Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


And November begins…

I finished the paperwork I was working on for the in-laws early in the week, and even found time to stamp and color a few things before other chores took over (making a birthday cake, cleaning the house).

I am hoping that a few fun size bags of M&Ms will lure my mojo to the craft table this afternoon!

Have a great Friday!

Stamps – My Favorite Things, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Arches watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pacific Point, Real Red, Strathmore Bristol, inks – Copics, Stampin’ Up! Real Red, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Reverse Confetti (tag), Spellbinders (square), embossing folder – Provo Craft, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, organdy ribbon – ClearBags.


Night Sky Forever and Always Card

I wanted a blended background behind this die, and I found a “night sky” in my completed pieces folder.

Supplies:  Paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Strathmore Bristol, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire, Salty Ocean, ZIG Wink of Stella clear, die – Taylored Expressions.


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Stormy Skies Thinking of You Card

My colors were inspired by last week’s Color Throwdown Challenge #562.

I didn’t realize until I was finished blending the inks that I had played along with the challenge (I had the above graphic printed & sitting on my craft table), and by then I had missed the deadline.

Supplies:  Stamps – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Strathmore Bristol, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire, Salty Ocean, Stormy Sky, VersaFine Onyx Black, stencil – My Favorite Things, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


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Watercolor Poppies Birthday Card

I made a second poppies card a few weeks ago when I was watercoloring on Bristol card stock.

Supplies:  Stamps – Papertrey Ink, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Poppy Parade, Strathmore Bristol, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, watercolors – Sakura Koi, embossing powders – Stampendous Detail clear, gold.


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Happy Holidays Husky Card

OK, YES, the blending brushes still have my attention! This time, the base for the blending was Bristol card stock.

I colored the image with Copic markers, then let those colors dictate the colors for the background blend. From the bottom:  Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon, Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet.

Supplies:  Stamps – A Muse Artstamps, Newton’s Nook, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Gorgeous Grape, Shimmery White, Strathmore Bristol, inks – Copic 100, B24, BG10, BG23, C3, C5, C7, R21, V17, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, Wilted Violet, VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, dies – Newton’s Nook (dog/snowman), Simon Says Stamp (banner), Spellbinders (oval), embossing powders – Ranger Silver Pearl, Stampendous Detail clear.


Watercolored Purple Poppies Sympathy Card

I chose to watercolor on Bristol paper for this card, being careful to not use too much water.

Supplies:  Stamps – Papertrey Ink, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Gorgeous Grape, Strathmore Bristol, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Marker Black (010), watercolors – Sakura Koi, embossing powders – Ranger Silver Pearl, Stampendous Detail clear.


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Goodbye, Sweet Baby

This card was a request – a family is mourning the loss of their 21 year old fur baby named Baby.

The sentiment was computer generated on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White card stock, and die cut.

Supplies:  Stamp – Simon Says Stamp, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Cherry Cobbler, Strathmore Bristol, inks – Copic E41, R0000, R20, Tim Holtz/Ranger Tumbled Glass, VersaFine Smoky Gray, ZIG Wink of Stella clear, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangles), Memory Box (clouds), Simon Says Stamp (cat), stencil – My Favorite Things, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


Blue and Purple Ink Blended Sympathy Cards

I was in the mood for ink blending, specifically blue and purple ink blending. I used Strathmore Bristol paper for really easy blending.

Supplies:  Stamps – Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Strathmore Bristol, inks – Hero Arts Unicorn, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, Wilted Violet, VersaFine Smoky Gray, stencil – Neat & Tangled, dies – My Favorite Things, Simon Says Stamp, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder white, Ranger Silver Pearl.


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Gerbera Daisy Mother’s Day Card

The second card for my Mom.

I stamped onto Bristol paper, and colored the images using ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens and an aqua brush.

I am happy with how vivid this turned out!

Supplies:  Stamps – Clearly Besotted, Essentials by Ellen, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Strathmore Bristol, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens Brown (060), Carmine Red (022), Cobalt Blue (031), Green (040), Light Green (041), Orange (070), Yellow (050), embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Sterling Silver.


Tulips Thinking of You Card

Since spring is blooming here, I pulled out my tulips stamp. I am waiting rather impatiently for my tulips to bloom – maybe it will be TODAY.

When I stamped the tulips, the ink would not dry…I ultimately had to pull out my heat gun to dry it. I didn’t realize until I was photographing that the paper I thought was Neenah white card stock was Bristol card stock – OOPS. Not what I intended.  (And it bothers me that the whites don’t match – but that is a personal problem!  🙂  )

Supplies:  Stamps – Hero Arts, Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! YoYo Yellow (retired), Strathmore Bristol, Taylored Expressions Cookie Monster, inks – Stampin’ Up! Coastal Cabana (retired), Gumball Green (retired), YoYo Yellow (retired), VersaFine Clair Twilight, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Simon Says Stamp (banner), embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.