Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


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Amethyst Hummingbird Birthday Card

Part of the “birthday cards requested by mother-in-law” collection. Another scrap of sparkly paper for the hummingbird.

I stamped and die cut the flowers on green and yellow paper, then fussy cut the yellow blooms to be glued on top of the green ones.

Supplies:  Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Newton’s Nook, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sky, Stardream Metallics Amethyst, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Newton’s Nook (flowers, hummingbird), Simon Says Stamp (banner), Spellbinders (circle), embossing folder – We R Memory Keepers, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


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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.


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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.


Pale Pink Floral Square Birthday Card

This is for a good friend with a birthday in early October. Happy that I thought ahead. I usually scramble on September 29th to complete it and get it in the mail because “HOW DID IT GET TO BE THE END OF SEPTEMBER??!!”

My goal was really pale pinks and greens. I intentionally did not add color to the center of any of the flowers.

Supplies:  Stamps – Avery Elle, Newton’s Nook, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Pink Pirouette, inks – Copic G00, G0000, R11, R20, R21, R81, RV11, YG03, VersaFine Onyx Black, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


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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.


Floral Fringe Square Mother’s Day Card

The last of the Mother’s Day cards – this one was for my Mom.

The challenge was finding a sentiment to fit in the middle – I didn’t want to cover any of the flowers!

Supplies:  Stamps – Hero Arts, Newton’s Nook, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pop Tone Sour Apple, Stampin’ Up! Poppy Parade, inks – Copic E29, E37, G46, R24, R29, V04, Y17, YG25, YG95, YR04, YR14, YR68, VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Stampin’ Up! Sterling Silver.


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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.


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Watercolored Daisies Mother’s Day Card

Back in March, I purchased a set of Dr. Ph. Martin’s Hydrus liquid watercolors (half price sale).

I have finally gotten around to trying them. They are very concentrated, I only used a few drops of each color. Next time, I will try a bolder palette.

Supplies:  Stamps – Hero Arts, Newton’s Nook, paper – Arches watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Wild Wasabi, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Spellbinders, watercolors – Dr. Ph. Martin’s Hydrus set 1, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.