Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


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Calaveras Valentine Card

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Here is the card I made for Offspring3 – with her favorite calaveras (sugar skulls).

Also, a few photos from our 2 day ice event (Monday 2/11/19 and Tuesday 2/12/19). These photos are from Tuesday.

Remember – you can click on any photos on my blog and get a larger view in a new window.

The first photo of the morning – before daylight.

Our neighbors have 2 pear trees between our houses. The front pear tree split and a large branch fell parallel to our house & driveway sometime in the early morning. But look at how both trees are pulling outward –  they were brushing both our roof and the neighbor’s roof. We are the house on the left – the top branches were touching the roof over my master bedroom, and were leaning over the family room on the first floor. (It was a very tense day here!)

Around 11:00am – look at how much ice is on these branches!! This is the second leaning pear tree canopy from my master bedroom window (back of house). Yes, I was leaning out the open window, and zooming to get the ice detail – the branches were not actually covering my window.

Supplies:  Stamps – Newton’s Nook, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Real Red, Tempting Turquoise (retired), inks – Hero Arts Unicorn, VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Lawn Fawn, rounded tag punch – Stampin’ Up!, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder white, Stampendous Detail clear.


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Sleigh Dog Note Card

I fell in love with this quilted tag die from Reverse Confetti. I really do have a lot of ideas for it – I hope you don’t get tired of seeing it!

I cut my sky & snow paper with the hillside die, then glued them both onto a piece of scrap paper, to be cut with the quilted tag die.

How are you doing on your holiday tasks? I am WOEFULLY behind. Ugh. When am I really going to learn to make my own holiday cards in July???

Supplies:  Stamp – Newton’s Nook, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Shine Pearl, Stardream Metallic Aquamarine, Silver, inks – Copic E33, E53, R20, R29, 100, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Impression Obsession (snowflakes), Lawn Fawn (stitched hillside), Newton’s Nook (dog), Reverse Confetti (quilted tag), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, twine – MarkerPOP.


Foiled Sea Shells Encouragement Card

My laminator was still out from yesterday’s foiled card.

Dare I try another?

I had recently bought a container of Deco Foil Transfer Gel. It is used with stencils. When it is dry, you put it through the laminator with foil.

So, I flipped through my stencils and picked the shells. And I had this opal foil that I loved, but was not horribly successful with.

OH. MY.

The photo above looks a little “Meh”, doesn’t it? You can see it is shiny, the colors seem to fade on the kraft paper.

BUT…catch it at an angle!

Supplies:  Stamp – Simon Says Stamp, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Bermuda Bay, Crumb Cake, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Lawn Fawn, stencil – Newton’s Nook, Deco Foil Transfer Gel – Therm O Web iCraft, opal foil – Therm O Web iCraft, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail Clear, organdy ribbon – Offray.


Sugar Skulls Eres Fabulosa Card

Translation:  You are FABULOUS!

(Really, you are!)

I got a new set of sugar skulls in August. I wanted them to be colorful, but I did not have time to color them with markers or pencils.

ANY STAMP COMPANIES LISTENING??  I truly love the sugar skulls and Dia de los Muertos images. Can you include sentiments that go with Dia de los Muertos???  PLEASE??

Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, Newton’s Nook, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, PopTone Razzle Berry, Sour Apple, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise (retired), ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Newton’s Nook (skull), Spellbinders (rectangle), embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


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Stenciled Best Fishes Card

I blended Distress Inks over the tropical fish stencil for a quick background.

Supplies: Stamps – Just Rite, paper – Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Tempting Turquoise (retired), inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Blueprint Sketch, Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, VersaFine Onyx Black, stencil – Newton’s Nook, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


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Royal, Turquoise, Purple Flip Flops Card

Back to the beach from yesterday’s snowflakes post!

Supplies: Stamps – Newton’s Nook, paper – Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Tempting Turquoise (retired), inks – Stampin’ Up! Brilliant Blue (retired), Lovely Lilac (retired), Tempting Turquoise (retired), VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Spellbinders, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


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Time to Chase The Snowflakes Card

Let’s take a break from August for some SNOW.

Offspring3 gifted me this stamp set late last year, it is adorable. This is the first time I got it inky.

Since I was not trying to make this dog look like someone’s real dog, coloring was super simple.

Supplies: Stamps – Newton’s Nook, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Shimmery White, Soft Sky, Tempting Turquoise (retired), inks – Copic B05, C9, E15, E33, E53, E57, Hero Arts Unicorn, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched hillside), Newton’s Nook (dog), embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder white, Stampendous Detail clear.