Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


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Royal and Green Stenciled Birthday Card

I found this stenciled background in one of my spare parts folders.

Supplies:  Stamp – Papertrey Ink, paper – Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pop Tone Sour Apple, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Blueprint Sketch, VersaFine Onyx Black, die – My Favorite Things, stencil – Heidi Swapp, flower punch – Fiskars, sequin – Lawn Fawn, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


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Bright Poppies Birthday Card

Well, I am imagining the flowers as poppies that are fully bloomed (petals wide open). Let me know what flower you see!

And I L.O.V.E. being able to make matching envelopes!

Supplies:  Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, inks – Stampin’ Up! Cameo Coral (retired), Pink Passion (retired), Taylored Expressions Lime Zest, VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, die – Simon Says Stamp, sequins – Pretty Pink Posh, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Ranger Silver Pearl.


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Old Pickup Truck Birthday Card

This was for personal use.

Supplies:  Stamps – Lawn Fawn, Papertrey Ink, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Gray, Poppy Parade, inks – Copic B0000, B34, C3, C5, E21, E23, R29, YG03, YG17, W7, Gina K. Designs Jelly Bean Green, VersaFine Onyx Black, Smoky Gray, dies – Spellbinders, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


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Butterfly Birthday Cards

Yes, I pulled out my old Stampin’ Up! Shapes and Shadows stamp set (dated 2004 – YIKES. 15 years ago!). For the purple card, I stamped the outline and the shadow of the butterfly. For the multicolor card, I stamped the outline, and colored with Copic markers.

Supplies:  Stamps – Papertrey Ink, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Gorgeous Grape, Night of Navy, inks – Copic B0000, B02, E23, YR04, Y18, V15, Stampin’ Up! Lovely Lilac (retired), Orchid Opulence (retired), VersaFine Clair Twilight, dies – Spellbinders, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear, twine – Stampin’ Up!, organdy ribbon – Offray.


Gerbera Daisy Birthday with Distress Oxide Smooshing

Three or four weeks ago, I had my Distress Oxide ink pads out to try and watercolor with them. Before I put them away, I made this background by smooshing the pads onto a sheet of plastic, spritzing a little water, and dipping a piece of watercolor paper into the puddle. “Spray, smoosh some more, repeat” until I liked the saturation.

After it dried, I heat embossed the gerbera daisies onto the background.

This card is larger than my usual cards (A6 – 4.675 x 6.25 inches).

Supplies:  Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Papertrey Ink, paper – Canson watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, inks – Hero Arts Unicorn, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Oxide Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, VersaFine Onyx Black, die – My Favorite Things, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder white, Stampendous Detail clear.


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.