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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Sh*t Could Be Worse Card

This Voices in my Head stamp set from Ellen Hutson arrived Monday at lunchtime…I had this card made before I went to bed.

I stamped/embossed/colored the head on white cardstock, and fussy cut it out. It had to go on the raindrop background paper. (Raise your hand if you can hear Igor from “Young Frankenstein” say, “Could be worse…could be raining!”)

Supplies:  Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, paper – American Crafts Amy Tangerine On A Whim, Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, inks – Copic E21, E23, VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Lawn Fawn, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear, organdy ribbon – Offray.


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Seagull Photo Paint Chip Father’s Day Card

This one is for my Dad.

I die cut watercolor paper with the photo frame die, then stamped the seagull, embossed with clear powder, and watercolored the square.

Alas, I cut the paint chip, and set it aside without checking if it was straight. I always ASSume that paint chips come to me with cuts in perfect perpendicular form (If the sides are not straight or the paint lines are not level on the chip, I lose. I use a precut side to start my downsizing of the paint chip.). So, it was glued down when I noticed it was wonky. BOO. But, really, my Dad is not grading me on this (other things – YES, he is. Still.).

Supplies:  Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Hero Arts, paper – Canson watercolor, Home Depot paint chip, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Smoky Slate, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, Smoky Gray, ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens Light Gray (091), Orange (070), dies – Simon Says Stamp (sentiment strip), Taylored Expressions (photo frame), watercolors – Sakura Koi, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


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Banner Collage Congratulations Card

Paper scraps seem to be the theme this week! This time, I made a collage out of fishtailed strips.

Supplies:  Stamp – Sugar Pea Designs, paper – American Craft Amy Tangerine On A Whim, Neenah Desert Storm, Classic Crest Solar White, ink – VersaFine Clair Twilight, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


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I Ruff You Yellow Labrador Card

While I was in my scrap folders yesterday, I ran into this labrador image that was Copic colored and ready to go. The Build A Scene scraps made a really quick card.

Supplies:  Stamps – Lawn Fawn, Taylored Expressions, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Bashful Blue (retired), Taylored Expressions Build A Scene, inks – Copic E53, R29m YG06, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Simon Says Stamp (fishtail), Spellbinders (tag), Taylored Expressions (dog), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


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You’re Awesome Encouragement Note

I needed a quick encouragement note card with the word “awesome” on it! I found the computer monitor, photo frame and royal background pieces in my scrap folders.

Supplies:  Stamps – Mama Elephant, paper – Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, inks – Copic B21, VersaFine Onyx Black, Smoky Gray, dies – Mama Elephant (monitor), Taylored Expressions (photo frame), corner rounder – Stampin’ Up!, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Ranger Silver Pearl, twine – MarkerPOP.


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Single Sunbather Life is a Beach Card

I had the single sunbather stamp out for a birthday card and colored an extra image for this card.

Have a good Monday!

Supplies:  Stamps – Art Impressions (Hampton Arts), paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, PopTone Sour Apple, inks – Copic B0000, B02, BV00, C3, C5, E21, E53, R02, R14, YG25, Y13, Y21, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Simon Says Stamp (banner), embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.