Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


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Feminine Graduation Card

A daughter of a dear friend just graduated from college. School colors are deep green and gray. I had to make it a tiny bit feminine by ink blending a floral background (I am hoping it gives the impression of vintage lace – I may be reaching a bit far with that hope!).

Supplies:  Stamps – A Muse Artstamps, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Handsome Hunter (retired – WAY back!), Gold Mirror, inks – Lawn Fawn Manatee, VersaMark, dies – Taylored Expressions, stencil – Heidi Swapp, embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Gold Glory.


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Citron and Purple Get Well Wishes Card

Another get well option.

Most of my tulips have bloomed!

Supplies:  Stamp – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Strathmore Bristol, Taylored Expressions Jelly Donut, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Twisted Citron, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Spellbinders (circles), stencil – Heidi Swapp, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear, organdy ribbon – Offray.


So Special Butterfly Card

I made this blended background ages ago, it was just hanging out in one of my folders. This week, I thought it needed a butterfly!

Supplies:  Stamp – My Favorite Things, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy, Stardream Metallic Flame, Strathmore Bristol, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Blueprint Sketch, VersaFine Clair Twilight, dies – Hero Arts (butterfly), Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Simon Says Stamp (banner), stencil – Heidi Swapp, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


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Stencil and Layer Birthday Card

I was inspired by a Jennifer McGuire video, “Custom Stamp Layering”, that I watched over the weekend.

I used a stencil and ink to create the floral pattern. The smaller panel was cut out of the larger panel with a die (and I replaced it with plain white cardstock, so the layers would be supported). I did not use a layer of foam under the smaller panel – I did not want to incur extra postage!

Supplies: Stamp – Clearly Besotted, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Poptone Sour Apple, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, inks – Hero Arts Unicorn, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Blueprint Sketch, die – Lawn Fawn, stencil – Heidi Swapp, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder white.


Blended Ink Plaid Birthday Card

My dad’s birthday was this week. I STRUGGLE with cards for him, I think I have mentioned before. His interests do not lie in the collection of what the crafting companies sell as masculine themed supplies. Yes, he loves sports…there are not new sport items for every holiday I need.

Think Think.

He is a colorful plaid sport shirt kind of guy. Can I make a bright plaid background?

My first try was watercolor…seems I can paint pretty straight, but I do not have good brush control (I flatten a round brush out as I go). And, as I went to do the stripes in the opposite direction, I didn’t wait for my paper to dry. Patience is NOT one of my virtues.  (Only when I am baking is patience in my toolbox!)

Hmmm…

Back to Think Think.

I did not have a large striped stencil (guess what?? 2 arrived today – gotta love online shopping!). I did have a small (3 x 4 inches) striped stencil.

I used Distress Oxide Ink – Salty Ocean in one direction, Peacock Feathers in the other. I started with a half sheet of cardstock (5.5 x 8.5 inches), so I had at least 6 iterations of “tape stencil down, blend ink, remove stencil, wash stencil” for each color. I am happy with the result.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies: Stamp – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Pacific Point, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Oxide Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Spellbinders, stencil – Heidi Swapp, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


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Double Stenciled Thinking of You Card

I made this background sometime over the summer. I stenciled the Moroccan tile background in Picked Raspberry first, then stenciled the waves in Abandoned Coral.

Supplies: Stamp – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Calypso Coral, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), My Favorite Things (pierced rectangles), stencils – Heidi Swapp, Hero Arts, embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Sterling Silver, organdy ribbon – Offray.


Raspberry and Coral Birthday Card

I applied Distress Inks to a stencil, sprayed with water, then quickly put a piece of watercolor on top to soak up the colorful design.

Supplies: Stamp – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Canson watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Poptone Razzleberry. inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry, VersaFine Smokey Gray, dies – Lawn Fawn, stencil – Heidi Swapp, embossing powder – Ranger Silver Pearl, metallic cord – Paper Mart.