Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


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Smooshing Background Enveloper Birthday Card

I have tried the smooshing technique before, and I am never totally satisfied with my results. I was inspired by this Taylored Expressions blog post to try again.

I used Distress Ink pads, so my color tended to stay linear (pad edges).

I was encouraged enough by this to want to try it again, maybe with watercolor paint or ink pad reinkers.

No jury duty today – the recorded message indicated no one was to report.

Supplies: Stamps – Papertrey Ink, Waffle Flower, paper – Canson watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Taylored Expressions Jelly Donut, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry, Shaded Lilac, Spun Sugar, Wilted Violet, VersaMark, die – Taylored Expressions, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail Gold, organdy ribbon – Offray.

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Floral Silhouette Paint Chip Thinking of You Note Card

The floral silhouette is cut from Curious Metallic Ink paper – there is no way to capture the color (darkest of navy) or the sparkle.

Supplies: Stamp – Papertrey Ink, paper – Curious Metallic Ink, Home Depot paint chip, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Stampin’ Up! (banner), Taylored Expressions (silhouette), embossing powder – Ranger Super Fine Detail clear.


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Air Show Father’s Day Card 2018

Last of the Father’s Day cards for this year.

I made this for hubby Saturday night, knowing that he and 2 of the Offspring were attending the Air Show (on the beach) on Father’s Day.

Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Expressions in Ink, Hero Arts, ImaginAir Designs, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Real Red, inks – Copic BG0000, C1, Hero Arts Unicorn, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Blueprint Sketch, Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, VersaFine Onyx Black, Smokey Gray, die – Taylored Expressions, stencil – Inky Antics, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder white, Ranger Super Fine Detail clear.


Graduation Card – with dog mascot

Offspring2 graduated from college at the end of May, with a BA in Visual Arts, Photography concentration. #proudmama

The University mascot is a Chesapeake Bay Retriever (which is the state dog of Maryland) named True Grit.

Offspring2 and I exchange dog videos and memes daily – how could I pass up the opportunity with the card?

Supplies: Stamps – A Muse Artstamps, Stampin’ Up!, Taylored Expressions, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Soft Sky, Taylored Expressions Build A Scene, inks – Copic E33, R29, Y18, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched hillsides), Spellbinders (oval), Taylored Expressions (tassle), embossing powder – Ranger clear.


Father’s Day Ties Card

I remember the only choices for Father’s Day cards (at least at the pharmacy where I shopped before age 10!) in my youth were decorated with neckties or fishing images. My Dad did wear a necktie to work, he had no interest in fishing. He no longer wears a necktie that often, he still isn’t interested in fishing.

I used my MISTI to create this pattern. Easy peasy. (one necktie stamp, stamped 15 times)

Supplies: Stamps – Lawn Fawn, paper – Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, inks – Hero Arts Unicorn, Stampin’ Up! Brilliant Blue (retired), Real Red, die – Taylored Expressions, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder white.


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Lemonade and Raspberry Floral Birthday Card

Picked Raspberry + Squeezed Lemonade = Raspberry Lemonade??

Happy Friday!

Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Bermuda Bay, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Oxide Ink Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade, VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Taylored Expressions, embossing powder – Ranger Silver Pearl, organdy ribbon – Offray.


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Teal and Pink Birthday Note Card

I thought I would try Distress Oxide inks on colored paper – they do stay true to color.

Supplies: Stamps – A Muse Artstamps, Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Poptone Razzle Berry, Stampin’ Up! Bermuda Bay, Soft Sky (retired), inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Oxide Inks Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspbery, VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Taylored Expressions, embossing powder – Ranger clear.