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A Bird Visiting

Hello Everyone! This is Chrissy D here today, sharing a card I created using the image, A Bird Visiting a Cherry Tree Flock of Birds in the Distance.  I decided to go with pink and white as my color choices to help create a warm summery feel. Using Black Memento Ink, I stamped the A Bird Visiting a Cherry Tree Flock of Birds in the Distance on white cardstock.  Did you know? Art Neko has a GREAT variety of beautiful papers in assorted weights and textures.

I layered Pink Cardstock on the white cardstock base and added Gold Bamboo Leaves on a Field of White paper over the top to mute the pink and create a softer look. I just LOVE these textured mulberry papers from Art Neko. So many choices!

I colored the image using my Chameleon Markers and using a bright pink ink, I ran the ink pad over the edges. Using pop dots to add some dimension, I adhered the image to the card base. Using gold thread, I wrapped the card four times and tied a bow. I used the Just a Note from the Whimsical and Kind Sayings sheet and stamped in pink. To complete the card, I added gold sequins.

I hope you enjoyed my project today. Join us again on Wednesday to see what eye candy Holly has created!


A Bird Visiting a Cherry Tree. Flock of Birds in the Distance – Image 411



The Magnificent Jellyfish

Hi Art Neko Friends! Chrissy D here sharing a project with the beautiful Magnificent Japanese Jellyfish image.

I was playing with this image and wanted to try something, but it just wasn’t turning out. Here is the  attempt I made below…

I embossed the Octopus image on the cardstock and tried to create a darker shadow around the image. I could not get the Octopus to “POP” the way I wanted. I water colored darker blues and it was not looking good, then tried a “white wash” and I felt that was even worse. Disgusted, I set the project aside. Have you ever had that happen?

I created a few other projects, and came back to this one. I decided to use it as a background image. I stamped the Jellyfish on white card stock in blue ink and fussy cut it out. Mounting with dimensionals to give it a little depth. I added Dew Drops with mini glue dots. Then I added the Just a Note saying from the Whimsical and Kind Sayings using blue ink.

I hope you enjoyed my project today. Be sure to come back and see more of our talented designers projects.



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.


Daisy Tag With Butterfly

I’m marking the official start of Spring in Ireland with a Daisy Tag with Butterfly on the blog today. Traditionally Spring here starts on February 1st, St. Brigid’s Day, but in terms of actual weather, most people don’t think Spring is here till March. Any excuse for flowers on a dull day is a good one, though.

Tag using Bookmarks and Sentiments, and Whimsical and Kind Sayings sets from Art Neko


I started with a manila shipping tag and a few distress inks to create a wrinkle-free distress background. When it had got thoroughly dry, I stamped the daisy image (without the sentiment) from the Bookmarks and Sentiments plate, using Versafine Black ink. I also stamped the daisy twice onto white card, and using Encore gold ink I stamped the little butterfly which is found on the same plate. The butterfly was embossed with gold embossing powder, and I then cut it out and sponged it with blue ink, and then added shimmer with a Spectrum Noir glitter overlay pen.

Daisy tag with Butterfly using images from the Bookmarks and Sentiments plate from Art Neko

One of the daisies is stuck straight down on the tag. Taking the second one, I trimmed down several of the petals to separate them, and also shaped the yellow centre a bit with a stylus. It’s popped up over the first daisy head with foam tape in the center – some of the individual petals were then stuck down and others left a bit higher to add dimension. The little leaves were also cut out and layered, so that I could have more vivid colour than if I had simply coloured the image stamped on the tag.

To finish the daisy tag off, I decided to add a sentiment that would make it suitable for almost any occasion, so I chose the “Thinking of You” sentiment from Whimsical and Kind Sayings. The daisy comes with “my warmest thanks” running along the length of the stem, but I cut this into a separate stamp as I know I’ll get more use out of the daisy like this. After adding the sentiment, I sponged the tag edges with some Walnut Stain distress ink and added a little spattering with an Inktense pencil. A scrap of vivid yellow ribbon to match the daisy centre finishes it off, all ready to add to a card base, a gift bag or a gift-wrapped present.

Daisy tag with butterfly, using Bookmarks and Sentiments and Whimsical and Kind Sayings


Thanks for coming by the blog this week! Stamp your own Spring this weekend, even if it’s snowy or just unseasonably cold outside.


Foil Art Whimsical Love Note (and bug)

This week I am sharing a card with a foil-art base and a whimsical love note, along with a little love bug and a fun steampunk heart – there is a key which comes with the heart stamp, and I have included that on the inside of my card.


