Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink

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.


Colorful Birthday Balloons Card


A quick (except for fiddling with the balloon strings!) and bright birthday card. I used a touch of Ranger Multi Medium Matte on my finger tips to keep the strings in place.

Supplies: paper – Heidi Swapp Minc paper, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pear Pizzazz, Real Red, Tangerine Tango, die – Taylored Expressions, embossing folder – Provo Craft, foil – ThermOWeb, embroidery floss – Iris.


Hippo Birdie to You Card

hippo birdie for cindy poo poo

I had my Essentials by Ellen Wish Big set out again…I just love the hippo and the bird, thank goodness Julie Ebersole included the punny “Hippo Birdie to You!” sentiment.

I stamped and embossed the balloons, the bird, the hippo, and then colored them with Copic markers. The balloons got Kirarina WiNK white pearl accents, and I drew in the strings with a Copic multiliner.

This is going in the mail today.

Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Tempting Turquoise, inks – Copic B02, C1, C3, E15, E53, YG25, YR68, V68, multiliner, Kirarina WiNK pearl white, VersaFine Onyx Black, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, embroidery floss – IRIS.

Tickled Pink Piggy Note Card

tickled pink pig pink grid

I had this old Stampin’ Up! stamp set (Very Punny – retired, it was a Sale-a-Bration set, I think) still on my workspace from the neighbor’s new baby card. And the pig stamp sat up and begged for ink.

Supplies: Stamps – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Razzleberry Lemonade, Smoky Slate, inks – Copic C1, R11, RV11, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Spellbinders, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, floss – IRIS.

I Support You Card

heidi swapp I support you

Another support/caring card. I used three different papers from the Heidi Swapp Favorite Things collection.

Supplies: Stamp – A Muse Studio, paper – Heidi Swapp Favorite Things, Papertrey Ink White, Stampin’ Up! Pool Party, Soft Sky, ink – VersaMark, die – Taylored Expressions, embossing powder – Ranger Liquid Platinum, embroidery floss – Iris.