Paper and Ink Imaginings

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All the Pieces Ready to Mix and Match

I bought the horse stamp…for a baby card.

I have been turning it over & over in my head, trying to get my angle on it. I stamped, stenciled, embossed and cut all of my pieces. The ones on the left are card bases, next to that is the largest layer. My background options are on the right, with the horse and the two sentiment choices.

I mixed and matched the options and took photos to send to my cousin (the customer).

How does your design process go when the item is not for you?

Supplies:  Stamps – Clearly Besotted, Simon Says Stamp, Stampin’ Up!, Taylored Expressions, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pirouette Pink, Pool Party, Smoky Slate, inks – Lawn Fawn Manatee, Stampin’ Up! Going Gray (retired), Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Hickory Smoke, Spun Sugar, VersaFine Smokey Gray, VersaMark, dies – My Favorite Things (pierced rectangle), Simon Says Stamp (banners), stencil – Newton’s Nook, embossing powders – Ranger Super Fine Detail white, Stampendous Detail clear.


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Oceans of Love Fish Card

When I got this stencil last year, my first thought was to make each fish a different color…and my logistical brain said “way too much work”. I FINALLY went back to my first thought, and am very glad I took the time!

I used Post-It tape to mask off each individual fish, each bubble (yes, I have a few places where I missed).

When the ink was dry, I repositioned the stencil and applied clear embossing paste over the colored fish. After the embossing paste dried, I applied a very light watercolor wash (and tried to keep my brush as dry as possible, since I didn’t use watercolor or Bristol paper) to make the watery background.

Mood when done:  HAPPY.  🙂

Supplies:  Stamp – My Favorite Things, paper – Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, inks – Lawn Fawn Manatee, Simon Says Stamp Slate, Stampin’ Up! Only Orange (retired), Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Abandoned Coral, Blueprint Sketch, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade, Tumbled Glass, Twisted Citron, Wilted Violet, VersaMark, die – Simon Says Stamp, stencil – Newton’s Nook, embossing paste – Dreamweaver Wendy Vecchi translucent, watercolor – Sakura Koi, embossing powder – Ranger Super Fine Detail white.


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Hello Sea Shells Card

I splurged and bought purple paper from Stampin’ Up! recently. This one is Highland Heather.

I blended over the entire stencil lightly with Antique Linen Distress Ink, then added the Shaded Lilac and Spun Sugar over the linen ink.

Supplies:  Paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Desert Storm, Stampin’ Up! Highland Heather, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Antique Linen, Shaded Lilac, Spun Sugar, dies – Essentials by Ellen, stencil – Newton’s Nook.


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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.