Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


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Bear Pair Valentine’s Day Card

This is the bear stamp I used on my parents Christmas cards – those I left white as polar bears. Sometime over the holidays, I saw someone else had colored the bears brown for a card – adorable.

So, I embossed the bears onto watercolor paper and gently watercolored them. The snow is even sparkly white watercolor (you can almost see it in the photo).

And, YES, this is the card I am sending to my parents for Valentine’s Day.

Supplies:  Stamps – Hero Arts, Penny Black, paper – Canson watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Real Red, inks – Hero Arts Unicorn, VersaFine Onyx Black, ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Carmine Red (022), Light Gray (091), Wink of Stella clear, watercolors – Kuretake Gansai Tambi, Sakura Koi, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder white, Stampendous Detail clear, twine – MarkerPOP.


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Golden Trees Sympathy Card

Yes, one of my favorite images for sympathy cards – the line of trees. The trees and the sentiment are embossed in gold, and I watercolored the background.

Supplies:  Stamps – Papertrey Ink, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Canson watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy, ink – VersaFine Vintage Sepia, watercolors – Sakura Koi, die – Lawn Fawn, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail gold.


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Baby Boy Shower Card

This inspired the baby boy note card last week.

Offspring3 requested this.

Supplies:  Stamps – Simon Says Stamp, Stampin’ Up!, Sugar Pea Designs, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Bashful Blue (retired), Night of Navy, inks – Lawn Fawn Manatee, Stampin’ Up! Bashful Blue (retired), VersaFine Clair Twilight, VersaMark, dies – Spellbinders (circles, rectangle), Sugar Pea Designs (onesie), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


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Deep Purple Carnation Sympathy Card

 

Watercoloring consistently is still a challenge for me. I went through all the reactions to this floral piece along the way – too light (add more paint), love it (it will dry a little lighter), hate it (it didn’t dry any lighter), like it (looks better after I slept), back to love it. I used Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors, and they are definitely more opaque than other watercolors that I have.

Supplies;  Stamps – Papertrey Ink, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Arches watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Papertrey Ink Royal Velvet, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, Smokey Gray, watercolors – Kuretake Gansai Tambi, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Spellbinders (rectangle), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Ranger Silver Pearl.


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Butterfly Birthday Wishes Card

For this butterfly, the Distress Inks blended on the paper as I stamped multiple times (using MISTI for placement).

Supplies:  Stamps – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Inks – Hero Arts Unicorn, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Spellbinders (rectangle), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder white.


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On A Whim Vertical Waves Card

Drat the Polar Vortex!!  It feels like ice planet Hoth here!  (And this is only the Mid-Atlantic – not a northern border state that is really FROZEN.) The thermometer on my kitchen window read -1 degrees (Fahrenheit) yesterday morning at 5:30 AM.

I need WARM SUNSHINE.

Amy Tangerine On A Whim paper will help my mood. I did a little vertical layering.

Supplies:  Stamp – Simon Says Stamp, paper – American Crafts Amy Tangerine On A Whim, Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, ink – VersaFine Smokey Gray, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched hillsides), Simon Says Stamp (banner), embossing powder – Ranger Silver Pearl.


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Sweet Little One Elephant Onesie Note Card

My card basket is lopsided on the blue to pink ratio! Add one to the blue side.

I stamped the elephant in gray and embossed. I wanted it to have more loft, so I overstamped in VersaMark (clear) and embossed again. Perfect!  Good thing I left the elephant stamp on the MISTI, so lining up the second stamping was a no brainer.

Supplies:  Stamps – Simon Says Stamp, Stampin’ Up!, Sugar Pea Designs, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Bashful Blue (retired), Night of Navy, inks – Lawn Fawn Manatee, Stampin’ Up! Bashful Blue (retired), VersaFine Clair Twilight, VersaMark, dies – Spellbinders (rectangle), Sugar Pea Designs (onesie), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.