Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


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Amethyst Hummingbird Birthday Card

Part of the “birthday cards requested by mother-in-law” collection. Another scrap of sparkly paper for the hummingbird.

I stamped and die cut the flowers on green and yellow paper, then fussy cut the yellow blooms to be glued on top of the green ones.

Supplies:  Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Newton’s Nook, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sky, Stardream Metallics Amethyst, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Newton’s Nook (flowers, hummingbird), Simon Says Stamp (banner), Spellbinders (circle), embossing folder – We R Memory Keepers, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


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Sparkly Faux Letterpress Birthday Card

I was inspired by THIS blog post by Jennifer McGuire to try inking an embossing folder before cranking it through my die cut machine.

My ink did not turn out as smooth as hers did – my brayer is old and not used much, maybe I need a new one. I was happy enough to make it into a card to be mailed off to a friend.

“Sparkly” is in the title because the blue paper is iridescent when you tilt it towards the light.

Supplies:  Stamp – Papertrey Ink, paper – Curious Metallics Blueprint, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Oxide Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet, VersaMark, embossing folder – Darice, die – Lawn Fawn, embossing powder – Ranger Silver Pearl.


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Fall Wildflowers Birthday Card

For my dear friend who no longer lives across the cul-de-sac!

It has been a long week for me.

Hope you are well.

Supplies:  Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Papertrey Ink, paper – Curious Metallics Gold Leaf, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Garden Green, inks – Copic BG0000, E57, G46, R39, R89, YG17, YG95, YR09, Y35, VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, die – Simon Says Stamp, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Stampendous Gold Detail.


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Tie Dye Sunrise Birthday Card

One of my cousins requested this birthday card. The key word was “hippy-ish”. This was my first idea – ink blend a rainbow background & die cut it into sunbeams.

Supplies:  Stamp – Newton’s Nook, paper – Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Desert Storm, Stampin’ Up! Daffodil Delight, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Oxide Abandoned Coral, Blueprint Sketch, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Squeezed Lemonade, Wilted Violet, VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Lawn Fawn, stencil – Gina K. Designs, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


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Snapshots Birthday Card

This is this year’s creation to celebrate Offspring2. The photos represent his photography subjects during the pandemic.

Supplies:  Stamps – Newton’s Nook, Papertrey Ink, Simon Says Stamp, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pumpkin Pie, Smoky Slate, Spooky Night DSP, Soft Sky, inks – Copic B0000, BG10, C1, C3, R11, R85, RV0000, RV11, Y18, YG17, YR04, YR14, Stampin’ Up! Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede, VersaFine Onyx Black, Smoky Gray, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Taylored Expressions (photo frame), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Sparkly Watercolor Blooms Birthday Card

(click on any photo to enlarge)

This card was for Cousin Pati’s birthday last week.

I had a horrible time with the photography – it was a bright sunny day, but too much glare. Hard to get the sparkle without the glare. This second photo shows the sparkle, but the color is a bit wonky.

 

Supplies:  Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, My Favorite Things, paper – Canson watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Rich Razzleberry, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, die – Simon Says Stamp, watercolors – Kuretake Gansai Tambi, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art clear, Ranger Silver Pearl.


Faux Silk Tissue Paper Birthday Card

WAY BACK in the dark ages, at one of the stamp camp events I attended (I am remembering 2005), there was a quick lesson in the faux silk technique.

Stamp on tissue, crumple tissue, apply to white panel covered in glue stick. Easy peasy – hardest part was waiting for the stamped images to dry on the tissue paper! When it is all dry, it really does look like expensive silk.

On Tuesday I purchased a few items that were wrapped in this BEAUTIFUL tissue paper at checkout. This store always has the most beautiful tissue paper (and, alas, it is not a store I visit often!) – I have shown it before on the blog.

No stamping on this tissue – good to go as it is.

Let’s see…what else is going on…

Fall allergies & asthma have kicked in this week – too many leaves on the ground for me to breathe.

What’s up in your corner of the world?

Supplies:  Stamp – Essentials by Ellen, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, ink – VersaMark, die – Simon Says Stamp, embossing powder – Ranger Super Fine Detail white, organdy ribbon – Offray.


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Cat Pattern Birthday Card

Made this card for someone who loves cats and has an October birthday. The Spooky Night paper (purchased several years ago on clearance) just seemed perfect.

Supplies:  Stamp – Papertrey Ink, Paper – Curious Metallics Shadow, Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream, Stampin’ Up! Spooky Night, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, die – My Favorite Things, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, twine – Stampin’ Up!


Slimline Fall Birthday Card

 

The crafting companies have been showing lots of slimline cards the last 2 months. As if they were newly invented.  😉

As always, I struggle with birthday cards for the men in my life. This was made for one of the MANY October birthdays in my family.

Supplies:  Stamps – Papertrey Ink, Taylored Expressions, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Desert Storm, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Marina Mist, inks – Gina K Designs Cherry Red, VersaFine Crimson Red, dies – My Favorite Things (leaves), Papertrey Ink (birthday), Talyered Expressions (banner), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Pale Pink Floral Square Birthday Card

This is for a good friend with a birthday in early October. Happy that I thought ahead. I usually scramble on September 29th to complete it and get it in the mail because “HOW DID IT GET TO BE THE END OF SEPTEMBER??!!”

My goal was really pale pinks and greens. I intentionally did not add color to the center of any of the flowers.

Supplies:  Stamps – Avery Elle, Newton’s Nook, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Pink Pirouette, inks – Copic G00, G0000, R11, R20, R21, R81, RV11, YG03, VersaFine Onyx Black, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.