Paper and Ink Imaginings

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Cherry Floral Belated Birthday Card

Sunday afternoon, while ironing, I had the sudden epiphany that I had missed someone’s birthday. And I had less than an hour to make a card.

(Which, if you are wondering…an hour is plenty of time to make a beautiful card if the card you are working on has no deadline! If I am working a deadline, an hour isn’t enough because I make multiple errors along the way!  This is the 4th iteration of floral background!)

I did try to add some randomly placed gold sequins, but after 10 minutes and 2 different sizes of sequins, I was not happy with any arrangement. Less is more, right??

Supplies:  Stamps – Altenew, Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Cherry Cobbler, inks – Gina K. Designs Cherry Red, VersaFine Vintage Sepia, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail Gold, organdy ribbon – Offray.


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Baseball Lover Birthday Card

This is the second card for my dad this year. The man lives & breathes baseball. Always has. His senior softball team is starting to practice, and he is so happy.

I stamped, embossed and colored the baseball items, then fussy cut them (the stamp set is from 2004 – before we had matching dies!).

Supplies:  Stamps – Hero Arts, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Real Red, inks – Copic E33, E41, R29, Y26, VersaFine Onyx Black, Satin Red, Vintage Sepia, die – Lawn Fawn, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail Clear.


85th Birthday Card

My Dad turns 85 this week (time flies – LOL!).

The colors are a nod to his favorite baseball team – The Baltimore Orioles.

I stamped, embossed and fussy cut the sweatshirt. And ran a black marker along the cut edges to match the embossed black line.

Supplies:  Stamp – Gina K. Designs, paper – Doodlebug Designs Boos & Brews, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Provo Craft (numbers), Spellbinders (circles), embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


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Dino-Mite Birthday with Bokeh Background Card

Here is the last of the citrus blended backgrounds (for now!). After it was dry, I stamped circles with white ink. The white ink is really subtle.

Supplies:  Stamps – Lawn Fawn, My Favorite Things, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Desert Storm, inks – Copic YG000, YG23, YR04, Hero Arts Unicorn, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Twisted Citron, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Spellbinders (circles), embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


More Ombre Enveloper Cards

I put together more cards out of my extra ombre backgrounds made with the Waffle Flower Enveloper Little Birdie stamp set. The “thinking of you” card is note size.

Supplies:  Stamps – Gina K. Designs, Papertrey Ink, Waffle Flower, paper – Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pop Tone Razzleberry, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Abandoned Coral, Blueprint Sketch, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feather, Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, dies – Essentials by Ellen (hello), Simon Says Stamp (banner), sequins – Doodlebug Designs, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear, Stampin’ Up! Crystal Clear, organdy ribbon – Offray.


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A Little Birdie Told Me Card

I love the art of this stamp (I have several by this designer), but I struggle with how to use it. BUT I LOVE IT.

For this card, I mounted the stamp on my MISTI, and stamped the individual distress inks to make an ombre image. When it was dry, I overstamped in VersaMark and added regular (not detail fine) embossing powder to give the image a higher, glossy loft.

Supplies:  Stamps – Waffle Flower, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Bermuda Bay, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Blueprint Sketch, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers, VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail Clear, Stampin’ Up! Crystal Clear, organdy ribbon – Offray.