Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


Stegosaurus Family Baby Card


So, I finally figured out how to execute the baby card I had in my head. This is something one of my cousins requested, it is an A6 card (a little bigger than my usual card).

I stamped the mirror image stegosaurus (the one on the right) first – because I kept screwing it up. Took about 6 tries to get it right (with a MISTI and a Paper Smooches Mirror block), and Jennifer’s McGuire’s very helpful Mirror Stamping video streaming while I was working. After that was done, I stamped the other stegosaurus and the baby, and masked them all. Next came the nest, rocks and trees, and they got masked as well. I blended ink for the grass and sky. After removing all my masks, I said a silent prayer that I WOULD NOT SCREW UP while coloring with my Copic markers!

Supplies: Stamps – A Muse Artstamps, Lawn Fawn, Paper Smooches, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Tangerine Tango, inks – Copic E23, E53, N1, N4, W1, W3, W7, YG23, YG25, YG95, YR0000, YR04, YR09, Y0000, Y18, Y26, Y28, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Mowed Lawn, Tumbled Glass, Stampin’ Up! Sahara Sand, VersaFine Onyx Black, Smoky Gray, Vintage Sepia, die – Stampin’ Up!, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.

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Butterfly Encouragement Card


Yes, the photo is intentionally a little wonky – so the embossing on the black cardstock is more visible.

And I’m still not sure about choosing BLACK for the embossed butterfly…maybe I should have put purple there. I had monarch butterflies on the brain – thinking orange & black. Too late now, this went to HorseSpirit Arts Gallery last week.

Supplies: Stamp – Reverse Confetti, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, butterflies – source unknown, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, die – My Favorite Things, embossing folder – Darice, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, organdy ribbon – Offray.


A Few Scrap Tags! (2016 version)


My HOLIDAY TO DO LIST was overwhelming me the other day. So, I said “I will make a few gift tags!” Things that are actually on the list, but more ART THERAPY than work!



Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, paper – Carta Bella, Lawn Fawn, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, paint chip (source unknown), ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Sterling Silver, dies – Lawn Fawn (tag), Papertrey Ink (bookmark), Reverse Confetti (squat tag, holly), 1/4 inch circle punch – Stampin’ Up!, twine – Offray, metallic cord – Paper Mart.


Whimsical House Christmas Card


Here is the card that I designed (and executed, of course!) for my parents to send this year. The inside sentiment reads, “Sending love from our house to yours this holiday season”, and is from a wood mount stamp by Hero Arts. I started Friday morning, finished 25 cards Sunday morning. (Hopefully, I won’t injure myself patting my own back on that accomplishment!)

I had a moment Friday morning that sounded a lot like Colin Firth practicing for “The King’s Speech”…cutting white base cardstock (I use 110# Neenah for bases – really heavy stuff), I cut the 25 I needed and OH! I only have 2 full sheets left. Yeah. Needless to say, I got right on the internet & ordered more (I was waiting to see if I would get a grant from the local arts council to help defray the cost of new supplies since some of my art work floated down Main Street in the July 30th flood.). Now my rainy day fund is gone. Still hoping for some amount of a grant!

Supplies: Stamps – Clearly Besotted, Doodlebug Designs, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Poptone Sour Apple, Stampin’ Up! Real Red, Smoky Slate, inks – Copic B00, C3, C5, E23, R29, YG17, Y13, Stampin’ Up! Pool Party, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Taylored Expressions, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, twine – MarkerPOP.


Happiness is Contagious Card


Really, can you not giggle when you see a dachshund running with ears flying?

Have a great day!

Supplies: Stamps – Lawn Fawn, Simon Says Stamp, paper – Neenah Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Chocolate Chip, Painted Blooms DSP, Taylored Expressions Build A Scene, inks – Copic E23, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, twine – We R Memory Keepers.


Swirly Background Note Cards



I worked on a few more note cards for HorseSpirit Arts Gallery this week.

Supplies: Stamps – Simon Says Stamp, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Doodlebug Designs Boos & Brews, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Old Olive, Taylored Expressions Build A Scene, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Spellbinders (circles), Stampin’ Up! (foliage), Taylored Expressions (banner), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, organdy ribbon – Offray.


Fall Colors Ranunculus Birthday Card


I have no idea if ranunculus bloom in traditional fall colors – I suppose I need to look that up! I needed a fall birthday card, and I think the color scheme worked out just fine.

Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stardreams Copper, inks – Stampin’ Up! Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, VersaMark, embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Classy Copper.