Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink

Love You A Latte Valentine’s Day Card

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Here is a view of the inside:

The stamp actually says “I love you a latte”, I just didn’t ink the “I”.

Supplies: Stamps – Avery Elle, Horizon Group, paper – American Crafts Amy Tangerine On A Whim, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Paper Papers wood (birch) paper, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Real Red, Soft Sky, ink – Hero Arts Unicorn, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Avery Elle (coffee cup), Spellbinders (heart), sequins – Crate Paper, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder white, Ranger clear, twine – MarkerPOP.


Holy Ship! Birthday Card

I am working on masculine birthday cards.

I stamped the boat first, masked it with a Post-It note, and blended the sky and sea around it. The waves were then stamped in 4 colors. Finally, I removed the mask and colored the boat with Copic markers.

I was inspired by this color grouping on the Reverse Confetti blog:

And, it turns out, the card above was just practice for this square version (which is for my brother):

The differences:¬† I stenciled the clouds instead of using die cut clouds, I added several white embossed waves, and {lightbulb moment!} I added the ship’s wheel die cut out of wood paper.

Supplies: Stamps – Essentials By Ellen, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Paper Papers wood grain (cherry), Stampin’ Up! Real Red, inks – Copic BG10, BG15, E15, E23, R29, Hero Arts Unicorn, Stampin’ Up! Bermuda Bay, Brilliant Blue (retired), Pool Party, Tempting Turquoise, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks: Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, VersaFine Smokey Gray, dies – Essentials by Ellen (boat, clouds), Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), My Favorite things (ship wheel charm), stencil – Inky Antics, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Ranger Silver Pearl, linen thread – Stampin’ Up!

Seagull Father’s Day Card

I was trying to think of a theme for a Father’s Day card for hubby…and my eyes fell on the seagull in the Stay Salty set from Ellen Hutson. Not your typical inspiration, right??

I blended the ink background, and stamped/embossed the clouds and wave crests. Think think….how do I want my seagull to be here? What about a piling, near a dock or jetty? Oohhhhh…I have that sampler pack of wood paper.

I stamped wood grain stamps onto the wood paper – just for more detail, and cut the tops by hand. The linen thread was added as rope.

Doing the happy dance about the finished card!

Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Hero Arts, Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Paper-Papers wood paper, Stampin’ Up! Basic Gray, Real Red, inks – Copic C00, C3, C5, C7, R29, YR04, Y11, Y13, Hero Arts Unicorn, Ranger Perfect Medium, Stampin’ Up! Early Expresso, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Salty Ocean, Stormy Sky, Tumbled Glass, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Essentials by Ellen, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, white, Ranger Silver Pearl, linen thread – Stampin’ Up!


Just a Note Card – Papertrey Ink October 2016 Blog Hop Challenge


Time for the Papertrey Ink October 2016 Blog Hop Challenge!

Here is the inspiration:


I was inspired by the wood grain background, and the orange leaves.

So, I pulled out a sheet of birch wood veneer paper (16 pt, I think) that I got in a sampler pack from Paper-Papers. LOVE this faded, grayish birch.

My beloved “Out on a Limb” set would give me a branch & orange leaves. “Just the Ticket” would give me a sentiment that would tie in the music background¬† (Hero Arts, embossed in copper on vellum).

Here is a close up of the copper embossing and the lovely wood veneer:


It was nice to participate in a challenge again!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, Papertrey Ink, paper – Paper-Papers Birch Wood Veneer, Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream, Stampin’ Up! Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Vellum Paper, inks – Stampin’ Up! Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, VersaFine Vintage Sepia, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Spellbinders (rectangles), sequins – Doodlebug Designs, embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Classy Copper.


Woodgrain Sympathy Card – Fusion Card Challenge {Woodgrain Neutral}

fusion woodgrain neutral sympathy

The latest Fusion Card Challenge is titled {Woodgrain Neutral}.

Here is the inspiration photo:

fusion 1 21 2016 woodgrain neutral

I am (once again) trying to repopulate the sympathy card section in my card basket, and I was fretting about too many florals. Nothing horribly masculine in there. What about a woodgrain sympathy card? I have this beautiful woodgrain paper from Paper-Papers .

So, I inlaid a circle of cherry into birch, and added a sympathy sentiment. Basic. Stunning.

Supplies: Stamp – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Paper-Papers Wood Technology Birch, Cherry, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Spellbinders, embossing powder – Ranger Liquid Platinum.

Wood Inlay Birthday Card

wood inlay birthday

Cousin Pati requested a card for a fun man turning 90. His hobbies included woodworking.

I had the perfect wood paper for a themed project! I got a sample pack of Wood Paper from Paper-Papers back in July.

I die cut numbers, circle, “birthday” from two different wood papers (the 12PT (thinnest) variety), and then fit the pieces together.

Supplies: Stamp – Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Paper-Papers 12PT Wood Sheets (Birch and Cherry), Stampin’Up! Island Indigo, ink – VersaFine Deep Lagoon, dies – Papertrey Ink (birthday, numbers), Spellbinders (circle), Taylored Expressions (flag), embossing powder – Ranger Liquid Platinum, twine – Stampin’ Up! (retired).


Flip Flops Card

flip flops on wood

I purchased a sample pack of wood paper sheets from last week. I got 6 sheets of 2 different colors, each in 3 different weights.

This background is the 12 PT Birch variety.

I love how lightweight it is for a layer on a card.

Imagining the wood as a deck, I threw down some flip flops, and hopefully, this summer card will bring a smile to someone. I have an old template (from maybe 2004) of a flip flop that I got from a Stamper’s Sampler Take Ten magazine, and I dug that out to use here. I dry embossed the patterned flip flop layer with an embossing folder.

Here is a close up, I think the grain of the wood is a little more visible:

flip flops on wood v2

Supplies: Stamp – Hampton Arts, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Paper-Papers Birch 12PT, Stampin’ Up! Kaleidoscope DSP (retired), Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, floss – DMC,¬† embossing folder – Darice, die – Taylored Expressions, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.