, and then I masked the pear image off and spattered the background with some gold Twinkling H2Os.

I thought a vintage look background would suit this, so I created a faux leather background using masking tape.

To do this, you start with a piece of card the desired size, then you simply tear small pieces of masking tape and stick them down till the whole piece is covered. Smaller pieces look better. When you have done this, you simply sponge or pounce colour onto it till you get the look you like. The torn edges will be darker than the rest. I used Tea Dye and Vintage Photo distress inks, but this looks good in all sorts of colours.

Faux leather - stage one

 

Faux leather - stage 2

 

Faux leather - stage 3

 

After adding colour, sprinkle clear embossing powder over it and heat it – as the surface is rough and a little tacky you shouldn’t need to use any Versamark. You get a lovely slightly glossy finish with a great vintage look – and I’ve always thought this type of faux leather works well with oriental style images.

Faux leather - finished

I discovered last night that not all masking tapes are created equal! The first one I tried felt very tacky, and in fact when I heated it up at the embossing stage it curled off the paper – shock!!  So, I had to go downstairs and hunt out some other tape, and second time round it worked perfectly. In fact, having done this I decided I wanted to take it up a notch, so I embossed mine with a vine-design and then added some copper gilding wax, buffing it in.  I edged all the panels with a black Sharpie – including the Ginkgo leaf panel, which was cut from this lovely collage sheet. I think they are such beautiful leaves. There must be a tree near work, because a few times over the years I find a ginkgo leaf lying on the path as I walk up the hill – but it’s a rare treat and I’ve never been able to spot the tree.

To finish the card, I popped the main image panel up on foam tape and added some black half-pearls. Here’s the finished Stylized Geisha Pear card.

Stylized Geisha Pear image on a faux leather background

 

Thanks for visiting the blog this week – make sure to stop by again and see what new delights the team have been creating to share next week.

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Waterlilies, Dragonflies and Sparkle

It’s Sabrina here today, and I have a card using the Waterlily and Dragonfly Panels stamp from Art Neko to give you some waterlilies, dragonflies and sparkle – lots of sparkle!!Let me start by saying that if you don’t like loose glitter and the mess it leaves in its wake, this particular stained glass technique is not for you – but it does give a beautiful effect!

 

Waterlily and dragonfly panels stamp used with a stained glass window technique to give waterlilies, dragonflies and sparkle

 

You start out by stamping the image on acetate, using Staz-On ink ( I tried with Rangers Archival too, which is what is shown in the photo below. It dried, when left for a few hours, but my pad is much juicier than my Staz-On one, and it smudged in one corner. However, I have kept it because I think I can use it for something else. The one shown in the finished card was stamped with Staz-On black.

waterlily and dragonfly panels image from Art Neko stamped on acetate for a glitter stained glass window

 

Then you turn the image over and work on the non-stamped side. It will help at this stage if you can wipe it with some sort of anti-static cloth, to reduce the amount of glitter clinging to it.  You need to allow plenty of time, as the glue has to dry before you change to another colour. So, working one colour at a time, apply a clear-drying glue such as Glossy Accents (Diamond Glaze or Ranger’s Multi-Medium will also work well) to the back of the acetate and sprinkle plenty of glitter over it. Allow it to dry, shake off the excess glitter and then move on to your next colour and repeat the process until you have blocked in all the colours you need to create your stained glass. I used three different greens, and silver for the lily flowers, plus a couple of blues for the dragonflies. If you would like a tutorial with step by step pictures, there is one on Splitcoaststampers HERE.

I cut an aperture in a piece of 5 3/4″ square card which was just slightly larger than the dimensions of the stamped image. I used an old Cuttlebug embossing folder to emboss the floral swirl, and  used my Scor-Pal to create a frame around the image. I added a few sparkly gems to the flower centres – to vary the shade of green I used my Sharpies to colour a couple of them. I added one extra dragonfly; I’d stamped the panel with it on white card, then coloured it with Twinkling H2Os, used a metallic gold pen on the body and then cut it out.

I had created a beautiful yellow and blue cling-wrap background to use behind it – and then accidentally used it up for something else. However, it was a happy accident because this panel which was coloured simply by blotting up my craft mat after using Mermaid Markers for a stencil monoprint had colours which went beautifully behind the waterlily panels and probably actually suits it better. Normally when I use this technique I attach the acetate panel directly to the card base, but in this case I decided to pop it up a little from the background, so I used foam tape all round. I wish that it was possible to capture the sparkle better in these waterlilies, dragonflies and sparkle – but the acetate makes it hard to photograph without reflections. It’s a fun technique, and if you don’t mind the loose glitter floating round afterwards, it really is beautiful.

