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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Goodbye, Sweet Baby

This card was a request – a family is mourning the loss of their 21 year old fur baby named Baby.

The sentiment was computer generated on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White card stock, and die cut.

Supplies:  Stamp – Simon Says Stamp, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Cherry Cobbler, Strathmore Bristol, inks – Copic E41, R0000, R20, Tim Holtz/Ranger Tumbled Glass, VersaFine Smoky Gray, ZIG Wink of Stella clear, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangles), Memory Box (clouds), Simon Says Stamp (cat), stencil – My Favorite Things, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


Blue and Purple Ink Blended Sympathy Cards

I was in the mood for ink blending, specifically blue and purple ink blending. I used Strathmore Bristol paper for really easy blending.

Supplies:  Stamps – Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Strathmore Bristol, inks – Hero Arts Unicorn, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, Wilted Violet, VersaFine Smoky Gray, stencil – Neat & Tangled, dies – My Favorite Things, Simon Says Stamp, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder white, Ranger Silver Pearl.


Flying Daschund Happiness Card

For this card, I masked the background and blended Distress ink within the open circle. The dog was embossed, colored, fussy cut, and edges colored with black.

Supplies:  Stamps – Lawn Fawn, Simon Says Stamp, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy, inks – Copic 100, E15, E23, Multiliner (0.3, black), Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Tumbled Glass, VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaFine Clair Twilight, die – Spellbinders (circle), embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear, twine – Stampin’ Up! Island Indigo.


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Watercolored Distress Oxide Encouragement Note Card

Another try at watercoloring with Distress Oxide inks. This time I stamped the image using 2 colors of ink (so they blend in the middle). And I was more careful with the water I applied to the flowers, most of the detail lines were preserved. There is a light splattering of sparkle (Wink of Stella) that is not visible in the photo.

Supplies:  Stamps – Avery Elle, Simon Says Stamp, paper – Canson watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, inks – Hero Arts Unicorn, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Oxide inks Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, ZIG Wink of Stella clear, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder white.


Watercolored Floral Celebrate Everyday Card

I watched a video recently of someone watercoloring with Distress Oxide ink.

“Hmmm…haven’t done that in a while – let’s go!”

I stamped my images on watercolor paper in Distress Oxide ink. (NOTE:  I should have either embossed the image to protect the lines, OR left the stamp attatched to the MISTI to be stamped again after the watercoloring was dry.) Most of the detail lines within the flowers were lost with the addition of water, so after the paper was dry, I added detail lines with a Prismacolor pencil.

Supplies:  Stamps – Avery Elle, Hero Arts, paper – Canson watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Oxide Ink Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, VersaMark, die – Lawn Fawn, pencil – Prismacolor (PC 994 – Process Red), embossing powder – Ranger Silver Pearl.


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Pink Bug Me Note Card

I was looking through my scrap folders, trying to find pieces to make quick cards, and found this stenciled heart background.

Supplies:  Stamps – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Papertrey Ink Royal Velvet, Pop Tone Razzle Berry, inks – My Favorite Things Hybrid Razzle Berry, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves (I think?), Spun Sugar, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Spellbinders, stencil – Simon Says Stamp, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.