Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


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Feel Better Soon BandAid Card

I struggled with this the entire way. The rubber stamp was dry rotting (lack of use?  defective batch?). It was a Sale-a-Bration set from 2013, and I never got any of the images to stamp very well. When I finished this card, the set went into the trash can.

Supplies:  Stamps – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Real Red, inks – Stampin’ Up! Brilliant Blue (retired), Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo, Tempting Turquoise (retired), VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Simon Says Stamp, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


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Floral Die Cuts on Embossed Background Birthday

I used similar colors and flowers on a card recently that was for personal use. I made a second card for my card basket.

Supplies:  Stamps – Avery Elle, Essentials by Ellen, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sky (retired), inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, dies – Essentials by Ellen (flowers, leaves), Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Simon Says Stamp (sentiment banner), embossing folder – We R Memory Keepers, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


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Pink and Gray Baby Onesie Card

Using up a few of the gray pieces that were left over from another project.

Supplies:  Stamps – Clearly Besotted, Simon Says Stamp, Sugar Pea Designs, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pink Pirouette, Smoky Slate, inks – Hero Arts Unicorn, Lawn Fawn Manatee, VersaMark, dies – Simon Says Stamp, Sugar Peas Design, embossing powders – Ranger Super Fine Detail white, Stampendous Detail clear, organdy ribbon – Offray.


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You Make Cold Days Warmer Dog Card

This Newton’s Nook set (Winter Woofs) is just too cute.

I was thinking I needed a “Christmas in July” post for the blog, but, ALAS, it didn’t turn into a Christmas card, and I didn’t post it in July!

Supplies:  Stamps – Newton’s Nook Designs, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Real Red, Shimmery White, Soft Sky (retired), Stardream Vista (guessing here!), inks – Copic 100, BG0000, C3, C5, E33, G03, VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched hillside, stitched rectangle), Newton’s Nook (dog), Reverse Confetti (quilted tag), Simon Says Stamp (sentiment label), embossing folder – Provo Craft, embossing powder – Ranger Super Fine Detail white, Stampendous Detail clear.


Horse Themed Baby Card

This is the design that my cousin chose for the pink/gray baby card. The colors and the horse were guided by the nursery theme.

Supplies:  Stamps – Stampin’ Up!, Taylored Expressions, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pink Pirouette, Smoky Slate, inks – Lawn Fawn Manatee, VersaFine Smoky Gray, VersaMark, dies – My Favorite Things (pierced rectangle), Simon Says Stamp (banner), embossing powders – Ranger Super Fine Detail white, Stampendous Detail clear,


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Be Happy Polka Dots Card

Polka dots are just a happy thing.

And it is Friday…another happy thing!

Supplies:  Stamp – Simon Says Stamp, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Picked Rapsberry, Wilted Violet, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Spellbinders, stencil – Heidi Swapp, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear, organdy ribbon – Offray.


All the Pieces Ready to Mix and Match

I bought the horse stamp…for a baby card.

I have been turning it over & over in my head, trying to get my angle on it. I stamped, stenciled, embossed and cut all of my pieces. The ones on the left are card bases, next to that is the largest layer. My background options are on the right, with the horse and the two sentiment choices.

I mixed and matched the options and took photos to send to my cousin (the customer).

How does your design process go when the item is not for you?

Supplies:  Stamps – Clearly Besotted, Simon Says Stamp, Stampin’ Up!, Taylored Expressions, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pirouette Pink, Pool Party, Smoky Slate, inks – Lawn Fawn Manatee, Stampin’ Up! Going Gray (retired), Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Hickory Smoke, Spun Sugar, VersaFine Smokey Gray, VersaMark, dies – My Favorite Things (pierced rectangle), Simon Says Stamp (banners), stencil – Newton’s Nook, embossing powders – Ranger Super Fine Detail white, Stampendous Detail clear.