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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Holy Ship! Birthday Card

I am working on masculine birthday cards.

I stamped the boat first, masked it with a Post-It note, and blended the sky and sea around it. The waves were then stamped in 4 colors. Finally, I removed the mask and colored the boat with Copic markers.

I was inspired by this color grouping on the Reverse Confetti blog:

And, it turns out, the card above was just practice for this square version (which is for my brother):

The differences:  I stenciled the clouds instead of using die cut clouds, I added several white embossed waves, and {lightbulb moment!} I added the ship’s wheel die cut out of wood paper.

Supplies: Stamps – Essentials By Ellen, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Paper Papers wood grain (cherry), Stampin’ Up! Real Red, inks – Copic BG10, BG15, E15, E23, R29, Hero Arts Unicorn, Stampin’ Up! Bermuda Bay, Brilliant Blue (retired), Pool Party, Tempting Turquoise, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks: Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, VersaFine Smokey Gray, dies – Essentials by Ellen (boat, clouds), Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), My Favorite things (ship wheel charm), stencil – Inky Antics, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Ranger Silver Pearl, linen thread – Stampin’ Up!


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Cherry, Olive and Gold Be Merry Card

The Hero Arts You’re So Lovely stamp set was still on my craft table. And I was looking at the greenery stamps. Hmmm….

I mounted 4 of the greenery stamps on one block and stamped a background, leaving space for the red berries. I was letting it dry, and I searched for a little dot to use to add some gold.

Very mail friendly!!

Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Hero Arts, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, inks – Stampin’ Up! Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, VersaFine Vintage Sepia, die – My Favorite Things, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail Gold, metallic cord – Paper Mart.


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You’re A W{anchor} Card

So…while on vacation, I found a basket full of clearance cards. I bought one, it was $1. I had to put my own spin on it.

I dry embossed the royal cardstock, then fussy cut the wave edge. I pulled out a crochet hook and did a simple chain stitch for the anchor chain using metallic thread.

Here is the original card, from the company kissmekwik in the UK:

A link to their website, if you are interested:  kissmekwik .

And, from The Urban Dictionary, I chose the 2 variations that most match my interpretation of the word “wanker”:

UK/Aus/NZ slang for:

2. Someone with a faintly sociopathic lack of regard for other people; see also arsehole.

3. Someone useless, inefficient or time-wasting, especially in a place or work and/or position of responsibility.

 

Supplies: Stamp – Essentials by Ellen, paper – Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Brushed Gold, Brushed Silver, Real Red, Soft Sky, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Memory Box (clouds), My Favorite Things (anchor), Provo Craft (letter), Spellbinders (banner), embossing folder – Darice, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, thread – Coats & Clark metallic silver.