Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


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Blue and Gray New House Congratulations Card

This is my FAVORITE house image for a card related to moving.

The weather forecast here is for snow and ice again tonight into tomorrow. Yes, regular February weather for us. SIGH. I am so ready for warmer weather this year.

Supplies:  Stamps – Hero Arts, Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, PopTone Black Licorice, Stampin’ Up! Basic Gray, inks – Copic B0000, B34, C3, C5, YG25, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangles), Simon Says Stamp (banner strip), embossing folder – Stampin’ Up!, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


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Paint Chip Cards and the return of the missing mojo…

My creative mojo has been mostly absent for the past year. Pandemic concerns. Elder care and assistance.

But crafting has been my art therapy, my happy place for 18 years.

Was I bored with my crafting?

Was I overwhelmed with the crafting industry “buy this now” monthly release push? That answer has been YES for a while. (Yes, I know my being overwhelmed is MY problem, not a problem with the industry!) Sensory overload for me.

Was it time to move on?

So, I have been struggling along, making the bare minimum of cards for family.

I finished making my New Years cards in mid January (because I bailed on making Christmas cards, but I had purchased holiday postage stamps – have to send something!), and here come Valentine’s Day cards…

But my mojo peeked out from under the couch next to my craft table and asked me…

I am enjoying crafting. I have ideas. I STILL LOVE COLOR.

Alas, I have discovered that my card basket is very picked over (thanks to Offspring3 and my cousins! Love you! ❤ ). Lots of categories that need to be refilled.

Paint chips were begging to be stamped upon. So, two cards to help refill the basket.

Supplies:  Stamps – Clearly Besotted, Essentials by Ellen, My Favorite Things, paper – Behr paint chips (Home Depot), Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Rich Razzleberry, ink – VersaMark, dies – Essentials by Ellen (hello), Simon Says Stamp (sentiment strip), embossing powders – Gina K Designs Fine Detail Silver, Stampin’ Up! Classy Copper


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Spectacular Valentine Card

 

I struggled with the background for this card – everything seemed to compete with the sunglasses. In the end, I embossed the Lawn Fawn Sunray Backdrop cover plate onto light blue cardstock.

Supplies:  Stamp – My Favorite Things, paper – Curious Metallic Shadow, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Reverse Confetti From Cupid, Stampin’ Up! Bashful Blue (retired), Real Red, ink – VersaMark, dies – Lawn Fawn (sunray backdrop), My Favorite Things (glasses), Simon Says Stamp (sentiment strip), embossing powder – Ranger Super Fine Detail white.


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Heart Peek a Boo Cat and Dog Valentine Note Cards

 

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These are for my little neighbors.

Supplies:  Stamps – Simon Says Stamp, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Reverse Confetti From Cupid, Stampin’ Up! Real Red, inks – Copic B24, C3, C7, E11, E23, R20, R21, V15, VersaFine Clair Nocturne, VersaMark, dies – Simon Says Stamp (heart), Spellbinders (rectangle), embossing powders – Ranger Super Fine Detail white, Stampendous Detail clear.


Volcano and Pterodactyl Valentine Card

The Valentine puns continue…

For Offspring1, in honor of  all of the dinosaur books we read.

I die cut the volcano shape out of the teal paper, and inset the Copic colored volcano into the teal paper. I popped the pterodactyl up on some foam tape (hoping that it gives the perspective that he is flying way above the spewing lava).

Supplies:  Stamps – Avery Elle, Lawn Fawn, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay, Real Red, inks – Copic B05, BG13, C1, C3, E23, E33, E57, R21, R24, R29, YR09, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Avery Elle (volcano), Lawn Fawn (pteradactyl), Simon Says Stamp (banner strip), embossing powders – Ranger Liquid Platinum, Stampendous Detail clear.


Heart and Ion Valentine Card

Really, I only need punny Valentine cards! The cornier the better!

(And to my Chemistry savvy friends – I am aware that the image is NOT the proper diagram for an ion – I hope you will forgive me. The closest I could get with my stamps!)

Supplies:  Stamps – My Favorite Things, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Reverse Confetti From Cupid, Stampin’ Up! Basic Gray, inks – Copic R29, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Simon Says Stamp (banner strip), Spellbinders (circles).


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Look on the Bright Side Rainbow Card

Offspring3 gave me a gift card for crafting goodies for Christmas, and the rainbow die and the sentiment were two of my picks.

Supplies:  Stamp – My Favorite Things, paper – Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, PopTone Black Licorice, Razzle Berry, Sour Apple, Stampin’ Up! Daffodil Delight, Gorgeous Grape, Pumpkin Pie, ink – VersaMark, dies – My Favorite Things (rainbow), Simon Says Stamp (banner), embossing powder – Ranger Super Fine Detail white.


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Foiled Daisies Birthday Card

This one was for Offspring3’s recent birthday. Love the rainbow shattered glass foil.

Wishing you a healthy and happy new year!

Supplies:  Stamp – Papertrey Ink, paper – Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Tempting Turquoise (retired), ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Spellbinders, stencil – Simon Says Stamp, iCraft Deco Foil Transfer Gel, iCraft Deco Foil Rainbow Shattered Glass, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Time to Celebrate Cuckoo Clock Card

One of my cousins is celebrating a birthday this month.

Supplies:  Stamps – Hero Arts, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Desert Storm, Stampin’ Up! Chocolate Chip, Highland Heather, inks – Copic B32, E29, E53, V15, VersaFine Vintage Sepia, dies – My Favorite Things (pierced rectange), Simon Says Stamp (banner), embossing folder – Stampin’ Up!, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.