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Gold Dot Snowflake Holiday card


Hi folks!  It’s Holly posting today, and this is the card that I sent to Annette and her family (owners of Art Neko).  I used some of the gorgeous gold dot fabric paper as the background for my snowflakes.  As you can see, the gold really sparkles and shines when you move it in the light.  It’s just beautiful!

I adhered the gold dot fabric paper to a stitched frame that I die cut from lagoon blue cardstock.  This frame was then glued to a kraft card base.  I punched out some snowflakes and glued three of them onto the frame, and then I affixed different colors of sequins to the centers of the snowflakes.

The inside is stamped with a Merry Christmas sentiment from the Charming Christmas Characters 1 sheet from Art Neko.  Unfortunately I don’t have the card here with me, so I don’t have a picture of the inside.  Hopefully this inspires you to make a quick and easy card using the gorgeous fabric papers from Art Neko!

Merry Christmas!!



Happy Holidays


Hetty here with a Holiday card to wish you all Happy Holidays and hope you all have a wonderful time with your family and friends. I want to tell you a little how I made this card with the skating reindeer and the Christmas text background stamp.hetty_an_tutorial2

On the left you see how the background stamp was stamped on the card with the misti tool. The advantage of this tool is that you can restamp your image on the same spot. Starting with the red color first and next finishing the words with a green inkpad.


The same inkpads were used to color the reindeer with an extra brown pad. Next the reindeer was cut out and added to the card with foam tape.

I also decorated the inside of the card with the same reindeer stamp. The sentiment can be found here. I hope I have given you some ideas for your last minute Holiday cards.

Merry Christmas !



Black and White Christmas Tag


Hi folks, it’s Holly posting today.  Do you like to create tags for your Christmas gifts?  I created this modern black and white Christmas tag using some stamps from the Victorian Christmas stamp set (A167) from Art Neko.

I stamped the snowy village scene with archival black ink onto some white cardstock.  After waiting a few minutes to make sure the ink was dry, I cut this out with an arch die.  I wanted some sparkle on this, so I covered the entire scene with some diamond glitter glue and set it aside to dry.  Meanwhile, I cut out some black cardstock with a slightly larger arch die.  Once the glitter glue was completely dry, I adhered the white arch to the black arch.  You can see the wonderful glittery sparkle in the picture below.




The small Merry Christmas script sentiment on the Victorian Christmas sheet fits perfectly at the bottom of this village scene.  I stamped it with the same archival black ink onto white cardstock and layered it with some black cardstock.  I glued this onto the tag near the bottom.

To finish off my tag, I punched a hole at the top and threaded some ribbons through the hole.  I tied the ribbons together with a narrow white ribbon tied into a bow.  Now I can attach this to a gift and write the recipient’s name on the back with a white or silver pen.


Whimsical Snowman Decks the Trees

Whimsical Snowman stamp from Art Neko, on a stencil monoprint background of a winter woodland

Whimsical Snowman in a Winter Woodland


It’s Sabrina here today, and while I know that both Kia and Hetty have shared cards with this sweet Whimsical Snowman, I couldn’t resist adding another card using him. From the first moment I saw this snowman with his pail full of stars, he reminded of the chapter in Mary Poppins where Mary and Mrs Corry take the gold paper stars from gingerbread, and climb up a ladder held by Mrs Corry’s two daughters and paste the stars in the sky.
I’m still trying to work out how to interpret this onto a card – in the meantime I have settled for having my snowman hanging stars to decorate a bare winter woodland.

I made my background by painting a page from a dictionary with gesso, and then using an Aspen stencil and Hickory Smoke distress ink to create a monoprint background. It was actually a bit lacking in definition, so I used a grey Pitt pen to add a little detail back into the trees. Here in Ireland, and I think in much of Europe, tomato paste comes in soft tubes which have a beautiful gold finish inside and die-cut beautifully, so that’s what I used to create my stars.
I adhered a single strand of gold floss to the back of each one, and then threaded this through the paper, attaching each strand on the back with tape.
I added a couple of strips of torn dictionary page painted with white acrylic for the snowy ground, and then stuck on my snowman, with an extra layer for his scarf.

This snowman also comes in other sizes – you can get the Mrs Snowman Set with wee Snowman Hubby, where he is just 1″ high (Mrs Snowman is 2 1/2″ tall, in a lovely folk art style), or you can get the Soup Pot Snowman Set, which has the 1″ snowman and also a 2 1/2″ version. The single stamp which I used is 3 3/4″ tall; I’ve had great fun creating several different cards with him, and am looking forward to adding the smaller sizes to my collection.

