Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink

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Indigo Curry Kraft Copper Striped Birthday Card

Clean lines, a touch of metallic.

Supplies:  Stamp – Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Kraft, Stampin’ Up! Brushed Copper, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, ink – VersaMark, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangles), Taylored Expressions (diagonal stripes), embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Classy Copper.

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Mondo Daisy Hello Card

Ellen Hutson just released this Mondo Daisy set (designed by Julie Ebersole).

OF COURSE I needed a daisy set!

For this first play session, I stamped the daisy with Gina K. Designs Amalgam ink (which works with all coloring mediums without running or bleeding) onto Strathmore Bristol paper. And I did not use embossing powder (which I usually do when I am coloring any image). I used ZIG Clean Color Real Brush pens and a water marker to color the daisy. It was too muted for me after my first try, so I added multiple layers of color with just the Real Brush pens. Now I have the bright Gerbera daisy I was aiming for.

The sentiment was a tiny bit of a mistake – I stamped twice for coverage, but my paper shifted a smidgen and the image was offset just a tidge, so it is a little bolder than intended.

Supplies:  Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Strathmore Bristol, inks – Gina K. Designs Amalgam, ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens Brown (060), Cobalt Blue (031), Green (040), Light Green (041), Orange (070), Yellow (050).

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Pink Tulip Basket Birthday Note Card

I found this colored scrap in one of my scrap folders. I am 99% sure I colored the image using a blender pen and ink pads.

Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pink Pirouette, Pretty In Pink, Shimmery White, inks – Stampin’ Up! Bliss Blue (retired), Creamy Caramel (retired), Green Galore, Pixie Pink (retired), VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Spellbinders, embossing folder – Provo Craft, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, organdy ribbon – Offray.


Textured Floral Birthday Card

This card is the remade version of something I attempted to make in a rush last week.

Have you ever put a project together and growled because something landed where you didn’t quite intend? Sometimes, the unintended is OK (or even serendipitous!). Sometimes, the whole project gets trashed because of that flaw. This time, I actually salvaged the pieces and redid the card.

Here is the original rushed version:

The two top flowers are too even for me. I had adhesive on the back of the white sentiment, and was hovering over the flowers trying to space them correctly, and I snagged the last one (top right) in the wrong place. UGH. But I put it all together anyway, thinking maybe it would not bother me so much when my frustration wore off. WRONG.

I was able to blast the top of the card with my heat gun and peel off the sentiment and flowers without ruining the blue layer. I die cut another sentiment (I had stamped extras the first time), added a layer behind it, die cut new flowers and threw in a few butterflies and sequins.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tree update:  Our neighbors had the 2 pear trees removed from between our houses yesterday.

Supplies:  Stamp – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Calypso Coral, Marina Mist (retired), So Saffron, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Provo Craft (flowers), Spellbinders (ovals), Stampin’ Up! (butterflies), embossing folder – We R Memory Keepers, sequins – Doodlebug Designs, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


Calaveras Valentine Card

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Here is the card I made for Offspring3 – with her favorite calaveras (sugar skulls).

Also, a few photos from our 2 day ice event (Monday 2/11/19 and Tuesday 2/12/19). These photos are from Tuesday.

Remember – you can click on any photos on my blog and get a larger view in a new window.

The first photo of the morning – before daylight.

Our neighbors have 2 pear trees between our houses. The front pear tree split and a large branch fell parallel to our house & driveway sometime in the early morning. But look at how both trees are pulling outward –  they were brushing both our roof and the neighbor’s roof. We are the house on the left – the top branches were touching the roof over my master bedroom, and were leaning over the family room on the first floor. (It was a very tense day here!)

Around 11:00am – look at how much ice is on these branches!! This is the second leaning pear tree canopy from my master bedroom window (back of house). Yes, I was leaning out the open window, and zooming to get the ice detail – the branches were not actually covering my window.

Supplies:  Stamps – Newton’s Nook, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Real Red, Tempting Turquoise (retired), inks – Hero Arts Unicorn, VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Lawn Fawn, rounded tag punch – Stampin’ Up!, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder white, Stampendous Detail clear.


Watercolor and Stencil Embossing Paste Valentine Card

I haven’t bought a new Valentine themed stamp set in some time – I usually just play around with things I have to make them more Valentine-y.

And then I run out of ideas for cards for my husband…there is nothing in my collection that I can modify to fit for Valentine’s Day for him.

So, this year, I watercolored a background red & blue (and I was surprised that the colors did not blend for purple in the middle…maybe the paper wasn’t wet enough when I got there?). I let that dry overnight. Next, I stenciled “falling hearts” onto the painted panel with clear embossing paste.

The shine of the embossing paste hearts is partially visible if I tilt the card towards the light for this photo.

The heart was first dry embossed (embossing folder), then die cut into the heart shape. Emboss a sentiment onto a blue scrap, and the card is done.

Supplies:  Stamp – Hero Arts, paper – Canson watercolor, Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Real Red, inks – Hero Arts Unicorn, die – Spellbinders, embossing folder – We R Memory Keepers, stencil – Simon Says Stamp, embossing paste – Dreamweaver/Wendy Vecchi translucent, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder white.

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Teal and Navy Sympathy Card

I am working on restocking my card basket.

Supplies:  Stamp – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Island Indigo, Night of Navy, Pear Pizzazz, ink – VersaMark, dies – My Favorite Things (pierced rectangle), Stampin’ Up! (foliage), embossing folder – Stampin’ Up!, embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Sterling Silver.