Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


Flat Panel Encouragement Card

I mentioned earlier this summer, that one of the teachers from our elementary school was undergoing chemotherapy for an early stage of breast cancer (with an excellent prognosis).

(Note: the offspring are all WAY out of elementary school! But I still keep in touch (or run into) some of the teachers that were such a big part of our lives.)

My friend had such overwhelming support around her, she decided to channel some of that support into helping other people going through chemotherapy. She asked for donations to create “chemo care bags”, that will be presented to patients who are in the chemo treatment chairs. Think of it as a small makeup bag, containing things you might need while you are hooked up to an IV – tissues, lip balm, hand lotion, hard candy.

Fast forward a few weeks, the donations totaled 52 bags! I got a message asking if I could donate some encouragement cards (one per bag). So, I am gladly donating half of the cards she needs. We decided on flat panel cards (no fold, blank on the back).

My biggest challenge – they all have to be gender neutral (because they will be randomly handed out). No flowers!

This is card #1.

Supplies: Stamp – My Favorite Things, paper – Basic Grey, Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream, Stampin’ Up! Soft Sky, ink – VersaFine Vintage Sepia, dies – Spellbinders, embossing powder – Stampendous Gold Detail powder.

Butterfly Array Thinking of You Note Card

Colorful butterflies – glad I still have retired Bashful Blue to match the paper.

Supplies: Stamp – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Recollections butterflies, Stampin’ Up! Bashful Blue (retired), ink – VersaFine Vintage Sepia, dies – Spellbinders, embossing powder – Stampendous.


Beachy Deepest Sympathy Card

I stamped and embossed the sand dollars first, then masked them. After the sky and sand were blended in, I stamped the sand texture, and finally the sentiment.

Supplies: Stamps – My Favorite Things, PSX Designs, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Soft Sky, Strathmore Bristol, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Antique Linen, Tumbled Glass, Stampin’ Up! Crumb Cake, VersaFine Vintage Sepia, embossing powder – Stampendous Gold Detail, linen thread – Stampin ‘ Up!

Shimmery Dragonfly Hello Card

I squeezed in a little time at the craft table in yesterday afternoon…and picked a stamp I had not used in a while.

The dragonfly wings were painted with Pearl Ex (and gum Arabic). The dragonfly body was watercolored.

Here is a close up of the shimmer on the wings:


This card is a 4.25 inch square. It does fit into a regular A2 envelope.

Supplies: Stamps – Altenew, Stampendous, paper – Canson watercolor, Stampin’ Up! Bermuda Bay, Crumb Cake. ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Marker Cobalt Blue (031), watercolors – Kuretake Gansai Tambi, Pearl Ex Duo Blue-Green, die – Stampin’ Up!, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.

Gold Embossed Sympathy Card


I try to keep a few sympathy cards in the house.

Supplies: Stamp – My Favorite Things, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Chocolate Chip, Stardream Metallics Gold, ink – VersaMark, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangles), embossing folder – Provo Craft, embossing powder – Stampendous Gold Detail.


St. Patrick’s Day Card



I splurged last St. Patrick’s Day and bought some clearance items to use in the future (I only make one or 2 St. Patrick’s Day cards, I don’t feel pressured to purchase something new every year). This one is for Mom & Dad.

Supplies: Stamp – Hero Arts, paper – Echo Park Lucky Charm, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Poptone Sour Apple, Stampin’ Up! Confetti White, Stardreams Gold, ink – VersaFine Smokey Gray, dies – My Favorite Things (pierced rectangle), Taylored Expressions (shamrock), embossing powder – Stampendous Gold Detail, twine – Martha Stewart.