Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


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.


Jumping on the “Foiling With a Laminator” Bandwagon


I love the look of foil on cards. So, I splurged and bought an inexpensive laminator (that crafting goddess Jennifer McGuire recommended), and a few different foils.

My JUMPING has been rather unsuccessful!


foiled grad

I am trying all kinds of combinations of products, and I am not getting consistent results. Ranger Super Fine Embossing powder is working the best. Not sure if my ink pads (VersaFine or VersaMark for this) are not quite juicy enough, if I am heating my embossing powder for 2 seconds too long, if my laminator functions at a different temperature? I am using a piece of folded inkjet paper as a carrier.


blue grad close up

I understand my perfectionism is an issue. But in the videos I watch, in photos of other projects, I see no issues like the ones I am having. Other crafters are getting lovely foil coverage. I get bumps and air bubbles. If I put the piece through the laminator a second time, I get better coverage but the underlying embossing powder spreads and the stamp details get obscured.


opal stripy mermaid

This one, on a solid stamp with words carved out, I even got STRIPES. (was really hoping for lovely opal foil coverage)

If anyone has any suggestions, please comment or send me an e-mail (“contact” button at top right of blog)!

Supplies: Stamps – Inkadinkado, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Tempting Turquoise, inks – VersaFine Smokey Gray, VersaMark, foil – ThermoWeb iCraft Deco Foil Ocean Blue, Opal.