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Mermaid on Glittery Scales


Hi everyone!  It’s Holly posting today, and I am here to share my Mermaid on Glitter Scales with you.  This seems to be the summer of mermaids, doesn’t it?  Everyone is making cards with mermaids, and I am in awe of the gorgeous mermaid card that Hetty created last week.  Take a look at her Sea Scenery card here.  I wanted to try something completely different for my mermaid card today.

I was playing around embossing paste and glitter, and I made this background on a whim.  I started by mixing equal amounts of clear embossing paste and glitter – one batch was turquoise and the other batch was a soft green.  I then spread the blue and the green glitter pastes directly onto some white cardstock.  I just smeared random areas with green, then other areas with blue, and let it dry.

I mixed up another batch of clear embossing paste and turquoise glitter and spread it through a stencil right on top of my previously made background.  You can see the green and blue glitters peeking out through the spaces between the scales in the background.  It is soooooo glittery!

My mermaid comes from the A198 Mermaids and Ocean Life stamp sheet.  There are lots of wonderful fish and shell stamps that coordinate beautifully with all the mermaids on this sheet.  To make sure my mermaid matched my background, I colored her with Copic markers in shades of blue and green.  Then I applied glue to her hair and her tail and covered it with the same turquoise glitter.  Once the glue was dry, I set her down on a bed of sand (kraft cardstock strip) and added a couple sprigs of glittery greenery and some white coral pieces.

Have you made a mermaid card this summer?  Go shopping at Art Neko and get your mermaid stamps and ink them up before summer is over!  🙂





ATC’s for Mom

Today I created a serie of atc’s for Mother’s Day with some of the images from the teacups, the dragonfly medallion and the Chikanobu Collage Sheet 3. I cut them to the size of 2 x 3 inch so i could use them on the atc’s in combination with some other images. After mounting the iimages to the background href=”http://www.artneko.com/displayItem/A209-0008″>Oda Nobunaga Family Crest. All the stamping is embossed with black or gold embossing powder.

The letters that make MOM are die cuts from a Tim Holtz die and glued to the cards after I added a little ink all around each letter.

On my Craftchaos Blog you can see all the atc’s one by one and I have another cute little giftbox idea there.

Hoppe all you crafty moms have a wonderful Mother’s Day!


Time for Steampunk

It’s Friday – and it’s time for steampunk! I’ve been itching to get this lovely Steampunk Feather image inky, and this was the week when I finally made time.

Time for Steampunk - steampunk image with feather, flowers and a pocket-watch from Art Neko

I started by stamping the image with Versafine Black ink on kraft cardstock and embossing it with clear embossing powder. I used a mixture of Twinkling H2Os and Inktense pencils to add colour, along with some diluted white re-inker for the watch face – and some Glossy Accents on the glass front ot the watch.  I tore the piece of card to a suitable size, and then sponged the edges with some distress ink. To add a bit of texture, I brushed on a little Multi Medium from Ranger and sprinkled some gold microbeads over it.

For the card base, I took an embossing folder I had on hand and made a faux patina background. To do this, you ink one face of the embossing folder with a fairly light neutral colour of ink (I used Tea Dye distress ink), and then you sponge it with a couple of darker shades and finally add a brushing of gold embossing powder. There are two embossing folders available from Art Neko which would work perfectly for the steampunk theme – Clocks and Time and Gears and Cogs, both made by Darice. I like the size of these – it works for the standard European card size! The Gears and Cogs, having more detail, would be more suitable for the technique I used for this card.

I edged the card front with some copper paint to keep in with the overall metallic trend, and then added a few embellishments. Picking up on the flowers in the stamped image, I made two rolled roses from felt, and pulled out some old leaves from Prima. I was looking through my scrap ribbon box for a string of tiny pearls, but when I came across this silver trim I thought it would work even better – and for a final finishing touch (time for steampunk!), and also picking up on the stamped image, I added a little brass clock charm. I wanted it to look a little aged, so I rubbed some metallic luster into it and sprayed it with fixative. The whole image panel is popped up on foam, and I called the card done.

Time for Steampunk - steampunk image with feather, flowers and watch from Art Neko, faux patina background


Thank you for visiting the Art Neko blog this week – I’m sure you’ve enjoyed the creativity that the team have shared;  I certainly have. Have a good weekend – and find time for something creative, steampunk or otherwise!


Springtime Flowers

Hi friends!  It’s Holly posting today and I’m back with another watercolored Art Neko card.  It got up to 85 degrees on Saturday, so it definitely feels like springtime around here.  The flowers are blooming on our peach trees and the redbud trees are starting to show off their brilliant purple buds.

