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.


Stegosaurus Family Baby Card


So, I finally figured out how to execute the baby card I had in my head. This is something one of my cousins requested, it is an A6 card (a little bigger than my usual card).

I stamped the mirror image stegosaurus (the one on the right) first – because I kept screwing it up. Took about 6 tries to get it right (with a MISTI and a Paper Smooches Mirror block), and Jennifer’s McGuire’s very helpful Mirror Stamping video streaming while I was working. After that was done, I stamped the other stegosaurus and the baby, and masked them all. Next came the nest, rocks and trees, and they got masked as well. I blended ink for the grass and sky. After removing all my masks, I said a silent prayer that I WOULD NOT SCREW UP while coloring with my Copic markers!

Supplies: Stamps – A Muse Artstamps, Lawn Fawn, Paper Smooches, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Tangerine Tango, inks – Copic E23, E53, N1, N4, W1, W3, W7, YG23, YG25, YG95, YR0000, YR04, YR09, Y0000, Y18, Y26, Y28, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Mowed Lawn, Tumbled Glass, Stampin’ Up! Sahara Sand, VersaFine Onyx Black, Smoky Gray, Vintage Sepia, die – Stampin’ Up!, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Square Thinking of You Card

lehkas indian bowls thinking of you

My blogging buddy, Lekha, sent me the photo below, hoping it would be inspirational for me. Guess what, Lekha, IT WORKED!


Lehkas Indian bowlsphoto credit: Lekha from LM Expressions


I had an ancient square A Muse note card (Mod Dots in Popsicle Pink), and I thought that would be my circle jumping point. I die cut Paper Smooches flowers and dots (using dryer sheets to keep them in place – which backfired a bit with the second run through the die cut machine – the dryer sheet stuck to the paper).


lehkas indian bowls die cuts

I added a sentiment on black as a nod to the edges of the inspiration bowls (which may not be black in person!). A few white dots with the Kirarina WiNK white pen finished it all off.

Supplies: Stamp – Papertrey Ink, paper – A Muse Artstamps Mod Dots note card, Stampin’ Up! Barely Banana (retired), Bashful Blue (retired), Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie, ink – Kirarina WiNK white, Papertrey Ink Fresh Snow, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Paper Smooches (“Pocket”), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder white.

You Make My Heart Smile Note Card

heart smile watercolored die flowers

I found these watercolored flowers and leaves in my scrap pile, and decided it was finally time to use them!

I had painted on watercolor paper, and then die cut flowers and leaves for a birthday card. I didn’t want to throw the watercolored paper away, so I die cut smaller flowers and leaves out of the leftovers.

watercolor bold blooms die cut paper

(The original post was Die Cut Watercolored Blooms Birthday Card . )

Supplies: Stamp – Papertrey Ink, paper – Canson watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Tumbled Glass, VersaFine Onyx Black, stencil – Heidi Swapp, dies – Paper Smooches, watercolors – Kuretake Gansai Tambi, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Watercolor Stenciling Trio of Cards

watercolor stencil trio

On Monday, the post on the Simon Says Stamp Blog was Studio Monday with Nina-Marie: Watercolor Stenciling. I was very inspired by the backgrounds that Nina-Marie was able to create with stencils and distress inks.

I pulled out a few stencils and some Distress Inks and made three different backgrounds. Of course, I am never quite satisfied with the wet version of any watercoloring. I must set it aside and wait to see the dry version.

The next day, I did see backgrounds that were at least useable! I will definitely try this technique again.

Supplies: Stamps – Paper Smooches, Papertrey Ink, paper – Canson watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Papertrey Ink Royal Velvet, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Glossy Black, Night of Navy, inks – Papertrey Ink Fresh Snow, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry, Shaded Lilac, Squeezed Lemonade, Tumbled Glass, Twisted Citron, Wild Honey, Wilted Violet, dies – Impression Obsession (congrats), Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangles), stencils – Heidi Swapp, Ranger/Dylusions, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder white.


Watercolored Embossed Note Card – Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

SSS one layer paper smooches

The Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week is One Layer, and they are highlighting Paper Smooches products.

I have one set of Paper Smooches sentiment stamps (Uplifters), and one set of Paper Smooches dies (Pocket). I embossed the flower dies into a note card cut out of watercolor paper, and used Sakura Koi watercolors to paint the embossed outlines. After the paper was dry, I heat embossed the sentiment.

Here is the inside, you can see the impressions of the dies:

sss one layer paper smooches inside

Supplies: Stamp – Paper Smooches, paper – Canson watercolor, ink – VersaFine Smoky Gray, watercolors – Sakura Koi, embossing powder – Ranger Liquid Platinum, organdy ribbon – Offray.

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You’re Awesome Note Card

ps floral youre awesome

A quick note card with floral accents today. It is simple, but I think it has great impact.

Supplies: Stamps – Waffle Flower, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Real Red, Tangerine Tango, ink – Papertrey Ink Fresh Snow, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Paper Smooches (flowers/leaves), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder white.