January 2013: Kazuko Kocho


How long have you been stamping?
About 18 years.

What is your favorite technique?
DTP is always fun, also VersaMark resist is impressive all the time.

Favorite stamp company?
Magenta, Penny Black, Hero Arts, Impression Obsession and you name it!

Favorite Asian stamps?
Haiku Bunny from Hero Arts is still my favorite.

Favorite stamping accessory?
Sponge Dauber.

Your favorite embellishment to finish a card?
Ribbons and paper flowers.

What is the one tool you couldn’t live without?
Trimmer.  I can’t make straight cut by hand, LOL.

Any helpful tips for the group? 
Don’t be scare for making mistake.

As a member of OSA why do you like stamping in the Oriental theme?
Because my DNA.

Is there any one place or city you’d like to visit to find rubber stamps?
Taipei.  I visited there last summer once. There’s stamp shop here and there.

What other stamping lists or local clubs do you belong to?
I have my local stamping group exchanging cards monthly for about 15 years.
Also I’m a member of Artist In Residence (design team) of Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts.

What favorite stamping magazines would you recommend?

Published in any magazines?  If yes please list.
Not recently, but I’ve been published on VSN, Stampers’ Sampler, Scrap and Stamp, Take Ten, Somerset Studio, etc.

Any other hobbies, talents or craft interests?
Haven’t done for long time, used to do sewing, tole-painting and quilting.

What inspires you to be creative?
Nature.  Sky is amazing art all the time, trees, flowers, ocean, river, all these colors and textures give me creative juice.

Art background?
Not much. I learned by myself.

Have you used any unusual item in your stamping that wasn’t necessarily meant for stamping?
A lot! LOL.  Shaving cream, bleach, rubbing alcohol, rubber balloon, etc etc.

Any favorite websites you would recommend for inspiration? 
I go Pinterest and searching artwork, or Splitcoast Stamper is also inspiring.

Do you have a day job when you’re not stamping?
Stamping is my job right now.

Tell us about your family and where you live.
I’m mother of two children, boy and girl ( lucky me!) and a husband who is also Japanese,and a genia pig and a betta fish. Living in beautiful Carlsbad, CA


Butterfly Easel Card

  • Rubber stamp – Magenta,  Hero Arts
  • Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Colored pencils
  • Versa Marker (marker with VersaMark Ink)
  • Cardstock, washi paper
  • Glue
  • Rhinestone
  • Butterfly dye cut
  • Sponge Dauber

Stamp Butterfly with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. Color with colored pencils. Blend color with VersaMarker.09
Cut out Image.

Sponge Memento Tuxedo Black ink to the edge of each panel with sponge dauber.

Fold 5.5″x11″ card in half, then 2.75″ again. Apply glue to end area.

     02  03

Then adhere panels.


Stamp butterfly cutout (dye cut); then adhere to the inside to the card. Apply rhinestone on the butterfly. This will be the stopper for easel part.

     04  10

Stamp phrase to narrow cardstock; then adhere.


14 Responses to January 2013: Kazuko Kocho

  1. Carla says:

    Wonderful easel card you made Kazuko and congratulations toooo!

  2. Trixiegirl5192 says:

    Congratulations Kazuko…enjoy your month as Stamp Artist of the Month!

  3. Lyn says:

    A lovely card Kazuko, and I enjoyed reading your bio. Enjoy your month 🙂

  4. susan T. says:

    Thank you Kazuko for the great. ATC swaps you hosted years ago.

  5. Jan Castle says:

    Well deserved…Congrats Kazuko!!! Enjoy your month as SAM!!!
    Paper Hugs,

  6. Mary Waspe says:

    Wowi this is amazing…enjoy your month.xx

  7. Shaz in Oz.x says:

    Hi Kuzuko ah have so enjoyed reading this – and learnt something too have never thought of using a versa-marker to blend colurs going to write that in my new things to remember when crafting book started this year 😀 ie two days ago.. if write things down more likely to remember.. God bless, Shaz in Oz.x

  8. Ruth C says:

    Congratulations Kazuko! Your project is beautiful! Enjoy this month as SAM!

  9. Lynn E. says:

    Lovely card, Kazuko.

    Enjoy your month as SAM.

  10. Carolyn says:

    Kazuko, you created a beautiful buttefly for your project. I love it!
    Over the years you have provided us with inspiration and tips for stamping. You deserve to be our first SAM for 2013.

  11. Anne says:

    What a beautiful project! Absolutely gorgeous! I have enjoyed reading your bio too! Well deserved on becoming this months SAM. Enjoy!

  12. Shelly Schmidt says:

    Beautiful card- love your colors! It is fun to read about you- congrats to you for being names SAM!

  13. Suzanne says:

    Congratulations and I enjoyed your bio.
    Love the butterfly easel and the colors you chose.Enjoy the spotlight.

  14. thefrugalcrafter says:

    congrats! enjoy your month!

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