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Samurai Cartoon Tiger on the Latch

Hello everyone – it’s Sabrina here this Friday, with a fun latch card using the Samurai Cartoon Tiger set, which includes the little medallion I used for the “latch” and samurai kanji.  The latch card is a fun fold – you can find a tutorial on Splitcoaststampers HERE.

Samurai Cartoon Tiger latch card


I started by cutting and scoring my base using kraft card. Then I stamped that irresistible tiger on white card, and coloured him with Polychromos pencils. My brother-in-law teaches Tai Chi and Aikido, and while they are not as warrior-like as the samurai tradition, I’m looking forward to making him a couple of cards using this sweet Samurai Cartoon Tiger.

I also stamped the “Speak softly and carry a tiger” sentiment on white card to use inside, and die-cut it using a Spellbinders label die.I cut the label from black card to create a matting layer, trimming out the stamped sentiment to fit. Last of all I stamped the Samurai medallion on black card with some Encore Gold ink and embossed it with gold embossing powder. I punched it out with a circle punch and layered it onto a slightly larger circle of gold. I layered the image panel onto black and gold to match the medallion.

Samurai Cartoon Tiger and medallion stamps from Art Neko used to create a latch card


Inside, I used some tiger pattern cardstock  – a perfect pairing with this and the other more realistic tiger stamps available from Art Neko. I also used a narrow strip of it to decorate the edge of the card beyond the scored lines, which serve to let you latch and unlatch the card without having to bend it; they just add a little flexibility to the back.

Samurai Cartoon Tiger stamp from Art Neko used to create a latch card


I hope you like the card – I certainly really enjoyed making it – and thinking about the meaning of the inside sentiment. The best I could find out, it appears to be a variant of a saying attributed to Theodore Roosevelt – speak softly and carry a big stick.


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!


Good Luck Cricket in a Cage

It’s Sabrina here this Friday – and continuing with the symbolism of the crane which I shared on my last card of the year, I am using a good luck cricket in a cage for my first card of the new year. While I am using him to wish you good fortune in the new year, he would be great as a good luck card at any time.

Good Luck Cricket in a cage, image from Art Neko

Crickets have played a part in Chinese culture for over 2000 years.  During the Tang Dynasty (from 500 BC to 618 AD) they were highly respected for their “singing”, and it was during this period that the custom started of catching them and keeping them in little cages.  They’re considered as a symbol of good luck – and I hope this one will bring you good luck in 2017.

I stamped my image on white card, and then debated whether to colour the cage to look like natural cane, but in the end I went for a red lacquer look. as this is such a lovely decorative cage.

The background layer was some patterned Asian card which I embossed with a clockwork embossing folder (to denote the passing of time) and then swiped with a gold ink pad and heat-embossed with gold embossing powder. I punched the corners and added it to a black base.

To mount the cricket image, I used a scalloped oval cut from black card, with piercing details and some Stickles in green to pick up on the green cricket. I added a simple sentiment die-cut from black card using Tim Holtz dies, with clear packing tape over the black card to give it a lacquered look in keeping with the style of the card.

Good Luck cricket in a cage stamp from Art Neko, on an embossed background

As you can see from the above photo, there’s also a small version of the stamp suitable for decorating an envelope – I stamped mine and embossed it with Chinese Red embossing powder. The stamps are available as the cricket cage with good luck cricket and bonus free miniature image, or they are also available as part of the full sheet of Oriental Images and Texts.



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.


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.


Gold Steampunk Feather


Hi everyone!  It’s Holly posting today, and I’ve got a fun “oops” story to share with you.   Look at the background of my card above.  You’re probably wondering how I created that.  I was challenged to randomly smoosh a Versamark ink pad over some cardstock and then cover it with any color of embossing powder.  So I pulled out some black cardstock and dabbed my Versamark ink pad here and there.  I covered the piece with gold embossing powder, and then lifted it up to shake off the excess powder.  When I did that, I accidentally hit the edge of my scratch paper and it left a couple of lines where it removed some of the embossing powder.  I gasped, and then I looked again.  I really liked the way that looked, so I did that some more.  Oops!  LOL

After I melted the gold powder with a heat tool, I had to sit back and admire my handmade background.  I thought it would go really well with a steampunk image, so I pulled out the Steampunk Fun sheet and selected the feather stamp.  I stamped the steampunk feather with Versamark and covered it with the same gold embossing powder.  This looks so striking against the black cardstock.

I kept the card clean and simple by adhering the steampunk feather to the center of my handmade background.  This piece is glued to a black card base.   I love the stark contrast of the beautifully drawn steampunk feather against the random chaos of the handmade background.





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