Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


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Calaveras Valentine Card

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Here is the card I made for Offspring3 – with her favorite calaveras (sugar skulls).

Also, a few photos from our 2 day ice event (Monday 2/11/19 and Tuesday 2/12/19). These photos are from Tuesday.

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The first photo of the morning – before daylight.

Our neighbors have 2 pear trees between our houses. The front pear tree split and a large branch fell parallel to our house & driveway sometime in the early morning. But look at how both trees are pulling outward –  they were brushing both our roof and the neighbor’s roof. We are the house on the left – the top branches were touching the roof over my master bedroom, and were leaning over the family room on the first floor. (It was a very tense day here!)

Around 11:00am – look at how much ice is on these branches!! This is the second leaning pear tree canopy from my master bedroom window (back of house). Yes, I was leaning out the open window, and zooming to get the ice detail – the branches were not actually covering my window.

Supplies:  Stamps – Newton’s Nook, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Real Red, Tempting Turquoise (retired), inks – Hero Arts Unicorn, VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Lawn Fawn, rounded tag punch – Stampin’ Up!, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder white, Stampendous Detail clear.


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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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Bear Pair Valentine’s Day Card

This is the bear stamp I used on my parents Christmas cards – those I left white as polar bears. Sometime over the holidays, I saw someone else had colored the bears brown for a card – adorable.

So, I embossed the bears onto watercolor paper and gently watercolored them. The snow is even sparkly white watercolor (you can almost see it in the photo).

And, YES, this is the card I am sending to my parents for Valentine’s Day.

Supplies:  Stamps – Hero Arts, Penny Black, paper – Canson watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Real Red, inks – Hero Arts Unicorn, VersaFine Onyx Black, ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Carmine Red (022), Light Gray (091), Wink of Stella clear, watercolors – Kuretake Gansai Tambi, Sakura Koi, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder white, Stampendous Detail clear, twine – MarkerPOP.


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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.


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Sweet Baby Onesie Note Card

How about a floral onesie baby note card? I would have loved this navy and pink print on baby girl clothes circa Offspring3!

Supplies:  Stamps – Stampin’ Up!, Sugar Pea Designs, paper – Crate Paper Good Vibes, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, PopTone Razzle Berry, Stampin’ Up! Pirouette Pink, inks – Hero Arts Unicorn, My Favorite Things Razzle Berry, dies – Stampin’ Up! (banner), Sugar Pea Designs (onesie), embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, white, organdy ribbon – Offray.


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.


Watercolor Elephant with Balloons Birthday Cards

Offspring3 requested the card on the right for a little friend.

For the balloon strings, I separated a piece of embroidery floss into the 6 individual strands, and used a needle to “sew” them through the paper (and back to the front again) to tie around the elephant’s trunk.

The most difficult time was getting the “feliz cumpleaños” sentiment straight. Each word is an individual stamp (Hero Arts). With them being different fonts, even with the MISTI (and multiple grid template options to line them up!) it took me more than 5 tries to be satisfied.

Supplies:  Stamps – Hero Arts, Papertrey Ink, Simon Says Stamp, paper – Canson watercolor, Malmero Perle green, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pop Set Infra Violet, Stampin’ Up! Lovely Lilac (retired), Orchid Opulence (retired), inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, ZIG Wink of Stella clear, watercolors – Sakura Koi, dies – Papertrey Ink (one), Taylored Expressions (balloons, banner (left)), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, floss – Iris.