Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


Love is Love Baby Girl Card

I am out of baby cards – that is my first project this week.

Supplies: Stamps – Simon Says Stamp, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pink Pirouette, Pretty In Pink (retired), inks – Copic E21, R81, Y18, Stampin’ Up! Pretty In Pink (retired), VersaFine Onyx Black, ZIG Wink of Stella clear, dies – Spellbinders, embossing folder – Provo Craft, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, organdy ribbon – Offray.



Razzle Berry and Pool Party Spectacular Card

I was wishing for summer weather and fun sunglasses when I made this!

I cut 3 pairs of glasses with the My Favorite Things die (On A Whim, Razzle Berry, Basic Black) and glued them together (leaving one layer off the lenses). I dotted a bit of Wink of Stella into the tiny cutouts on the cat eye corners for some shimmer.

Supplies: Stamp – My Favorite Things, paper – American Crafts Amy Tangerine On A Whim, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pop Tone Razzle Berry, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Pool Party, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black,  ZIG Wink of Stella clear, die – My Favorite Things, embossing folder Stampin’ Up! (Sizzix).


Flower Basket Bike Birthday Card

This is for my longest friend…she is not by age my oldest friend, but I have known her the longest. She moved into our neighborhood when I was in 4th grade (she was in 5th). My family moved to another state when I was in 5th grade. My longest friend and I have kept in touch all of these years by letter and now e-mail, Facebook, and the occasional phone call. I do treasure her, and I really hope that I have conveyed that sentiment over the years!

Supplies: Stamps – Avocado Arts, Papertrey Ink, paper – Canson watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Poptone Razzle Berry, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, Vintage Sepia, Wink of Stella clear, watercolors – Sakura Koi, die – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), flowers – Prima, sequins – Pretty Pink Posh, embossing powders – Ranger clear, Stampin’ Up! Sterling Silver.


Floral Princess and Warrior Card – Essentials by Ellen May 2017 Pin-Sights Challenge


Recently, Ellen Hutson and her crew created the Courage stamp and die set to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Fund. I waffled on whether or not I wanted to purchase it – it looked lovely, but it was a lot of money (a good deal, no doubt – 33 stamps, 13 dies, 1/2 of the purchase price goes to the charity…I’m just low on cash). I had it in my cart several times, but I would delete it. Then, I heard that one of the teachers we had in elementary school days is just beginning her breast cancer journey. I bought the set that night.

I am a newbie at multi-step florals, this set seemed pretty forgiving.

I am entering this into the Essentials by Ellen May 2017 Pin-Sights Challenge. And the card has been mailed to our friend beginning her journey.

Here is the inspiration:

Supplies: Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pink Pirouette, inks – Almost Amethyst (retired), Bashful Blue (retired), Blushing Bride, Certainly Celery (retired), Elegant Eggplant, Lavender Lace (retired), Marina Mist, Night of Navy, Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink (retired), Rose Red, VersaFine Onyx Black, ZIG Wink of Stella clear, sequins – Pretty Pink Posh, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.




Painted Enveloper Series Mother’s Day Card

For this card, I stamped in black and embossed. Then, I carefully watercolored the flowers and butterflies. When that was dry, I lightly watercolored the sky. I was really happy with it, until I thought, “Oh, let me wipe of the embossed areas, just in case there is some color still sitting on top of the embossing – I don’t want the recipient to get painted fingers.” Now there are several smudges. My final touch was splatterings of clear Wink Of Stella.

So, helpful readers, how should I remove the residual paint color that sits on top of embossed areas? I know I rubbed – I should not have done that. Would just blotting work?

Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, Waffle Flower, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Poptone Sour Apple, Strathmore Bristol, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, Smokey Gray, ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens Carmine Red (022), Cobalt Blue (031), Light Green (041), Orange (070), Yellow (050), ZIG Wink of Stella, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, Ranger Silver Pearl.

Watercolored Galaxy Background Encouragement Card

watercolor galaxy be confident

For this background, I was expanding my artistic horizons, trying to create a galaxy background similar to what Kristina Werner created in this blog post .

Sorry I didn’t think to take an “in progress” shot. I loosely watercolored the ZIG Clean Color marker colors and let them dry. They were much lighter than the colors in Kristina Werner’s card – I am much more timid with watercolors, and I struggle with too much water. After it was dry, I really struggled with putting the black paint over the colors! It sat on my counter for more than a week, then I added white paint spatters, and a few spatters of Wink of Stella (which turned out much larger than I wanted – too late!).

This sentiment is another PERFECT one from the Simon Says Stamp Uplifting Thoughts set.

It is very pretty in person, and I had to add the Aurora Borealis Swarovski jewels to my galaxy because they fit the theme.

Supplies: Stamp – Simon Says Stamp, paper – Arches watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Papertrey Ink Royal Velvet, ink – Stampin’ Up! Basic Gray, VersaFine Onyx Black, Wink of Stella clear, die – My Favorite Things (pierced rectangle), watercolors – ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Markers Blue (30), Cobalt Blue (31), Light Green (41), Light Violet (81), Orange (70), Pink (25), Yellow (50), Kuretake Gansai Tambi #10 (white), 20 (black), jewels – EK Success Swarovski Elements Aurora Borealis, embossing powder – Ranger Liquid Platinum.


Pink Sprite Note Card

pink dotted fairy

I still can’t decide – is she a sprite or a fairy?

Her wings are sparkly in person – clear Wink of Stella. I could not catch it with the camera.

Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Calypso Coral, Pink Pirouette, inks – Copic E00, E53, R11, Y11, Y28, Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry, Spun Sugar, VersaFine Onyx Black, ZIG Wink of Stella clear, stencil – Heidi Swapp, dies – My Favorite Things (pierced rectangle), Spellbinders (circles).