Whimsical snowman stamp from Art Neko, stencilled woodland

Snowman decorating winter trees with stars – or is he picking them?


Thanks for visiting the Art Neko blog today!  Enjoy the weekend, and don’t forget to check back next week to see what great creations the rest of the team have been working on to share with you.


Peacock Background Snowflake Greetings


Peacock Background Snowflake Greetings …

Hi everyone!  It’s Holly posting today, and I’m sharing the fun background tutorial that I hinted at last week.  I call this the Peacock Background, even though there are no peacocks on this card.  The peacock moniker comes from the fact that I used a peacock distress ink to create this background.  I went to a retreat a couple of months ago, and the hostess shared this awesome technique with us there.  She actually got the idea from the fabulous Jennifer McGuire, but she changed some of the ink colors and stamps.  So I’m adapting this technique to use with the wonderful snowflake stamps from Art Neko today.  These snowflakes are from the Victorian Christmas sheet (A167) and the sentiment is from the Charming Christmas Characters 1 sheet (A137).

Are you ready to get started with this technique?  Let’s start with the supplies you need:


snowflake stamps from Art Neko

small acrylic block with Tack ‘n Peel on one side

hot press watercolor paper

Versamark ink pad

white embossing powder

Mermaid Lagoon distress ink

Blueprint Sketch distress ink

Peacock Feathers distress ink

nonstick craft mat

mister bottle filled with water

heat tool (not pictured)


Step 1: Use the Tack ‘n Peel block to stamp the snowflakes with Versamark onto the hot press watercolor paper.




Step 2:  Cover the snowflakes with white embossing powder, shake off the excess, and melt the powder with the heat tool.




Step 3:  Smoosh the three distress inks onto the nonstick craft mat.




Step 4: Spray each pool of ink with water.




Step 5:  Dip your fingers into one of the pools of color and tap your inky fingers onto your snowflake embossed paper.




Step 6: Repeat with the remaining colors.  Use your heat tool to dry the colors when it gets too wet.  Keep dipping your fingers into the inks and tapping them onto the paper until the background has the desired look.


Step 7:  Use the heat tool to dry the piece completely or let it sit for several hours.  Use as desired.





A note of warning – your fingers will be blue for at least two days.  You can wear a latex glove if you want to avoid inky fingers.  Feel free to try this technique with other distress ink colors, such as reds, greens, purples, and even browns.  Distress inks are the best for this kind of technique.  You can try this with other dye inks, but they may not react as much with the water, and you may not achieve this result.  I used hot press watercolor paper because it is smoother and easier to stamp on.  The watercolor paper is stronger than regular cardstock and it will not warp as much.

I’d love to see your creations if you decide to try this technique!  Have a wonderful week!



Sepia Santa


Hi everyone, it’s Holly posting today.  We only have a little over three weeks til Christmas, so I’m sharing this Sepia Santa Christmas card with you.  I love this vintage image of Santa holding presents for all the little boys and girls out there.

I started by stamping this Santa (from the Victorian Christmas stamp set) with Potting Soil Archival ink onto some white cardstock.  I sponged some kraft ink around Santa, leaving his face and beard white.  I sponged around the edges with a chocolate brown ink.  The edges were roughed up by dragging a distress tool across the edges.

For the copper background, I cut some white cardstock larger than the Santa piece.  I inked up the edges with Versamark, sprinkled them with copper embossing powder, and melted the powder with my heat gun.  I adhered the Santa piece to this copper background, and then I adhered that to a chocolate brown card base.  Some copper shimmer baker’s twine was tied around the top of the card.

Have you seen the gorgeous stamps in the Victorian Christmas stamp set?  You could easily do this sepia technique with all of those images.  Look at all the fabulous snowflakes in this set – I’ll show you a fun technique with those next week.  So come on back next week for some more Christmas inspiration!



Japanese Deer in a Woodland Shadow Box

It’s Sabrina here today, with a card featuring the Japanese Deer Brushstroke stamp from Art Neko  in a woodland shadow box scene. Like my previous card with the sweet little Geisha and her bonsai tree, this is a multi-purpose card that could be used either as a Christmas card or in this case as a card for any winter occasion. I actually stamped my trees with a homemade stamp using a Memory Box tree die-cut from foam – but the lovely brushstroke deer also comes as a set with a gorgeous snow-covered tree stamp – the Winter Deer and Trees set.


