Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


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Embossed and Watercolored Floral Birthday Card

Here is my latest try to watercolor an embossed image. I am still struggling with water control.

Supplies: Stamp – Papertrey Ink, paper – Canson watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Melon Mambo, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Lawn Fawn, embossing folder – Darice, watercolors – Kuretake Gansai Tambi, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, organdy ribbon – Offray.


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Watercolored Live in the Moment Card

I embossed watercolor paper with an embossing folder, then set out to “paint” the embossed image. I am struggling with controlling the water!

Supplies: Stamp – Hero Arts, paper – Canson watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Lawn Fawn, embossing folder – Darice, watercolors – Kuretake Gansai Tambi, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


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Awesome with Night Sky Background Card

Well, Kristina Werner made me try a watercolored night sky again.  😉

She posted this beautiful envelope art a few weeks ago, Kristina Werner Outer Space Envelope Art , and I had to give it another try.

So, I watercolored with Ranger Distress Inks, and let it dry. Then, I came in with Kuretake black, and let that dry. Finally, I used Kuretake white and pearl white to make the splatters. You really have to just keep going – at multiple points in the process, I HATED IT, thought it looked awful. The end product is good.

Supplies: Stamp – My Favorite Things, paper – Canson watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Tempting Turquoise, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Spiced Marmalade, Twisted Citron, Wild Honey, VersaFine Onyx Black, watercolors – Kuretake Gansai Tambi, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Spellbinders (rectangle), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


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Gold Carnation Birthday Card

golden-rose-striped-birthday

The gold carnation was another item that I rescued from my scrap collection.

Supplies: Stamps – Papertrey Ink, paper – Canson watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Brushed Gold, Basic Gray, Kaleidoscope DSP, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, Smoky Gray, dies – My Favorite Things, watercolor – Kuretake Gansai Tambi, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


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Watercolored Daisies Birthday Card

pink-watercolor-daisy-bday-inspired-by-julie

This card was inspired by a card on Julie Ebersole’s blog – Paper Truffles – last week.

The post was titled Pretty Peonies .

I was much more controlling of my watercolors – I felt the need to preserve the circular nature of the daisies. And I skipped the tiny paint spotches (I have not mastered that technique, and I regret it every time I try on something that has taken time to create!).

Supplies: Stamps – A Muse ArtStamps, Hero Arts, Papertrey Ink, paper – Canson watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pop’Tone Razzle Berry,  Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, watercolors – Kuretake Gansai Tambi, sequins – Darice (iridescent), Pretty Pink Posh (gold), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


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Watercolored Poppies Cards

watercolored poppies pair

For the bridal shower card I was working on, I also painted these two poppies backgrounds. I just was not sure how literal I wanted to go using the dress as inspiration.

Both cards were painted with the same watercolor colors.

Since I did not use them for the card for my friend, I turned them in to birthday cards that I need to send this month.

Supplies: Stamps – Papertrey Ink, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Arches watercolor paper, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangles), My Favorite Things (pierced rectangle), watercolors – Kuretake Gansai Tambi #31, 58, 95 (95 is metallic white, I mixed that with the other 2 colors, it was not used stand alone), embossing powder – Ranger Liquid Platinum.


Watercolored Galaxy Background Encouragement Card

watercolor galaxy be confident

For this background, I was expanding my artistic horizons, trying to create a galaxy background similar to what Kristina Werner created in this blog post .

Sorry I didn’t think to take an “in progress” shot. I loosely watercolored the ZIG Clean Color marker colors and let them dry. They were much lighter than the colors in Kristina Werner’s card – I am much more timid with watercolors, and I struggle with too much water. After it was dry, I really struggled with putting the black paint over the colors! It sat on my counter for more than a week, then I added white paint spatters, and a few spatters of Wink of Stella (which turned out much larger than I wanted – too late!).

This sentiment is another PERFECT one from the Simon Says Stamp Uplifting Thoughts set.

It is very pretty in person, and I had to add the Aurora Borealis Swarovski jewels to my galaxy because they fit the theme.

Supplies: Stamp – Simon Says Stamp, paper – Arches watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Papertrey Ink Royal Velvet, ink – Stampin’ Up! Basic Gray, VersaFine Onyx Black, Wink of Stella clear, die – My Favorite Things (pierced rectangle), watercolors – ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers Blue (30), Cobalt Blue (31), Light Green (41), Light Violet (81), Orange (70), Pink (25), Yellow (50), Kuretake Gansai Tambi #10 (white), 20 (black), jewels – EK Success Swarovski Elements Aurora Borealis, embossing powder – Ranger Liquid Platinum.