Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


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Double Stenciled Thinking of You Card

I made this background sometime over the summer. I stenciled the Moroccan tile background in Picked Raspberry first, then stenciled the waves in Abandoned Coral.

Supplies: Stamp – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Calypso Coral, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), My Favorite Things (pierced rectangles), stencils – Heidi Swapp, Hero Arts, embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Sterling Silver, organdy ribbon – Offray.

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Raspberry and Coral Birthday Card

I applied Distress Inks to a stencil, sprayed with water, then quickly put a piece of watercolor on top to soak up the colorful design.

Supplies: Stamp – Stampin’ Up!, paper – Canson watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Poptone Razzleberry. inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry, VersaFine Smokey Gray, dies – Lawn Fawn, stencil – Heidi Swapp, embossing powder – Ranger Silver Pearl, metallic cord – Paper Mart.


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Wish Big Birthday Card – Essentials by Ellen September 2017 Pin Sights Challenge

I am just squeaking in under the deadline wire for the Essentials by Ellen September 2017 Pin Sights Challenge . I created a mosaic using the small balloon from the Essentials by Ellen Wish Big stamp set, and I watercolored with Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks.

Here is the inspiration board:

I was originally planning to go in a different creative direction (sea glass, lower left!), BUT, I was very inspired by a trip to the Baltimore Museum of Art on Sunday. A new exhibit, Tomas Saraceno: Entangled Orbits opened October 1st. I did not go to the museum specifically for this exhibit (Offspring2 was looking for inspiration for a class assignement), but I was very glad I got to see it the exhibit in person.

Here is the specific piece that inspired me for this card:

I don’t know the exact diameter of this piece – it was suspended in a small room, we had to step over the suspension cords to move around. I would guess over 5 feet in diameter?

Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Ranger Distress Watercolor, Stampin’ Up! Tangerine Tango, inks – Hero Arts Unicorn, Stampin’ Up! Bashful Blue, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Abandoned Coral, Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers, Ripe Persimmon, Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey, dies – Spellbinders, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, white.


Watercolored Poppy Birthday Card with Swarovski Crystals

Another favorite floral stamp from my collection!

I embossed in silver, then watercolored with Sakura Koi watercolors.

Supplies: Stamps – Clearly Besotted, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pop’Set Infra Violet, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Watercolor Cardstock, ink – VersaFine Smokey Gray, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Spellbinders (rectangle), watercolors – Sakura Koi, crystals – Swarovski Aurora Borealis, embossing powder – Ranger Silver Pearl.


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Holy Ship! Birthday Card

I am working on masculine birthday cards.

I stamped the boat first, masked it with a Post-It note, and blended the sky and sea around it. The waves were then stamped in 4 colors. Finally, I removed the mask and colored the boat with Copic markers.

I was inspired by this color grouping on the Reverse Confetti blog:

And, it turns out, the card above was just practice for this square version (which is for my brother):

The differences:¬† I stenciled the clouds instead of using die cut clouds, I added several white embossed waves, and {lightbulb moment!} I added the ship’s wheel die cut out of wood paper.

Supplies: Stamps – Essentials By Ellen, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Paper Papers wood grain (cherry), Stampin’ Up! Real Red, inks – Copic BG10, BG15, E15, E23, R29, Hero Arts Unicorn, Stampin’ Up! Bermuda Bay, Brilliant Blue (retired), Pool Party, Tempting Turquoise, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks: Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, VersaFine Smokey Gray, dies – Essentials by Ellen (boat, clouds), Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), My Favorite things (ship wheel charm), stencil – Inky Antics, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Ranger Silver Pearl, linen thread – Stampin’ Up!


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Hello Floral Card – Essentials by Ellen August 2017 Pin Sights Challenge

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I saw the colors for this month’s Essentials by Ellen August 2017 Pin Sights Challenge, and had to participate.

Here is the inspiration board:

I stamped my florals in Distress Inks, so the coverage is not solid – this was an intentional choice.

After the ink dried (I let it sit overnight Рjust because I could), I added the detail items to the flowers/leaves with  3 different color detail embossing powders.

Then, I die cut the word out of the floral background, and out of yellow card stock. I ultimately decided one extra layer was not enough, and cut another “Hello” out of tangerine card stock.

Here is a side view of the layers:

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Tangerine Tango, Taylored Expressions Lemon Meringue, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Abandoned Coral, Mowed Lawn, Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon, Squeezed Lemonade, VersaFine Vintage Sepia, VersaMark, dies – Essentials by Ellen (word), Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), embossing powders – Ranger Silver Pearl, Stampendous Gold Detail, Stampin’ Up! Silver Detail, organdy ribbon – Offray.