Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


Metallic Stripes Anniversary Card

This was for my parents’ 66th wedding anniversary last month.

I was out of time and out of ideas! I cut strips of gold, silver and black – POOF! A finished card.

Supplies: Stamps – Newton’s Nook, paper – Curious Metallic Gold Leaf, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Simon Says Stamp Black, Stardream Metallics Silver, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, die – Newton’s Nook, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Stampendous Gold Detail.


Aqua and Gold Embossed Birthday Card

Sometimes when I am in the middle of creating one card, another card idea muscles its way into my brain and I can’t complete the first card until I make the new card. This was one of those cards.

Supplies: Stamps – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Curious Metallics Gold Leaf, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pool Party, inks – VersaMark, VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Spellbinders, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Stampendous Gold Detail.


Rose and Gold Petals Birthday Card

I created this from my old favorite petals stamps for personal use. I did make one for my card basket while all the supplies were out.

Supplies: Stamps – Papertrey Ink, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Curious Metallic Gold Leaf, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Rose Red, inks – Stampin’ Up! Chocolate Chip, Rose Red, VersaMark, embossing powder – Stampendous Gold Detail.


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Diamond and Gold Sympathy Card

I made a sympathy version of the Project Runway inspired card from a few weeks ago.

Supplies: Stamps – Gina K. Designs, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Curious Metallic Gold Leaf, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, ink – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Oxide Speckled Egg, VersaMark, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Simon Says Stamp (sentiment strip), embossing powder – Stampendous Detail Gold.


Tulips for Days

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This past weekend I went TULIP CRAZY. Seriously.

I was inspired by a tulip stamp I saw last week – that I don’t have, I don’t have the craft funds to purchase (and, really, I would use it for March & April, then it would sit the rest of the year).

So I pulled out my old, wood mount tulip stamps. Made 16 cards, and have 2 more images (a newer, mixed bouquet stamp) colored but not made into cards yet. Always good to pull out the old stuff to see if it still works – of course it does! (why else would I have kept it in my basement this long – the old favorites ALWAYS work!)

The thank you set (of 8) is for my mother-in-law.

Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Hero Arts, My Favorite Things, Stampin’ Up!, Sunny Studio, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Lawn Fawn Sunflower, Pop-Tone RazzleBerry, Stampin’ Up! Glorious Grape, Old Olive, Pure Poppy, Tempting Turquoise, inks – Copic B05, E15, E37, G46, R24, R29, RV13, V04, V17, YG03, YG17, YG23, Y18, Y35, Gina K. Designs Jelly Bean Green, Red Hot, Wild Lilac, Lawn Fawn Sunflower, Freshly Cut Grass, Stampin’ Up! Bashful Blue, Cameo Coral, Coastal Cabana, Green Galore, Lovely Lilac, Old Olive, Pink Passion, Real Red, Summer Sun, Tempting Turquoise, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Ripe Persimmon, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), My Favorite Things (pierced rectangle, tri-frame), Simon Says Stamp (sentiment strips), Spellbinders (ovals, rectangle), embossing folder – We R Memory Keepers, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Stampendous Detail Gold,


Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2022

(as always, click on any image to enlarge)

My parents LOVE St. Patrick’s Day – I think the loud party aspect! My Dad does have some Irish heritage (at least 25%), my Mom has only a smidge (which she makes up for by her love of corned beef & cabbage!).

An Irish blessing:

May your troubles be less

and your blessings be more,

and nothing but happiness

come through your door.

Ireland 2019 – The Cliffs of Moher

Supplies: Stamp – Taylored Expressions, paper – Malmero Perle Sparkle Green, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Desert Storm, ink – VersaMark, dies – Taylored Expressions, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail Gold.


Rectangle Block Background Cards

Using the solid rectangle stamp helped me avoid coloring or blending the background.

Supplies: Stamps – Papertrey Ink, Stampin’ Up!, Waffle Flower, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pop-Tone Black Licorice, Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy, inks – Lawn Fawn Sunflower, Gina K. Designs Sea Glass, VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, dies – Impression Obsession (butterfly), My Favorite Things (pierced rectangle), Simon Says Stamp (sentiment label), Spellbinders (circles), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Stampendous Detail gold.


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Aqua and Gold Sympathy Card

I had a card base on my craft table that I thought was blank inside. Nope, I had embossed a sympathy sentiment inside. I pulled out a very old stamp set to help me complete the card.

Supplies: Stamps – Papertrey Ink, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Curious Metallics Gold Leaf, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, inks – Gina K. Designs Sea Glass, Stampin’ Up! Crumb Cake, VersaMark, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail Gold.


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Red Dahlia Birthday Card

I blended this dahlia a while ago, and got interrupted by life. I pulled it back out last week and turned it into a card for one of my cousins.

Time for me to start fretting about having nothing done for Christmas!

Supplies: Stamp – Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pop-Tone Black Licorice, inks – Gina K Designs Cherry Red, Stampin’ Up! Pumpkin Pie, VersaMark, die – Lawn Fawn, stencil – Taylored Expressions, embossing powder – Stampendous.


Distress Ink Floral Watercolor Birthday Card

These images were embossed on Neenah cardstock in gold and watercolored with Distress Inks. This cardstock is not meant for watercoloring, but I wanted the bright white background.

I always make an extra background when doing things that require multiple stamping steps. Both pieces turned out fine, so I made two more cards out of the extra background.

Supplies: Stamps – Papertrey Ink, Taylored Expressions, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Calypso Coral, Highland Heather, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Abandoned Coral, Crushed Olive, Mowed Lawn, Picked Raspberry, Wild Honey, Wilted Violet, Worn Lipstick, VersaMark, die – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), embossing folder – Stampin’ Up!, sequins – Pretty Pink Posh, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail Gold.