Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink

Foiled Sea Shells Encouragement Card

My laminator was still out from yesterday’s foiled card.

Dare I try another?

I had recently bought a container of Deco Foil Transfer Gel. It is used with stencils. When it is dry, you put it through the laminator with foil.

So, I flipped through my stencils and picked the shells. And I had this opal foil that I loved, but was not horribly successful with.


The photo above looks a little “Meh”, doesn’t it? You can see it is shiny, the colors seem to fade on the kraft paper.

BUT…catch it at an angle!

Supplies:  Stamp – Simon Says Stamp, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Bermuda Bay, Crumb Cake, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Lawn Fawn, stencil – Newton’s Nook, Deco Foil Transfer Gel – Therm O Web iCraft, opal foil – Therm O Web iCraft, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail Clear, organdy ribbon – Offray.


Colorful Birthday Balloons Card


A quick (except for fiddling with the balloon strings!) and bright birthday card. I used a touch of Ranger Multi Medium Matte on my finger tips to keep the strings in place.

Supplies: paper – Heidi Swapp Minc paper, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pear Pizzazz, Real Red, Tangerine Tango, die – Taylored Expressions, embossing folder – Provo Craft, foil – ThermOWeb, embroidery floss – Iris.


Foiled Butterflies Birthday Card

foiled butterflies birthday

Offspring3 tasked me with making a card for a friend.

I cut rectangles out of a Heidi Swapp MINC toner sheet (large enough to fit the butterfly die), and ran them through the laminator with various foils. After they were cool, I die cut the butterflies.

Supplies: Stamp – Papertrey Ink, paper – Heidi Swapp MINC Toner Sheet, My Mind’s Eye, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Taylored Expressions Build A Scene, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Impression Obsession (butterfly), Spellbinders (circle), foil – Heidi Swapp, ThermOWeb, embossing powder – Ranger Silver Pearl.


Foiled Butterflies Card

opal foiled butterflies

WOOT! I was able to foil something using my laminator!

I stamped butterflies in Ranger Perfect Medium, and embossed with Ranger Super Fine Embossing powder. Then, I covered the butterfly layer with a piece of opal foil (ThermOWeb), and ran it through my laminator tucked inside of a folded piece of printer paper.

Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pretty in Pink (retired), inks – Ranger Perfect Medium, VersaFine Smoky Gray, die – Spellbinders, foil – ThermOWeb


Dachshund with Balloons Birthday Card

dachshund balloon birthday

Just back from a week at the beach, trying to get my crafting feet back underneath of me (and finish the mountain of vacation laundry!).

This is a birthday card for a special friend. I am hoping that it made her smile! (I mailed it as I left for the beach.)

I used an embossing folder to make the background for another project, and used an ink blending tool to spread Distress Inks (Mowed Lawn, Tumbled Glass). But, I decided it didn’t work with the original project.

I think it makes a great backdrop for the excited dachshund and his balloons.

I used my laminator, a Heidi Swapp MINC sheet, foil, and a balloon die to “make” a mylar balloon.

Supplies: Stamps – Lawn Fawn, Papertrey Ink, paper – Heidi Swapp MINC sheet, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Real Red, inks – Copic 110, E15, E53, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Mowed Lawn, Tumbled Glass, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn (dachshund, stitched rectangle), Taylored Expressions (balloons), embossing folder – Provo Craft, enamel dots – Stampin’ Up!, foil – Ocean Blue ThermOWeb, floss – DMC.

Foiled Marigold Thinking of You Card

foiled marigold thinking of you

I decided to pull out the laminator and try foiling something again. I picked a stamp with good solid lines (Marigold by A Muse Artstamps). I stamped with Ranger Emboss It ink, and used Ranger Super Fine Clear Embossing Powder. When that was cool, I sent it through the laminator with Ocean Blue ThermoWeb foil. The image came out much better than any I tried in the past – I think it has to do more with the type of image that I selected rather than anything else I did (or didn’t) do.

Here is a close up of the beautiful blue shine:

I added a white embossed sentiment flag, and some baker’s twine. This card is small – 4.25 x 4.25 inches.

Supplies: Stamps – A Muse Artstamps, Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, inks – Papertrey Ink Fresh Snow, Ranger Emboss It, foil – ThermoWeb, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder white, twine – MarkerPOP.


{Trumpet Fanfare} Offspring3 Graduation Card

offspring3 graduation

Yep. It happened. Where did that time go??

I was able to successfully use the laminator to attach some of the beautiful Ocean Blue foil to a Heidi Swapp Minc Sheet (cardstock covered in laser printer toner), and then die cut it with the word “congrats” and the tassle of the graduation cap.

Here is a closeup of the shine:

offspring3 grad close up

Looking for job/career suggestions for obsolete stay-at-home Mom.  😉

Supplies: Paper – Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Tempting Turquoise, ink – Stampin’ Up! Tempting Turquoise, dies – Impression Obsession (word), Spellbinders (ovals), Taylored Expressions (cap/tassel), stencil – Simon Says Stamp, jewels – A Muse Twinkle Stickers, foil – ThermOWeb Ocean Blue, silver cord – PaperMart.