Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


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Pink Floral Encouragement Card – Essentials by Ellen October 2017 Mix It Up Challenge

Here is my entry for the Essentials by Ellen October 2017 Mix It Up Challenge with Altenew.

I combined Altenew’s Henna Elements set with a sentiment from Essentials by Ellen’s Courage set. My original color scheme did not include pink, but, OH…it is October, Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies: Stamps – Altenew, Essentials by Ellen, paper – Avery Elle Neutral Collection, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Poptone Sour Apple, inks – Copic C1, RV0000, RV11, RV13, RV14, YG23, YG25, VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Lawn Fawn, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.

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Wish Big Birthday Card – Essentials by Ellen September 2017 Pin Sights Challenge

I am just squeaking in under the deadline wire for the Essentials by Ellen September 2017 Pin Sights Challenge . I created a mosaic using the small balloon from the Essentials by Ellen Wish Big stamp set, and I watercolored with Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks.

Here is the inspiration board:

I was originally planning to go in a different creative direction (sea glass, lower left!), BUT, I was very inspired by a trip to the Baltimore Museum of Art on Sunday. A new exhibit, Tomas Saraceno: Entangled Orbits opened October 1st. I did not go to the museum specifically for this exhibit (Offspring2 was looking for inspiration for a class assignement), but I was very glad I got to see it the exhibit in person.

Here is the specific piece that inspired me for this card:

I don’t know the exact diameter of this piece – it was suspended in a small room, we had to step over the suspension cords to move around. I would guess over 5 feet in diameter?

Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Ranger Distress Watercolor, Stampin’ Up! Tangerine Tango, inks – Hero Arts Unicorn, Stampin’ Up! Bashful Blue, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Abandoned Coral, Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers, Ripe Persimmon, Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, dies – Spellbinders, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, white.


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Hello Floral Card – Essentials by Ellen August 2017 Pin Sights Challenge

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I saw the colors for this month’s Essentials by Ellen August 2017 Pin Sights Challenge, and had to participate.

Here is the inspiration board:

I stamped my florals in Distress Inks, so the coverage is not solid – this was an intentional choice.

After the ink dried (I let it sit overnight – just because I could), I added the detail items to the flowers/leaves with  3 different color detail embossing powders.

Then, I die cut the word out of the floral background, and out of yellow card stock. I ultimately decided one extra layer was not enough, and cut another “Hello” out of tangerine card stock.

Here is a side view of the layers:

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Tangerine Tango, Taylored Expressions Lemon Meringue, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Abandoned Coral, Mowed Lawn, Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon, Squeezed Lemonade, VersaFine Vintage Sepia, VersaMark, dies – Essentials by Ellen (word), Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), embossing powders – Ranger Silver Pearl, Stampendous Gold Detail, Stampin’ Up! Silver Detail, organdy ribbon – Offray.


Pink Encouragement Card – Essentials by Ellen June 2017 Mix It Up Challenge

This month, the Essentials by Ellen Mix It Up Challenge is using the BCRF (Breast Cancer Research Foundation) stamp and die set, Courage, that was released recently.

I made a background of pinks and green, and mounted a sentiment on top of that. A few sequins, and I was done.

Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Poptone Razzle Berry, inks – Stampin’ Up! Green Galore (retired), Pink Passion (retired), Pixie Pink (retired), VersaFine Onyx Black, die – My Favorite Things, sequins – Pretty Pink Posh, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, organdy ribbon – Offray.


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Floral Princess and Warrior Card – Essentials by Ellen May 2017 Pin-Sights Challenge

 

Recently, Ellen Hutson and her crew created the Courage stamp and die set to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Fund. I waffled on whether or not I wanted to purchase it – it looked lovely, but it was a lot of money (a good deal, no doubt – 33 stamps, 13 dies, 1/2 of the purchase price goes to the charity…I’m just low on cash). I had it in my cart several times, but I would delete it. Then, I heard that one of the teachers we had in elementary school days is just beginning her breast cancer journey. I bought the set that night.

I am a newbie at multi-step florals, this set seemed pretty forgiving.

I am entering this into the Essentials by Ellen May 2017 Pin-Sights Challenge. And the card has been mailed to our friend beginning her journey.

Here is the inspiration:

Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pink Pirouette, inks – Almost Amethyst (retired), Bashful Blue (retired), Blushing Bride, Certainly Celery (retired), Elegant Eggplant, Lavender Lace (retired), Marina Mist, Night of Navy, Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink (retired), Rose Red, VersaFine Onyx Black, ZIG Wink of Stella clear, sequins – Pretty Pink Posh, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.

 

 


Floral Encouragement Card – Essentials by Ellen May 2017 Mix It Up Challenge

Here is a challenge card today! I had the supplies necessary to participate in the Essentials by Ellen May 2017 Mix It Up Challenge with Reverse Confetti.

I created a masked background (you know how much I love those!), and added a sentiment on the tag.

The beautiful blue ribbon was a thank you gift with an Ellen Hutson order.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Reverse Confetti, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Cameo Coral (retired), inks – Stampin’ Up! Cameo Coral (retired), Certainly Celery (retired), Cool Caribbean (retired), VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Reverse Confetti, sequins – Doodlebug Design, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, ribbon – Ellen Hutson.


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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.