Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


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Whimsical Fairy Card

This whimsical fairy was in the bag of stamps my gym friend gifted me.

Supplies: Stamps – My Besties by Sherri Baldy, Simon Says Stamp, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Orchid Opulence (retired), Pool Party, inks – Copic B0000, B00, B02, E23, E51, E57, V04, VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, dies – Spellbinders, sequins – Simon Says Stamp, organdy ribbon – Offray.

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Hibiscus on Navy Card

I wanted to use the Distress Oxide Inks on dark cardstock.

Still inspired by the Jennifer McGuire blog post – Distress Oxide Ink Watercolor .

Also inspired by my latest Better Homes and Gardens cover.

Supplies: Stamps – My Favorite Things, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy, Pink Pirouette (retired), inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Oxide Inks Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Squeezed Lemonade, VersaMark, embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Sterling Silver.


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Smooshing Background Enveloper Birthday Card

I have tried the smooshing technique before, and I am never totally satisfied with my results. I was inspired by this Taylored Expressions blog post to try again.

I used Distress Ink pads, so my color tended to stay linear (pad edges).

I was encouraged enough by this to want to try it again, maybe with watercolor paint or ink pad reinkers.

No jury duty today – the recorded message indicated no one was to report.

Supplies: Stamps – Papertrey Ink, Waffle Flower, paper – Canson watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Taylored Expressions Jelly Donut, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry, Shaded Lilac, Spun Sugar, Wilted Violet, VersaMark, die – Taylored Expressions, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail Gold, organdy ribbon – Offray.


Hieroglyphic Birthday Card

I love this old Hieroglyphic Tablet stamp (I forget when & where I got it).

I would send this to my Dad – a not so subtle “you are old” jab! (Don’t worry – he would laugh at it!)

I used a distressing tool on the edge of the tan cardstock – to give it some aged texture. The sentiment is embossed in copper.

Supplies: Stamps – KK Originals, Papertrey Ink, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, inks – VersaFine Vintage Sepia, VersaMark, dies – Spellbinders, embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Classy Copper.


Mermaid Tails on the Horizon Card

I blended Distress inks on Strathmore Bristol paper – the Bristol is so smooth, the ink just glides across.

Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, paper – Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point, Stardream Metallic Silver, Strathmore Bristol, inks – Hero Arts Unicorn, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Inks Blueprint Sketch, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaMark, dies – Essentials by Ellen (mermaid tail), Spellbinders (square), embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder white, Ranger Silver Pearl, Super Fine Detail clear.


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Bright Floral Watercolor Bouquet Birthday Card

This bright bouquet is for my Aunt.

I am in love with this purple paper. I only bought a sample pack (years ago!), so I am hoarding it!

Supplies: Stamps – Avery Elle, Papertrey Ink, paper – Canson watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pop Set Infra Violet, inks – VersaMark, ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens Blue (030), Cobalt Blue (031), Light Green (041), Light Violet (081), Orange (070), die – Lawn Fawn, embossing powder – Stampendous Gold Detail.


Blue and Coral Butterflies Hello Card

The most difficult part of this card is gluing the butterflies to the base…I always wind up with glue on my hands!

Supplies: Stamp – My Favorite Things, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Calypso Coral, Soft Sky, ink – VersaMark, die – Hero Arts, embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! Sterling Silver.