Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


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Embossing Paste Waves Birthday Card

I used embossing paste with the Hero Arts Wave stencil on royal blue cardstock, thinking I could pair it with one of the sailboat stamps I have. Well, that may have worked FINE, if I didn’t make the whole page waves…with the whole page as waves, it really looked like I was trying to create my own version of “The Perfect Storm”.

So, for today, an abstract background birthday card! You get to pick the background you want to see.

Supplies: Stamp – Papertrey Ink, paper – Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Tempting Turquoise, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn, stencil – Hero Arts, embossing paste – Dreamweaver, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


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Seagull Father’s Day Card

I was trying to think of a theme for a Father’s Day card for hubby…and my eyes fell on the seagull in the Stay Salty set from Ellen Hutson. Not your typical inspiration, right??

I blended the ink background, and stamped/embossed the clouds and wave crests. Think think….how do I want my seagull to be here? What about a piling, near a dock or jetty? Oohhhhh…I have that sampler pack of wood paper.

I stamped wood grain stamps onto the wood paper – just for more detail, and cut the tops by hand. The linen thread was added as rope.

Doing the happy dance about the finished card!

Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Hero Arts, Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Paper-Papers wood paper, Stampin’ Up! Basic Gray, Real Red, inks – Copic C00, C3, C5, C7, R29, YR04, Y11, Y13, Hero Arts Unicorn, Ranger Perfect Medium, Stampin’ Up! Early Expresso, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Salty Ocean, Stormy Sky, Tumbled Glass, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Essentials by Ellen, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, white, Ranger Silver Pearl, linen thread – Stampin’ Up!


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Something Amazing Mermaid Note Card

I had the Essentials by Ellen Stay Salty set out to work on a different card, and the cute little mermaid tail just had to get inked.

I stamped all the images onto an ombre sheet from Amy Tangerine. And then popped a die cut tail (stamped, embossed & colored) over the stamped tail (the stamp has the splash drops, the die does not).

Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, paper – American Craft Amy Tangerine On A Whim, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Bermuda Bay, inks – Copic BG15, Hero Arts Unicorn, Ranger Perfect Medium, VersaFine Deep Lagoon, Smokey Gray, die – Essentials by Ellen, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Arts Powder clear, white, Ranger Silver Pearl.


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Colorful Pineapples Aloha Card

Colorful pineapples have been rolling around in my head for more than two weeks. I finally decided to put them on paper. Each pineapple is 3 separate stamps, and the crown is 3 separate stamps. I did well lining up the pineapple bodies, but I need to practice more with the crowns.

Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, inks – Hero Arts Unicorn, Stampin’ Up! Almost Amethyst (retired), Bermuda Bay, Certainly Celery (retired), Lavender Lace (retired), Lovely Lilac (retired), Pear Pizzazz, Pink Passion (retired), Pink Pirouette, Pixie Pink (retired), Pool Party, Tempting Turquoise, Wild Wasabi, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Taylored Expressions (banner), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder white.


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Black and White Floral Birthday Card

Another Amy Tangerine background – from her Oh Happy Life collection.

Supplies: Stamp – Papertrey Ink, paper – American Crafts Amy Tangerine Oh Happy Life, Pop’set Infra Violet, ink – Hero Arts Unicorn, die – My Favorite Things (pierced rectangle), sequins – Darice, embossing powder – Ranger Silver Pearl.


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Lifesaver Note Card

How about a nautical themed note card today?

I used the new Hero Arts Waves stencil with Blueprint Sketch ink, and then removed the stencil and blended Tumbled Glass over the entire piece.

Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, inks – Copic R29, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Blueprint Sketch, Tumbled Glass, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – My Favorite Things (pierced rectangle), Spellbinders (square), stencil – Hero Arts, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Seagull Note Card

Offspring3 got looking at stamps to give me as a Mother’s Day gift, and couldn’t get past this funny seagull. So, I am the VERY GRATEFUL recipient of the Essentials by Ellen Stay Salty set and matching dies.

We enjoy watching the seagulls at the beach on vacation…for the most part. Sometimes the seagulls make it difficult to like them! One summer, a seagull tried to abscond with 1/2 of Offspring3’s peanut butter sandwich (in a closed Ziploc bag)! Silly bird, we were right there on the blanket! We got the bag back.

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Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, paper – American Crafts Amy Tangerine On A Whim, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Crumb Cake, inks – Copic C1, C5, E41, YG0000, Y06, Hero Arts Unicorn, VersaFine Smokey Gray, dies – Essentials by Ellen (clouds, seagull), Taylored Expressions (banner), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, white.