Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


Dark Pink Sweet Little One Note Card

I have a few very specific cards that I should be working on, but my mojo is not at the optimum level for “very specific cards”. So,  I am working on perfectly lovely cards that will fill holes in my card basket.

Supplies:  Stamps – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Melon Mambo, inks – Copic E21, RV04, Y17, VersaFine Onyx Black, ZIG Wink of Stella clear, dies – Essentials by Ellen ( scallops), Spellbinders (circles, rectangle), embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


Pink and Gray Baby Onesie Card

Using up a few of the gray pieces that were left over from another project.

Supplies:  Stamps – Clearly Besotted, Simon Says Stamp, Sugar Pea Designs, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pink Pirouette, Smoky Slate, inks – Hero Arts Unicorn, Lawn Fawn Manatee, VersaMark, dies – Simon Says Stamp, Sugar Peas Design, embossing powders – Ranger Super Fine Detail white, Stampendous Detail clear, organdy ribbon – Offray.


Horse Themed Baby Card

This is the design that my cousin chose for the pink/gray baby card. The colors and the horse were guided by the nursery theme.

Supplies:  Stamps – Stampin’ Up!, Taylored Expressions, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pink Pirouette, Smoky Slate, inks – Lawn Fawn Manatee, VersaFine Smoky Gray, VersaMark, dies – My Favorite Things (pierced rectangle), Simon Says Stamp (banner), embossing powders – Ranger Super Fine Detail white, Stampendous Detail clear,


All the Pieces Ready to Mix and Match

I bought the horse stamp…for a baby card.

I have been turning it over & over in my head, trying to get my angle on it. I stamped, stenciled, embossed and cut all of my pieces. The ones on the left are card bases, next to that is the largest layer. My background options are on the right, with the horse and the two sentiment choices.

I mixed and matched the options and took photos to send to my cousin (the customer).

How does your design process go when the item is not for you?

Supplies:  Stamps – Clearly Besotted, Simon Says Stamp, Stampin’ Up!, Taylored Expressions, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pirouette Pink, Pool Party, Smoky Slate, inks – Lawn Fawn Manatee, Stampin’ Up! Going Gray (retired), Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Hickory Smoke, Spun Sugar, VersaFine Smokey Gray, VersaMark, dies – My Favorite Things (pierced rectangle), Simon Says Stamp (banners), stencil – Newton’s Nook, embossing powders – Ranger Super Fine Detail white, Stampendous Detail clear.


Red White and Blue Baby Note Card

The holiday weekend is over, back to reality, right? I ran errands, then got to the craft table yesterday afternoon.

Supplies:  Stamp – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Real Red, ink – VersaFine Clair Twilight, dies – Spellbinders (rectangle), Sugar Pea Designs (rocking horse), corner rounder – Stampin’ Up!, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


Blue Plaid Baby Congratulations Card

Filling in gaps in my collection – both at home and at HorseSpirit Arts Gallery.

Supplies:  Stamps – Sugar Pea Designs, Taylored Expressions, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Bashful Blue (retired), Night of Navy, inks – Stampin’ Up! Bashful Blue (retired), VersaFine Clair Twilight, dies – My Favorite Things (rounded tag), Sugar Pea Designs (onesie), embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


Long Neck Dinosaur Baby Card

This dinosaur family may be brachiosaurus, but I think of Littlefoot in the animated movie “The Land Before Time” – he was a Long Neck.

One of my cousins just welcomed a new grandbaby, and she requested another dinosaur baby card.  (The original dinosaur baby card is HERE .) I couldn’t make the cards the same…it took me a fair amount of time to have my epiphany.

I blended the sky with a cloud stencil, then built the scene on top of that with my die cut pieces. I struggled with where to place the “new baby” sentiment and finally decided to put it on Soft Sky paper so it blended with the sky.

Supplies:  Stamps – Clearly Besotted, Lawn Fawn, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Desert Storm, Stampin’ Up! Cajun Craze (I think?), Chocolate Chip, Confetti White, Crushed Curry, Kiwi Kiss (retired), Mellow Moss (retired), Soft Sky (retired), Tangerine Tango (retired), inks – Copic E23, Tim Holtz/Ranger Tumbled Glass, VersaFine Vintage Sepia, dies – Lawn Fawn (dinosaurs, trees, stitched hillside), Simon Says Stamp (banner), embossing folder – Provo Craft, stencil – My Favorite Things, oval punch – Stampin’ Up!, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.