Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


Red White and Blue Anniversary Card

A very generic, un-mushy anniversary card!

Supplies: Stamp – Stampin’ Up!, paper – American Crafts Amy Tangerine On A Whim, Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Reverse Confetti (rectangle), Taylored Expressions (banner), embossing folder – Darice, wood hearts – Studio Calico, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Thirteenth Birthday Card with Butterflies


This request came up at the last minute. I struggled with the design for various reasons, but I am happy with the final result.

Supplies: Stamps – Karen Foster Snap Stamps, Reverse Confetti, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stardreams Flame, Taylored Expressions Lemon Meringue, Lollipop, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Spellbinders (square), Stampin’ Up! (banner), stencil – Heidi Swapp, butterfly punch – Martha Stewart, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, organdy ribbon – Offray.


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.


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Butterfly Encouragement Card


Yes, the photo is intentionally a little wonky – so the embossing on the black cardstock is more visible.

And I’m still not sure about choosing BLACK for the embossed butterfly…maybe I should have put purple there. I had monarch butterflies on the brain – thinking orange & black. Too late now, this went to HorseSpirit Arts Gallery last week.

Supplies: Stamp – Reverse Confetti, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, butterflies – source unknown, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, die – My Favorite Things, embossing folder – Darice, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, organdy ribbon – Offray.


A Few Scrap Tags! (2016 version)


My HOLIDAY TO DO LIST was overwhelming me the other day. So, I said “I will make a few gift tags!” Things that are actually on the list, but more ART THERAPY than work!



Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, paper – Carta Bella, Lawn Fawn, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, paint chip (source unknown), ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Sterling Silver, dies – Lawn Fawn (tag), Papertrey Ink (bookmark), Reverse Confetti (squat tag, holly), 1/4 inch circle punch – Stampin’ Up!, twine – Offray, metallic cord – Paper Mart.


Trio of Nautical Themed Thank You Notes


Here are the final cards for my red, white, blue and nautical wedding thank you note project.

For the card on the right, I embossed using the wave folder, then flipped the paper so the waves were troughs, and blended ink over top.

Supplies: Stamps – Papertrey Ink, Stampabilities, Stampin’ Up, Taylored Expressions, paper – Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy, Real Red, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Blueprint Sketch, VersaFine Onyx Black, Satin Red, dies – My Favorite Things (anchor), Reverse Confetti (rounded rectangle), Spellbinders (circles, star), Taylored Expressions (banners), embossing folders – Darice (waves), Provo Craft (stars), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder Clear, Ranger Silver Pearl, linen thread – Stampin’ Up!, twine – MarkerPop.


Teal and Lilac Encouragement Card


A color combination suggested by Offspring3. I think next time, I need less white, more of the vibrant colors!

Supplies: Stamps – Reverse Confetti, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Bermuda Bay, inks – Stampin’ Up! Lovely Lilac (retired), VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Spellbinders, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, organdy ribbon – Offray.