Paper and Ink Imaginings

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Deep Purple Carnation Sympathy Card

 

Watercoloring consistently is still a challenge for me. I went through all the reactions to this floral piece along the way – too light (add more paint), love it (it will dry a little lighter), hate it (it didn’t dry any lighter), like it (looks better after I slept), back to love it. I used Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors, and they are definitely more opaque than other watercolors that I have.

Supplies;  Stamps – Papertrey Ink, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Arches watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Papertrey Ink Royal Velvet, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, Smokey Gray, watercolors – Kuretake Gansai Tambi, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Spellbinders (rectangle), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Ranger Silver Pearl.


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F14 Watercolor Sky Birthday Card

This is a card I made over the weekend, for personal use. It is a larger card – 5 x 7 inches.

Supplies: Stamps – Papertrey Ink, jet stamp – not sure (the label says ExpressionsInInk.com, and I found that website, but they have ONE set of stamps. I am 99% sure I bought it from AddictedtoRubberStamps.com way back (not that they manufactured it, either!)), paper – Arches watercolor, Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stardream Silver,  inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire, Salty Ocean, Stormy Sky, Tumbled Glass, VersaFine Onyx Black, Smokey Gray, ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Marker Light Gray (091), dies – Spellbinders, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Ranger Silver Pearl.

 

 


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Watercolored Poppies Cards

watercolored poppies pair

For the bridal shower card I was working on, I also painted these two poppies backgrounds. I just was not sure how literal I wanted to go using the dress as inspiration.

Both cards were painted with the same watercolor colors.

Since I did not use them for the card for my friend, I turned them in to birthday cards that I need to send this month.

Supplies: Stamps – Papertrey Ink, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Arches watercolor paper, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangles), My Favorite Things (pierced rectangle), watercolors – Kuretake Gansai Tambi #31, 58, 95 (95 is metallic white, I mixed that with the other 2 colors, it was not used stand alone), embossing powder – Ranger Liquid Platinum.


Watercolored Galaxy Background Encouragement Card

watercolor galaxy be confident

For this background, I was expanding my artistic horizons, trying to create a galaxy background similar to what Kristina Werner created in this blog post .

Sorry I didn’t think to take an “in progress” shot. I loosely watercolored the ZIG Clean Color marker colors and let them dry. They were much lighter than the colors in Kristina Werner’s card – I am much more timid with watercolors, and I struggle with too much water. After it was dry, I really struggled with putting the black paint over the colors! It sat on my counter for more than a week, then I added white paint spatters, and a few spatters of Wink of Stella (which turned out much larger than I wanted – too late!).

This sentiment is another PERFECT one from the Simon Says Stamp Uplifting Thoughts set.

It is very pretty in person, and I had to add the Aurora Borealis Swarovski jewels to my galaxy because they fit the theme.

Supplies: Stamp – Simon Says Stamp, paper – Arches watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Papertrey Ink Royal Velvet, ink – Stampin’ Up! Basic Gray, VersaFine Onyx Black, Wink of Stella clear, die – My Favorite Things (pierced rectangle), watercolors – ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers Blue (30), Cobalt Blue (31), Light Green (41), Light Violet (81), Orange (70), Pink (25), Yellow (50), Kuretake Gansai Tambi #10 (white), 20 (black), jewels – EK Success Swarovski Elements Aurora Borealis, embossing powder – Ranger Liquid Platinum.


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Wedding Shower Card

bridal shower for vic

A friend requested a large card for a wedding shower. This card is A7 size – 5 x 7 inches.

I asked for hints about theme or colors, and got a photo of the bridesmaid dress.

bridesmaid dress(sorry, no idea who to give photo credit to!)

I loosely watercolored two pieces of paper – one in coral, one in green (and a little bit of sparkly white in both), and die cut flowers and leaves when dry. I have used a similar layout before, but really liked the contrast against the black paper today.

Supplies: Stamp – Papertrey Ink, paper – Arches watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Calypso Coral, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, watercolors – Kuretake Gansai Tambi, dies – Essentials by Ellen, sequins – Pretty Pink Posh, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


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Patriotic Stripes Birthday Card

watorcolored stripe bday

For my father-in-law, who is very patriotic AND he celebrates his birthday the week of July 4th.

I will have to ask him next time I see him if he knows the words to “I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy”!

 

 

Supplies: Stamp – Papertrey Ink, paper – Arches watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Simon Says Stamp Lipstick, Stampin’ Up! Brilliant Blue (retired), ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, watercolors – Kuretake Gansai Tambi, dies – Spellbinders, stars – Pretty Pink Posh, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.