Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


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Take Out Cup Hello Note Card

Working on a set of notecards (this is the last one). Struggling creatively. I decided on the scrap of Basic Grey for the coffee cup first (an OLD scrap!). Then, the idea of a paint chip in the background smacked me in the head. My paint chips can always pull me through!

Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, paper – Basic Grey Romani, Home Depot paint chip, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Hero Arts (cup, lid), Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangles), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


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Watercolored Live in the Moment Card

I embossed watercolor paper with an embossing folder, then set out to “paint” the embossed image. I am struggling with controlling the water!

Supplies: Stamp – Hero Arts, paper – Canson watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Lawn Fawn, embossing folder – Darice, watercolors – Kuretake Gansai Tambi, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


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Embossed and Sanded Note Cards

Oops! Forgot to schedule a post for this morning!

I embossed Core’dinations cardstock in an embossing folder, then sanded the surface to reveal the inner color.

Supplies: Stamps – Papertrey Ink, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Blush Blossom (retired), Core’dinations Real Red, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Stampin’ Up! (smaller banner), Taylored Expressions (larger banner), embossing folder – Darice, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, organdy ribbon – Offray.


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Floral Awesome Card – Essentials by Ellen April 2017 Mix It Up Challenge

I have been avoiding challenges for a while…not exactly sure WHY. Sometimes I don’t have the inspiration, sometimes I don’t have the supplies, sometimes I have a bad attitude. I definitely need to TRY to participate in challenges more often – they do make you stretch your creativity.

The current Essentials by Ellen April 2017 Mix It Up Challenge is with Waffle Flower.

I do have several of the new Waffle Flower Enveloper series stamps, but I reached for my only other Waffle Flower stamp set – In Every Way. And Essentials by Ellen’s Bold Blooms.

I used my MISTI for every single image on this card. YES, it helped me keep my sentiment straight! I also used it for the flowers and leaves because I chose to use Distress Inks – which, in my experience are very blotchy with clear stamps. Mounting the stamps on the MISTI allowed me to stamp each flower, each leaf 3 times. And, voila! NO BLOTCHY IMAGES.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Waffle Flower, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pop’Set Infra Violet, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Abandoned Coral, Twisted Citron, Wilted Violet, VersaFine Onyx Black, sequins – Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear 3mm, embossing powder – Ranger Silver Pearl.


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Retired Soft Subtles Thinking of You Note Card

I still had the Waffle Flower Enveloper Hello set on my workspace – this time, I colored the 2 stamps (butterfly, floral) with my old Stampin’ Up! Markers. All of these colors are retired – I still love the old Soft Subtles collection.

Supplies: Stamps – Papertrey Ink, Waffle Flower, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Almost Amethyst (retired), Apricot Appeal (retired), Bashful Blue (retired), inks – Stampin’ Up! Almost Amethyst (retired), Bashful Blue (retired), Certainly Celery (retired), VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangles), Spellbinders (tag), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


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Lilly Pulitzer Ad Thinking of You Note Card


Pulled out the Lilly Pulitzer ad scraps to see if anything inspired me.  This green abstract really tugged at me.

Supplies: Stamp – Papertrey Ink, paper – Lilly Pulitzer ad, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Poptone Sour Apple, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Spellbinders, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear..


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Bright Paint Chip Thinking of You Note Card

Yesterday was the first day of spring – I was in the mood for something BRIGHT. And paint chip-y.

The flowers were punched out of scraps left over from THIS project.

Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, Papertrey Ink, paper – Behr (Home Depot) paint chip, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pop Tone Razzle Berry, inks – Stampin’ Up! Old Olive, Pink Passion (retired), Pixie Pink (retired), VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Stampin’ Up!, gems – A Muse ArtStamps Twinkle Stickers, flower punch – All Night Media, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, organdy ribbon – Offray.