Kodomo Addendum

Here is one look at the Edo Ori Bako set along with the wood tiles. The stamps are die-cut foam.

Here is one look at the Edo Ori Bako set along with the wood tiles. The stamps are die-cut foam.

Another fun product from Kodomo are the Edo Ori Bako sets. These are little boxes handmade from thin slices of spruce. The smooth surface easily takes acrylic paint, pigment and chalk inks, chalk and watercolor. And the boxes come with 20 little wood tiles, which are great fun to decorate. Because they are so lightweight, these would make great embellishments on a card or on top of the box itself.

Here are some decorated tiles:

Wood tile samples

Wood tile samples

Small VersaColor cubes were used directly on the “R” tile. (Butterfly punch, Martha Stewart.)  Twinkling H2Os were painted on the Pagoda tile. The pagoda was stamped in Ancient Page Coal, then selectively tinted with colored pencils. The brown tile was painted with Ranger Adirondack Hazelnut dabber and the flower grid stamp (Hero Arts) was embossed in white.  The pink tile was coated with Pan Pastel Magenta Tint, then stamped with Hero Arts swirl with flowers image in Prussian Blue Colorbox Chalk Ink. The tile was sprayed with a fixative, then dots of Ranger Liquid Pearls were added.

Kodomo Tiles 2

Kodomo Tiles 2

The sunset tile is more glittery in person. It was painted with USArtquest’s Sparkling Pastelles, then stamped in Ancient Page Coal using Kodomo’s Bamboo Lake. The next tile was made by rubbing Adirondack Light Cloudy Blue directly on the tile, then buffed lightly. The gingko leaf (Kodomo) was stamped in dark brown Colorbox Chalk. The Kodomo flower was stamped on the natural wood using Antique Pewter pigment ink. Frayed Burlap Stickles add dots of glitz. And last, we have a tile painted with a light wash of Adirondack white acrylic dabber, then stamped with Sakura III using Ruby Chalk Ink, with green marker on the stems. Gold Stickles was added to the centers of the flowers.

I haven’t decided yet how to decorate the box. I’m thinking pretty Asian themed paper… what do you think?

For more info on Kodomo, check out their website: www.kodomoinc.com.

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More Kodomo

I mentioned washi tape in an earlier post. Here’s a look at washi tape, and some ways to use it:

Washi tape

Washi tape

This thin, sticky backed tape comes in rolls, is easy to tear, and is sheer enough that overlapping gives you depths of color. The tape also takes heat embossing and punching.  The stamps used are all Kodomo.

Here are more samples:

Kodomo Geisha

Kodomo Geisha

kodomo dragonfly

Continuing with Kodomo

Perhaps the most beautiful stamps in the Kodomo line are those created by artist Zigen Tanabe, a Japense-born freelance illustrator. It’s not just the images that are lovely — it’s the entire stamp! The colored indexing shines through the acrylic block, making these stamps worthy of tabletop display. Take a look:

Zigen Tanabe images in beautiful color on acrylic mounts. Shown are Blooming Iris, Folded Cranes, Autumn Pagoda

Zigen Tanabe images in beautiful color on acrylic mounts. Shown are Blooming Iris, Folded Cranes, Autumn Pagoda

Here’s a sample made with the Blooming Iris, colored with Twinking H2Os:

Blooming Iris

Blooming Iris

See more of these images at www.kodomoinc.com

And check back later for more Kodomo info!

Kodomo means playtime!

Asian designs have a tranquil beauty and simplicity that I’ve always admired.

This week I’d like to spotlight Kodomo, which not only offers a beautiful supply of Asian images, but offers them in several styles, from wood mounted and clear to foam and acrylic mounted. 

Kodomo plum flower

You’re probabling thinking, “Foam stamps? Ew!” But these foam stamps, which use a rubber image, are firm and cut so nicely they are a delight to hold. The above card was made using Sakura III, which is a foam mounted stamp. (Sentiment by Hero Arts, border punch by Fiskars.)

Here is another:

Black Bird Wishes

Black Bird Wishes

(Same Sakura III set; bird punch by McGill; border punch Martha Stewart)

Kodomo was founded by Hisako Nakamura, who worked in the Japanese toy industry before creating her own gift company in 1983. The company name was taken from the Japanese expression “Kodomo No Kao,” which, the company says, means “the look on a young person’s face when they are absorbed in play.” What could be more suitable for a rubber stamp enterprise?

 The stamps merge traditional Japanese designs with American styles. But Kodomo is not just stamps. Their beautiful kimono fabric ribbons have a soft, textured feel, and the unique sticky-backed washi tape adds a fun accent. The tape is made from washi paper and the adhesive is not permanent, so it’s easy to reposition.  (Watch for samples later this week.)

Another fun product is the Edo Ori Bako set, which are small boxes made from thin sheets of clear spruce. The surface is smooth and readily accepts paint, ink or paper. The boxes also include wooden “tiles.” (I’ll show some samples later this week.)

More Pink Persimmon

The Little Red Wagon set from Pink Persimmon is such fun to use because you can create a card for several holidays. Besides the boy, the girl and the “little red wagon” (which of course can be any color), the set also comes with a Christmas tree, Valentines, school books and gifts. Something for every occasion!

Here’s a Christmas version:

Bringin' home the tree

Bringin' home the tree

Then we’ll go to school:

Going to School

Going to School

And one more toshow off the pup:

Taking the pup for a ride

Taking the pup for a ride

Stay tuned for the cutest owl set. Whooo loves ya? This owl!

Wise Old Owl

The last set I want to show you from Pink Persimmon is this Wise Old Owl. What I love about this set is that it comes in parts, making stamping a breeze. Stamp the body, wings, head, etc. in different colors and have fun mixing and matching. This is a great way to create a lot of cards in a little amount of time. Just stamp in various colors, cut them out and store them until needed. Then it’s easy to pull together a fast card.

Here are some samples:

The Birthday Owl was stamped in pieces and then assembled….

Birthday owl

Birthday owl

Graduate Owl

Graduate Owl

…. but it’s just as easy to stamp the owl right on your card.

(Doesn’t he look smart?)

And finally, the embossed gold crown is the “crowning” touch for an Owl Queen.

Owl with crown

Owl with crown

Hero Arts gemstones make perfect eyes. Whoooo could resist?

Puckering up for Pink Persimmon

Oh, my, I have been a bad blogger! To make up for the long time between posts, this week I will share several cards made with three different stamp sets from Pink Persimmon. These sets are so clever because they come with all sorts of bits and pieces. With all the “accessories,”  there are so many ways to use these sets.

The sets I’ve used are Scottie Dogs, Wise Old Owl and Little Red Wagon.

The first cards are the Scottie Dogs (with two views.) It’s such fun to dress up this dog! You can make all sorts of outfits by making the “coat” on stamped, colored or designer paper. Don’t forget to add some bling to the collar!

Enjoy!

Scottie dog in two versions

Scottie dog in two versions

(The great background on the larger tag is from Judi-kins and the dots are from Hero Arts. The other tag is stamped on a dotted paper scrap.)

Here’s a Scottie who looks pretty in pink. The rick rack border is also Pink Persimmon and the harlequin background is from Hero Arts. The flowers are from Prima.

Scotty Happy Birthday

Scotty Happy Birthday

And finally, this dog is spiffy in blue argyle.

Argyle Blue Scotty

Argyle Blue Scotty

(The happy birthday greeting is from American Art Stamps.)

Next up will be the Owl and the Little Red Wagon.