Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


Cherry Floral Belated Birthday Card

Sunday afternoon, while ironing, I had the sudden epiphany that I had missed someone’s birthday. And I had less than an hour to make a card.

(Which, if you are wondering…an hour is plenty of time to make a beautiful card if the card you are working on has no deadline! If I am working a deadline, an hour isn’t enough because I make multiple errors along the way!  This is the 4th iteration of floral background!)

I did try to add some randomly placed gold sequins, but after 10 minutes and 2 different sizes of sequins, I was not happy with any arrangement. Less is more, right??

Supplies:  Stamps – Altenew, Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Cherry Cobbler, inks – Gina K. Designs Cherry Red, VersaFine Vintage Sepia, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail Gold, organdy ribbon – Offray.


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Citron and Purple Get Well Wishes Card

Another get well option.

Most of my tulips have bloomed!

Supplies:  Stamp – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Strathmore Bristol, Taylored Expressions Jelly Donut, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Twisted Citron, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Spellbinders (circles), stencil – Heidi Swapp, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear, organdy ribbon – Offray.


More Ombre Enveloper Cards

I put together more cards out of my extra ombre backgrounds made with the Waffle Flower Enveloper Little Birdie stamp set. The “thinking of you” card is note size.

Supplies:  Stamps – Gina K. Designs, Papertrey Ink, Waffle Flower, paper – Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pop Tone Razzleberry, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Abandoned Coral, Blueprint Sketch, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feather, Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, dies – Essentials by Ellen (hello), Simon Says Stamp (banner), sequins – Doodlebug Designs, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear, Stampin’ Up! Crystal Clear, organdy ribbon – Offray.


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A Little Birdie Told Me Card

I love the art of this stamp (I have several by this designer), but I struggle with how to use it. BUT I LOVE IT.

For this card, I mounted the stamp on my MISTI, and stamped the individual distress inks to make an ombre image. When it was dry, I overstamped in VersaMark and added regular (not detail fine) embossing powder to give the image a higher, glossy loft.

Supplies:  Stamps – Waffle Flower, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Bermuda Bay, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Blueprint Sketch, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers, VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail Clear, Stampin’ Up! Crystal Clear, organdy ribbon – Offray.


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Pink, Purple, Navy Floral Birthday

An old favorite design! I updated it by using navy as my neutral.

Supplies:  Stamps – A Muse Artstamps, Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy, inks – Hero Arts Unicorn, Taylored Expressions Jelly Donut, Lollipop, VersaFine Clair Twilight, die – My Favorite Things, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder white, Stampendous Detail clear, organdy ribbon – Offray.


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Sweet Baby Onesie Note Card

How about a floral onesie baby note card? I would have loved this navy and pink print on baby girl clothes circa Offspring3!

Supplies:  Stamps – Stampin’ Up!, Sugar Pea Designs, paper – Crate Paper Good Vibes, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, PopTone Razzle Berry, Stampin’ Up! Pirouette Pink, inks – Hero Arts Unicorn, My Favorite Things Razzle Berry, dies – Stampin’ Up! (banner), Sugar Pea Designs (onesie), embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, white, organdy ribbon – Offray.


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Pink Floral Adore Card

The floral stamps were still on my work table, so I made this monochromatic floral card. For a little texture, I added die cut hearts and a few sequins.

Supplies:  Stamps – My Favorite Things, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pink Passion (retired), Pink Pirouette (retired), Pixie Pink (retired), inks – Stampin’ Up! Pink Passion (retired), Pink Pirouette (retired), Pixie Pink (retired), VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Simon Says Stamp (heart outlines), Spellbinders (rectangle), sequins – Darice, embossing powder – Ranger Silver Pearl, organdy ribbon – Offray.


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Don’t Forget to Be Awesome Card

We’ve had a few really beautiful sunrises in the last week. I was inspired by the quickly shifting colors for this card.

The background stamp (Stampin’ Up! Paisley – retired) is wood mounted, and I didn’t quite get perfect coverage. I stamped the sentiment directly on the inked background – why block more of the color than necessary?

Here is the progression of Monday’s sunrise:

Some of the photos were taken from the kitchen, some from the bedroom directly above the kitchen. The first photo was taken at 6:55am, the last at 7:36am.

Supplies:  Stamps – Stampin’ Up!, Waffle Flower, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon, Squeezed Lemonade, VersaFine Onyx Black, jewels – Swarovski AB, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear, organdy ribbon – Offray.


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Christmas Around the World Quilted Gift Tags

I bought this paper on clearance, and now I am thinking that most of it is too dark. (and I don’t have any wrapping paper that it coordinates with – when has THAT ever stopped me??!).

ANYWAY, the tags are double sided. My photos don’t match because I forgot to take the photo of the back until after dinner (in the basement – not natural light!).  The paper is really white.

Supplies:  Stamps – Scrapbook.com, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Christmas Around the World DSP, Real Red, Stardream Metallics Gold, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – My Favorite Things (hole protector), Reverse Confetti (quilted tag), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, metallic cord – Paper Mart, twine – Offray


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Two Layer Holiday Tags

(click on any image to enlarge)

I invested in a new die set from My Favorite Things called Fold-Up Tags. What is unique with this set is that the top layer dies (3 with different bottom edge cuts) have a score line near the top that lets you fold back the top layer (neatly!) to see what is underneath after the top and bottom layers are glued together.

I used scraps from Crate Paper, Lawn Fawn, and…hmmm…that blue glitter snowflake paper…Recollections, maybe?

On the base layers I stamped “to: from”.

Supplies:  Stamps – Scrapbook.com, paper – Crate Paper FaLaLa, Lawn Fawn, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Recollections glitter (maybe!), Silver Mirror, Stampin’ Up! Bermuda Bay, Real Red, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – My Favorite Things, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear, metallic cord – Paper Mart, twine -Offray.