Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


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Floral Applique Graduation Card

This card is for the daughter of a dear friend, who has graduated from high school within the last few days. The applique flowers are a nod to the young lady’s senior prom dress.

Supplies: Stamps – JustRite, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Real Red, Shimmery White, Soft Sky, Vellum, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Essentials by Ellen (flowers), Spellbinders (circles), Taylored Expressions (banner, graduation cap), sequins – Lawn Fawn, Pretty Pink Posh, embossing powder – Ranger Silver Pearl.

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Blended Ink Graduation Card

ink blended graduation

I needed a graduation card for someone I know who recently graduated with a Master’s degree from an art school.

Creating a card for someone who is a trained artist? DAUNTING! I totally froze.

Thought about watercoloring a background, but, my watercoloring is hit or miss, no technique visible. Can’t do that for an ARTIST.

I finally decided on ink blending with a stencil.

Supplies: Stamp – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Stardreams Silver, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Blueprint Sketch, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feather, VersaFine Smokey Gray, stencil – Heidi Swapp, dies – Spellbinders (circles), Taylored Expressions (banner, grad cap), sequins – Stampin’ Up!, embossing powder – Ranger Silver Pearl, organdy ribbon – Offray.


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Graduation Note Card

gray grad man

This graduate image is an old one from A Muse ArtStamps that I picked up on clearance years ago. (I still wish I had the female graduate as well! She was already out of stock.)

Supplies: Stamps – A Muse ArtStamps, Hero Arts, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, inks – Copic B28, C3, C5, C9, E21, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Spellbinders, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Ranger Silver Pearl.


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Burgundy and Gold Graduation Card

j 2016 grad

Offspring2 graduated from our local community college this week. WOOT! Very proud of him!

Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Bravo Burgundy(retired), Crushed Curry, ink – Kirarina WiNK white, VersaFine Crimson Red, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Taylored Expressions (photo), embossing folder – Stampin’ Up!, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


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U of Md Graduation Shaker Card

eva 2016 grad

A shaker card for a University of Maryland graduate.

Supplies: Paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Office Depot transparency, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Glossy Black, Real Red, dies – Impression Obsession (word), Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Taylored Expressions (cap), sequins – Darice, Doodlebug Designs, Pretty Pink Posh, microbeads – Target $ Aisle, glitter – Stampin’ Up! (retired).


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Cityscape Graduation Card

cityscape graduation

One of my dearest friends has an offspring graduating from Yale this month. And, the lovely offspring has landed a great job in The Big Apple. I thought I would combine both of those accomplishments into one card.

I cut the buildings out of 4 different colors, using dryer sheets to hold all the pieces (4 layers of dryer sheet – this was one sheet (per color) folded into quarters – under the paper in your normal die cut machine sandwich).

cityscape graduation parts

I was then able to pull out specific windows to individually glue into my design.

Supplies: Stamp – Clearly Besotted, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stardreams Silver, Stampin’ Up! Basic Gray, Marina Mist, Night of Navy, Smoky Slate, YoYo Yellow (retired), ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Hero Arts, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Graduation Card in College Colors

salisbury graduation

I had a request for a graduation card in very specific college colors (recipient is female).

Supplies: Stamp – Clearly Besotted, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Bravo Burgundy (retired), So Saffron, Taylored Expressions Build A Scene, ink – VersaFine Crimson Red, dies – Spellbinders (circle), Taylored Expressions (graduation cap), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.