 

Waterlily and dragonfly panels stamp used with a stained glass window technique to give waterlilies, dragonflies and sparkle

 

And that’s it from me for today!  Thanks for stopping by the Art Neko blog this week, and have a lovely weekend. Find some sparkle somewhere…

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Decorated slide mailer with microscope slide ornament

It’s Sabrina here today – with a decorated slide mailer and microscope slide ornament. A while back when I shared my microscope slide ornament I mentioned that I had started to decorate a mailer, until I realised that my silver half-pearl meant that the ornament would no longer fit in it. So here today we have the finished slider mailer and a new slide ornament which will fit inside.

decorated slide mailer and microscope slide ornament

 

The slide mailers come as plain cardboard. I started out by giving mine two coats of gesso, both inside and out. Then I painted the inside with white acrylic paint, and the back and all the edges with pink acrylic. I left the front plain, because I knew I was going to cover that with some pretty origami paper from the selection available from Art Neko.

To finish decorating the front, I added a torn scrap of blue card for water, some long grass die-cut from the last scrap of a gel print somebody gifted me, a stately heron (with an eye drawn on, and a little colour on his beak) (Impression Obsession die), and some little gold microbeads to ground the bird. Here is the front of the mailer when I had finished with it.

Decorated slide mailer and microscope slide

 

For the microscope slide, I used the collage sheet of 9 Japanese Kimono Fabrics.  First of all I cut out the purple one, which made me think of bamboos. I spread a thin coat of Glossy Accents (other clear glues like Diamond Glaze or Ranger’s Multi Medium in either gloss or matte would work perfectly too) over the front of the paper and then stuck the slide onto it – so the paper is lining the back of the slide. When the Glossy Accents was dry, I trimmed the paper so it was the same size as the slide. To decorate the front of the glass, I stamped the Bamboo and Kanji bookmark on thin white card using Versafine Olympia Green ink. and trimmed a long stem out to use on the front of the slide. I buffed it lightly with some luster rub (mine is from Craft-T, and I love the finish it adds) and stuck it to the front. Then I decided to cut out another little spray of leaves, and used a different colour of rub before adding it to the slide too. And then I added another heron to match the one on the front.

Microscope slide decorated with papers from Art Neko

 

For the back, I started by adding a small loop of silver embroidery floss, attaching it with tape. Then I used another kimono design from the collage sheet, sticking it and then trimming it to size when the glue was dry.

To finish off the edges, I simply used Liquid Pearls in Platinum, drawing a fine line along each edge and letting it dry thoroughly.

Here you can see the back, and also a close-up shot. I love the way the collage sheet is behind the glass with the bamboo at the front, giving a lovely feeling of depth.

Altered microscope slide using papers from Art Neko                                                                                                         Altered Microscope slide

I hope you’ve enjoyed this decorated slide mailer and microscope slide ornament project  – it was certainly great fun to make. Thanks for visiting the blog this month – can you believe that it’s already June tomorrow?

 

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Birthday Girl Gift Tag

Happy Friday, everybody; it’s Sabrina here today with a Birthday Girl Gift Tag to dress up a small gift. I love adding tags like this to birthday and Christmas gifts.

 

Gift tag using fancy papers and stamps from Art Neko

This actually started out as a project with no stamps, simply using the lovely papers from Art Neko, but then I decided to stamp a repeated sentiment across my tag and to add a little wrapped gift, too.

Large shipping tags are available from B-Muse.com (now owned by Art Neko), you will find them on THIS page, about four lines from the top. I used a dress-form on my tag because I was given a gift of a Tim Holtz die a couple of years ago – but a perfect alternative would be the Torso Tags from B-Muse.com – they are on the same page I have just linked, but right down at the end of the page.

I actually coloured the tag quite some time ago so I’m afraid I can’t remember exactly what I did, but I know it was distress inks sponged on, then spritzed with a silver shimmer mist and a stencil laid down on it for a few minutes, giving a slight textured look. I put it on a sheet of grid paper to help me stamp the  Happy Birthday sentiment across it in parallel  lines.

My dress form was cut from a cereal box and swiped with distress inks. I cut a scrap of holographic paper to cover the torso, and then set about creating the skirt. For this, I used a small piece of the Gold Stars on a Field of Black polyester fabric paper.  I scored it at 1/2″ intervals using a score-board, and then pleated it – it holds the pleats beautiful. I stuck a  narrow strip of paper on the waistline of the dress-form, and then carefully shaped the skirt onto it. I added a belt cut from another scrap of paper to neaten it up, with a  large gem for a buckle,  and trimmed the hem where necessary to make it even.

To add to the birthday feel, I decided to add a small wrapped gift, and used the Furoshiki Wrapped Gift for this purpose. I stamped it on thin card, cut it out, coloured it with markers and added another gem over the knot in the bow. It needed a little grounding, I thought, so I just added an offcut from my micrcoscope slide ornament! A ribbon to add the tag to a gift finishes off this Birthday Girl Gift Tag.

 

A Birthday Girl Gift Tag using papers and stamps from Art Neko

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the teams’ creations this week – make sure to come by again soon for more inspiration.

 

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Daisy and Snail birthday card

Hello everyone, it’s Sabrina here this Friday with a Daisy and Snail birthday card. I have plenty of summer birthdays, and with the weather improving here it’s definitely gardening time.

