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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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Cherry Blossom Woman in Oil Pastels

Hi everyone!  It’s Holly posting today, and I’m sharing this card I made using this sweet Asian woman under a cherry blossom tree.  This image is watercolored with water soluble oil pastels.  That sounds like a strange contradiction, doesn’t it?

This woman under the cherry blossom tree collage is from the A411 Asian Influence Sumi-e Paintings stamp sheet.  I stamped this with Tuxedo Black Memento ink onto white cardstock and let it dry completely.  Then I scribbled a little bit of color from the oil pastels onto some of the larger areas and used a wet paintbrush to move the color around.  For the smaller areas like the little ball, I touched the wet paintbrush to the end of the oil pastel stick and picked up some color from there.  This was a fun experiment to see what it was like to watercolor with oil pastels.

The background is something I made while I was at a retreat last month.  I was introduced to oil pastels while making this, and I fell in love.  We dabbed some white gesso through a stencil onto some watercolor paper and let it dry.  Then we scribbled the oil pastels all over the piece and used baby wipes to blend the colors together.  Isn’t that a fabulous background?  Now you see why I fell in love!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my oil pastels experiment today.  Have a wonderful week!

 

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Sakura and Koi Wall Hangings

Hello everyone, it’s Holly posting today.  Remember the gorgeous collage paper that Art Neko created based on one of my cards?  I’ve used that sakura collage paper on this trio of wall hangings to share with you.  I stamped an assortment of koi and kanji on each of the three pieces.

I started by cutting out the Spring Summer Collage Sheet with scissors.  I trimmed each one to fit onto the ATC Masonite Blanks from B-Muse.  Next, I stamped the 3 Bold Koi and the kanji on each piece with a dark blue ink.  Then I glued the stamped collage sheets down onto the ATC Masonite Blanks, being careful not to get any wrinkles or bubbles in the paper as I pressed it down.

For the hangers, I glued them on with some liquid glue to the back of each piece.  I set some heavy blocks on them and let them dry overnight.  These are ready to hang up in my studio as soon as I finish hammering some nails into the wall.  I still have 6 ATC collage pieces left from the sheet, so I’ll be making more projects with those soon.  You can stamp anything you want on these collage sheets, and I’m looking forward to seeing all the different possibilities.

 

Items used on my project today:

Spring Summer Collage Sheet

3 Bold Koi stamps

Assorted Japanese Kanji stamps

ATC Masonite Blanks with Wall Hangers from B-Muse

 

 

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Butterfly Fairy ATC

Hi everyone, it’s Holly here to share this fun mixed media Butterfly Fairy ATC with you today.  An ATC is an acronymn for Artist Trading Card, and they typically measure 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches.  They are miniature works of art and many people like to trade them with other ATC artists.

Did you know that Art Neko recently bought the B-Muse store?  There are lots of fabulous items in the B-Muse store, such as collage sheets, ATC supplies, dominoes, and other ephemera?  I’ve used several of those B-Muse items on this ATC today.

I began working on this ATC by painting a sheet of ATC watercolor paper with some Raw Sienna Daniel Smith watercolor paint.  I love that warm brownish/orange-y/yellowish quality of this color.  While that was drying, I cut out these fabulous wings from the Fantasy Wings collage sheet from B-Muse.  The colors on these particular wings coordinate beautifully with my painted background.

This collage sheet was printed on Premium Laser Paper, but you have so many options with the collage sheets from B-Muse.  You can order them printed on canvas, vellum, fabric paper, transparencies, and laser paper.  The canvas collage sheets are gorgeous – they look and feel just like a real painting!

 

Once my watercolored piece was dry, I adhered it to an ATC Chipboard blank (pictured above).  This provides a wonderful sturdy backing for my painted watercolor background.  I sponged the edges with some Brushed Corduroy distress ink for that aged look.

My next step was to get my fairy ready.  I stamped the Dreaming Fairy from the A145 Fairies and Seasons sheet with Rich Cocoa Memento ink onto some white cardstock.  After I colored her with Copic markers, I cut her out, making sure I cut the stamped wings off.  After I determined the placement of the collage wings and the fairy, I glued them down onto the prepared ATC.  I added the stamped sentiment on the side – it says “Be yourself.”  This sentiment is also from the A145 Fairies and Seasons sheet.

I loved creating my own custom fairy by pairing a stamped figurine with the wings from the collage sheet.  I have plenty of other wings left on the collage sheet, so I can make all kinds of fairies and other winged creatures.

Check out all the great items in the B-Muse shop and jump-start your creativity.  The collage sheets are gorgeous, and I love the ATC supplies (both the watercolor sheets and the chipboard blanks).  I have a few other supplies from B-Muse that I’m playing with, and I’ll share those with you soon.

 

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Off the cards – notebook and paperweight

It’s Sabrina here today, and I am going off the cards with a notebook and paperweight using  one of the sheets of collage papers from the B-muse.com site, where you can find some great ephemera and embellishments for altering and decorating.

 

Beach pebble bookmark with collaged element

For my paperweight, I used the Vintage Playing Cards Backs sheet, which can be found on THIS page. It includes a couple of round designs (I’d love to see the round cards in real life), and one of those was just perfect to use to decorate the Mexican beach pebble which Annette sent me.  I cut the playing card design out and stuck it to the pebble with some Mod Podge. I used an alcohol-based white pen to add a dotted border all round it (I chose to use an alcohol-based pen because I knew I would be using an acrylic satin varnish to seal it, and I was afraid that with a water-based pen the design might have blurred). I added a few coats of varnish to seal it, and that was my paperweight done.

 

When I am covering notebooks, I tear one page out of the pad, and use that as a template. Laying that on top of a piece of thin card cut to the same size, I mark each of the little punched holes with a pencil, and then punch them with a small circle punch. Then I use a knife blade or scissors and snip diagonally in to the punched hole from the top of the piece of card. Then it’s very easy to slip this over the notebook and stick it down with a good wet glue, using something like a stylus to burnish it down under the spiral binding.

For this notebook I actually used the cover of an old pack of Basic Grey paper. I also used a rectangular playing card back which matched the round one I had used to decorate the pebble. Before sticking the playing card back on, I punched several circles in different sizes from a scrap of one of the beautiful Japanese papers. Because of the high fibre content these papers are hard to punch cleanly (but it means they fold beautifully), so I folded a piece of thin copy paper over it before punching.  I stuck these onto the front of my notebook and added white pen dots to pick up on the detail I’d added to the paperweight. I added a butterfly cut with a Sizzix die, and then I decided that it really needed a sentiment to fill the empty space, so I used one from Whimsical and Kind Sayings, stamping and embossing it with white.

covered notebook and paperweight with collage elements

 

I hope you had a good week and will have a good weekend. Thank you for coming by the Art Neko blog this week.

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