Japanese Deer Brushtroke stamp from Art Neko, shadow box card with the deer in a forest setting

I started by stamping my  Japanese deer with Memento Rich Cocoa onto white card and also onto a scrap of paper to create a mask. After masking him, I used my homemade stamp and Memento Bamboo Leaves to stamp the trees – masking the first one. This time the masking was easy with no cutting involved, I simply die-cut another tree from a Post-It. Originally I was planning to make a shaker box and was going to use extra matching trees to decorate it – but the card just wasn’t coming together as I imagined it, so I changed plans and made a little shadow box scene, using various dies to decorate it, and some Liquid Pearls for extra details. I decided to add a more festive touch with the little twine bows on the pinecones – and I think Christmas holly would make a good detail up in those corners too.

Toadstools aren’t really a feature of Christmas decor here in Ireland, but I know they are in parts of Europe so I added a couple of those, as well as a little bunny rabbit looking in to the majestic deer in his woodland setting.   I often make the traditional French Christmas Log (Bûche de Noel) which my mother always made every Christmas Eve – and typically it’s decorated with little meringue mushrooms.

Japanese Brushtroke Deer, a shadow box card creates a woodland setting


Emerald Holly Christmas



Are you ready for Christmas?  It’s Holly posting today, and I’m sharing this Emerald Holly Christmas card with you.  I was playing around with a new emerald green ink pad and I wanted to see how it looked on a Christmas card.  I stamped the beautiful Holly Corner with the emerald green ink in opposite corners onto white cardstock.  I then sponged the same emerald green ink all over the edges of the paper.  It’s such a vibrant green color!

I found this Merry Christmas sentiment from the Charming Christmas Characters 1 sheet at Art Neko, so I stamped it with black ink onto white cardstock.  I used a pretty label die to cut out the sentiment.  I then added a couple of punched leaves below the sentiment and some red rhinestones for the holly berries in between the leaves.  This sentiment piece is adhered to my card with some foam tape.

Go check out all the wonderful Christmas stamps in the Art Neko store.  You still have plenty of time to shop and stamp your Christmas cards for this season.  Thanksgiving will be here in a couple of days, so I hope you all have a wonderful and safe holiday.




Penny Plain, Tuppence Coloured: Snowy Village on Christmas Eve

Penny plain, tuppence coloured: two versions of a snow covered village on Christmas Eve. Now that we’re into November, I hope it’s not too early to share Christmas cards! When I was child, we had a toy theatre from Pollock’s Toy Shop in Covent Garden, London. It was a replica of a popular Victorian toy theatre, which originally came with the option of buying the little paper figures to use in it either in black and white (for a penny), or printed on colour (for tuppence, two pennies).  Here we have one stamp shown in two versions, the plain black and white one, and the coloured version.

First up, the totally Clean And Simple black and white version. For this, I simply stamped the image with Brilliance Graphite Black, and added a narrow black mat layer, finishing it off with “Believe” die-cut from silver glitter paper. What child doesn’t want to believe in Santa riding through the sky in his sleigh, as we see here.

Penny Plain, Tuppence coloured: this is the coloured version of a Snow Covered Village on Christmas Eve using a stamp from Art Neko

Black and white card with a snow-covered village on Christmas Eve

And then we have the coloured version. This time I stamped the image in Versamark Onyx Black, because I wasn’t sure if I was going to use a wet medium for colouring it. In fact, I used pencils for colouring the village. The snowy foreground has a light dusting of Perfect Pearls which gives it a lovely shimmer. I used a Spellbinders Labels die to cut it, and sponged round the edges with Iced Spruce. Then I added a flurry of white snow with dots of white acrylic paint, and sparkled up the stars in the village sky with some Stickles. I layered this onto some glitter card, and a snowflake-embossed metallic base. Then I dug deep into my box of Christmas bits and pieces and found a peel-off sticker sentiment to finish the card.

Penny Plain, Tuppence coloured: this is the coloured version of a Snow Covered Village on Christmas Eve using a stamp from Art Neko

Snow Covered Village on Christmas Eve

You can find the Snow Covered Village on Christmas Eve from Art Neko stamps by clicking HERE. There are plenty of other great Christmas images too, take a peek HERE!



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