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Skeleton Leaves in Taupe

Hi everyone, it’s Holly popping in with a surprise posting this weekend.  Today I am sharing this card called Skeleton Leaves in Taupe.  I’ve been playing with some of the brand new fall-themed stamps that are now available in the Art Neko store.  See those skeleton leaves?  I have fallen in love with these and I can’t stop stamping them on everything!

When I first started playing with these skeleton leaf stamps, I just grabbed the first inkpad I could see, which happened to be a taupe color.  I then decided to make the entire card taupe and white for an elegant clean and simple look.  After I stamped the skeleton leaves, I cut them out with scissors.  I stamped this beautiful ornate frame and the sentiment from the new A415 sheet (Fall Images and Quotes) with the same taupe color and cut them out.  I arranged the leaves on the frame and then placed the sentiment over the ends of the leaves.  For the card base, I wrapped some taupe lace around a white layer before I glued down the framed piece.  Then I glued the whole thing down on some taupe cardstock.

Check out the fabulous new fall themed stamps in the Art Neko store.  There will be a few more new stamps in the coming weeks, so keep checking back.  I’ve provided the links below so you can start shopping.  Have fun!!

A413 Fall Harvest

A415 Fall Images and Quotes

Skeleton Leaves

 

 

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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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Colourful Autumn Leaves

Hello all, Kia here with you today.  I would like to apologize as I was to post this card on Wednesday, but due to internet issues I could not.  They finally fixed it this morning, with the Bell fellow here for a couple of hours!  But, all is now well, so I can now post and share.

We have had very hot weather the last few days, so I made an autumn card to cool myself down!

I used the beautiful leaf background stamp along with the 4 Seasons Kanji and English sentiment.  I used distress ink markers to colour my stamp and spritzed with water before stamping.  I stamped the sentiment on a coordinating cardstock panel using black ink, and added the matting to the image piece along with dry embossed my card base for added textures.

Thanks so much for visiting Art Neko today. I hope you enjoy this card and look forward to seeing you in a           couple of weeks.

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Cornucopia Wishes

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Here in the United States, many families are getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, so I wanted to share this Cornucopia of Thanksgiving Wishes with you today.  Did you know that Art Neko has Thanksgiving stamps?  You can find them HERE on this Thanksgiving Images stamp sheet (A333).  I stamped the beautiful cornucopia with Potting Soil Archival ink onto some hot press watercolor paper.  Then I pulled out some Derwent Inktense pencils and colored the cornucopia and fruits and vegetables and leaves.  I used a wet watercolor brush to blend the colors and smooth out the pencil strokes.

After all the coloring was done, I cut out the cornucopia with a circle die and adhered it to a larger dark brown circle.  I stamped the sentiment with the same Potting Soil Archival ink and trimmed it down to a narrow strip.  I found some small strips of this gorgeous Volcano Handmade Thai paper in my stash, and when I turned them over, the back side was full of these rich orange and brown and crimson hues.  I adhered these strips of Volcano Handmade Thai paper to a kraft card base.  The cornucopia was glued down over the Volcano strips, and then the sentiment was adhered with some foam tape.

For those of you who celebrate this holiday, I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.  Have a wonderful day with your friends and family!

 

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Colors Of Fall

Colors Of Fall

Hi, it is Shirley with you today. I am excited to be posting my first card to the Art Neko blog. I used Fall Images A329 from Art Neko on my card.

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I started out by stamping the acorns with Versa Mark and embossed them with gold embossing powder. I stamped my leaves onto Glossy card stock, then took some distress ink pads and drug them over the leaves. I wanted them to have more of a shiny look to them so I used clear embossing powder over the top of the leaves. I fussy cut the acorns and leaves then I assembled my card. I arranged the acorns over the burlap ribbon. Once I decided where I wanted them, I added some gold cording behind them. The final step was adhering the leaves to the embossed panel.

I appreciate you stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed my card.

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Red Dragonfly in Autumn by Holly Brown

Red dragonflies signal the coming of autumn - by Holly Brown

Have you seen a red dragonfly?  It’s Holly posting today, and I love this quote from Art Neko.  I have not seen any red dragonflies here, but at least I can create my own with stamps and ink.  I started by cutting a sheet of cream cardstock slightly smaller than an A2 card size (5.5″ by 4.25″).  I then masked off a small strip by sticking some Post-it Notes down on the top and middle of the cream cardstock.  Once my area was masked off, I started sponging some inks onto the little strip of exposed cream cardstock.

I started by sponging some mustard ink in the center, and then I added some rusty orange ink to the left side.  I ended with some cherry red ink on the edge next to the orange ink.  Going back to the right side of the mustard ink, I sponged some moss green ink and then some denim blue ink.  It’s so fun to see the progression of the colors merging into each other.  I deliberately chose darker hues for these rainbow colors to reflect the feel of autumn.

After the autumn rainbow strip was done, I pulled off all the Post-it Notes.  I stamped the sentiment from Art Neko below the rainbow strip with a black ink.  The three dragonflies were stamped with a cherry red ink.  All three of these dragonfly stamps are found on the Dragonflies Galore and More sheet.  I love the different sizes of these dragonflies.  Look how I was able to stamp the smallest one next to the sentiment.

After all my sponging and stamping was done, I adhered the piece to a cherry red card base.  It looks like there are more layers on this card, but it is just the red card base and the cream cardstock.  Masking does wonders for fooling the eye.

I hope you have a wonderful week!

 

 

 

 

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Gansai Tambi Watercolored Mum

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Hi everyone!  It’s Holly posting today, and I played with my Gansai Tambi watercolors this time.  I stamped this beautiful Framed Stained Glass Chrysanthemum with archival black ink onto some watercolor paper.  Then I used a paintbrush dipped in water to pick up colors from my palette of Gansai Tambi watercolors.  I wanted some autumn colors for my flower, so I colored it with some mustard and  hints of orange and red.  This piece was set aside to dry completely for several hours.

The background is a layer of mustard cardstock which has been embossed with a brick pattern.  It is adhered to a black card base.  I matted the watercolored flower piece with some black cardstock, and I added the persimmon orange ribbon underneath the image.

There are so many different colors you could use with this chyrsanthemum.  Imagine this in pinks or reds or purples or even white.  You could color this with anything.  Watercolors, colored pencils, Copic markers, or even crayons would be lovely with this image.  I used my Gansai Tambi watercolors because I wanted to see how they blended on a flower and leaves and ribbons.  These Gansai Tambi watercolors are very creamy and the pigments are very rich.  They work very well with floral images like this one from Art Neko.

Art Neko has hundreds of beautiful floral stamps.  Check out their catalog of floral images and have fun shopping!

 

 

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