Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


Snowdrift Snowman Christmas Card


This cute snowman was in the scrap bag waiting to be used.

Supplies: Stamps – Clearly Besotted, Hero Arts, paper – Malmero Sparkle Green, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Real Red, Soft Sky, Stardream Metallics Silver, inks – Copic (sorry, I don’t remember the numbers), VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Hero Arts (snowman), Impression Obsession (snowflakes), Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle, stitched hillside), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Stampin’ Up! Sterling Silver.


Butterfly with Watercolor Backdrop Birthday Card

For this card, I watercolored a loose rectangle to be the background for the die cut butterfly.

Supplies: Stamp – Papertrey Ink, paper – Canson watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Poptone Razzle Berry, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Impression Obsession (butterfly), Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), watercolors – Kuretake Gansai Tambi, sequins – Pretty Pink Posh, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Paint Chip Gift Tags


Oh, come on, you had to see this one coming from a mile away!

I used paint chips, sample paper, and dies.

I order envelopes and paper from a company called Paper-Papers. With every order, you get a random sample pack of scraps. I LOVE THIS! Would I really order a pack of 25 sheets of all of the colors? No. But the scraps are great for accents and projects like this. Paper-Papers even puts a label listing the contents on the sample pack, so you know what you are using.


Supplies: Paper – Home Depot, Lowe’s Paint Chips, Stampin’ Up! Brushed Silver, Malmero Perle White, Stardream Metallics Azalea, Dolomite, Emerald, Juniper, dies – Impression Obsession (snowflakes on large paint chips), My Favorite Things (snowflakes on small aqua paint chips), Reverse Confetti (holly & berries), Stampin’ Up! (ornament/hanger), The Cat’s Pajamas (largest snowflake), cord – Offray, metallic cord – PaperMart.



Metallic and White Feminine Tag – Ellen Hutson 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2016 Challenge


This tag is for the Ellen Hutson 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2016 Challenge. (that is a mouthful!) It is a BIG challenge, and I love it.

My tag was inspired by the Day 9 tags by Sharon Harnist and Jean Manis – Sharon challenged me to use frosty white with silver or gold metallics.

Me, being the overachiever that I am, used silver and gold, and a shimmery white that has a touch of gold. And pearls.

The back of the tag is gold, with silver embossing.


(Look at how much the light changed in my family room in an hour!)

The challenge runs through December 17, 2016. AND, there is going to be a random drawing from all of the qualifying entries for $150 gift certificate to the Ellen Hutson store. Have you posted an entry yet??

Supplies: Stamp – Essentials by Ellen, paper – Curious Ice Gold, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stardreams Gold (back of tag), Silver, ink – VersaMark, dies – Impression Obsession (snowflakes), Lawn Fawn (stitched hillside), Taylored Expressions (tag), Swarovski pearls, embossing powder – Stampendous! Gold Detail, gold cord – Stampin’ Up! (retired), organdy/satin ribbon – PaperMart.


Foiled Butterflies Birthday Card

foiled butterflies birthday

Offspring3 tasked me with making a card for a friend.

I cut rectangles out of a Heidi Swapp MINC toner sheet (large enough to fit the butterfly die), and ran them through the laminator with various foils. After they were cool, I die cut the butterflies.

Supplies: Stamp – Papertrey Ink, paper – Heidi Swapp MINC Toner Sheet, My Mind’s Eye, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Taylored Expressions Build A Scene, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Impression Obsession (butterfly), Spellbinders (circle), foil – Heidi Swapp, ThermOWeb, embossing powder – Ranger Silver Pearl.

Blended Ink Background Encouragement Card

alcohol background butterfly

I was rummaging through my stash of scraps, and found this background that I made…maybe a dozen year ago? There is a tutorial on Splitcoaststampers called Polished Stone by Beate Johns. I am pretty sure I modified the technique by using BD Alcohol Swabs and an original rectangular Tim Holtz Blending Tool. (These were suggestions by other card makers in the Splitcoaststampers forums.). And with this one, I did not add the metallic ink or use the sealer mentioned in the tutorial.

ANYWAY, the colors caught my eye while I was rummaging, and this card happened. And, no, I didn’t mis-stamp my sentiment, Reverse Confetti seems to like fonts with funky “s” execution.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies: Stamp – Reverse Confetti, paper – Neenah Classic Crest, Stampin’ Up Basic Black, Glossy White, Stardreams Silver, inks – Stampin’ Up! Only Orange (retired), Pink Passion (retired), VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Impression Obsession, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


U of Md Graduation Shaker Card

eva 2016 grad

A shaker card for a University of Maryland graduate.

Supplies: Paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Office Depot transparency, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Glossy Black, Real Red, dies – Impression Obsession (word), Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Taylored Expressions (cap), sequins – Darice, Doodlebug Designs, Pretty Pink Posh, microbeads – Target $ Aisle, glitter – Stampin’ Up! (retired).