Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


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Sparkly Faux Letterpress Birthday Card

I was inspired by THIS blog post by Jennifer McGuire to try inking an embossing folder before cranking it through my die cut machine.

My ink did not turn out as smooth as hers did – my brayer is old and not used much, maybe I need a new one. I was happy enough to make it into a card to be mailed off to a friend.

“Sparkly” is in the title because the blue paper is iridescent when you tilt it towards the light.

Supplies:  Stamp – Papertrey Ink, paper – Curious Metallics Blueprint, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Oxide Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet, VersaMark, embossing folder – Darice, die – Lawn Fawn, embossing powder – Ranger Silver Pearl.


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Tie Dye Sunrise Birthday Card

One of my cousins requested this birthday card. The key word was “hippy-ish”. This was my first idea – ink blend a rainbow background & die cut it into sunbeams.

Supplies:  Stamp – Newton’s Nook, paper – Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Desert Storm, Stampin’ Up! Daffodil Delight, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Oxide Abandoned Coral, Blueprint Sketch, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Squeezed Lemonade, Wilted Violet, VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Lawn Fawn, stencil – Gina K. Designs, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


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Snapshots Birthday Card

This is this year’s creation to celebrate Offspring2. The photos represent his photography subjects during the pandemic.

Supplies:  Stamps – Newton’s Nook, Papertrey Ink, Simon Says Stamp, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pumpkin Pie, Smoky Slate, Spooky Night DSP, Soft Sky, inks – Copic B0000, BG10, C1, C3, R11, R85, RV0000, RV11, Y18, YG17, YR04, YR14, Stampin’ Up! Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede, VersaFine Onyx Black, Smoky Gray, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Taylored Expressions (photo frame), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Blended Backgrounds with Spanish Script Cards

I did these a few weeks ago, with the other Hola! cards.

Supplies:  Stamps – Cornish Heritage Farms, Technique Tuesday, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pop Tone Sour Apple, Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy, Wisteria Wonder, Strathmore Bristol, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Shaded Lilac, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, VersaFine Clair Twilight, stencils – Newton’s Nook (shells), Simon Says Stamp (daisies), dies – Essentials by Ellen (hello), Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), My Favorite Things (pierced rectangle), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder.


A Card for Mom – Version 2

This is another card I made for Mom’s birthday.

I used a stencil to apply transfer gel, when that was dry, I ran it through my laminator with reactive foil.

Always difficult to capture foil in a photo!

And I found my Kindle charging cord the 5th time I checked my computer bag (how it traveled to/from vacation).

Supplies:  Stamp – Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy, Pool Party, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), foil – Heidi Swapp Minc, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Ink Blended Hola Cards

As I have mentioned, I am struggling with creative mojo. Last week, I had an overwhelming desire to just sit and blend ink. This happened.

YAY!

Have a great day!

Supplies:  Stamps – Cornish Heritage Farms, Technique Tuesday, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy, Strathmore Bristol, inks: Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Broken China, Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, Wilted VIolet, VersaFine Clair Twilight, VersaMark, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Spellbinders (flower), Technique Tuesday (hola), stencil – Heidi Swapp, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Ranger Super Fine Detail white.


Plaid Sympathy Card

I needed to make this quickly for my Mom to drop in the mail.

As always, sympathy cards are difficult. Do you make the card to appeal to the person you are sending it to? Or to reflect the person they lost?

This one reflects the person who passed away.

Supplies:  Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Taylored Expressions, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pear Pizzazz, Sahara Sand, inks – Stampin’ Up! Marina Mist (retired), VersaFine Clair Twilight, dies – Hero Arts (leaves), Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder.

 


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Running Horse Birthday Card

I made something similar to this last month. Just using the extra horse that I watercolored.

It is going to Cousin Pati – I inadvertently ghosted her on a few card requests last fall. (I think I was overwhelmed with in-law care & paperwork at the time.)

Supplies:  Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Tempting Turquoise (retired), Strathmore Bristol, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, ZIG Real Brush Clean Color Pens, die – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), embossing folder – Stampin’ Up!, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder.


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Small Things Card

Hey there!

I finally spent a little time at my craft table again. It was nice to be stamping, coloring and ink blending.

I made a mask out of scrap paper and blended ink clouds within the oval. The hummingbird colors were from a Google image search – the wings of the hummingbird I chose were so translucent they appeared to be pale purple gray.

My final product is OK – it is not balanced, but I don’t have anything in my stash to add to the left.  (I would love to have a smaller hummingbird facing right to add there!) I should have added more blooms to the left – poor planning on my part. I added the turquoise organdy ribbon to help – and I think it does balance it a little more.

Life has been…interesting? That’s not right, but it’s the best I can come up with. Not busy – I have plenty of time and no focus. Stressful – some (parental health issues).

We did get away to the beach for a week. (Our vacation has been renting a single family home, spending time on a not crowded beach, and having carryout for dinner for years now – no big change.) I appreciated the time away, we had beautiful sunsets and entertaining seagulls. Biggest question:  why the heck was Dairy Queen “closed for the season” in early August???

 

 

 

Supplies:  Stamps – Newton’s Nook, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Bermuda Bay, inks – Copic B05, BG15, BV00, BV01, Y18, YG25, YR14, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Tumbled Glass, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Newton’s Nook, Spellbinders (oval), stencil – My Favorite Things, ribbon – Offray, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


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Happy Mother’s Day 2020

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Here are the cards I created for my friends. The sentiment inside is Happy Mother’s Day.

Taking the photo for today, I thought, what if I get the table base into the photo? I love this table! Yeah, table base looks great, but the cards totally washed out!

The story behind the table – it was in my paternal grandmother’s house for all of my memory. She remarried when I was 2 or 3, and it belonged to her second husband (who was my grandfather not by blood but by love!). Asked about it years later, he told me his father worked at the docks in Baltimore, and, similar to the Boston Tea Party, some ships would ditch some products into the harbor waters to avoid taxes. A ship from Africa dumped some cargo, my great grandfather ended up with this hand carved table. It was originally covered with ebony paint, my grandfather had it stripped and stained.

Supplies:  Stamps – Newton’s Nook, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Highland Heather, Melon Mambo, Rose Red, So Saffron, inks – Copic BV08, C1, E15, E23, G46, R21, R81, R85, RV13, RV14, V04, V09, V17, Y18, Y21, Y28, Y35, YR04, YR09, YR68, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangles), Spellbinders (circles), embossing folder – Provo Craft, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.