Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


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Watercolor and Stencil Embossing Paste Valentine Card

I haven’t bought a new Valentine themed stamp set in some time – I usually just play around with things I have to make them more Valentine-y.

And then I run out of ideas for cards for my husband…there is nothing in my collection that I can modify to fit for Valentine’s Day for him.

So, this year, I watercolored a background red & blue (and I was surprised that the colors did not blend for purple in the middle…maybe the paper wasn’t wet enough when I got there?). I let that dry overnight. Next, I stenciled “falling hearts” onto the painted panel with clear embossing paste.

The shine of the embossing paste hearts is partially visible if I tilt the card towards the light for this photo.

The heart was first dry embossed (embossing folder), then die cut into the heart shape. Emboss a sentiment onto a blue scrap, and the card is done.

Supplies:  Stamp – Hero Arts, paper – Canson watercolor, Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Real Red, inks – Hero Arts Unicorn, die – Spellbinders, embossing folder – We R Memory Keepers, stencil – Simon Says Stamp, embossing paste – Dreamweaver/Wendy Vecchi translucent, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder white.


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Butterfly Birthday Wishes Card

For this butterfly, the Distress Inks blended on the paper as I stamped multiple times (using MISTI for placement).

Supplies:  Stamps – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Inks – Hero Arts Unicorn, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Spellbinders (rectangle), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder white.


Camera Coffee Cup Valentine Card

This is the Valentine’s card for Offspring2.

I stamped and colored multiple cameras, to be die cut into a coffee cup.  The basement lighting is not the best for photos.

Supplies:  Stamps – Altenew, Hampton Arts, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Avery Elle Neutral Collection, Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, inks – Copic B0000. B00. B24, C3, C5, C7, RV13, VersaFine Onyx Black, Satin Red, dies – Hero Arts (coffee cup & lid), Spellbinders (circles), embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


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Celtic Heart Love Is Card

Not sure if this is a Valentine’s Day card or not. Maybe. But love is love is love is LOVE can happen any day of the year.

Supplies:  Stamps – Just For Fun, Simon Says Stamp, paper – Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Real Red, inks – Stampin’ Up! Real Red, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Spellbinders, embossing powder – Ranger Silver Pearl.


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Hockey Themed Birthday Card

Offspring3 needed a hockey themed card (favorite team:  Washington Capitals). Lickety split, I was done.

Supplies:  Stamps – Reverse Confetti, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Real Red, inks – Hero Arts Unicorn, Stampin’ Up! Brilliant Blue (retired), Real Red, dies – Lawn Fawn, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder white.


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Royal and Key Lime You Made My Day Card

I made several color options of the Rustic Botanicals background while the stamps were on my MISTI last week.

And I was gifted a few new inks on my birthday (thanks Offspring3 & Offspring1!!), this one is Gina K. Designs Key Lime. LOVE IT.

I am trying to decide which brands of ink pads I like – my Stampin’ Up! pads have seen better days (and I don’t like their coverage with clear stamps). I am loving the Gina K. and the Lawn Fawn pads. I also have a few Simon Says Stamp pads, I have to pull them out and do a sample sheet that matches the sample sheet I did for the most recent ones so I am comparing apples to apples.

I am delivering cards to HorseSpirit Arts Gallery at Historic Savage Mill today! The grand opening is Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 10:00am. There will be a reception from 5:00 – 9:00pm that evening.

Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, inks – Gina K. Designs Key Lime, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Spellbinders (circles), embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


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Caffeine and Kindness Royal Note Card

Happy Friday!

As you can see, I paper pieced another coffee cup for today’s note card. Actually, I paper pieced a bunch of them last weekend, just working my way through them!

This sentiment is from a Right at Home set of sentiments called How Have You Bean?.

Supplies: Stamps – Avery Elle, Right At Home, paper – American Crafts Amy Tangerine Oh Happy Life, Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, die – Avery Elle, corner punch – Stampin’ Up!, embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Sterling Silver.