Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


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Oceans of Love Fish Card

When I got this stencil last year, my first thought was to make each fish a different color…and my logistical brain said “way too much work”. I FINALLY went back to my first thought, and am very glad I took the time!

I used Post-It tape to mask off each individual fish, each bubble (yes, I have a few places where I missed).

When the ink was dry, I repositioned the stencil and applied clear embossing paste over the colored fish. After the embossing paste dried, I applied a very light watercolor wash (and tried to keep my brush as dry as possible, since I didn’t use watercolor or Bristol paper) to make the watery background.

Mood when done:  HAPPY.  🙂

Supplies:  Stamp – My Favorite Things, paper – Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, inks – Lawn Fawn Manatee, Simon Says Stamp Slate, Stampin’ Up! Only Orange (retired), Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Abandoned Coral, Blueprint Sketch, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade, Tumbled Glass, Twisted Citron, Wilted Violet, VersaMark, die – Simon Says Stamp, stencil – Newton’s Nook, embossing paste – Dreamweaver Wendy Vecchi translucent, watercolor – Sakura Koi, embossing powder – Ranger Super Fine Detail white.


I Ruff You Yellow Labrador Card

While I was in my scrap folders yesterday, I ran into this labrador image that was Copic colored and ready to go. The Build A Scene scraps made a really quick card.

Supplies:  Stamps – Lawn Fawn, Taylored Expressions, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Bashful Blue (retired), Taylored Expressions Build A Scene, inks – Copic E53, R29m YG06, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Simon Says Stamp (fishtail), Spellbinders (tag), Taylored Expressions (dog), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


So Special Butterfly Card

I made this blended background ages ago, it was just hanging out in one of my folders. This week, I thought it needed a butterfly!

Supplies:  Stamp – My Favorite Things, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy, Stardream Metallic Flame, Strathmore Bristol, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Blueprint Sketch, VersaFine Clair Twilight, dies – Hero Arts (butterfly), Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Simon Says Stamp (banner), stencil – Heidi Swapp, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


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I Like You a Waffle Lot Cards

I had Technique Tuesday’s Waffle Lot stamp set out working on a Valentine card.

I used masking to stamp a waffle background.

I made an extra one, just to have around.

For this one, I pulled out an old Provo Craft embossing folder (Traffic Jam) to repeat the waffle dents on the background.

Supplies:  Stamps – Technique Tuesday, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Desert Storm, Stampin’ Up! Real Red, Tempting Turquoise (retired), inks – Copic E23, E53, Y13, Y18, Stampin’ Up! Coffee Cake, VersaFine Onyx Black, Vintage Sepia, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Papertrey Ink (mat stack), Spellbinders (circle), embossing folder – Provo Craft, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


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Pink Floral Adore Card

The floral stamps were still on my work table, so I made this monochromatic floral card. For a little texture, I added die cut hearts and a few sequins.

Supplies:  Stamps – My Favorite Things, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pink Passion (retired), Pink Pirouette (retired), Pixie Pink (retired), inks – Stampin’ Up! Pink Passion (retired), Pink Pirouette (retired), Pixie Pink (retired), VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Simon Says Stamp (heart outlines), Spellbinders (rectangle), sequins – Darice, embossing powder – Ranger Silver Pearl, organdy ribbon – Offray.


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Celtic Heart Love Is Card

Not sure if this is a Valentine’s Day card or not. Maybe. But love is love is love is LOVE can happen any day of the year.

Supplies:  Stamps – Just For Fun, Simon Says Stamp, paper – Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Real Red, inks – Stampin’ Up! Real Red, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Spellbinders, embossing powder – Ranger Silver Pearl.


Looking For You Card

As I was making this (admittedly, SUBDUED) card, I thought of all of the bright color combinations that would be fabulous for it. Luckily, this stamp set has lots of sentiments, so you may see another version of this in the near future.

Each frame is double layered (navy over black, pattern over royal). The hearts in the background were blended through a stencil.

Supplies:  Stamp – My Favorite Things, paper – KaiserCraft Havana Nights, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy, Smoky Slate, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Hickory Smoke, VersaFine Clair Twilight, dies – My Favorite Things, stencil – Simon Says Stamp, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.