Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


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Positive Vibes Note Card

I was flipping through a pad of paper, looking for something quirky to use on a note card.

A field of plus signs! Pair it with a “positive” sentiment, and I’ve got a math geek joke.  😉

Supplies:  Stamp – Essentials by Ellen, paper – DCWV No Prob Llama, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pure Poppy, Soft Sky, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Lawn Fawn, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


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Stuck on You Desert Card

I used this as one of my punny Valentine cards – but it works for a LOVE card, too.

Lots of masking to stamp the cacti and succulents, with a touch of Copic coloring to fill in.

After a month of trying, I was able to schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments for both of my parents (in their mid 80’s). We go this week for shot #1, and then again the last week of March for shot #2.

Now I get to figure out the scheduling system in my in-laws home state.

Supplies:  Stamps – Newton’s Nook, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Wild Wasabi, inks – Copic B0000, E51, E53, Gina K. Designs Jelly Bean, Key Lime, Lawn Fawn Freshly Cut Grass, Mermaid, Merman, Taylored Expressions Lime Zest, VersaFine Onyx Black, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


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Let’s Venti Note Card

I stumbled upon this paper pieced coffee cup in one of my folders and I had to use it.

Longing for a time when we can say, “Meet me at Barnes & Noble to catch up!”

Supplies:  Stamps – Avery Elle, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pop Tone Sour Apple, Reverse Confetti From Cupid, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Avery Elle (coffee cup), Spellbinders (circle).


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Good Vibes Rainbow Card

I recently got a stamp set full of encouraging sentiments – we all could use some encouragement now.

Difficult to tell in the photo, but the background has lightly stenciled clouds.

Supplies:  Stamp – My Favorite Things, paper – Gmund Royal, PopTone Razzle Berry, Sour Apple, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Gorgeous Grape, Pumpkin Pie, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Tumbled Glass, VersaMark, dies – My Favorite Things (rainbow, pierced rectangle), embossing powder – Ranger Super Fine white.


Bookcase Card

Offspring3 and I have a thing for bookcases. And all the things that you contain in bookcases.

With news contributors ZOOMing from their living rooms or offices during the pandemic, we have seen some beautiful bookcases in the last year.

Here are some examples! No need to watch the videos, you can see the bookcases in the preview pane.

Michael Beschloss, presidential historian:

(He gets bonus points for that fireplace!)

Kacie Hunt from MSNBC:

(She gets bonus points for books arranged by COLOR!)

ANYWAY, I found a bookcase stamp that hits it all – from Brutus Monroe. It even has cats and cameras – very versatile.

The interior sentiment of this card is Sending you warm wishes & sunny smiles.  (I stamped one too many for New Year’s cards.)

Supplies: Stamp – Brutus Monroe, paper – Neenah Classis Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Bashful Blue (way, way retired), inks – Copic B21, C3, C7, E53, YG25, VersaMark Clair Nocturne, die – Lawn Fawn, embossing powder – Stampendous.


COW Are You Note Card

I love cards with pun sentiments!

How are you this week? I am OK – creativity is working! Weather is chilly & no sunshine.

WordPress congratulated me last week on the 8 year anniversary of my blog. WHAT? I have been doing this for eight years??

Supplies:  Stamps – Sunny Studio, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Gray, Pool Party, Taylored Expressions Build A Scene, inks – Copic C3, C7, E33, E51, R20, R29, Y18, VersaFine Clair Nocturne, dies – Spellbinders (banner), Sunny Studio (cow), embossing powder – Stampendous.


Foiled Peonies Just Because Card

While I had my laminator warmed up to make my Mom’s birthday card a few weeks ago, I had to make something using this Rainbow Shattered Glass foil.

SO sparkly!

Supplies:  Stamp – Essentials by Ellen, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Pool Party, ink – VersaMark, stencil – Simon Says Stamp, die – Simon Says Stamp, foil – iCraft/ThermOWeb Deco Foil Rainbow Shattered Glass, embossing powder – Ranger Super Fine Detail white.


Blended Backgrounds with Spanish Script Cards

I did these a few weeks ago, with the other Hola! cards.

Supplies:  Stamps – Cornish Heritage Farms, Technique Tuesday, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pop Tone Sour Apple, Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy, Wisteria Wonder, Strathmore Bristol, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Shaded Lilac, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, VersaFine Clair Twilight, stencils – Newton’s Nook (shells), Simon Says Stamp (daisies), dies – Essentials by Ellen (hello), Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), My Favorite Things (pierced rectangle), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder.


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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.