Paper and Ink Imaginings

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Watercolored Flowers in Bloom Birthday Card

Life is in the way of my crafting!  😉

I made this for a very dear friend.

Supplies:  Stamps – Clearly Besotted, My Favorite Things, paper – Arches watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Island Indigo, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, watercolors – Sakura Koi, die – Simon Says Stamp, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Ranger Silver Pearl.


Watercolored Purple Poppies Sympathy Card

I chose to watercolor on Bristol paper for this card, being careful to not use too much water.

Supplies:  Stamps – Papertrey Ink, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Gorgeous Grape, Strathmore Bristol, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Marker Black (010), watercolors – Sakura Koi, embossing powders – Ranger Silver Pearl, Stampendous Detail clear.


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Oceans of Love Fish Card

When I got this stencil last year, my first thought was to make each fish a different color…and my logistical brain said “way too much work”. I FINALLY went back to my first thought, and am very glad I took the time!

I used Post-It tape to mask off each individual fish, each bubble (yes, I have a few places where I missed).

When the ink was dry, I repositioned the stencil and applied clear embossing paste over the colored fish. After the embossing paste dried, I applied a very light watercolor wash (and tried to keep my brush as dry as possible, since I didn’t use watercolor or Bristol paper) to make the watery background.

Mood when done:  HAPPY.  🙂

Supplies:  Stamp – My Favorite Things, paper – Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, inks – Lawn Fawn Manatee, Simon Says Stamp Slate, Stampin’ Up! Only Orange (retired), Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Abandoned Coral, Blueprint Sketch, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade, Tumbled Glass, Twisted Citron, Wilted Violet, VersaMark, die – Simon Says Stamp, stencil – Newton’s Nook, embossing paste – Dreamweaver Wendy Vecchi translucent, watercolor – Sakura Koi, embossing powder – Ranger Super Fine Detail white.


Seagull Photo Paint Chip Father’s Day Card

This one is for my Dad.

I die cut watercolor paper with the photo frame die, then stamped the seagull, embossed with clear powder, and watercolored the square.

Alas, I cut the paint chip, and set it aside without checking if it was straight. I always ASSume that paint chips come to me with cuts in perfect perpendicular form (If the sides are not straight or the paint lines are not level on the chip, I lose. I use a precut side to start my downsizing of the paint chip.). So, it was glued down when I noticed it was wonky. BOO. But, really, my Dad is not grading me on this (other things – YES, he is. Still.).

Supplies:  Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Hero Arts, paper – Canson watercolor, Home Depot paint chip, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Smoky Slate, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, Smoky Gray, ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens Light Gray (091), Orange (070), dies – Simon Says Stamp (sentiment strip), Taylored Expressions (photo frame), watercolors – Sakura Koi, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


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Sunbathing Beauties Card

I had this stamp set out for the single sunbather (birthday card for a June birthday), and decided I needed to watercolor these lovely ladies first.

Supplies:  Stamps – Art Impressions, paper – Canson watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Green Galore (retired), inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens Black (010), Brown (060), Carmine Red (022), Cobalt Blue (031), Light Gray (091), Light Green (041), Pink (025), watercolors – Sakura Koi, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Beachy Ferris Wheel Father’s Day Card

Offspring3 gifted me this mini stamp set ages ago, and it still had not seen ink.

Father-in-law has lived within 15 miles of the beach his entire life…I bet he has fond memories of the ferris wheels at the closest beach towns. I’m hoping this will make him smile.

Supplies:  Stamps – Altenew, Clearly Besotted, paper – Canson watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy, inks – Hero Arts Unicorn, VersaFine Onyx Black, ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens Brown (060), Carmine Red (022), Light Gray (091), Orange (070), Yellow (050), watercolors – Sakura Koi, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, white.


Watercolor Gerbera Daisy Birthday Card

Another daisy card (sorry!). This one was stamped (with some masking), embossed and watercolored. I dropped it at the Post Office on Thursday, 90% sure it would not make it to the recipient in time for her birthday. I hope the card itself makes up for late delivery!  😉

Supplies:  Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, paper – Canson watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, watercolors – Sakura Koi, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.