Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink

Butterfly Array Thinking of You Note Card

Colorful butterflies – glad I still have retired Bashful Blue to match the paper.

Supplies: Stamp – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Recollections butterflies, Stampin’ Up! Bashful Blue (retired), ink – VersaFine Vintage Sepia, dies – Spellbinders, embossing powder – Stampendous.



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.


Another Gift Tag Collection

More gift tags. The largest grouping is made from the Recollections Red & White Christmas paper pad.

How are your Christmas (or holiday) tasks coming along?

I am about at the “hyperventilate” stage – not sure if it is all going to get done. It will, but I hit this stage every year.

Supplies: Stamps – A Muse Artstamps, My Favorite Things, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Carta Bella Bundled Up, Lawn Fawn Snow Day, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Poptone Sour Apple, Recollections Red & White Christmas, Stampin’ Up! Bashful Blue (retired), Coastal Cabana (retired), Marina Mist, Old Olive, Pool Party, inks – Copic R29, YG000, YG25, VersaFine Deep Lagoon, Satin Red, VersaMark, dies – Lawn Fawn (tags), Reverse Confetti (holly), Spellbinders (circles, ovals), Stampin’ Up! (ornament), Taylored Expressions (curvy top tag), sequins – Lawn Fawn, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Ranger Silver Pearl, Stampin’ Up! Red (retired), Sterling Silver, metallic cord – PaperMart.


Quick Holiday Card and Gift Tags


I used the Recollections “Red & White Christmas” 12 x 12 pad again – this time to make a card and some gift tags. The red foil is so hard to capture in a photo!


The 12 x 12 pad has several pages that are designed as 6 x 6 squares. I used 2 of the 6 x 6 squares to make all of these items (and another tag exactly like the bottom photo).

Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts,  paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Recollections Red & White Christmas, Stampin’ Up! Basic Gray, Real Red, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, embossing powders – Ranger Silver Pearl, Stampin’ Up! Sterling Silver, twine – Offray, metallic cord – PaperMart.


Straight Off the Paper Pad Christmas Card


No stamping, no embossing, no die cutting. How easy is that?

After the holidays last year (Or was it the year before?? I have searched my receipt files, cannot find the receipt.), I bought this Recollections Red & White Christmas (12 x 12) pad on clearance at my local Michael’s store. I love that it has metallics! I knew I could use it for many things. I am suddenly a little behind on Christmas things for home this year, I may be making all of my own gift tags out of this.

Supplies: paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Recollections Red & White Christmas, Taylored Expressions Cherry Pop.


Unicorn Wish Card


My birthday was last month, and Simon Says Stamp sent me a promo code for the “free birthday set”. The free set turned out to be Magical Birthday, which includes a unicorn and a rainbow. I really like the unicorn, it is not too cartoonish.

I colored the unicorn with Copic markers, and paired it with the die cut “wish” from Taylored Expressions.

The unicorn’s horn is covered in Wink of Stella, and “wish” is die cut from silver mirror paper. I could not get either detail to show in a photo.

Supplies: Stamp – Simon Says Stamp, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Recollections Silver, Stampin’ Up! Basic Gray, Tempting Turquoise, inks – Copic B02, B05, BV01, C1, C3, RV14, V04, Y18, YG06, Yr04, ZIG Wink of Stella clear, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Spellbinders (squares), Taylored Expressions (wish), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, organdy ribbon – Offray.


Masking the Large Russian Stacking Doll

masked-stacking-doll-finished(click on any photo to enlarge!)

Last week, I posted a Stacking Dolls Card, and lamented within the post that the big doll had lines on her apron. And how I wanted to cut the lines out of the stamp, because how could I ever mask the lines off of that apron?

Yes, I bailed out. I assumed that I would not be successful masking the lines of the largest Russian Doll stamp, so I never even tried.

Encouraged by Cobs from The Cobweborium Emporium and Gillian from PaperPuff, I set out to mask the lines.

Step one – stamp on a Post It note:


I stamped both ways, not sure if it would be better to have the sticky part under the top of the apron or the bottom. (sticky under bottom of apron worked better)

Step 2 – cut the masks


Step 3 – place the mask on the stamp


Step 4 – ink the stamp


Step 5 – remove the mask before stamping.

Alternately, I tried using washi tape as well.

Step 3 – Mask with washi tape


Step 4 – ink the stamp


Step 5 – remove the washi tape before stamping.

If you look closely at the stamped dolls at the top, you can see I went 1 for 3 for “perfect” image. The one on the left, I must have inked the post it note too heavily, and the ink bled through the paper and the lines stamped anyway. The red one has a tiny little blank spot around the apron from a tiny piece of trimmed washi tape hiding on the stamp surface.

Thanks to Cobs & Gillian for the push to JUST DO IT!

Supplies: Stamp – Hero Arts, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, Satin Red, washi – Recollections.