Paper and Ink Imaginings

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Gerbera Daisy Birthday with Distress Oxide Smooshing

Three or four weeks ago, I had my Distress Oxide ink pads out to try and watercolor with them. Before I put them away, I made this background by smooshing the pads onto a sheet of plastic, spritzing a little water, and dipping a piece of watercolor paper into the puddle. “Spray, smoosh some more, repeat” until I liked the saturation.

After it dried, I heat embossed the gerbera daisies onto the background.

This card is larger than my usual cards (A6 – 4.675 x 6.25 inches).

Supplies:  Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Papertrey Ink, paper – Canson watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, inks – Hero Arts Unicorn, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Oxide Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, VersaFine Onyx Black, die – My Favorite Things, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder white, Stampendous Detail clear.


Blue and Purple Ink Blended Sympathy Cards

I was in the mood for ink blending, specifically blue and purple ink blending. I used Strathmore Bristol paper for really easy blending.

Supplies:  Stamps – Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Strathmore Bristol, inks – Hero Arts Unicorn, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, Wilted Violet, VersaFine Smoky Gray, stencil – Neat & Tangled, dies – My Favorite Things, Simon Says Stamp, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder white, Ranger Silver Pearl.


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Bright Ladybug Thinking of You Note Card

This cute little ladybug came in the stamp set with the Gerbera daisy (Ellen Hutson).

I stamped the ladybug on Bristol paper, and colored with ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens.  (no added water)

Supplies:  Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Tempting Turquoise (retired), Strathmore Bristol, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pen Carmine Red (022), Cobalt Blue (031), Light Green (041), Orange (070), Pink (025), Yellow (050), die – Spellbinders, embossing powder – Stampendous, organdy ribbon – Offray.


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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Pink Bug Me Note Card

I was looking through my scrap folders, trying to find pieces to make quick cards, and found this stenciled heart background.

Supplies:  Stamps – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Papertrey Ink Royal Velvet, Pop Tone Razzle Berry, inks – My Favorite Things Hybrid Razzle Berry, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves (I think?), Spun Sugar, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Spellbinders, stencil – Simon Says Stamp, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


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Jet Trails Thinking of You Note Card

This background paper reminded me of Offspring2 and his time lapse photography.

Here is one of his photos:

The photo was taken in our front yard, the dotted lines are star trails (created by the rotation of the earth within the time lapse period), the curved trails are planes going out of BWI.

Here is a link to his portfolio if you are interested in seeing more of his work:  Jonathan’s portfolio  .

Supplies:  Stamp – Papertrey Ink, paper – Carta Bella Passport, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Stampin’ Up!, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


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Peace Within Lilac and Orchid Note Card

I have seen a larger dandelion type flower on someone’s blog within the last week – maybe a new release?  WAIT! It’s part of a new Essentials by Ellen set that Julie Ebersole posted. (I have to admit, the sets with hands freak me out a bit – would never buy a hand set.)

ANYWHO…seeing the other dandelion made me pull out my old Stampin’ Up! heart dandelion stamp. I used markers to color the stamp. And I omitted the blowing dandelion seeds on my stamp by not coloring them.

Supplies:  Stamps – Papertrey Ink, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Lovely Lilac (retired), inks – Stampin’ Up! Lovely Lilac (retired), Old Olive, Orchid Opulence (retired), VersaFine Onyx Black , embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.