Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


Royal Blue Pavers Birthday Card

This is a stencil I had never inked before. I am ready to ink it up again!

Supplies: Stamp – Papertrey Ink, paper – Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up Poppy Parade, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Oxide Blueprint Sketch, VersaFine Onyx Black, stencil – Simon Says Stamp, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangles), Spellbinders (circles), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Clean and Simple Hello Cards

My mother in law requested more greeting cards recently. I have been busy with non-crafty things, and my first thought was “I don’t really have time”.

Then, as luck would have it, Ellen Hutson posted a video by Julie Ebersole that inspired my simple layout.

Supplies:  Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Newton’s Nook, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Oxide Abandoned Coral, Salty Ocean, VersaFine Onyx Black, embossing powder – FIligree Fine Art Powder clear.


Kraft, Navy and Teal Anniversary Card

 

How are things going?

Thanksgiving has come and gone here…food was good, it was strange to only have those of us living in the house at the table. That is 2020.

I am doing well on Christmas shopping (online), but the Christmas cards and calendar have not really gotten off the ground YET.

WHATEVER. {hair flip}

I really love this Gina K. Designs snowflake stencil – it is a great background.

Supplies:  Stamp – Rubber Stampede, paper – Neenah Desert Storm, Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Oxide Peacock Feathers, VersaMark, die – Lawn Fawn, stencil – Gina K. Designs, embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Sterling Silver.


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.


Tie Dye Sunrise Birthday Card

One of my cousins requested this birthday card. The key word was “hippy-ish”. This was my first idea – ink blend a rainbow background & die cut it into sunbeams.

Supplies:  Stamp – Newton’s Nook, paper – Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Desert Storm, Stampin’ Up! Daffodil Delight, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Oxide Abandoned Coral, Blueprint Sketch, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Squeezed Lemonade, Wilted Violet, VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Lawn Fawn, stencil – Gina K. Designs, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Bright Beautiful Day Card

I used this design for a Mother’s Day card. On cards like this, with lots of stamped images, I stamp an extra one along the way (knowing something inkily catastrophic may happen at the crafting table!). This time, nothing went wrong. I trimmed this one down and added an encouraging sentiment.

This has been a long week! Parenting the parents has been a little frustrating – I can laugh about it 10 minutes later, but that first 10 minutes is just HARD.

Supplies:  Stamps – Hero Arts, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Gorgeous Grape, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Oxide Abandoned Coral, Peacock Feathers, Squeezed Lemonade, Wilted Violet, VersaFine Onyx Black, sequins – Pretty Pink Posh, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


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People Issues Blended Card

I ordered the 2nd set of snarky sentiments to go with this Essentials by Ellen Voices in My Head lady. And I had a day last week when I needed someone to send this card to ME.  😉

I struggle with the background for her. This time, I blended some Distress Oxide Ink over her (she was covered with masking paper).

In case you are wondering, the inspiration for the gray stripy hair is MY HAIR. I have been growing out my hair color (18 months now – still have some colored tips on one side – the longer side of the side part), and I now have brown & gray stripy hair. Not unattractive – I am glad I have muscled through the awkward stages with no emergency highlights or super short pixie and made it to the other side!

Supplies:  Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, inks – Copic E21, E23, E37, E53, W3, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Oxide Inks Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet, VersaFine Onyx Black, Vintage Sepia, die – Lawn Fawn, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


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Watercolored Distress Oxide Encouragement Note Card

Another try at watercoloring with Distress Oxide inks. This time I stamped the image using 2 colors of ink (so they blend in the middle). And I was more careful with the water I applied to the flowers, most of the detail lines were preserved. There is a light splattering of sparkle (Wink of Stella) that is not visible in the photo.

Supplies:  Stamps – Avery Elle, Simon Says Stamp, paper – Canson watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, inks – Hero Arts Unicorn, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Oxide inks Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, ZIG Wink of Stella clear, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder white.


Watercolored Floral Celebrate Everyday Card

I watched a video recently of someone watercoloring with Distress Oxide ink.

“Hmmm…haven’t done that in a while – let’s go!”

I stamped my images on watercolor paper in Distress Oxide ink. (NOTE:  I should have either embossed the image to protect the lines, OR left the stamp attatched to the MISTI to be stamped again after the watercoloring was dry.) Most of the detail lines within the flowers were lost with the addition of water, so after the paper was dry, I added detail lines with a Prismacolor pencil.

Supplies:  Stamps – Avery Elle, Hero Arts, paper – Canson watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Oxide Ink Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, VersaMark, die – Lawn Fawn, pencil – Prismacolor (PC 994 – Process Red), embossing powder – Ranger Silver Pearl.


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Pinkest Flamingos Note Card

I was looking to do something NOT FLORAL.  (sorry, floral is my go to thing!)

I still managed to get some of my favorite pink on the card, even without the flowers.

On the home front, I have successfully taken all of Christmas down and packed it away for next year. I even took the time to replace burnt out bulbs on the tree (so it will be ready to go in December).

Supplies:  Stamps – Technique Tuesday, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Brushed Silver, Smoky Slate, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Antique Linen, Tumbled Glass, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Oxide Ink Picked Raspberry, dies – Spellbinders (ovals), Technique Tuesday (flamingo), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, organdy ribbon – ClearBags.