Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


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Gerbera Daisy Birthday with Distress Oxide Smooshing

Three or four weeks ago, I had my Distress Oxide ink pads out to try and watercolor with them. Before I put them away, I made this background by smooshing the pads onto a sheet of plastic, spritzing a little water, and dipping a piece of watercolor paper into the puddle. “Spray, smoosh some more, repeat” until I liked the saturation.

After it dried, I heat embossed the gerbera daisies onto the background.

This card is larger than my usual cards (A6 – 4.675 x 6.25 inches).

Supplies:  Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Papertrey Ink, paper – Canson watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, inks – Hero Arts Unicorn, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Oxide Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, VersaFine Onyx Black, die – My Favorite Things, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder white, Stampendous Detail clear.


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Sh*t Could Be Worse Card

This Voices in my Head stamp set from Ellen Hutson arrived Monday at lunchtime…I had this card made before I went to bed.

I stamped/embossed/colored the head on white cardstock, and fussy cut it out. It had to go on the raindrop background paper. (Raise your hand if you can hear Igor from “Young Frankenstein” say, “Could be worse…could be raining!”)

Supplies:  Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, paper – American Crafts Amy Tangerine On A Whim, Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, inks – Copic E21, E23, VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Lawn Fawn, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear, organdy ribbon – Offray.


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Seagull Photo Paint Chip Father’s Day Card

This one is for my Dad.

I die cut watercolor paper with the photo frame die, then stamped the seagull, embossed with clear powder, and watercolored the square.

Alas, I cut the paint chip, and set it aside without checking if it was straight. I always ASSume that paint chips come to me with cuts in perfect perpendicular form (If the sides are not straight or the paint lines are not level on the chip, I lose. I use a precut side to start my downsizing of the paint chip.). So, it was glued down when I noticed it was wonky. BOO. But, really, my Dad is not grading me on this (other things – YES, he is. Still.).

Supplies:  Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Hero Arts, paper – Canson watercolor, Home Depot paint chip, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Smoky Slate, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, Smoky Gray, ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens Light Gray (091), Orange (070), dies – Simon Says Stamp (sentiment strip), Taylored Expressions (photo frame), watercolors – Sakura Koi, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


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Aqua and Teal Gerbera Daisy Mother’s Day Card

Happy Mother’s Day!

I made this for a dear friend, the colors are a throw back to the colors in her home office when she lived across the cul-de-sac.

Supplies:  Stamps – Clearly Besotted, Essentials by Ellen, paper – Curious Metallic Gold Leaf, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Bermuda Bay, inks – Copic BG10, BG13, BG15, BG23, E15, E23, VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, embossing powders – Ranger Liquid Platinum, Stampendous Detail clear.


Abstract Yellow Roses Grad Card

Another graduation card for personal use. Inspirations were “abstract” and college colors.

Coincidentally, the school colors of my high school AND my college were Black & Gold. I spent so much time in black & gold in high school, I never thought I would ever wear it again. I looked down as I was taking the above photo, and  I was wearing a matching shirt.  😉

Supplies:  Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, inks – Lawn Fawn Sunflower, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Spellbinders, embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Crystal Clear.


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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.


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Bright Ladybug Thinking of You Note Card

This cute little ladybug came in the stamp set with the Gerbera daisy (Ellen Hutson).

I stamped the ladybug on Bristol paper, and colored with ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens.  (no added water)

Supplies:  Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Tempting Turquoise (retired), Strathmore Bristol, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pen Carmine Red (022), Cobalt Blue (031), Light Green (041), Orange (070), Pink (025), Yellow (050), die – Spellbinders, embossing powder – Stampendous, organdy ribbon – Offray.