Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


Happy Mother’s Day 2018

Early in April, I was watching the premiere of the Trading Spaces reboot…and of course there was a paint chip commercial. Paint chips! Gotta do it for my friends!

These got mailed out before Offspring3 and I left on our adventure.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Supplies: Stamp – Clearly Besotted, paper – American Crafts Amy Tangerine Oh Happy Life, Bo Bunny Garden Party, Crate Paper Good Vibes, Home Depot paint chips, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, embossing powder – Ranger Silver Pearl.


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Rustic Botanicals Mother’s Day Card

It is so hard to make something with this many individual stamped images without making mistakes, even with a MISTI! This was my 3rd try, and there are still flaws. Alas, I covered the biggest one with the sentiment strip, and used a sand eraser to get rid of most of another.

Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Cameo Coral (retired), Lovely Lilac (retired), inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Abandoned Coral, Mowed Lawn, Seedless Preserves, Squeezed Lemonade, Wilted Violet, VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Lawn Fawn, sequins – Pretty Pink Posh, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


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Yellow and Blue Mother’s Day Card

I used a retired background stamp (Stampin’ Up! Pretty Petals) for this. I stamped in blue ink, and then used Silver Pearl embossing powder, so there is a bluish tinge to the soft silver pearl color of the image.

Supplies: Stamps – Clearly Besotted, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pacific Point, So Saffron, inks – VersaFine Deep Lagoon, Onyx Black, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder Clear, Ranger Silver Pearl.


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Watercolored Mother’s Day Bouquet Card

I watercolored this bouquet for my Mom.

Supplies: Stamps – Avery Elle, Clearly Besotted, paper – Canson watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Tangerine Tango, ink – VersaFine Smokey Gray, Vintage Sepia, watercolors – Sakura Koi, sequins – Simon Says Stamp, embossing powders – Ranger Silver Pearl, Stampendous Gold Detail.


Sunbathing Mother’s Day Card

This is a card for my Mom.

The main image is on a wobble spring, and intentionally mounted with the lady leaning. When you make it wobble, it looks like she is falling.

True story: My maternal grandmother was sitting in a similar lawn chair at our neighborhood picnic sometime while I was in high school. She was watching the softball game, beer in her hand. A small plane went over head (we were less than 10 miles from a small community airport), and it caught her eye. It must have gone straight over her. She watched it diligently and leaned a little too much in that webbed lawn chair. She went over backwards. One of those slow motion visuals. She didn’t get hurt, but she did spill her beer.

With that story in mind, how else could I use this image for Mom???

Supplies: Stamps – Art Impressions, Stampin’ Up!, paper – American Crafts Amy Tangerine Better Together, My Favorite Things Bundle of Blossoms, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Calypso Coral, Gable Green (retired), inks – Copic C3, C5, E23, E51, B0000, B02, R24, R81, R85, Y06, YG06, YG17, YR68, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched hillside), Spellbinders (circles), embossing powder – Ranger clear.


Hero Arts Butterfly Mother’s Day Card

This was a request from Cousin Pati.

Funny how I forget I am allowed to die cut patterned paper! It really can be cut something other than straight!

(and, YIKES! I need to get to work on my own Mother’s Day cards!)

Supplies: Stamp – Clearly Besotted, paper – My Favorite Things Bundle of Blossoms Brights, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Calypso Coral, Soft Sky, Stardream Silver, ink – VersaMark, dies – Hero Arts (butterfly), Lawn Fawn (stitched hillside), sequins – Simon Says Stamp,  embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Sterling Silver.


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Happy Mother’s Day 2017

Happy Mother’s Day!

Supplies: Stamp – Hero Arts, paper – American Crafts Amy Tangerine On A Whim, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Poptone Razzle Berry, Stampin’ Up! Calypso Coral, ink – VersaFine Smokey Gray, die – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), washi tape – American Crafts Amy Tangerine On A Whim, embossing powder – Ranger Silver Pearl, organdy ribbon – Offray.


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Painted Enveloper Series Mother’s Day Card

For this card, I stamped in black and embossed. Then, I carefully watercolored the flowers and butterflies. When that was dry, I lightly watercolored the sky. I was really happy with it, until I thought, “Oh, let me wipe of the embossed areas, just in case there is some color still sitting on top of the embossing – I don’t want the recipient to get painted fingers.” Now there are several smudges. My final touch was splatterings of clear Wink Of Stella.

So, helpful readers, how should I remove the residual paint color that sits on top of embossed areas? I know I rubbed – I should not have done that. Would just blotting work?

Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, Waffle Flower, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Poptone Sour Apple, Strathmore Bristol, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, Smokey Gray, ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens Carmine Red (022), Cobalt Blue (031), Light Green (041), Orange (070), Yellow (050), ZIG Wink of Stella, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Ranger Silver Pearl.


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Floral Mother’s Day Card with Embossing Paste

Last week, Ellen Hutson’s blog, The Classroom, was featuring Tonic Nuvo Embellishment Mousses. I have none of these mousses. They do look lovely, fun to play with. I really don’t know how often I would use them, and knowing that, how in goodness sakes would I choose which ONE of the 24 colors to buy??? Pink Flambe because hot pink is my favorite color? Or Aquamarine or Powder Blue for the sky/ocean possibilities? In reality, if I do eventually splurge (it is not in the budget for the foreseeable future!) on ONE, I would probably get Pure Platinum, because who can’t use a neutral metallic.

I have a two embossing pastes (clear, white) by Dreamweaver, and these can be colored by adding ink before spreading, and I can potentially sprinkle glitter on top after spreading (before it dries).

Today, I just spread the clear over a floral stencil. This is a card for my Mom.

Supplies: Stamp – Clearly Besotted, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Calypso Coral, Real Red, ink – VersaFine Satin Red, stencil – Heidi Swapp, embossing paste – Dreamweaver/Studio 490/Wendy Vecchi translucent, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, twine – MarkerPop.


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On A Whim Mother’s Day Card

I thought this sheet of paper from the Amy Tangerine On A Whim collection was perfect for a Mother’s Day card.

Supplies: Stamp – Clearly Besotted, paper – American Crafts Amy Tangerine On A Whim, Malmero Perle Sparkle Green, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, ink – VersaFine Smokey Gray, sequins – Pretty Pink Posh, embossing powder – Ranger Silver Pearl, organdy ribbon – Offray.