Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


From the Heart Valentine

From the heart Valentine

From the heart Valentine

I created this card over the weekend, specifically for an old lady. She would grunt at me if she read that description (good thing she doesn’t “do” the internet!) – can’t you just hear the “harrumph!”? But she is the first to admit she is an old lady. I do hope that it brings a smile to her on Valentine’s Day.

Congratulations to the Ravens! That game was such a roller coaster ride! I can’t tell you the last time I watched an entire Super Bowl game.

(OK, full disclosure, I MAY have been influenced to watch because Offspring1 was home to view the game on the big TV (and if I watched, I could interact with him). AND said big TV is next to the laundry room and the laundry that he asked if he could bring home with him.   😉   )


Be My Valentine

swirl heart

Oh, no! Is it really February 1st? How did that happen? What happened to January? I have not made any of the Valentine cards for my family yet. ZOINKS, Scoobie!

The pink/orange heart actually started as glossy white paper, and I added pink and orange inks using an alcohol ink applicator tool (Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Applicator Tool at Ellen Hutson). The inks I used were not alcohol inks, but if you wet the felt pad with alcohol, and then add your ink, it works well. You could even use pre-moistened alcohol swabs instead of the felt pads that are included with the tool.

(note: I read about this technique on Splitcoaststampers years ago. I think the original tutorial was the Polished Stone Technique , but I eliminated the steps with the metallic ink and the sealer. )

I like the contrast of the rustic kraft card stock next to the silver glitter encrusted paper.

Supplies: Stamps – Cornish Heritage Farms, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Michael’s silver glitter, Papertrey Ink kraft, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Glossy White, Tangerine Tango. Ink – Stampin’ Up! Chocolate Chip, Only Orange, Pink Passion, Versafine Onyx Black, Filagree Fine Art embossing powder – clear, Spellbinders heart dies.

Card to say “I love you”

eyes 4 u

I made this really quickly this morning. It could be a Valentine’s Day card, an anniversary card, or a card “just because” (I love “just because” cards!).

Supplies: stamps – JustRite, Stampin’ Up!, paper – LCI, Papertreyink, Stampin’ Up!, inks – Color Box Royal, Versafine Onyx Black, Filagree Fine Art Powder – Clear, Tombow 3D foam tabs, Spellbinders dies – square, tag, heart.

Snowman Valentine

snowman valentine

I was outside shoveling snow* this morning, and I remembered I had made a Valentine’s Day card with a snowman earlier this month. Valentine’s Day is fast approaching – are you ready? I’m working on ideas that are NOT candy this year.

*Yes, I truly LOVE to shovel snow. Seriously. The world is all clean and quiet. The sun peaked out, a few brave birds began to sing. Call it a perfect morning for me!

Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, Stampin’ Up!, Paper – Papertrey Ink White, Stampin’ Up! Real Red, grayish violet (retired), Red Glitter, Ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, Copics – R29, BV25, YR09, Filigree Fine Art clear embossing powder, Provo Craft embossing folder, dies – Hero Arts, Spellbinders, 1/8″ organdy ribbon (source unknown).