Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


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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.

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Cozy Holiday Card

Obviously, my Coffee Cup Tag stamps and dies were still on my craft table! The stamp set is actually a winter holiday set – so, I FINALLY made a winter holiday card.

I stamped the cup image in red ink (multiple times, using the MISTI, to get perfect coverage) and embossed with clear powder. The teal paper is from Lawn Fawn’s Snow Day 6 x 6 pad.

Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, paper – Lawn Fawn Snow Day, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Gray, Real Red, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, Satin Red, dies – Hero Arts (cup, lid), Taylored Expressions (banner), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder, Ranger clear, metallic cord – Paper Mart.


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Wish Big Birthday Card – Essentials by Ellen September 2017 Pin Sights Challenge

I am just squeaking in under the deadline wire for the Essentials by Ellen September 2017 Pin Sights Challenge . I created a mosaic using the small balloon from the Essentials by Ellen Wish Big stamp set, and I watercolored with Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks.

Here is the inspiration board:

I was originally planning to go in a different creative direction (sea glass, lower left!), BUT, I was very inspired by a trip to the Baltimore Museum of Art on Sunday. A new exhibit, Tomas Saraceno: Entangled Orbits opened October 1st. I did not go to the museum specifically for this exhibit (Offspring2 was looking for inspiration for a class assignement), but I was very glad I got to see it the exhibit in person.

Here is the specific piece that inspired me for this card:

I don’t know the exact diameter of this piece – it was suspended in a small room, we had to step over the suspension cords to move around. I would guess over 5 feet in diameter?

Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Ranger Distress Watercolor, Stampin’ Up! Tangerine Tango, inks – Hero Arts Unicorn, Stampin’ Up! Bashful Blue, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Abandoned Coral, Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers, Ripe Persimmon, Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, dies – Spellbinders, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, white.


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Turquoise Swirly Treat Note Card

I needed a quick pick me up note card for someone near & dear to my heart.

Accompanied by a KING SIZE candy bar, to keep the dementors at bay.

Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, paper – Doodlebug Designs Boos & Brews, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Tempting Turquoise, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, dies – Hero Arts (cup, swirl top), Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Stampin’ Up! Hologram Highlights.


Happy Halloween #PSL Card

I don’t drink coffee of any kind.

But, I am intrigued by the thought of Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL). Not enough to TRY IT, mind you!

How about as a design element for a coffee loving friend?

Supplies: Stamp – Clearly Besotted, Hero Arts, paper – Doodlebug Designs Boos & Brews, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Crumb Cake, Old Olive, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Hero Arts, sequins – Stampin’ Up!, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Stampin’ Up! Classy Copper.


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Holy Ship! Birthday Card

I am working on masculine birthday cards.

I stamped the boat first, masked it with a Post-It note, and blended the sky and sea around it. The waves were then stamped in 4 colors. Finally, I removed the mask and colored the boat with Copic markers.

I was inspired by this color grouping on the Reverse Confetti blog:

And, it turns out, the card above was just practice for this square version (which is for my brother):

The differences:  I stenciled the clouds instead of using die cut clouds, I added several white embossed waves, and {lightbulb moment!} I added the ship’s wheel die cut out of wood paper.

Supplies: Stamps – Essentials By Ellen, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Paper Papers wood grain (cherry), Stampin’ Up! Real Red, inks – Copic BG10, BG15, E15, E23, R29, Hero Arts Unicorn, Stampin’ Up! Bermuda Bay, Brilliant Blue (retired), Pool Party, Tempting Turquoise, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks: Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, VersaFine Smokey Gray, dies – Essentials by Ellen (boat, clouds), Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), My Favorite things (ship wheel charm), stencil – Inky Antics, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Ranger Silver Pearl, linen thread – Stampin’ Up!


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Cherry, Olive and Gold Be Merry Card

The Hero Arts You’re So Lovely stamp set was still on my craft table. And I was looking at the greenery stamps. Hmmm….

I mounted 4 of the greenery stamps on one block and stamped a background, leaving space for the red berries. I was letting it dry, and I searched for a little dot to use to add some gold.

Very mail friendly!!

Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Hero Arts, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, inks – Stampin’ Up! Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, VersaFine Vintage Sepia, die – My Favorite Things, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail Gold, metallic cord – Paper Mart.