Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


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Purple, Aqua, Navy and Silver Floral Birthday Card

This is a square card that I made for personal use. I was really happy with the color combination.

Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stardream Metallics Silver, inks – Gina K. Designs Wild Lilac, Lawn Fawn Merman, VersaFine Clair Twilight, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Spellbinders, sequins – Darice, embossing powder – Ranger Silver Pearl.

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Bavarian Pretzel Time to Celebrate Card

Offspring3 gave me this pretzel die for my birthday, I finally pulled it out to use it (Sorry! She knows I love it!).

I started with mustard colored card stock, and blended 3 colors of Distress Ink on that. I was pleased with the result. I used a Signo Gel Pen to make the white salt crystals.

You know I LOVE pretzels…

Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! More Mustard (retired), inks – Signo Gel Pen, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Antique Linen, Fossilized Amber, Salty Ocean, Vintage Photo, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangles), Simon Says Stamp (pretzel), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, twine – Martha Stewart


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Floral Wreath Birthday Card

I finally took the plunge and bought the Gina K. Designs Wreath Builder Bundle (stamp set, 2 wreath templates). YES, I have made my own wreath template, but mine was limited by the size of the largest square die I have (3.5 inches). The 2 included with the bundle are 3.75 and 4 inches.

Here is my first wreath with the 3.75 inch template and some of the small scale stamps. The finished card measures 4.25 inches square. I don’t have square envelopes this size, I just use a regular A2 (holds 4.25 x 5.5 inch card) envelope, with a strip of paper measuring 1.25 x 4.25 inches glued into one end of the envelope (so the card will not slide around).

Supplies: Stamps – Avery Elle, Gina K. Designs, Simon Says Stamp, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, inks – Gina K. Designs Blue Raspberry, Key Lime, Wild Lilac, VersaFine Onyx Black, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


Pool and Gold Birthday Card

This was given to a very special friend. (inspiration – the colors in her home office when she lived across the cul-de-sac!)

Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, Papertrey Ink, paper – Curious Metallic Gold Leaf, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pool Party, inks – Lawn Fawn Merman, VersaMark, sequins – Simon Says Stamp, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail Gold, gold cord – Paper Mart.


Yellow and Deep Orchid Birthday Card

I was playing with new inks, had to use my favorite flower stamps.

Supplies: Stamps – Clearly Besotted, Hero Arts, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, inks – Hero Arts Unicorn, Lawn Fawn Freshly Cut Grass, Sunflower, Simon Says Stamp Hot Mama, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder white.


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Turquoise and Gold Floral Birthday Card

I had my MISTI out over the weekend, creating backgrounds I need for a few personal cards. This one is going into the gallery pile.

This is one of my new ink pads – Lawn Fawn’s Merman. I really like how it performed – great coverage.

Supplies:  Stamps – Hero Arts, Papertrey Ink, paper – Curious Metallics Gold Leaf, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pool Party, inks – Lawn Fawn Merman, VersaMark, die – Spellbinders, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail Gold.


Night Sky Woodland Animals Birthday Card

Offspring2 celebrated a birthday recently. He is the photographer, two of his favorite subjects are night skies and critters.

I blended the sky onto Strathmore Bristol paper (blends so easily on this smooth surface!), and when it was dry, I flicked Kuretake white pearl paint onto it. I did struggle with how to ground the scene – I finally decided on a strip of green paper covered with die cut leaves.

Supplies: Stamps – Lawn Fawn, Reverse Confetti, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Always Artichoke (retired), Bravo Burgundy (retired), Brushed Silver, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry, More Mustard (retired), Pumpkin Pie, Shimmery White (retired), Strathmore Bristol, inks – Copic E15, E19, E21, E33, 100, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire, Salty Ocean, VersaFine Onyx Black, Vintage Sepia, dies – Lawn Fawn (animals), My Favorite Things (leaves, pierced rectangle), Spellbinders (circle), watercolor – Kuretake Gansai Tambi, embossing powder – Spellbinders Detail clear.