Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


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Incredibly Tall Birthday Card

j-bday-2016(click on any of my blog photos to enlarge!)

This is the card I made for Offspring2 recently. I cannot believe 21 years have passed!

When I make birthday cards for the offspring, I really try to incorporate interests from the year that has passed. To squeeze all of that onto this card, I made it 10 1/2 inches tall! Hence the handmade envelope. I looked at a standard business envelope and went from there. (Why, yes, I do have a We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board…but I didn’t want the envelope to have flaps like a regular rectangular card/invitation envelope, so I didn’t use it.)

Supplies: Stamps – Hampton Arts, Hero Arts, OffiStamp, Papertrey Ink, Taylored Expressions, paper – Lowes paint chip, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Kaleidoscope DSP (card & envelope), Real Red, Tangerine Tango, inks – Copic 110, E15, E23, R29, W1, W3, Papertrey Ink Fresh Snow, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Mowed Lawn, Tumbled Glass, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Papertrey Ink (numbers), Spellbinders (rectangle tag), Taylored Expressions (banner, photo), embossing folder – Tim Holtz/Sizzix, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Bicycle Smile Card

bike smile

I stamped a few extra images of this bicycle when it was out for the birthday card last week.

Using Heidi Swapp paper, I created a background and mounted the bike on the horizon line.

Supplies: Stamps – Hampton Arts, paper – Heidi Swapp Favorite Things, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Gray, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, die – My Favorite Things (pierced rectangle), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Cycling Birthday Card

michael bike chevron bday 2016

Someone I know has taken up cycling. Just by chance, I did have a small bicycle stamp in my collection (it is not exactly the RIGHT bike for the recipient, but…it is a bicycle!).

Supplies: Stamps – Hampton Arts, Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pebbles Americana, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Real Red, inks – Stampin’ Up! Brilliant Blue (retired), Real Red, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Spellbinders, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


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Chipmunk Note Card

chipmunk hello note

I stamped the chipmunk first, then created the scene around him (I have named him “Fred”).

I realized after this was all assembled that *perhaps* the tree was designed to be a fallen, horizontal tree for Fred to sit on. Fred says, “maybe next time”!

Supplies: Stamps – Hampton Arts, Lawn Fawn, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Old Olive, inks – Copic E15, E53, Stampin’ Up! Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Smoky Slate, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Tumbled Glass, VersaFine Vintage Sepia, ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pen 041 Light Green, dies – Memory Box, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Ranger Liquid Platinum.


Pearl Ex Poppies Encouragement Card

blue pearl ex sending happy thoughts

Here we are again, with my favorite Stampin’ Up! poppies. I stamped and heat embossed them onto some watercolor paper, and put them aside for later use.

About a month ago, when I was working on my mermaid project, I was trying to use Pearl Ex, and had a difficult time keeping the Pearl Ex on the paper.

Pearl Ex is pearlescent pigment powder. I bought a bunch of colors through Stampin’ Up (at least 10 years ago), but have struggled with it ever since. There is no sealant or binding agent in it – it rubs off and smears when it is left unsealed. I can add it to embossing powder, and it stays. I can dust it over VersaMark, and it partially stays. I have tried aerosol sealant and I am getting inconsistent results (still not sure WHY – humidity? can too old?). I started researching Pearl Ex, and how to keep it on a project. I found information on Gum Arabic, which you add to the Pearl Ex powder, and then add water. I ordered Gum Arabic and Pearl Ex Varnish from Amazon.

Over the weekend, I pulled out the Gum Arabic (which is a powder…I was really expecting it to be liquid, silly me, I have a Math degree, not an Art degree!), read the instructions, mixed Pearl Ex powder with it, and added some water. Let’s paint these poppies!

I am very happy with the result. The Pearl Ex is there in all of its shiny glory, but not rubbing off.

I colored the stems with a ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pen.

Supplies: Stamps – Hampton Arts, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Natural White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, watercolor paper – source unknown, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, Smokey Gray, ZIG 041 Light Green, dies – Spellbinders, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Pearl Ex True Blue #687.


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Flip Flops Card

flip flops on wood

I purchased a sample pack of wood paper sheets from Paper-Papers.com last week. I got 6 sheets of 2 different colors, each in 3 different weights.

This background is the 12 PT Birch variety.

I love how lightweight it is for a layer on a card.

Imagining the wood as a deck, I threw down some flip flops, and hopefully, this summer card will bring a smile to someone. I have an old template (from maybe 2004) of a flip flop that I got from a Stamper’s Sampler Take Ten magazine, and I dug that out to use here. I dry embossed the patterned flip flop layer with an embossing folder.

Here is a close up, I think the grain of the wood is a little more visible:

flip flops on wood v2

Supplies: Stamp – Hampton Arts, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Paper-Papers Birch 12PT, Stampin’ Up! Kaleidoscope DSP (retired), Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, floss – DMC,  embossing folder – Darice, die – Taylored Expressions, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


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Petal Pattern Encouragement Card

the prince and me petal coat inspired

While I was ironing Sunday morning, I had flipped the TV onto ABC Family channel and was watching “The Prince and Me” (not a great movie, about a Danish prince (not using his title) at an American college, and the young woman he falls in love with). Late in the movie, the young woman follows the prince to Denmark, and she winds up with some beautiful regal clothing. One of the pieces was a coat with a petal or leaf pattern in two shades of blue and two shades of brown. I looked for a photo to include here, but it was a very quick shot in a montage of “official duties”.

This is my take on the pattern of the coat. I was very happy that I was able to recreate it quickly.

Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Hampton Arts, paper – Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream, Stampin’ Up! Marina Mist, inks – Stampin’ Up! Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Marina Mist, Soft Sky, VersaFine Vintage Sepia, dies – Spellbinders, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, twine – Martha Stewart.