Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


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Sparkly Faux Letterpress Birthday Card

I was inspired by THIS blog post by Jennifer McGuire to try inking an embossing folder before cranking it through my die cut machine.

My ink did not turn out as smooth as hers did – my brayer is old and not used much, maybe I need a new one. I was happy enough to make it into a card to be mailed off to a friend.

“Sparkly” is in the title because the blue paper is iridescent when you tilt it towards the light.

Supplies:  Stamp – Papertrey Ink, paper – Curious Metallics Blueprint, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Oxide Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet, VersaMark, embossing folder – Darice, die – Lawn Fawn, embossing powder – Ranger Silver Pearl.


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Tie Dye Sunrise Birthday Card

One of my cousins requested this birthday card. The key word was “hippy-ish”. This was my first idea – ink blend a rainbow background & die cut it into sunbeams.

Supplies:  Stamp – Newton’s Nook, paper – Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Desert Storm, Stampin’ Up! Daffodil Delight, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Oxide Abandoned Coral, Blueprint Sketch, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Squeezed Lemonade, Wilted Violet, VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Lawn Fawn, stencil – Gina K. Designs, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Card for Halloween Wedding

Cousin Pati needs a card for a couple getting married on Halloween. The invitation was very unique and had a purple background.

I used that as my inspiration here.

Supplies:  Paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Strathmore Bristol, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Chipped Sapphire, Seedless Preserves, Shaded Lilac, Wilted Violet, die – Taylored Expressions.


Blended Backgrounds with Spanish Script Cards

I did these a few weeks ago, with the other Hola! cards.

Supplies:  Stamps – Cornish Heritage Farms, Technique Tuesday, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pop Tone Sour Apple, Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy, Wisteria Wonder, Strathmore Bristol, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Shaded Lilac, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, VersaFine Clair Twilight, stencils – Newton’s Nook (shells), Simon Says Stamp (daisies), dies – Essentials by Ellen (hello), Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), My Favorite Things (pierced rectangle), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder.


Ink Blended Hola Cards

As I have mentioned, I am struggling with creative mojo. Last week, I had an overwhelming desire to just sit and blend ink. This happened.

YAY!

Have a great day!

Supplies:  Stamps – Cornish Heritage Farms, Technique Tuesday, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy, Strathmore Bristol, inks: Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Broken China, Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, Wilted VIolet, VersaFine Clair Twilight, VersaMark, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Spellbinders (flower), Technique Tuesday (hola), stencil – Heidi Swapp, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Ranger Super Fine Detail white.


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Small Things Card

Hey there!

I finally spent a little time at my craft table again. It was nice to be stamping, coloring and ink blending.

I made a mask out of scrap paper and blended ink clouds within the oval. The hummingbird colors were from a Google image search – the wings of the hummingbird I chose were so translucent they appeared to be pale purple gray.

My final product is OK – it is not balanced, but I don’t have anything in my stash to add to the left.  (I would love to have a smaller hummingbird facing right to add there!) I should have added more blooms to the left – poor planning on my part. I added the turquoise organdy ribbon to help – and I think it does balance it a little more.

Life has been…interesting? That’s not right, but it’s the best I can come up with. Not busy – I have plenty of time and no focus. Stressful – some (parental health issues).

We did get away to the beach for a week. (Our vacation has been renting a single family home, spending time on a not crowded beach, and having carryout for dinner for years now – no big change.) I appreciated the time away, we had beautiful sunsets and entertaining seagulls. Biggest question:  why the heck was Dairy Queen “closed for the season” in early August???

 

 

 

Supplies:  Stamps – Newton’s Nook, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Bermuda Bay, inks – Copic B05, BG15, BV00, BV01, Y18, YG25, YR14, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Tumbled Glass, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Newton’s Nook, Spellbinders (oval), stencil – My Favorite Things, ribbon – Offray, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Geo Leaves Birthday Card Duo

I made these cards with the Simon Says Stamp Geo Leaves stencil. The card on the left is going to my father-in-law, he is turning 91 this week.

I hope your week got off to a good start!

Supplies:  Stamp – PaperTrey Ink, paper – Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Strathmore Bristol, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Blueprint Sketch, Salty Ocean, VersaMark, stencil – Simon Says Stamp, enamel dots – Stampin’ Up!, embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Sterling Silver.


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Peony Bouquet Cards

I have had this Peony Bouquet stencil in my shopping cart since it debuted. FINALLY caught it in stock. I blended the inks a little vigorously (note to self:  order the temporary spray adhesive for stencils!) and had to add a few petal lines back with a SIGNO Uniball white pen. The hello version is top fold, birthday version is side fold.

How are things in your world?

Things here are OK. Hubby has a “return to work” date. Offspring3 and I have stalled on jigsaw puzzle #5 (2,000 pieces), and now I am tired of moving it to vacuum. My walking tan is almost to “beach week” shade.

My parents have rebelled and released themselves from quarantine! I told them 2 stores a week…they are doing 2 stores a DAY.

I get it, but still…HEAVY SIGH.

Maybe they will slow down after they realize how exhausting it is to be out?

Supplies:  Stamps – My Favorite Things, Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Strathmore Bristol, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, Wilted Violet, VersaFine Onyx Black, stencil – Simon Says Stamp, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear


More Wildflower Cards

Yes, once I started with this wildflower stamp, I COULD NOT STOP.

The card on the left was a request from Offspring3 after she saw the first wildflower card.

The cards on the left and in the middle are both watercolored using ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens and an aqua brush.

The card on the right was stamped first in Distress Inks, then watercolored with an aqua brush, finally overstamped with the image again in black ink (and embossed). It is supposed to be a loose watercolor, but I don’t know if I went “loose” enough – it might just appear to be mistakes! I did splatter some matching ink over it when dry.

All three are Strathmore Bristol paper – so the color would flow effortlessly with the aqua brush.

Supplies:  Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Technique Tuesday, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pixie Pink (retired), Poppy Parade, Strathmore Bristol, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Abandoned Coral, Candied Apple, Mowed Lawn, Picked Raspberry, VersaFine Onyx Black, ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens Black (010), Brown (060), Carmine Red (022), Light Green (041), Light Violet (081), Orange (070), Pink (025), Yellow (050), embossing powder Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


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Blended Floral Thinking of You Card

Hey, there.

Struggling with what to post – hard to think that any of this blog matters when the United States is struggling with chaos.

So, thinking of you is appropriate – I am THINKING about a lot of things. The country, the closest cities, my neighborhood. White privilege, empathy, compassion, equality, justice. And, of course, throw in some worry about elderly family members.

I blended ink over a daisy stencil, and added a new sentiment.

Hope you are well, and handling all the THINKING in your life.

Supplies:  Stamp – Essentials by Ellen, paper – Strathmore Bristol, Stampin’ Up! Sahara Sand, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Shabby Shutters, Spun Sugar, Squeezed Lemonade, VersaFine Vintage Sepia, stencil – Simon Says Stamp, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.