Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


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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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Fluttery Floral Thank You Card – Essentials by Ellen January 2017 Mix It Up Challenge with Avery Elle

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This month, Ellen Hutson’s Essentials by Ellen January 2017 Mix It Up Challenge is with Avery Elle.

Luckily, I have ONE Avery Elle stamp set – Many Thanks.

So…off I go to work on a card. And, looking at my bulletin board, the inspiration for the Essentials by Ellen PinSights Challenge (that closed on January 3rd) is still hanging BECAUSE it has important Offspring3 information stuck to it (Post-It notes, that I still need for this week). RED WHITE and GOLD got embedded in my brain.

Somehow, I combined the expired challenge and the new challenge. When I realized this, it was too late, I had already glued all the vellum flowers (die cut with the Bold Blooms Matching die set). I was committed! (or SHOULD BE, maybe!)

Here is the (expired) PinSight Challenge inspiration:

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Supplies: Stamp – Avery Elle, paper – Curious Metallics White Gold, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! red vellum (retired), Stardreams Gold, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Essentials by Ellen, 1/4″ punch – Stampin’ Up!, embossing powder – Stampendous! Gold Detail.


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Metallic and White Feminine Tag – Ellen Hutson 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2016 Challenge

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This tag is for the Ellen Hutson 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2016 Challenge. (that is a mouthful!) It is a BIG challenge, and I love it.

My tag was inspired by the Day 9 tags by Sharon Harnist and Jean Manis – Sharon challenged me to use frosty white with silver or gold metallics.

Me, being the overachiever that I am, used silver and gold, and a shimmery white that has a touch of gold. And pearls.

The back of the tag is gold, with silver embossing.

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(Look at how much the light changed in my family room in an hour!)

The challenge runs through December 17, 2016. AND, there is going to be a random drawing from all of the qualifying entries for $150 gift certificate to the Ellen Hutson store. Have you posted an entry yet??

Supplies: Stamp – Essentials by Ellen, paper – Curious Ice Gold, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stardreams Gold (back of tag), Silver, ink – VersaMark, dies – Impression Obsession (snowflakes), Lawn Fawn (stitched hillside), Taylored Expressions (tag), Swarovski pearls, embossing powder – Stampendous! Gold Detail, gold cord – Stampin’ Up! (retired), organdy/satin ribbon – PaperMart.


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Gold Holiday Season Card

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I just got the Peaceful Poinsettia embossing folder from Taylored Expressions…LOVE it. For this card, I embossed some gold cardstock. I added some gold embossing to the edges of the leaves to give them a little texture.

Supplies: Stamp – Essentials by Ellen, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White , Stampin’ Up! Brushed Gold, Garden Green, Real Red, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Hero Arts (foliage), My Favorite Things (stitched rectangle), embossing folder – Taylored Expressions, embossing powder – Stampendous Gold Detail.


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White Roses Birthday Card – Essentials by Ellen August 2016 Pin Sights Challenge

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Hey, I participated in another challenge! Today is my entry for the Essentials by Ellen August 2016 Pin-Sights Challenge.

Here is the inspiration board:

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From the inspiration board, I focused on flowers and the colors pink, white and gold. I decided to do an emboss resist technique because I saw the technique at least twice recently on blogs (Kristina Werner, Laura Bassen). The roses were embossed in clear, and then I blended Distress Inks over them when the embossing had cooled. After the ink was dry, and any excess ink buffed off the roses with a paper towel, I stamped the leaves and embossed them in gold. Pop on a sentiment, an scatter some sequins, and the card is finished.

Supplies: Stamps – Clearly Besotted, Essentials by Ellen, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Calypso Coral, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry, VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, sequins – Pretty Pink Posh Marshmallow 4 mm, embossing powder – Stampendous Gold Detail, Stampin’ Up! Crystal Clear.


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Metallic Sunflower Birthday Card – Essentials By Ellen June 2016 Mix It Up Challenge

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Here is my creation for the Essentials By Ellen June 2016 Mix It Up Challenge with Technique Tuesday.

I only own one Technique Tuesday stamp set – this sunflower and a few words. I used the sunflower last year for a thank you note project, and didn’t know if I would come up of a unique way to use it now.

I was inspired by a My Favorite Things release preview by Kimberly Crawfordthis card , where she painted the image with metallic paint.

I embossed my sunflower with Ranger Silver Pearl embossing powder, and then painted with Perfect Gold Perfect Pearls (mixed with water) and Spring Green Pearl Ex (mixed with Gum Arabic and water). It is very shimmery – I could not catch all of the shimmer with my camera.

Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Technique Tuesday, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Brushed Gold, Elegant Eggplant, Stardream Silver, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, die – My Favorite Things, mica medium – Pearl Ex, Perfect Pearls, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Ranger Silver Pearl.


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Cupcake Paper Floral Card – Essentials by Ellen May 2016 Pin-Sights Challenge

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Here is my creation for the Essentials by Ellen May 2016 Pin-Sights Challenge.

And here is the inspiration board:

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Gosh, I have been staring at this inspiration board for over a week, just overwhelmed by the pastel-ishness. The past few days, I was more focused on the lower right photo – the flowers that look similar to drink umbrellas. Which then translated into cupcake papers in my head.

These are mini cupcake papers from Target (purchased last summer).

 

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I added some gold splatters with a mix of Pearl-Ex, Gum Arabic, and water (tapped off the end of a small round paintbrush).

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies: Stamp – Essentials by Ellen (Wish Big), paper – Neenah Natural White Classic Crest, Stampin’ Up! Chocolate Chip, Target cupcake papers, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Essentials by Ellen (Bold Blossoms), embossing powder – Stampendous! Gold Detail, gold cord – Stampin’ Up! (retired).