Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


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Bear Pair Valentine’s Day Card

This is the bear stamp I used on my parents Christmas cards – those I left white as polar bears. Sometime over the holidays, I saw someone else had colored the bears brown for a card – adorable.

So, I embossed the bears onto watercolor paper and gently watercolored them. The snow is even sparkly white watercolor (you can almost see it in the photo).

And, YES, this is the card I am sending to my parents for Valentine’s Day.

Supplies:  Stamps – Hero Arts, Penny Black, paper – Canson watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Real Red, inks – Hero Arts Unicorn, VersaFine Onyx Black, ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Carmine Red (022), Light Gray (091), Wink of Stella clear, watercolors – Kuretake Gansai Tambi, Sakura Koi, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder white, Stampendous Detail clear, twine – MarkerPOP.


Deep Purple Carnation Sympathy Card

 

Watercoloring consistently is still a challenge for me. I went through all the reactions to this floral piece along the way – too light (add more paint), love it (it will dry a little lighter), hate it (it didn’t dry any lighter), like it (looks better after I slept), back to love it. I used Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors, and they are definitely more opaque than other watercolors that I have.

Supplies;  Stamps – Papertrey Ink, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Arches watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Papertrey Ink Royal Velvet, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, Smokey Gray, watercolors – Kuretake Gansai Tambi, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Spellbinders (rectangle), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Ranger Silver Pearl.


Awesome Sky Note Card

Last week was really busy, I am still recovering!  😉

I pulled this blended ink sky out of my scrap pile and made an encouragement note card.

The dark blue metallic paper (mat layer) is new, I found it on sale. GORGEOUS, can’t get it to show in a photo.

Supplies:  Stamp – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Curious Metallics Blueprint, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire, Salty Ocean, VersaFine Onyx Black, die – My Favorite Things, watercolor (for star splatters) – Kuretake Gansai Tambi, embossing powder – Ranger Silver Pearl.


Night Sky Woodland Animals Birthday Card

Offspring2 celebrated a birthday recently. He is the photographer, two of his favorite subjects are night skies and critters.

I blended the sky onto Strathmore Bristol paper (blends so easily on this smooth surface!), and when it was dry, I flicked Kuretake white pearl paint onto it. I did struggle with how to ground the scene – I finally decided on a strip of green paper covered with die cut leaves.

Supplies: Stamps – Lawn Fawn, Reverse Confetti, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Always Artichoke (retired), Bravo Burgundy (retired), Brushed Silver, Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry, More Mustard (retired), Pumpkin Pie, Shimmery White (retired), Strathmore Bristol, inks – Copic E15, E19, E21, E33, 100, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire, Salty Ocean, VersaFine Onyx Black, Vintage Sepia, dies – Lawn Fawn (animals), My Favorite Things (leaves, pierced rectangle), Spellbinders (circle), watercolor – Kuretake Gansai Tambi, embossing powder – Spellbinders Detail clear.


You Are Mermazing Card

It took me a long time to jump on the mermaid bandwagon. I caught a sale back in December, and have finally gotten around to inking the stamps.

#Adorable

Supplies: Stamps – My Favorite Things, paper – Canson watercolor, Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, inks – Copics B02, BG10, BG15, E15, E33, E51, E57, RV04, Hero Arts Unicorn, VersaFine Onyx Black, ZIG Wink of Stella clear, die – My Favorite Things, watercolors – Kuretake Gansai Tambi, sequins – Simon Says Stamp, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, white.


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Night Sky Thinking of You Card

I found a previously blended night sky panel in my scrap folder, and it led me here.

Supplies: Stamp – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Blueprint Sketch, Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – My Favorite Things (pierced rectangle), Spellbinders (circle), embossing powder – Ranger clear.


Ellen Hutson’s 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2017 Challenge

It is December, so time to head on over to Ellen Hutson’s blog for the 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2017 Challenge!

I chose to create a tag based on the sketch from Day 8. Here is the sketch:

 

I was also inspired by the tag on Day 5 made by Eloise Blue – the critter and the ink blended background.

My vision – a night sky background, a fox sitting on a fallen tree with the moon rising behind. I counted my fallen tree and the sentiment as the vertical stripes.

For my background, I blended 3 Distress Inks – Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire on Bristol card stock. I heat set the colors, and then flicked on some sparkly white watercolor from the Kuretake Gansai Tambi set.

The fox was colored with Copic markers, and cut out first with the circle die. Then, I partially die cut the fox, to allow the fallen tree to be put underneath the tail.

I added a sentiment and fussed with the ribbon for an hour.

Thanks to Ellen Hutson for having this challenge again this year – the grand prize to a random winner is $150 gift certificate to the store! (Oh, great Random Number Generator in the sky, PLEASE generate my number!)

Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, Lawn Fawn, Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Close to Cocoa (retired), Strathmore Bristol, inks – Copic E11, E19, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire, Salty Ocean, VersaFine Onyx Black, Vintage Sepia, dies – Lawn Fawn (fox), Spellbinders (circle), double hole punch – Stampin’ Up!, watercolor – Kuretake Gansai Tambi, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Ranger Silver Pearl, organdy/satin ribbon – ClearBags.