Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


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Pastel Wildflowers Birthday Card

Yes, after not crafting for almost a month, I chose to color the wildflowers. AGAIN.

I did challenge myself to use a much softer pastel color palette.

This is getting dropped in the mail this week.

Hope you are well.

Pandemic summer continues. I have a new hobby – checking the annuals that I planted around the house every morning to see what the local deer have devoured overnight. They like impatiens and celosia best (mine are down to nubs), have skipped the petunias, vincas and salvia. I am not sure if they are eating the portulucas, or just ripping them out of the ground and spitting them out.

Supplies:  Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Wisteria Wonder (retired), inks – Copic BV00, BV04, G00, R20, Y06, YG0000, YG03, YG25, W00, VersaFine Onyx Black, sequins – Pretty Pink Posh, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Regal Rose Gerbera Daisy Birthday Card

I used my ZIG real brush pens to wash a coral-y mix of pink and orange over this daisy (stamped on Bristol cardstock). After die cutting, I mounted on some neutral Amy Tangerine paper. Sadly, when I went to pull cardstock for matting and the sentiment, I found I was out of the old Stampin’ Up! Cameo Coral (a soft pastel coral). I did find a sheet of Regal Rose in my stash, it is close enough for this.

Dropped into the mail to a family member, HOPEFULLY arriving on time for Thursday birthday!

Supplies:  Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Papertrey Ink, paper – American Crafts Amy Tangerine On A Whim, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Regal Rose (retired), Strathmore Bristol, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens Brown (060), Light Green (041), Orange (070), Pink (025), dies – Essentials by Ellen (daisy), My Favorite Things (pierced rectangle), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Galloping Birthday Card

Hello!

This was another card for my father-in-law.

I stamped the horse on Bristol cardstock, and used my ZIG real brush pens with an aqua brush to watercolor.

What’s going on in your world?

I’ve been keeping busy – sewing masks, a few birthday cards, walking. Worrying about a few family members with medical issues.

Did you get a chance to watch Hamilton? OH. MY. WORD. Just FABULOUS. I hope to get the opportunity to see it live at some point.

Have a great day!

Supplies:  Stamps – Papertrey Ink, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Chocolate Chip, Tempting Turquoise (retired), Strathmore Bristol, inks – VersaFine Vintage Sepia, ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens Brown (060), Cobalt Blue (031), Light Green (041), dies – Spellbinders, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Geo Leaves Birthday Card Duo

I made these cards with the Simon Says Stamp Geo Leaves stencil. The card on the left is going to my father-in-law, he is turning 91 this week.

I hope your week got off to a good start!

Supplies:  Stamp – PaperTrey Ink, paper – Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Strathmore Bristol, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Blueprint Sketch, Salty Ocean, VersaMark, stencil – Simon Says Stamp, enamel dots – Stampin’ Up!, embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Sterling Silver.


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Peony Bouquet Cards

I have had this Peony Bouquet stencil in my shopping cart since it debuted. FINALLY caught it in stock. I blended the inks a little vigorously (note to self:  order the temporary spray adhesive for stencils!) and had to add a few petal lines back with a SIGNO Uniball white pen. The hello version is top fold, birthday version is side fold.

How are things in your world?

Things here are OK. Hubby has a “return to work” date. Offspring3 and I have stalled on jigsaw puzzle #5 (2,000 pieces), and now I am tired of moving it to vacuum. My walking tan is almost to “beach week” shade.

My parents have rebelled and released themselves from quarantine! I told them 2 stores a week…they are doing 2 stores a DAY.

I get it, but still…HEAVY SIGH.

Maybe they will slow down after they realize how exhausting it is to be out?

Supplies:  Stamps – My Favorite Things, Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Strathmore Bristol, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, Wilted Violet, VersaFine Onyx Black, stencil – Simon Says Stamp, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear


More Wildflower Cards

Yes, once I started with this wildflower stamp, I COULD NOT STOP.

The card on the left was a request from Offspring3 after she saw the first wildflower card.

The cards on the left and in the middle are both watercolored using ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens and an aqua brush.

The card on the right was stamped first in Distress Inks, then watercolored with an aqua brush, finally overstamped with the image again in black ink (and embossed). It is supposed to be a loose watercolor, but I don’t know if I went “loose” enough – it might just appear to be mistakes! I did splatter some matching ink over it when dry.

All three are Strathmore Bristol paper – so the color would flow effortlessly with the aqua brush.

Supplies:  Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Technique Tuesday, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pixie Pink (retired), Poppy Parade, Strathmore Bristol, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Abandoned Coral, Candied Apple, Mowed Lawn, Picked Raspberry, VersaFine Onyx Black, ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens Black (010), Brown (060), Carmine Red (022), Light Green (041), Light Violet (081), Orange (070), Pink (025), Yellow (050), embossing powder Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Mondo Wildflowers Birthday Card

I was able to settle in at my craft table over the weekend and get lost in coloring.

I seem to have forgotten that I NEED ART THERAPY. It felt good.

I hope things are calm in your world.

Supplies:  Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Poppy Parade, inks – Copic BV00, E29, R29, V04, YG03, YG25, YG95, Y06, Y13, YR68, 100, VersaFine Clair Twilight, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.

 


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Blended Floral Thinking of You Card

Hey, there.

Struggling with what to post – hard to think that any of this blog matters when the United States is struggling with chaos.

So, thinking of you is appropriate – I am THINKING about a lot of things. The country, the closest cities, my neighborhood. White privilege, empathy, compassion, equality, justice. And, of course, throw in some worry about elderly family members.

I blended ink over a daisy stencil, and added a new sentiment.

Hope you are well, and handling all the THINKING in your life.

Supplies:  Stamp – Essentials by Ellen, paper – Strathmore Bristol, Stampin’ Up! Sahara Sand, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Shabby Shutters, Spun Sugar, Squeezed Lemonade, VersaFine Vintage Sepia, stencil – Simon Says Stamp, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.

 

 


Butterfly Wreath Spread Kindness Card

Can you believe I spent a little time at the craft table?

I have made a few small crafting purchases, trying to support the small businesses that I love. I finally purchased the butterfly wreath set from Reverse Confetti.

I colored it with Copics, and used one of my favorite summer color combinations – aqua, coral, yellow.

Go spread some kindness!

Supplies:  Stamps – Reverse Confetti, Simon Says Stamp, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Calypso Coral, inks – Copic BG01, R14, YG03, Y06, VersaFine Onyx Black, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Bright Beautiful Day Card

I used this design for a Mother’s Day card. On cards like this, with lots of stamped images, I stamp an extra one along the way (knowing something inkily catastrophic may happen at the crafting table!). This time, nothing went wrong. I trimmed this one down and added an encouraging sentiment.

This has been a long week! Parenting the parents has been a little frustrating – I can laugh about it 10 minutes later, but that first 10 minutes is just HARD.

Supplies:  Stamps – Hero Arts, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Gorgeous Grape, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Oxide Abandoned Coral, Peacock Feathers, Squeezed Lemonade, Wilted Violet, VersaFine Onyx Black, sequins – Pretty Pink Posh, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.