Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


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Good Vibes Rainbow Card

I recently got a stamp set full of encouraging sentiments – we all could use some encouragement now.

Difficult to tell in the photo, but the background has lightly stenciled clouds.

Supplies:  Stamp – My Favorite Things, paper – Gmund Royal, PopTone Razzle Berry, Sour Apple, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Gorgeous Grape, Pumpkin Pie, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Tumbled Glass, VersaMark, dies – My Favorite Things (rainbow, pierced rectangle), embossing powder – Ranger Super Fine white.


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Paint Chip Cards and the return of the missing mojo…

My creative mojo has been mostly absent for the past year. Pandemic concerns. Elder care and assistance.

But crafting has been my art therapy, my happy place for 18 years.

Was I bored with my crafting?

Was I overwhelmed with the crafting industry “buy this now” monthly release push? That answer has been YES for a while. (Yes, I know my being overwhelmed is MY problem, not a problem with the industry!) Sensory overload for me.

Was it time to move on?

So, I have been struggling along, making the bare minimum of cards for family.

I finished making my New Years cards in mid January (because I bailed on making Christmas cards, but I had purchased holiday postage stamps – have to send something!), and here come Valentine’s Day cards…

But my mojo peeked out from under the couch next to my craft table and asked me…

I am enjoying crafting. I have ideas. I STILL LOVE COLOR.

Alas, I have discovered that my card basket is very picked over (thanks to Offspring3 and my cousins! Love you! ❤ ). Lots of categories that need to be refilled.

Paint chips were begging to be stamped upon. So, two cards to help refill the basket.

Supplies:  Stamps – Clearly Besotted, Essentials by Ellen, My Favorite Things, paper – Behr paint chips (Home Depot), Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry, ink – VersaMark, dies – Essentials by Ellen (hello), Simon Says Stamp (sentiment strip), embossing powders – Gina K Designs Fine Detail Silver, Stampin’ Up! Classy Copper


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Spectacular Valentine Card

 

I struggled with the background for this card – everything seemed to compete with the sunglasses. In the end, I embossed the Lawn Fawn Sunray Backdrop cover plate onto light blue cardstock.

Supplies:  Stamp – My Favorite Things, paper – Curious Metallic Shadow, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Reverse Confetti From Cupid, Stampin’ Up! Bashful Blue (retired), Real Red, ink – VersaMark, dies – Lawn Fawn (sunray backdrop), My Favorite Things (glasses), Simon Says Stamp (sentiment strip), embossing powder – Ranger Super Fine Detail white.


Heart and Ion Valentine Card

Really, I only need punny Valentine cards! The cornier the better!

(And to my Chemistry savvy friends – I am aware that the image is NOT the proper diagram for an ion – I hope you will forgive me. The closest I could get with my stamps!)

Supplies:  Stamps – My Favorite Things, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Reverse Confetti From Cupid, Stampin’ Up! Basic Gray, inks – Copic R29, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Simon Says Stamp (banner strip), Spellbinders (circles).


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Look on the Bright Side Rainbow Card

Offspring3 gave me a gift card for crafting goodies for Christmas, and the rainbow die and the sentiment were two of my picks.

Supplies:  Stamp – My Favorite Things, paper – Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, PopTone Black Licorice, Razzle Berry, Sour Apple, Stampin’ Up! Daffodil Delight, Gorgeous Grape, Pumpkin Pie, ink – VersaMark, dies – My Favorite Things (rainbow), Simon Says Stamp (banner), embossing powder – Ranger Super Fine Detail white.


Navy, Turquoise and Silver Snowflake Money Holder Card

I made a few holiday money holder cards this year, all the same design, just variation in the color scheme. I used the We R Memory Keepers envelope punch board to make envelopes out of holiday scrapbook paper. The cards are not being mailed, but presented in person.  I apologize for no photo of the envelope – the light was fading and I was rushing.

The finished size is 3 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches.

Supplies:  Stamps – A Muse Artstamps, Simon Says Stamp, paper – Curious Metallics Blueprint, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Tempting Turquoise (retired), ink – VersaMark, die – My Favorite Things, embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Sterling Silver.


Time to Celebrate Cuckoo Clock Card

One of my cousins is celebrating a birthday this month.

Supplies:  Stamps – Hero Arts, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Desert Storm, Stampin’ Up! Chocolate Chip, Highland Heather, inks – Copic B32, E29, E53, V15, VersaFine Vintage Sepia, dies – My Favorite Things (pierced rectange), Simon Says Stamp (banner), embossing folder – Stampin’ Up!, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Polar Bear with Green Merry Christmas Card

This is the card I made for my parents to mail this year.

Are my cards done? Not even started! My annual calendar is printed & assembled – so I am ahead there.

Supplies:  Stamps – A Muse Art Stamps, My Favorite Things, paper – My Favorite Things Field Day, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, PopTone Sour Apple, Stampin’ Up! Real Red, inks – Copic 100, B0000, C1, G03, R29, YG23, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Simon Says Stamp (banner strip), Spellbinders (square), embossing folder – Provo Craft, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Hummingbird Thinking of You Card

I wanted to use the hummingbird stamp, but I didn’t want to take the time to color the image. I searched through all of my metallic paper samples, and found this blue one.

My mother-in-law requested a few birthday cards, and I am including this in the stash I send to her.

Supplies:  Stamps – Newton’s Nook, paper – My Favorite Things Bundles of Blossoms Brights, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pop Tone Black Licorice, Stardream Metallics Vista (I think?), inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, dies – My Favorite Things (pierced rectangle), Newton’s Nook (hummingbird), embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Ranger Super Fine Detail Powder white.


Sparkly Watercolor Blooms Birthday Card

(click on any photo to enlarge)

This card was for Cousin Pati’s birthday last week.

I had a horrible time with the photography – it was a bright sunny day, but too much glare. Hard to get the sparkle without the glare. This second photo shows the sparkle, but the color is a bit wonky.

 

Supplies:  Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, My Favorite Things, paper – Canson watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Rich Razzleberry, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, die – Simon Says Stamp, watercolors – Kuretake Gansai Tambi, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art clear, Ranger Silver Pearl.