Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


Have A Beautiful Day Tile Card

This beautiful tile paper is from the Kaiser Craft Havana Nights pad. It is embossed – I could not get a good photo to show the shiny embossed detail.

I am working on a specific set of encouragement cards for someone. (waving at YOU, Pati K!)

Supplies: Stamp – My Favorite Things, paper – KaiserCraft Havana Nights, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy, Taylored Expressions Strawberry Milkshake, ink – VersaMark, embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Navy (retired), organdy ribbon – Offray.


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Botantical Collage Birthday Card

When I stamped the background collage for Offspring3’s birthday card a few weeks ago, I stamped multiple sheets of the collage (the MISTI made that easy!).

This version was stamped using Simon Says Stamp inks in Hot Mama (a dark orchid) and Deep Purple. The inks are new to me. I was THRILLED to find my blended ink color matched a piece of Plum Punch card stock I had in my stash.

I have had an entire set of Stampin’ Up! Classic Ink Pads forever. I did update to the “new” Stampin’ Up! foam pads in 2012, and, alas, while I have gotten my money’s worth out of these ink pads, it is time to reink or buy new ink pads. The pads I have reinked have changed color (gone darker), which doesn’t make me a happy camper. Ink pads are a big investment, so I am going to be researching other brands that have come onto the market since I made my original investment in 2002.

And here is a birthday note card I made out of the leftover collage:

If you don’t mind, think good thoughts for my family again today! I will be back at the hospital with my parents, my mother is having a procedure called Endovascular Coiling for her unruptured brain aneurysm.

Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Taylored Expressions Plum Punch, inks – Simon Says Stamp Deep Purple, Hot Mama, VersaFine Onyx Black, die – My Favorite Things, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Ranger Liquid Platinum, organdy ribbon – Offray.


Blended Ink Graduation Card


{insert trumpet fanfare here!}

Guess what happened yesterday???

Offspring3 graduated from college with a Bachelor of Arts. Magna Cum Laude. In two and a half years.

Can you just feel me BURSTING WITH PRIDE through your computer screen?  (If not, something must be wrong with your settings!)

I blended the ink background last week, and pondered the rest of the card for a few days.

Supplies: Stamps – A Muse Artstamps, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stmpin’ Up! Basic Black, Silver Foil, Strathmore Bristol, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire, Salty Ocean, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Taylored Expressions, sequins – Simon Says Stamp, DYMO label maker, embossing powder – Ranger clear, organdy ribbon – Offray.


Falala Holiday Cards

I was running out of time for my personal holiday cards!! The Crate Paper Falala paper pad helped make it easier for me.

How are all of your holiday tasks coming along?

I am in the midst of baking cookies…my hands are so cracked from all of the bowl & pan washing. Wrapping presents and printing the annual calendar are the next items on the list.

Supplies: Stamp – Simon Says Stamp, paper – Crate Paper Falala, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Gold Foil, Pool Party, ink – VersaMark, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangles), Spellbinders (circles), embossing powders – Stampin’ Up! Sterling Silver, Stampendous Gold Detail, organdy ribbon – Offray.


Watercolored Ombre with Snowflakes Seasons Greetings Card

My Kuretake watercolors were on my table for another project last week, and I played around with watercoloring over my Neat and Tangled stencil, playing with an ombre look. I actually painted it light side at the top, but when I was putting this together, I thought the darkest blue needed to be at the top (sky), and the lightest at the bottom (snow).

Supplies: Stamp – Hero Arts, paper – Canson watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy, Silver Mirror, ink – VersaMark, watercolors – Kuretake Gansai Tambi, stencil – Neat and Tangled, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), My Favorite Things (snowflakes), embossing powder Ranger Silver Pearl, organdy ribbon – Offray.

Bundles of Blossoms Note Cards

The My Favorite Things Bundles of Blossoms Brights paper pack was another item from my birthday.


Supplies: Stamp – Hero Arts, Papertrey Ink, Stampin’ Up!, paper – My Favorite Things Bundles of Blossoms Brights, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Night of Navy, Pear Pizzazz, Real Red, ink – VersaMark Onyx Black, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Stampin’ Up! Sterling Silver, organdy ribbon – Offray.

Pink and Green Encouragement Card

My friend is almost done her chemotherapy – another PINK encouragement card.

Supplies: Stamp – Paper Smooches, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Poptone Razzle Berry, Sour Apple, Recollections Chevron, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Paper Smooches (flowers, leaves, pocket), embossing powder – Ranger clear, organdy ribbon – Offray.