Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


Stowaway Cards

Offspring3 went to Spain for 5 weeks this summer for a study abroad program.


Of course I stashed some cards in her suitcase. For the times that Skype and Facebook messaging were not quite tactile enough.

Most of the cards contain an image or paper that she has gifted me.



You Made My Day Paint Chip Note Card

One of my friends messaged and requested some “you made my day” note cards (really, everyone loves this sentiment!). I knew I had to find a unique paint chip for at least one of these. Thank you, Home Depot!  😉

Supplies: Stamp – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Gmund Royal, Home Depot paint chip, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, ink – VersaMark, dies – Spellbinders, embossing powder – Ranger.

Hello, Gorgeous Pink Ribbon Card

This card of encouragement is for a friend going through chemotherapy.

I was feeling “paint chip”…and this American Crafts Amy Tangerine On A Whim washi tape made the perfect backdrop.

Supplies: Stamp – Mama Elephant, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Sherwin Williams paint chip, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Essentials by Ellen, washi tape – American Crafts Amy Tangerine On A Whim, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Take Out Cup Hello Note Card

Working on a set of notecards (this is the last one). Struggling creatively. I decided on the scrap of Basic Grey for the coffee cup first (an OLD scrap!). Then, the idea of a paint chip in the background smacked me in the head. My paint chips can always pull me through!

Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, paper – Basic Grey Romani, Home Depot paint chip, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Hero Arts (cup, lid), Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangles), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Bright Paint Chip Thinking of You Note Card

Yesterday was the first day of spring – I was in the mood for something BRIGHT. And paint chip-y.

The flowers were punched out of scraps left over from THIS project.

Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, Papertrey Ink, paper – Behr (Home Depot) paint chip, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pop Tone Razzle Berry, inks – Stampin’ Up! Old Olive, Pink Passion (retired), Pixie Pink (retired), VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Stampin’ Up!, gems – A Muse ArtStamps Twinkle Stickers, flower punch – All Night Media, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, organdy ribbon – Offray.


Cheshire Cat Paint Chip Card


I was searching for the PERFECT stamp set of cats/kittens over the weekend. I think I have my choices narrowed down, almost ready to buy. But I wanted to stamp a cat NOW. So, I dug through Offspring3’s stash of crafting supplies for the Cheshire Cat.

I have actually been inside of Home Depot 3 times in the last week – and only grabbed paint chips one of those visits. We are starting the process of redoing the kitchen, so I will be a frequent visitor to Home Depot and Lowe’s for the next month or two.

Supplies: Stamp – Her Majesty (The Queen’s Ink), paper – Behr (Home Depot) paint chip, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Smoky Slate, ink – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Tumbled Glass, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Spellbinders (circles), Taylored Expressions (banner), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Paint Chip Gift Tags


Oh, come on, you had to see this one coming from a mile away!

I used paint chips, sample paper, and dies.

I order envelopes and paper from a company called Paper-Papers. With every order, you get a random sample pack of scraps. I LOVE THIS! Would I really order a pack of 25 sheets of all of the colors? No. But the scraps are great for accents and projects like this. Paper-Papers even puts a label listing the contents on the sample pack, so you know what you are using.


Supplies: Paper – Home Depot, Lowe’s Paint Chips, Stampin’ Up! Brushed Silver, Malmero Perle White, Stardream Metallics Azalea, Dolomite, Emerald, Juniper, dies – Impression Obsession (snowflakes on large paint chips), My Favorite Things (snowflakes on small aqua paint chips), Reverse Confetti (holly & berries), Stampin’ Up! (ornament/hanger), The Cat’s Pajamas (largest snowflake), cord – Offray, metallic cord – PaperMart.