Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink

Adventure Bikes Card

I had one of my bike stamps out, working on a card for personal use…and this one had to play through first. I used a Gina K. Designs wreath builder template to stamp the bike in the corners.

Supplies:  Stamps – Hampton Arts, PinkFresh Studio, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Pop Tone Black Licorice, Stampin’ Up! Soft Sky, inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, VersaFine Clair Nocturne, die – Spellbinders, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


“AACK” Note Card

I am so glad that Julie Ebersole included this sentiment in her Voices in My Head stamp set. “AACK” is something I actually say.  (Blame the comic strip “Bloom County” from the 1980’s!)

Supplies:  Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, ScrapBerry Mediterranean Dreams, Stampin’ Up! Basic Gray, inks – Copic E21, E29, E57, VersaFine Smoky Gray, die – Lawn Fawn, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.

Bright Floral Wreath Square Cards


I wanted to use the Essentials by Ellen “positive mental vibes” sentiment on a wreath card, which led me to bright, happy color choices.

And you know I have to make 2 of anything with lots of stamping – in case I mess up at the last step. Luckily, this time, no snafus for me!

Supplies:  Stamps – Essentials by Ellen, Gina K. Designs, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, PopTone Razzle Berry, Sour Apple, inks – Hero Arts Fiesta Yellow, Taylored Expressions Lime Zest, Lollipop, VersaFine Onyx Black, wreath builder template – Gina K. Designs, sequins – Lawn Fawn, Pretty Pink Posh, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.

Foiled Vitamin Sea Card

I bought some Deco Foil Rainbow Shattered Glass foil recently, and used my laminator to make this card. This foil is GORGEOUS.

And guess what?

I WAS SUCCESSFUL ON THE FIRST TRY! Have I ever said that about foiling before??

Supplies:  Stamp – Newton’s Nook, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Desert Storm, Stampin’ Up! Tempting Turquoise (retired), ink – Ranger Emboss It, dies – My Favorite Things, embossing folder – Darice, foil – iCraft Deco Foil Rainbow Shattered Glass, embossing powder – Ranger Super Fine Detail clear.


Sunbathing Beauties Card

I had this stamp set out for the single sunbather (birthday card for a June birthday), and decided I needed to watercolor these lovely ladies first.

Supplies:  Stamps – Art Impressions, paper – Canson watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Green Galore (retired), inks – VersaFine Onyx Black, ZIG Clean Color Real Brush Pens Black (010), Brown (060), Carmine Red (022), Cobalt Blue (031), Light Gray (091), Light Green (041), Pink (025), watercolors – Sakura Koi, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.

So Special Butterfly Card

I made this blended background ages ago, it was just hanging out in one of my folders. This week, I thought it needed a butterfly!

Supplies:  Stamp – My Favorite Things, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Night of Navy, Stardream Metallic Flame, Strathmore Bristol, inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Blueprint Sketch, VersaFine Clair Twilight, dies – Hero Arts (butterfly), Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Simon Says Stamp (banner), stencil – Heidi Swapp, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.

Instant Camera Smile Note Card

A card with a “smile” sentiment is always good to have in your stash.

The Spellbinders square fit perfectly into the tag grid lines – WOOT!  (The little things make me happy!)

Supplies:  Stamp – Altenew, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, PopTone Sour Apple, Stampin’ Up! Tempting Turquoise (retired), inks – Copic B0000, B00, B02, C3, C5, C7, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Reverse Confetti (quilted tag), Spellbinders (square), Taylored Expressions (smile), corner rounder – Stampin’ Up!, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


Cheshire Cat Paint Chip Card


I was searching for the PERFECT stamp set of cats/kittens over the weekend. I think I have my choices narrowed down, almost ready to buy. But I wanted to stamp a cat NOW. So, I dug through Offspring3’s stash of crafting supplies for the Cheshire Cat.

I have actually been inside of Home Depot 3 times in the last week – and only grabbed paint chips one of those visits. We are starting the process of redoing the kitchen, so I will be a frequent visitor to Home Depot and Lowe’s for the next month or two.

Supplies: Stamp – Her Majesty (The Queen’s Ink), paper – Behr (Home Depot) paint chip, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Smoky Slate, ink – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Tumbled Glass, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Spellbinders (circles), Taylored Expressions (banner), embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Happiness is Contagious Card


Really, can you not giggle when you see a dachshund running with ears flying?

Have a great day!

Supplies: Stamps – Lawn Fawn, Simon Says Stamp, paper – Neenah Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Chocolate Chip, Painted Blooms DSP, Taylored Expressions Build A Scene, inks – Copic E23, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear, twine – We R Memory Keepers.


Masking the Large Russian Stacking Doll

masked-stacking-doll-finished(click on any photo to enlarge!)

Last week, I posted a Stacking Dolls Card, and lamented within the post that the big doll had lines on her apron. And how I wanted to cut the lines out of the stamp, because how could I ever mask the lines off of that apron?

Yes, I bailed out. I assumed that I would not be successful masking the lines of the largest Russian Doll stamp, so I never even tried.

Encouraged by Cobs from The Cobweborium Emporium and Gillian from PaperPuff, I set out to mask the lines.

Step one – stamp on a Post It note:


I stamped both ways, not sure if it would be better to have the sticky part under the top of the apron or the bottom. (sticky under bottom of apron worked better)

Step 2 – cut the masks


Step 3 – place the mask on the stamp


Step 4 – ink the stamp


Step 5 – remove the mask before stamping.

Alternately, I tried using washi tape as well.

Step 3 – Mask with washi tape


Step 4 – ink the stamp


Step 5 – remove the washi tape before stamping.

If you look closely at the stamped dolls at the top, you can see I went 1 for 3 for “perfect” image. The one on the left, I must have inked the post it note too heavily, and the ink bled through the paper and the lines stamped anyway. The red one has a tiny little blank spot around the apron from a tiny piece of trimmed washi tape hiding on the stamp surface.

Thanks to Cobs & Gillian for the push to JUST DO IT!

Supplies: Stamp – Hero Arts, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, Satin Red, washi – Recollections.