Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


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Gerbera Daisy Birthday with Distress Oxide Smooshing

Three or four weeks ago, I had my Distress Oxide ink pads out to try and watercolor with them. Before I put them away, I made this background by smooshing the pads onto a sheet of plastic, spritzing a little water, and dipping a piece of watercolor paper into the puddle. “Spray, smoosh some more, repeat” until I liked the saturation.

After it dried, I heat embossed the gerbera daisies onto the background.

This card is larger than my usual cards (A6 – 4.675 x 6.25 inches).

Supplies:  Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Papertrey Ink, paper – Canson watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, inks – Hero Arts Unicorn, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Oxide Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, VersaFine Onyx Black, die – My Favorite Things, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder white, Stampendous Detail clear.


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Sh*t Could Be Worse Card

This Voices in my Head stamp set from Ellen Hutson arrived Monday at lunchtime…I had this card made before I went to bed.

I stamped/embossed/colored the head on white cardstock, and fussy cut it out. It had to go on the raindrop background paper. (Raise your hand if you can hear Igor from “Young Frankenstein” say, “Could be worse…could be raining!”)

Supplies:  Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, paper – American Crafts Amy Tangerine On A Whim, Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, inks – Copic E21, E23, VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Lawn Fawn, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear, organdy ribbon – Offray.


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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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Single Sunbather Life is a Beach Card

I had the single sunbather stamp out for a birthday card and colored an extra image for this card.

Have a good Monday!

Supplies:  Stamps – Art Impressions (Hampton Arts), paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, PopTone Sour Apple, inks – Copic B0000, B02, BV00, C3, C5, E21, E53, R02, R14, YG25, Y13, Y21, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Simon Says Stamp (banner), embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


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Blue Plaid Baby Congratulations Card

Filling in gaps in my collection – both at home and at HorseSpirit Arts Gallery.

Supplies:  Stamps – Sugar Pea Designs, Taylored Expressions, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Bashful Blue (retired), Night of Navy, inks – Stampin’ Up! Bashful Blue (retired), VersaFine Clair Twilight, dies – My Favorite Things (rounded tag), Sugar Pea Designs (onesie), embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


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Remember Note Card

Happy Memorial Day! Take a moment to remember those military service men and women who have died defending the USA.

Supplies:  Stamps – JustRite, paper – Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Real Red, Stardream Vista (I think? It’s an old scrap!), ink – VersaFine Clair Twilight, dies – Spellbinders (rectangle tag, wonky rectangle), Taylored Expressions (floral stem), embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


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Treat Yourself Note Card

How’s everyone doing?

I’ve been a little under the weather, with a smattering of “other things to do” going on.

Today’s note card was really quick and easy. Wouldn’t it be cute to hold a gift card from the local ice cream shop as an end of year gift for a student or favorite teacher?

I made the ice cream chocolate – because that is my favorite.  😉

Supplies:  Stamps – Lawn Fawn, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Tempting Turquoise (retired), inks – Copic B02, C5, E23, VersaFine Onyx Black, ZIG Wink of Stella clear, die – Taylored Expressions, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.