Tag Archives | Flower

Faux painted rocks to hide

rocks painted and decoupaged with art neko stamps

Lori here today on the blog. My daughter and I faux painted rocks to hide.  The concept of the rocks is to paint rocks and hide them for others to find.

The painted rock craze has just started to show up around our area. I don’t paint very well especially on rocks so we decoupaged colored images onto our rocks.

The stamps that I used are Windswept pine, ATC Pansies, and Roaring Tiger and Crescent Moon

The rocks were first completely painted with light colored acrylic paint, then with a natural sponge blue, pink and purple acrylic paint was sponged on each of the painted rocks. My daughter did a great job with the painting of the rocks.

While the rocks were drying I used my stamping tool to stamp each of the images onto white tissue paper with a water proof ink.

Using Prisma colored pencils I colored each image carefully so I didn’t rip the tissue paper.

With the coloring complete I carefully tore the extra tissue paper from around the images until they would fit perfectly on the rocks.

Using a matte decoupage glue I glued the images to the rocks adding at least 3 layers of the glue.

I taped a piece of tissue paper onto cardstock which I then ran through my laser printer, printing out this info “This painted rock was hidden for you to find & keep. Painted by Tabitha and Lori. contact us here paintbrushrock@gmail.com. Stamps used by artneko.com” I decoupaged this onto the bottom of the rocks.

Once the decoupage glue was dry, I sprayed all the rocks with a waterproof non yellowing lacquer. The rocks are ready for hiding!

I really hope whoever finds these pretty rocks contacts us at the special email I created just for the rocks. For a detailed process video of how I created these rocks click HERE. Have a great week! Happy Monday!



Chocolate Flower Squares


Hi everyone!  I’m back after a bit of a hiatus from stamping.  My puppy tore her ACL and had to have surgery, so I spent a couple weeks helping her get around during her recovery.  Then I was packing up stuff and I went to a stamping retreat which was a lot of fun.  Here is the aftermath……  LOL

Yes, my studio looks like this right now as I’m typing up this post.  I have a lot of unpacking to do, but I was able to whip up a sweet little chocolate flower card to share with you today.  This card with the chocolate flower squares is a cute little 3×3 notecard, and you can put together a set of these in less than 30 minutes.

I stamped the Peonies Squared from the A281 sheet (Bold Nature Scenes) with some chocolate ink onto some cream colored cardstock.  I trimmed the stamped image out and glued it down onto a chocolate card.

It really helps to have a well-inked inkpad when inking up a solid stamp like this.  If you find that your images are coming out blotchy, try reinking your inkpad first.  You can also make sure you clean your stamp really well – sometimes there is a little residue left on the stamps from the manufacturing process.  Using a stamp positioning tool such as a MISTI is a big help when you need to re-stamp your image.

I’m going to get back to unpacking, so hopefully everything will be put away before my next Art Neko post.  Hee hee hee!  Have a great week!





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!


Spring is around the corner

Hello! Hetty here and some of you know I live in The Netherlands, country of the bulbs, All around me the bulbs are popping their heads out of the ground and looking so festive.

So I choose this Iris stamp for my card today. If you are not a coloring person, this is a perfect stamp. Only a little coloring on the flower with aquarel pencils. With a strip of beautiful paper of a thousand wishes (great for birthday cards!) and a yellow paper behind the stamed image this card needs hardly anything else.

To make this card a little more bling, I added a few shiny sequins to this card. This image is great for quick cards. Hope you are inspired and get your fingers inky too. Have a wonderful creative day!


Chocolate Tulip

Hi, it’s Holly posting today.  I was coloring some of these tulip images, and I wanted to see how it looked in shades of chocolate as opposed to the normal pinks, reds, and yellows.  I stamped this gorgeous Boxed Tulip with some kraft ink onto kraft cardstock.  Then I pulled out my Prismacolor pencils and started coloring with a dark chocolate, a milk chocolate, and a white chocolate pencil.  Yum!  Are you hungry yet?

