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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?



Chinese Chop Signature

Good Morning,  it is Shirley posting today.  I have made a Asian card to share with you. I used the Calligraphy and Chinese Chop Signature along with the Bamboo and Kanji Bookmark.


Here is some information on the Chopped Calligraphy Stamp that I received from Annette.  The Japanese Kanji is a personalized signature and “chop” of an artist.  As you already know,  Asian artists sign their work with a stamp, a chop, in red. It is usually a square, a rectangle, an oval, or a combination of geometric shapes with Kanji or Chinese script inside the geometric shape. This design is extra special because it has three parts: the usual rectangle at the bottom left, a large central Kanji with a notation on the right that is smaller. This type of combination I have seen only in twentieth century signatures. Sometimes it will include not just the chop identifying the artist, but where the item was created, an actual date, a title for the art piece  and or a personal comment about the art by the artist.  This specific Japanese Kanji is some of the newest we have found from the late twentieth century.

Thanks, so much for joining us today. Have a great weekend.





Sunny Bamboo Thanks

Kia with you today with a thank you card to share.  I have a few of these to do, as I am sure we all do. It is a bit of a gloomy day here in Southern Ontario, so I wanted to add a bit of colour to my world.  For this card I coloured my Framed Bamboo with Sun/Moon stamp first using Tombow Markers, then lightly spritzing my coloured stamp with water before stamping.  I heat set my image to make it easier to add additional  colour with my Zig Brushes.  I die cut my image off centre with my stitched rectangles and  for a bit more interest I embossed my card base with a vines embossing folder.  This is a thank you card for a Christmas gift, and as such I like to add a bit of sparkle, so I die cut my thanks using green glitter paper and, rare for me,  I added baker’s twine tied in a bow at the top to finish.

I hope you enjoy today’s post and look forward to seeing you next time.  In the meantime I would like to wish one and all a very Happy and Healthy New Year.


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.


Paper Doll and Bamboo Bookmark

It’s Sabrina again, this time sharing a little paper doll on a card using the bamboo bookmark from the Bookmarks and Sentiments plate.  The bookmark does include some little kanji, but I’m afraid I covered them up with my little doll. with her black hair and fringe (bangs), she reminds me of this picture painted by my grandmother which always hung in my bedroom till I left home.

Asian-style paper doll layered on the Bamboo Bookmark from Art Neko Stamps

I started out by stamping the bookmark image on white card using Versafine Olympia Green, and embossing it with clear embossing powder. Then I trimmed it down, and spritzed it with some gold shimmer spray, and matted it onto a black base.

To keep with the bamboo theme, I used distress inks, various homemade misters and the gold shimmer spray to make a wrinkle-free distress background, which I then stencilled with a bamboo stencil from The Crafters Workshop, using Forest Moss distress ink. I trimmed this to size and matted it on black card, and then added a sentiment from the Whimsical and Kind Sayings set.

My little paper doll was creating using a tutorial on SplitcoastStampers which can be found here. I don’t have any bobby pins lying around, so when I make these, I usually just use a couple of bits of florist’s wire to make the “neck”. I used a scrap of origami paper for the sash, but to create the black and gold dress, I used a piece of one of the fabric papers from Art Neko, with gold swirls on a black background.   I can’t find the exact one I used, but any of these papers would make a beautiful dress.  The paper folded beautifully with no need for anything more than a bone folder to ensure a good crease.

The Bamboo Bookmark stamp from Art Neko on a stencilled bamboo background, finished with a little paper doll


And here’s the finished card –  a double helping of bamboos and plenty of shimmering gold. I sponged the card base with Peeled Paint distress stain and then rubbed it lightly with a gold metallic rub-on.

Paper doll on a card using Bamboo bookmark and stencilled background

Paper doll and Bamboos


Inside I added a matching bookmark, tucked into a little corner pocket of the same origami paper as my doll’s sash.

Bamboo with kanji, heat-embossed and spritzed


I wish you all a happy weekend. Please visit again next week to see the beautiful creations the team have been busy creating.


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