For the foil-art base, I die-cut some hearts and a lot of arrows from an old cereal box and stuck them to a piece of card. Then I covered it with small strips of metal tape, and added some detailing with a tracing wheel borrowed from my sewing box. To finish, I rubbed it with some black acrylic paint and rubbed a lot off again before it had dried. The foil also looks wonderful with alcohol inks, but I wanted to keep a fairly plain look.

My little whimsical love note uses a sentiment (and the bug) from Whimsical and Kind Sayings. I used markers to stamp the sentiment on cream card, and stamped the hearts again so that I could cut one out, heat emboss it with clear embossing powder and pop it up. The little bug was stamped with black ink, embossed with clear powder and then sponged with some red ink. After cutting it out, I used a large stylus to shape the body a little.
I used a “Weathered” embossing folder on the little note, added a punched border to look like a page from a notebook, and distressed it by splattering some watercolour over it.

I also added silver embossing powder to one of the arrows, and after two layers of silver I sprinkled it with some Chinese Red and some Chunky Metallic Seasonings, and added it so that it’s pointing towards the “love” sentiment.

I originally wanted to do the steampunk heart in a metallic colour but I don’t have any fine detail embossing powders other than clear and black, and the stamp is so detailed that I decided the best option was to stamp and emboss in black, and then add my metallic feel in the form of a luster rub.
I also stamped the key in the same fashion, and added it to the inside of the card. If you like the steampunk look, there is a great sheet of stamps called Steampunk Fun. I hope to have a card using the feather stamp to share with you soon!

foil art background with love sentiment and steampunk heart


Thanks for coming by the blog this week – I hope you’ve enjoyed sampling the creativity on show. Have a good weekend!!


Hang In There with Fabric Paper

Whimsical and Kind Sayings

Hey Everyone, Welcome to the Art Neko Galleries. Today’s project uses Art Neko’s beautiful fabric papers and a Hang in there Sentiment. On this project, I took white cardstock and sponged yellow and orange across the entire piece. I layered adhesive across the colorful cardstock and adhered the White and Silver Fabric paper to the background and set it aside to dry.  While that was drying, I layered it to white and tangerine cardstock. Meanwhile, using white Embossing powder, I heat embossed the Hang in there, from the Whimsical and Kind Sayings on black cardstock and adhered it to the card layers.

I am thrilled to announce that the talented Holly Brown is Featured Stamper over at Splitcoaststampers this week. I decided to CASE a few of her projects   this one  and this one. The guidelines to play along in a CASE is we are supposed to choose a card and change 2 or more things on the  project. It could be a color combo, embellishments, backgrounds, or even the main image could be different — but similar because you don’t own the exact image. Please list the changes you made in your description.


I hope you enjoyed my project! Thank you for stopping by! Be sure to come by tomorrow to see what Holly has in store for you. If this is your first time here, scroll back to see the other designs from our talented Team!

Chrissy D



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.


Sorry You Caught a Bug (in a box)

It’s Sabrina here today with a small 3D project, using the Whimsical and Kind Sayings set to present a bug in a box as a small get-well gift. Sorry you caught a bug? You won’t be sorry you caught this one!


Get well gift of a decorative matchbox containing origami flowers and a ladybug, created using the Whimsical and Kind Sayings set from Art Neko


The Whimsical and Kind Sayings set includes a little ladybug and a bee, and “Sorry You Caught A Bug”, along with an assortment of other useful everyday sentiments. I was casting around for a way to use “Sorry You Caught A Bug” other than simply using the bug or bee in a jar – and came up with this idea. The box was created using a Sizzix matchbox die, Bazzill card and some old DP for the outside. I stamped the ladybug and sentiment in black before assembling the outside of the box. Then a added a liner cut from the same card as the actual box – adding a tab to make it easy to lift. Here I stamped the “Get Well Soon” sentiment. To give you an idea of  the finished size, the Sizzix die that I used is one of their Thinlits, and creates a box which measures 3/4″ x 2 5/8″ x 3 1/2″.


Get well gift of a decorative matchbox containing origami flowers and a ladybug, created using the Whimsical and Kind Sayings set from Art Neko


And inside –  something to bring a smile, I hope; a couple of origami morning glory flowers and a pleated leaf, along with a full-color version of the ladybug. This time I stamped it on watercolour paper and embossed it with clear embossing powder. Then I cut it out, coloured it with Inktense pencils and shaped it slightly with a large stylus before adding it to the leaf.