I pulled out the Spring in Paris (A407) stamp sheet and stamped the beautiful flowers randomly around the edges of my hot press watercolor paper with Versamark ink.  I covered that with white embossing powder and melted the powder with my heat tool.  There was just enough space in the middle for that beautiful sentiment (also from the Spring in Paris set), so I stamped that with Versamark ink and embossed it with white embossing powder.

Next, I pulled out some Daniel Smith watercolor paints.  For the sky background, I wanted a pale blue and a medium blue.  I watered the paint down to make a nice watercolor wash and I painted that over my paper, carefully avoiding the flowers.  I let this dry for about an hour, and then I went back over with another wash of blue paint.  I set this aside to dry completely.  Then I pulled out my Zig Clean Color markers and watercolored the flowers and the stems.  Those bright pink flowers just pop against that blue background.

Once the paper was completely dry, I burnished the white embossing with a tissue to remove any leftover paint.  I also sponged the edges with a blue dye ink before adhering this piece to a white card base.

I had so much fun painting this card, I sent a sneak peek of this to Annette at Art Neko.  She liked this so much, she turned my card into an ATC Collage Sheet!!!!!!!!  How exciting is that????  You can see the Spring Summer Collage Sheet HERE in the Art Neko store.  I love how she edited my card to remove the sentiment and put those watercolor blue blocks all over.  It has such a modern, artsy vibe to it!

I have some of these collage sheets on their way to me in the mail, and I can’t wait to play with these!  All you have to do is cut these apart and use them on your projects just like regular patterned paper.  If you are an ATC trader, you can use these as backgrounds on your ATCs.  You can stamp the centers with a sentiment, add more flowers, add birds or butterflies, add a die cut, whatever you want to do.  There are so many possibilities!!  Go order your Spring Summer Collage Sheet today along with the beautiful Spring in Paris stamp sheet and have fun making some gorgeous art.  🙂


Crane Circle Facing Right

It’s Sabrina here, and for my last card of the year I have chosen to use the ” Crane Circle Facing Right” stamp from Art Neko. I chose this partly because the crane is looking forward into next year with whatever that may bring, and also because in Asian mythology, the crane is a symbol of good fortune and long life.

Circle crane facing right image from Art Neko
I have to confess that I chose to get this crane circle facing right image because many years ago I did a Chinese-style embroidery of an eagle; he’s perched in a very stylized pine tree just like this one. There will be a photo on my blog later today  if you want to see it. Anyway, my embroidery has an orange and red setting sun, and I wished to replicate that in my design, so after inking the stamp up with Versafine Onyx Black, I used a Q-tip to gently sponge all the ink off the sun so that I could colour it. On the stamp itself, the sun is solid black so that this makes a beautiful silhouette image with no need for any colouring!  This image is also available on the Asian Butterfly with Crane Medallions sheet of stamps, which has some gorgeous butterflies and kanji, as well as another two crane medallions.

After stamping the image on watercolour paper I used Inktense pencils to colour it, and a glitter pen to add some sparkly highlights. After cutting it out, I coated the whole circle with Versamark and three layers of UTEE, so that it would look like a ceramic plate, and layered it onto a lacy black circle.

My sentiment comes from the full sheet of Oriental images and texts, and is stamped onto the same linen-finish paper that I used for the white layer, and cut with a decorative label die.
The white layer is embossed with a typically Asian fan motif, and I used a South-West corner punch on each corner so that I could add a strand of red floss for some definition.

Crane Circle facing right stamp from Art Neko,


I wish you all a happy and peaceful Christmas season, and may the crane bring you good things in 2017.


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.


Silhouetted Girl in a Garden with Chinese Lanterns

It’s me, Sabrina,  with another card to share with you, showing a silhouetted girl in a garden with  paper lanterns hanging overhead.  The stamp I used is called  Silhouette: Framed Girl beneath Chinese Lanterns.   I have always loved silhouetted images, especially ones with an old-fashioned feel such as this one has. It reminds me of several favourite childhood books and illustrators.

silhoutted girl in garden with Chinese lanterns

SIlhouetted girl in garden

To start with, I stamped my image on white card with Brilliance Graphite Black ink, which I find very good for solid images, and embossed it with clear embossing powder. Then I sponged a little Squeezed Lemonade distress inks around the lanterns, and use Chipped Sapphire, Faded Jeans and Dusty Concord to sponge in a deep night sky. I spritzed it lightly with water and left it to dry. Originally I had I really wanted to make this into a swing or flip-flop card, but the image was just the wrong size to work well, so in the end I had to give up on that idea and make a simple sponged and dry-embossed background for it. I used a frame with stars and scrolls to pick up on the night sky. After embossing a piece of white card, I sponged it with the same inks that I had used on the image panel, using some of the yellow inside the frame.

I used a Sakura Stardust pen to add silver to all the stars in the frame, and a few silver dots scattered here and there, and then I added the silhouetted girl.

