Paper and Ink Imaginings

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Watercolored Best Fishes Card

This fish image and sentiment are from an old Stampin’ Up! Sale-a-bration set (2007!!).

I stamped the fish onto watercolor paper, used a water brush to blend the individual stripes, and then watercolored the blue around them.

Supplies: Stamps – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Canson watercolor paper, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, inks – Stampin’ Up! Bermuda Bay, Brilliant Blue (retired), Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Only Orange (retired), Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, VersaFine Onyx Black, ZIG Real Brush Pen Cobalt Blue (031), dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Stampin’ Up! (banner), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.

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Better Together and Navy Birthday Card

I am always looking for masculine birthday cards.

Supplies: Stamp – Papertrey Ink, paper – American Crafts Amy Tangerine Better Together, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder.


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Teal, Lilac and Olive Belated Birthday Card

I wanted to use the You Are Lovely set from Hero Arts, but not use one of my go to color combinations. SO…I thought for a bit, and pulled out a color combination from some other year. Bermuda Bay, Lovely Lilac, Old Olive. I am 98% happy with the way it turned out. I would be 100% happy with it if I still had a stash of retired Lovely Lilac cardstock to use as the mat.  😉

Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Bermuda Bay, inks – Stampin’ Up! Bermuda Bay, Lovely Lilac (retired), Old Olive, VersaFine Onyx Black, embossing powder – Ranger Silver Pearl.


Circuit Board Design Birthday Card

This paper is from ScrapBerry’s Edge of Town collection – it is a great collection for masculine cards.

Mom Update:  The brain procedure went well, the neurosurgeon was happy with the result he was able to achieve with the coiling procedure. She is still in the hospital as I am setting this to post on Thursday AM.

Supplies: Stamp – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, ScrapBerry Edge of Town, Stampin’ Up! Basic Gray, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Lawn Fawn, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, linen thread – Stampin’ Up!.


Botantical Collage Birthday Card

When I stamped the background collage for Offspring3’s birthday card a few weeks ago, I stamped multiple sheets of the collage (the MISTI made that easy!).

This version was stamped using Simon Says Stamp inks in Hot Mama (a dark orchid) and Deep Purple. The inks are new to me. I was THRILLED to find my blended ink color matched a piece of Plum Punch card stock I had in my stash.

I have had an entire set of Stampin’ Up! Classic Ink Pads forever. I did update to the “new” Stampin’ Up! foam pads in 2012, and, alas, while I have gotten my money’s worth out of these ink pads, it is time to reink or buy new ink pads. The pads I have reinked have changed color (gone darker), which doesn’t make me a happy camper. Ink pads are a big investment, so I am going to be researching other brands that have come onto the market since I made my original investment in 2002.

And here is a birthday note card I made out of the leftover collage:

If you don’t mind, think good thoughts for my family again today! I will be back at the hospital with my parents, my mother is having a procedure called Endovascular Coiling for her unruptured brain aneurysm.

Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Taylored Expressions Plum Punch, inks – Simon Says Stamp Deep Purple, Hot Mama, VersaFine Onyx Black, die – My Favorite Things, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Ranger Liquid Platinum, organdy ribbon – Offray.


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Floral Distress Oxide Background Birthday Card

Someone (Offspring3) had a birthday recently.

I have dragged my feet getting on the Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Oxide Ink Pad bandwagon. Do I need Distress Oxide inks? I don’t know! I finally bought 2 colors (Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean) that I know I will use, just to play with them and determine if I like them enough to buy more. The jury is still out, I have to try blending them. I thought they would stamp more solidly than the results I got with this background (note: I stamped 4 pieces of this background while I had the stamps on my MISTI).

My mother’s angiogram went well yesterday. We have an appointment to discuss options with the neurosurgeon in the near future.

Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, inks – Hero Arts Unicorn, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, die – Lawn Fawn, sequins – Pretty Pink Posh, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


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Pale Coral Floral Birthday Card

Another item out of the scrap folder. My habit is to stamp 2 images when I am coloring – in case I make a mistake. So, sometimes my scrap folder is full of good things, other times, my circular file or recycling pile is full of mistakes.

Supplies: Stamps – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Avery Elle Neutral Collection, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Poptone Sour Apple, inks – Copic R11, R81, R85, YG03, VersaFine Smokey Gray, dies – My Favorite Things (pierced rectangles), Stampin’ Up! (tiny banner), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder Clear.