Get well gift of a decorative matchbox containing origami flowers and a ladybug, created using the Whimsical and Kind Sayings set from Art Neko




Speaking of origami – why don’t you  take a few minutes  to check out the gorgeous selection of Japanese  papers in the Art Neko store. And remember to come by again next week for some more inspiring creations from the team.

Here’s a close-up of my flowers: I used regular origami paper, and added details to the flowers with a white gel pen and some Stickles.

A get well gift of a decorative matchbox containing origami flowers and a little ladybug


Fun with Silly Snails

It’s Sabrina here again – and today I want to share a couple of my Silly Snails cards.  I love this set – they have been crawling onto quite a few of my cards recently. I like that they come in three different sizes and are not all going in the same direction.

Close-up shot of Silly Snail with a Glossy Accents shell






My first card is a more artsy one – I used watercolours on a piece of Tyvek, and then shrank and distressed it with my iron. Don’t let it come in direct contact – not good for the iron even if the Tyvek looks pretty cool afterwards. As soon as I had made this piece, I knew I wanted to use it as a setting for one of the snails…I used silver embroidery thread to create a little trail for him, and green cotton to embroider flower leaves and stems. The flowers are just punched from scraps of old backgrounds, with a sequin and French knot to finish them off.

For the snail, I stamped him with Memento Chocolate brown, coloured him with Polychromos pencils and glazed his shell with Glossy Accents after cutting him out.

I used a sentiment from Whimsical and Kind Sayings, stamping it with the same brown ink on a kraft card base, and then adding sparkle with a Sakura Stardust pen.  To finish, I just added a couple of score lines.

Art Neko Silly Snails on a Tyvek background, with punched flowers and embroidery


My second card uses the same sentiment set and two of the Silly Snails, but is totally different in style. I made it to send to someone who has a lot of problems to deal with just now. I often see snails climbing up our back wall if I go out late at night – and that inspired this card, which is meant to give the encouragement that even when we don’t see the end of a problem (brick wall) in sight, we’ve just got to “hang in there”.

This time I stamped the snails in black ink and coloured them with pencils. The brick wall was created with an embossing folder, and I added a bit of die-cut grass that was lying on my desk to give the earthbound snail a little grounding.

Art Neko Silly Snails - one is climbing up a dry-embossed brick wall,.






Wise Woodland Owl

Hello! It’s Sabrina, and I am delighted to be here today sharing my first post for the Art Neko blog.

Leafy Owl Thinking of You card with Art Neko stamps

Wise Woodland Owl by Sabrina F for Art Neko

I chose to be inspired by the rapid approach of autumn. Already the ash trees on my road are laden with berries, some trees are starting to drop a few leaves on windy days…and  the evenings are getting noticeably shorter.

With these thoughts in my mind I went out to the garden and picked a few leaves to do some leaf stamping, by way of creating a suitable background for this lovely Wise Owl on a Branch with Calligraphy.

Leaf stamping was a technique I learned a few years ago on Splitcoaststampers, one that has stuck in my repertoire.
For this card  I picked a nasturtium leaf (not to be recommended, it had far too high a water content and smooshed out all over the place), a couple of honeysuckle leaves and a big Japanese Anemone leaf.
I inked these with distress inks (bundled sage, tea dye and pumice stone, layered them on a piece of paper and put it through the Big Shot using the regular sandwich for cutting wafer-thin dies. I’m not sure how much of the green is actually ink and how much was transferred from the nasturtium! It’s not necessary to use the Big Shot – you could simply use a brayer to help transfer the ink from the leaves to the paper, or even just press with your hands; but I find I get the best ink transfer by running it through the Big Shot.
Then I decided where best on my leaf-stamped sheet to position my little owl, and stamped him with Versafine Onyx Black.
I used a Sizzix die to cut the leaf shape, and then coloured my owl with Polychromos pencils; he doesn’t need a lot of colouring to look good!
To finish it off,I edged the leaf with a Sakura Stardust pen to add definition.

I like cards with sentiments – so I pulled out Whimsical and Kind Sayings, and stamped one of the sentiments on some of the leaf-stamped paper that was left over. I edged this and a spare die-cut leaf with the same Sakura pen that I had used on my owl leaf.

I thought the lighter colours of the leaves needed a dark background as a foil, so I used a sheet of paper from BoBunny’s Autumn Song collection,  stitching round the edges with a metallic thread, and embossing it with a wood-grain folder.
I added this to a matt gold card base, and finally positioned the leaves and sentiment, using a little foam tape to shape the sentiment slightly and to pop the leaf up

Be sure to check back soon and see what other beautiful creations the team have been preparing to share with you.


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