Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


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.


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Random Collage Thinking of You Card

random collage thinking of you

This collage was a complete accident. Well, not an accident, but not meant for the front of a card.

When I stamp the matching envelope for a card, I slide a piece of scrap paper between the flap and the back of the envelope, so that I am only stamping the flap of the envelope. This scrap of paper lasts a week, I toss it into our recycling bin on cleaning day each week.

envelope scrap paper

This week, I couldn’t throw it out! I cut out a strip from my scrap paper and used it on a card.

Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Hampton Arts, Papertrey Ink, Stampin’ Up!, paper – HP Bright White Inkjet Paper, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Recollections Silver Mirror, Stampin’ Up! Pacific Point, inks – Palette Noir Black, Stampin’ Up! Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Pear Pizzazz, Pink Passion (retired), Pixie Pink (retired), VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Essentials by Ellen, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, silver cord – PaperMart.


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Awesome Chevron Card – Runway Inspired Challenge ric#73

ric73 awesome

Here is my card for the lastest Runway Inspired Challenge (ric#73).

The inspiration piece, from the Balmain Spring 2015 collection, is colorful and bold:

ric73 Balmain

I used a new Hampton Arts adhesive stencil (no masking tape required!) to create the pattern with my Kuretake watercolor paints on regular cardstock (not watercolor paper). I added a horizontal strip of glossy black paper to make up for the fact that I didn’t quite center my sentiment within the chevron pattern.

hampton arts chevron stencil

I applied the watercolors rather heavily, I wanted the color to be bold. I was surprised that the finished painting was glossy in spots – I am assuming that is related to how thickly I applied the paint.

ric73 awesome side view

And I resisted the urge to splatter something sparkly/shiny (like Wink of Stella or Perfect Pearls) onto the finished card. This card works for any of my offspring just the way it is, sparkly things would limit my potential recipient audience!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Off to the doctor for another lung check.

Supplies: Stamp – Paper Smooches, paper – California Paper Goods glossy black, Papertrey Ink White, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, paints – Kuretake watercolors, stencil – Hampton Arts, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder.


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Kick Ass Card and Tag

kick ass card and tag

We all need a reminder every now and then that we are kick ass, don’t you think?

I am sending this off to an old friend. I thought she could hang the tag somewhere where she could see it (kitchen cabinet handle, bathroom, car mirror). She has always been kick ass!

The back of the tag matches the card:

back of kick ass tag

Supplies: Stamps – Hampton Arts, Paper Smooches, paper – Papertrey Ink White, Stampin’ Up! designer paper, Bermuda Bay, Going Gray, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Spellbinders (rectangle), Stampin’ Up! (banner), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Stampin’ Up! Sterling Silver, jewel heart – A Muse ArtStamps, cord – Gartner.