I love the stark modern look of the chocolate tulip, so I went for a similar bold modern look for my card.  I adhered the chocolate tulip to a dark chocolate card.  Three chocolate pearls were affixed to the lower left corner of the card, and then I added some strips of kraft cardstock to the left and the bottom of the card.  My final touch was to tie some chocolate ribbon around the top of the card.

Did you see what Kia did with this same Boxed Tulip stamp last week?  Isn’t that beautiful?  There are so many ways to use this gorgeous tulip stamp.  I love how Kia colored her stamp and misted it with water before pressing it onto the paper.  That’s a stunning watercolor look.  You could also stamp the tulip and paint it with watercolors instead of using colored pencils.


Purple Framed Flowers


Hi everyone!  It’s Holly posting today, and I’m sharing this sweet Purple Framed Flowers card with you.  A friend of mine hurt her back last week. so I popped this card in the mail to her as a virtual hug.

I started by stamping this beautiful framed flower (A408 Geishas and Framed Flowers sheet) with a gray ink onto some white cardstock.  I wanted a softer look, so I used gray ink instead of black.  The image was then colored with Polychromos pencils.  It’s hard to see, but the background between the flowers and the frame is colored with a pale yellow pencil.  I added some White Blizzard Glitter Drops (Nuvo) to the center of the open flower on the left.  Gotta love that glitter!  🙂

I cut out the colored piece and adhered it to a white card with some foam tape.  Some Lilac twine wrapped around the top and tied with a bow completes this clean and simple card.

Check out the gorgeous stamps on the A408 Geishas and Framed Flowers sheet.  The flowers and the geishas are beautiful, and the sentiments are wonderful.  I can’t wait to color up the rest of these stamps!



Love You Always


Happy New Year!!  Can you believe it is 2017 already??  It’s Holly posting today, and I’m already looking ahead to the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday.  I’ve got several Valentine cards ready to go, and this is the first one that I am sharing with you.

I started by stamping this beautiful flower frame from the A405 Valentine and Love Stamps plate.  The sentiment, from the same plate, fits beautifully inside this flower frame.  You could stamp it so the flowers are at the top, the side, or the bottom.  I chose to put the flowers on the left side and I stamped the sentiment accordingly.

The red and white polka dot paper actually comes from a Christmas set!  LOL  You can buy this Santa stamp and papers in a special bundle at the Art Neko store.  I love the bright red color of this glossy paper, and it’s perfect for a Valentine card.  I adhered it to a white card base and then I cut out the flower frame and glued it to the red and white polka dot paper.  Some red rhinestones were affixed to the centers of the flowers for that little touch of bling.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my first post for 2017.  Come on back to see what the design team is working on for you this year!



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!





Butterflies and Flowers

Hi Everyone, Chrissy D here!!! Every now and then I see an image or a technique that I just have to try but do not always have the correct supplies, so I improvise… Some times it works and other times, I throw the project in the trash or set it aside for another day. I got lucky this week and it turned out. *HAPPY DANCE*
I started with the Crafters Workshop stencil, Treescape and taped it down to Smooth White cardstock with my painters tape. I used a Stipple Brush along with several ink colors – mustard, navy, light blue, lavender and olive to create the background. Using the Butterflies and Flowers bookmark,  I stamped the image using Staz On Black Ink and then proceeded to clean it right away using the StazOn All Purpose Cleaner to clean the stamp.  Art Neko also carries refills for this great cleaner! You can find the StazOn All-Purpose Stamp Cleaner Refill here.
Butterfly border

I grabbed my old Watercolor crayons from my stash and used my Aquapainter to watercolor the floral image. However, as I was looking around Art Neko, I found this! Have you seen these? Liquid Ink Markers Set (10)These sound so cool! These markers can be can be blended with a watercolor brush to create even more colors. Imagine the possibilities! Adding them to my WISH LIST! I love FUN, NEW toys, don’t you?

To finish off the card, I stamped Thank You in StazOn ink and added Stickles to the flowers on the bookmark.  I appreciate you stopping by today! Be sure to come back tomorrow to see Miss Holly Brown’s artwork. Have a great day!



Website by Waterlink Web, Connecting Your Customers To You.