My “dreaming” sentiment comes from the Bookmarks and Sentiments  set. I thought it went very well with the nostalgic feel of the girl in the garden.   I stamped it on white card, sponged it with Antique Linen to give it a more aged look in keeping with card, and folded it into a small banner.


Sillhouetted image of a girl in a garden with a string of Chinese lanterns

Dreaming Girl in a Garden with Lanterns


I hope you all have a lovely weekend. Remember to come by again next week to see more beautiful creations from the team.


Pink Whimsy Watercolored Flowers



Hi everyone.  It is Holly posting today.  Chrissy is away on a road trip, so I’m jumping in to share this watercolored flower card with you.  I pulled out this stamp from the Flowers and Whimsy sheet from Art Neko because I wanted to try watercoloring it.  I stamped it with Versamark onto some Fabriano Studio Hot Press watercolor paper and then covered it with clear embossing powder.  After shaking off the excess powder, I melted the powder with a heat tool.

Zig Clean Color markers are water based, and they have some very fine brushes on the coloring ends of the markers.  I pulled out three colors – a pale blue, a deep green, and a deep red.  I outlined the flowers and leaves with the pale blue color first, and then I went back over the blue with a wet paintbrush to pull the color out.  After I waited a little bit for the paper to dry, I colored in the edges of the leaves with the deep green color.  I did not fill in the entire leaf – just the edge.  Then I used my wet brush to drag some of the green color over each leaf.

Once again, I waited until the paper was dry before starting in on the pink flowers.  I used a deep red color on just one edge of each petal, and then I used the wet brush to pull the color out onto the rest of the petal.  That deep red color turned into a vibrant pink during this process.  That was a fun discovery!

After my piece was completely dry, I cut the paper down to a smaller size (3″ x 4″) and matted it with a dark green cardstock.  I stamped this sentiment with green ink onto a scrap piece of the same watercolor paper and cut it out with a circle die.  The sentiment can be found on the Friendship, Get Well, and Thank You’s sheet from Art Neko.

I found a small length of this pink ribbon which coordinated beautifully with my flowers, so I tied it around the bottom of the floral piece.  This piece is attached to a sandy gray card base with some foam tape.  I added some more foam tape to the sentiment and adhered that next to the flowers.

I hope this card inspires you to experiment with coloring.  It is fun to see what happens when you try new things!





Gold Weaving Background with Vase by Holly Brown


Hi folks, it’s Holly popping in with another surprise posting this weekend.  Remember the washi weaving card I shared last weekend?  I played with black and gold cardstock for my paper weaving this time.  It’s a lot of fun once you get the hang of the weaving.  I cut the black and gold cardstocks into 1/4″ strips and then weaved them together.  I created a much tighter weave, and I love how this background resembles a bamboo placemat or a rug.

I pulled out this image from the Tea Time in the Orient sheet which I thought was a vase.  I stamped it with Versamark and embossed it with gold embossing powder.  After the melted embossing powder cooled, I cut out the vase with fine tipped scissors.  I cut a square of black cardstock and turned it so that it looks like a diamond on the black and gold weaving background.  The vase is adhered to the black diamond with some foam tape.

Upon reading the description on the Art Neko website, I found out that what I thought was a vase is actually a tea cup with a cover to keep the tea warm.   I learn something new every day!  🙂




Shoson’s Five Egrets in Falling Snow


Egrets in the Snow on kraft

It’s Sabrina here; I know we are just starting to tiptoe into Autumn, but the card I wish to share with you today has more of a winter feel, featuring  a group of  five egrets in falling snow.

For this card, I used the Shoson Five Snowy Egrets with Wee Calligraphy stamp. I love the simple elegance of these birds!

I wanted to do something a little different with the stamp, as a change from stamping it on a white background. So I decided to stamp the image on kraft cardstock and add colour only to the birds. Normally I tend to colour birds according to their real life appearance, so I considered adding a little black and yellow to the egrets’ beaks and legs, but I decided that they would look better left snowy white.

I stamped the image with white ink on kraft cardstock, and embossed it with white embossing powder. Then I simply used white re-inker diluted with water to colour in the birds.
At this stage, it was beginning to remind me a little of parchment craft, or some of the beautiful decorated cakes I have seen, so I decided to stick with that simplicity, and just added a panel of vellum embossed with falling snow,to pick up on the stamped image. I used a Sizzix embossing folder,which has a much heavier snowfall at one end of the design; however, I wanted the snow to be falling evenly down the whole space, so I used a stylus and manually embossed some more snow to fill in the gaps. I used a white pen to edge the vellum and add a little definition to it.
Then I used eyelets to attach the vellum to a kraft base, attached the egret panel with foam tape,  and finished the card off with a doodled border.

I hope you enjoyed this Five Egrets in Falling Snow card. Be sure to check back soon to see what other beautiful creations the team have been working on to share with you.


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