 

Daisy and Snail birthday card, close-up of the pieced dasiy

 

I used the daisy stamp from the Bookmarks and Sentiments plate – as I mentioned before, I trimmed the thank-you sentiment off it to use separately, as I get more use from the daisy on its own. This time I went for some simple paper-piecing, using a scrap of the Pastel Bargello Fans paper from the selection of Japanese papers available from Art Neko. I stamped the flower over two different areas of the paper, so that I could cut the yellow centre separately.  I also stamped the daisy on plain white card, and coloured the grassy foreground and the leaves with pencils.

My Silly Snail was stamped twice on thin white card, using Versafine Onyx Black, and sponged with distress inks to add some colour. The shell was cut out and layered onto the first snail.

After stamping the vertical Happy Birthday  ( I love vertical sentiments, and in this case it really goes well with the tall daisy stem), I tore along one edge. Then I used a stencil and some distress ink and lightly sponged with blue to add a bit of depth. Then I stitched along the other edge – I like to use thread designed for buttonholes or top-stitching, as they are a bit thicker than the regular thread and stand out more. Finally I dry-embossed a strip along the edge of my base card, where it would show under the torn edge, and added my main panel.

 

Daisy and Snail birthday card using stamp from bookmarks and sentiments plate and a Silly Snail

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing what the team members have created to share with us this week. Have a good weekend, and make sure to come by again next week and see what new beauties are on display.

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2 Floral ATCs – Lotus and Lilies

Happy Friday, everyone; today I have 2 floral ATCs to share with you, using images from the Set of 9 Flowered Arist Trading Cards.

 

Lotus blossom ATC using Flowered ATC stamp and papers from Art Neko

I have to admit that it’s a long time since I’ve made trading cards to trade – postage costs and lack of space to display any more than the large collection I have are factors against it, so I will most likely keep these two floral ATCs  on hand to make quick cards with in an emergency, adding a suitable sentiment at the time.  But  if I do decide to get back into trading again, I will be very happy knowing that Art Neko have a great stamp for the back of ATCs, all the fields all ready to fill in including edition/series information and stamps used.

For these two ATCs I used the Lotus blossom and the Asiatic Lilies – both are stamped on white card with black ink and coloured with Polychromos pencils.

For the Lotus, I used a stencil and added little circles in the “sky” area of the background, highlighting some of them with Stickles, and coloured the water area with pencils. The base for this uses a piece of paper from one of the printed collage sheets – I can’t find the identical one in store currently but it was similar to THIS one; not that you can see much of it after I added the gold and silver embossing round the edges. But it picks up on the blue water, and doesn’t the canvase paper it’s printed on give a lovely finish to the embossing too?

 

For the lily, I chose rich oranges to colour it, thinking of the tiger-lilies in Alice in Wonderland. For the base, I added a small strip of one of the Japanese papers on the diagonal, and edged it with a gold pen before embossing. The lily image is added with some thin foam tape for extra dimension.

Two Floral ATCs using stamps from Art Neko's set of 9 Flowered ATCs and papers from the store

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the team’s creations this week. I thought Chrissy’s jellyfish was truly magnificent! Have a good weekend, and we’ll see you again next week.

 

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Microscope Slide Ornament for Spring

It’s Sabrina here today, and this week I have used the microscope slides available from Art Neko to create a microscope slide ornament to celebrate Spring.  It’s beautiful here with all the white  and pink flowers on the magnolias, cherry blossom and even the hawthorn already coming out in the hedgerows.

 

Microscope slide ornament using one of the bookmarks from the Bookmarks and Sentiments set from Art Neko

 

For this ornament, I used a tutorial available on Splitcoaststampers, you can find it by clicking HERE. I know that many people use metal tape and soldering to finish off ornaments like these, but even had I been able to find any tape, my soldering skills are pretty rusty so I was pleased that this tutorial suggested using strong double-sided tape as an alternative.

 

I started out by colouring one of the bookmarks from the Bookmarks and Sentiments plate. I masked the birds with masking fluid and used dilute acrylic paints to colour the sky, and pencil for the tree branches. After the paint was dry, I removed the masking fluid to leave the birds white, and used more acrylic paints for the blossom. Then I trimmed a portion of the bookmark to match the size of the slide. For the back of the ornament, I used one of the beautiful fabric papers available from Art Neko. I chose the Silver Sakura Blossoms on White because I was going to use silver cording and silver glitter.  I stuck this onto a piece of thin white card so that the silver cording, which is secured between the back and front layers of the ornament, wouldn’t show through.

And then I followed the tutorial instructions to assemble my ornament.  I used a small silver half-pearl to tidy up the join between the two ends of my tape. It looks pretty, but unfortunately this means it will no longer fit into the protective slide mailer which I was starting to decorate. So you will see that as another project shortly!

Microscope slide ornament created using the Bookmarks and sentiments stamp set from Art Neko

 

 

This is what the back  of the microscope slide ornament looks like, with that beautiful paper.

Microscope slide ornament

 

As always, thank you for taking the time to visit the Art Neko blog this week. I hope you’ve been inspired by the creativity the team have shared with us -I know I have. Have a lovely weekend, and we’ll see you again next week.

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