Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink


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Watercolored Floral Wedding Card

I stamped the flowers and foliage onto Bristol paper, then watercolored with ZIG Clean Color pens and an aqua brush. I die cut them, and applied them over the sentiment panel.

Supplies:  Stamps – Avery Elle, Stampin’ Up!, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy, Strathmore Bristol, inks – VersaFine Clair Twilight, ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens Cobalt (031), Green (040), Light Green (041), Orange (070), dies – Avery Elle (florals), Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


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Pink Gerbera Hello Card

I cannot stop playing with this Mondo Daisy stamp – it is just so pretty.

Supplies:  Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Strathmore Bristol, inks – Gina K. Designs Amalgam, ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens Brown (060), Green (040), Light Green (041), Orange (070), Pink (025), Yellow (050), die – Lawn Fawn, twine – Stampin’ Up!.


Mondo Daisy Hello Card

Ellen Hutson just released this Mondo Daisy set (designed by Julie Ebersole).

OF COURSE I needed a daisy set!

For this first play session, I stamped the daisy with Gina K. Designs Amalgam ink (which works with all coloring mediums without running or bleeding) onto Strathmore Bristol paper. And I did not use embossing powder (which I usually do when I am coloring any image). I used ZIG Clean Color Real Brush pens and a water marker to color the daisy. It was too muted for me after my first try, so I added multiple layers of color with just the Real Brush pens. Now I have the bright Gerbera daisy I was aiming for.

The sentiment was a tiny bit of a mistake – I stamped twice for coverage, but my paper shifted a smidgen and the image was offset just a tidge, so it is a little bolder than intended.

Supplies:  Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Strathmore Bristol, inks – Gina K. Designs Amalgam, ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens Brown (060), Cobalt Blue (031), Green (040), Light Green (041), Orange (070), Yellow (050).


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Bear Pair Valentine’s Day Card

This is the bear stamp I used on my parents Christmas cards – those I left white as polar bears. Sometime over the holidays, I saw someone else had colored the bears brown for a card – adorable.

So, I embossed the bears onto watercolor paper and gently watercolored them. The snow is even sparkly white watercolor (you can almost see it in the photo).

And, YES, this is the card I am sending to my parents for Valentine’s Day.

Supplies:  Stamps – Hero Arts, Penny Black, paper – Canson watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Real Red, inks – Hero Arts Unicorn, VersaFine Onyx Black, ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Carmine Red (022), Light Gray (091), Wink of Stella clear, watercolors – Kuretake Gansai Tambi, Sakura Koi, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder white, Stampendous Detail clear, twine – MarkerPOP.


Watercolor Elephant with Balloons Birthday Cards

Offspring3 requested the card on the right for a little friend.

For the balloon strings, I separated a piece of embroidery floss into the 6 individual strands, and used a needle to “sew” them through the paper (and back to the front again) to tie around the elephant’s trunk.

The most difficult time was getting the “feliz cumpleaños” sentiment straight. Each word is an individual stamp (Hero Arts). With them being different fonts, even with the MISTI (and multiple grid template options to line them up!) it took me more than 5 tries to be satisfied.

Supplies:  Stamps – Hero Arts, Papertrey Ink, Simon Says Stamp, paper – Canson watercolor, Malmero Perle green, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pop Set Infra Violet, Stampin’ Up! Lovely Lilac (retired), Orchid Opulence (retired), inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, ZIG Wink of Stella clear, watercolors – Sakura Koi, dies – Papertrey Ink (one), Taylored Expressions (balloons, banner (left)), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, floss – Iris.


There Is No One Like You Note Card

This stamp set was on my craft table (I had used one of the sentiments on another card), and the little fairy spoke to me – “Stamp me, please!”

Her wings are covered with Wink of Stella clear – I just couldn’t get the sparkle to show in the photo.

Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, inks – Copic E23, E51, E53, E57, R14, R21, Y28, VersaFine Onyx Black, ZIG Wink of Stella clear, die – Essentials by Ellen, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear, organdy ribbon – Offray.


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Pink Love Is TWINS Baby Card

A friend requested this last week – I think the twins turned out really cute!

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! Pink Pirouette, VersaFine Onyx Black, ZIG Wink of Stella clear, die – My Favorite Things, embossing folder – Provo Craft, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear, organdy ribbon – Offray.