Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


Watercolor Sky Beautiful Day Card

Of course I made a few sunrise sky backgrounds when I had my watercolors on my craft table.

Happy Monday!

Supplies:  Stamp – My Favorite Things, paper – Arches watercolor, Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, ink – VersaMark, watercolors – Kuretake Gansai Tambi, embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Sterling Silver.


With Heartfelt Sympathy Window Frame Card

I am sure I have posted multiple versions of this card over the years. I made it in my “restock the card basket” effort this week.

Supplies:  Stamp – Papertrey Ink, paper – Arches watercolor, Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, die – PoppyStamps, watercolors – Kuretake Gansai Tambi, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


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Royal and Green Stenciled Birthday Card

I found this stenciled background in one of my spare parts folders.

Supplies:  Stamp – Papertrey Ink, paper – Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pop Tone Sour Apple, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Blueprint Sketch, VersaFine Onyx Black, die – My Favorite Things, stencil – Heidi Swapp, flower punch – Fiskars, sequin – Lawn Fawn, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


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Oceans of Love Fish Card

When I got this stencil last year, my first thought was to make each fish a different color…and my logistical brain said “way too much work”. I FINALLY went back to my first thought, and am very glad I took the time!

I used Post-It tape to mask off each individual fish, each bubble (yes, I have a few places where I missed).

When the ink was dry, I repositioned the stencil and applied clear embossing paste over the colored fish. After the embossing paste dried, I applied a very light watercolor wash (and tried to keep my brush as dry as possible, since I didn’t use watercolor or Bristol paper) to make the watery background.

Mood when done:  HAPPY.  🙂

Supplies:  Stamp – My Favorite Things, paper – Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, inks – Lawn Fawn Manatee, Simon Says Stamp Slate, Stampin’ Up! Only Orange (retired), Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Abandoned Coral, Blueprint Sketch, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade, Tumbled Glass, Twisted Citron, Wilted Violet, VersaMark, die – Simon Says Stamp, stencil – Newton’s Nook, embossing paste – Dreamweaver Wendy Vecchi translucent, watercolor – Sakura Koi, embossing powder – Ranger Super Fine Detail white.


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Blended Ink Background Congratulations Card

I am working on a small card assortment for a friend.

I finally bought a super fine white embossing powder to try (Ranger) – OH MY. The smooth result of the embossing makes me happy.

Supplies:  Stamp – Papertrey Ink, paper – Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pop Tone Sour Apple, ink – Hero Arts Unicorn, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Twisted Citron, die – Simon Says Stamp, stencil – Heidi Swapp, sequins – Pretty Pink Posh, embossing powder – Ranger Super Fine Detail white.


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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.


You’re Awesome Encouragement Note

I needed a quick encouragement note card with the word “awesome” on it! I found the computer monitor, photo frame and royal background pieces in my scrap folders.

Supplies:  Stamps – Mama Elephant, paper – Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, inks – Copic B21, VersaFine Onyx Black, Smoky Gray, dies – Mama Elephant (monitor), Taylored Expressions (photo frame), corner rounder – Stampin’ Up!, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Ranger Silver Pearl, twine – MarkerPOP.