Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


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Sparkly Faux Letterpress Birthday Card

I was inspired by THIS blog post by Jennifer McGuire to try inking an embossing folder before cranking it through my die cut machine.

My ink did not turn out as smooth as hers did – my brayer is old and not used much, maybe I need a new one. I was happy enough to make it into a card to be mailed off to a friend.

“Sparkly” is in the title because the blue paper is iridescent when you tilt it towards the light.

Supplies:  Stamp – Papertrey Ink, paper – Curious Metallics Blueprint, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Oxide Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet, VersaMark, embossing folder – Darice, die – Lawn Fawn, embossing powder – Ranger Silver Pearl.


Yet ANOTHER Square Card!

Hello, hello!

I have the new computer up & running, and all of my files restored.  WHEW!

This card is for my mother-in-law.

I stamped the wreath on Bristol, and used my Real Brush pens.

Supplies:  Stamps – Avery Elle, Newton’s Nook, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Gable Green (way, way retired!), Strathmore Bristol, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens Brown (060), Carmine Red (022), Green (040), Light Green ((041), Light Violet (081), Orange (070), Pink (025), Yellow (050), die – Spellbinders, sequins – Darice, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Happy Halloween Note Cards

These are for the next door neighbor goblins. Now I have to remember to grab something Halloween themed from the Target $ Aisle!

Supplies:  Stamps – Clearly Besotted, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Doodlebug Designs, My Favorite Things Field Day, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, dies – Simon Says Stamp, Taylored Expressions, punch – Stampin’ Up!, googlie eyes – Darice, embossing powders – Ranger Super Fine Detail white, Stampendous Detail clear.


Encouragement Speech Bubble Card

I think the sentiments in Julie Ebersole’s Voices in My Head stamp set are sassy and fun!

The sequins were a last minute addition – I realized the white background (the lady is stamped/embossed/colored directly on that white layer) was too stark. The card was already assembled, so I didn’t want to attempt blending  or additional coloring. Sequins to the rescue.

Supplies:  Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, PopTone Sour Apple, Stampin’ Up! Soft Sky (retired), inks – Copic E15, E19, E21, E37, E57, VersaFine Vintage Sepia, die – Lawn Fawn, sequins – Darice? (probably?), embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


Foiled Vitamin Sea Card

I bought some Deco Foil Rainbow Shattered Glass foil recently, and used my laminator to make this card. This foil is GORGEOUS.

And guess what?

I WAS SUCCESSFUL ON THE FIRST TRY! Have I ever said that about foiling before??

Supplies:  Stamp – Newton’s Nook, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Desert Storm, Stampin’ Up! Tempting Turquoise (retired), ink – Ranger Emboss It, dies – My Favorite Things, embossing folder – Darice, foil – iCraft Deco Foil Rainbow Shattered Glass, embossing powder – Ranger Super Fine Detail clear.


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White and Gold Embossed Graduation Card

This is a card I needed for personal use. I did a little research on the graduate (college colors, sorority colors, instagram), and tied the bits of information together to make this.

Supplies:  Stamp – Clearly Besotted, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Cherry Cobbler, Gold Mirror, Lavender Lace (retired),  ink – Ranger Emboss It, dies – Paper Smooches, embossing folder – Darice, pearls – Swarovski, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail Gold.


Watercolored Floral Mother’s Day Note Card

These watercolor pieces were left over after the Watercolored Floral Wedding Card .

Supplies:  Stamps – Avery Elle, Clearly Besotted, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Gable Green (retired), Tempting Turquoise (retired), Strathmore Bristol, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaFine Clair Twilight, ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens Cobalt Blue (031), Green (040), Light Green (041), Orange (070), dies – Avery Elle, embossing folder – Provo Craft, sequins – Darice, embossing powders – Ranger Silver Pearl, 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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Purple, Aqua, Navy and Silver Floral Birthday Card

This is a square card that I made for personal use. I was really happy with the color combination.

Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stardream Metallics Silver, inks – Gina K. Designs Wild Lilac, Lawn Fawn Merman, VersaFine Clair Twilight, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Spellbinders, sequins – Darice, embossing powder – Ranger Silver Pearl.