Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink

Pastel New Home Card

I never seem to have a new home card when I need one.

When I was flipping through paper pads, I grabbed this sheet to pair up with an embossed sentiment I found in my scrap folder.

Supplies:  Stamps – JustRite, paper – Crate Paper Good Vibes, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Island Indigo, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Lawn Fawn, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.


Rooster Love Card

This is my Valentine for Offspring1 – the rooster is speaking Offspring1 language.

I was able to use an embossing strip I bought way back (and maybe never used before?? Package dated 2012.).

I really L.O.V.E. being able to personalize cards.  😉

Supplies:  Stamps – JustRite, Newton’s Nook, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Desert Storm, Stampin’ Up! Pacific Point, Poppy Parade, inks – Copic B06, BG15, C7, E33, R24, YR14, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn (heart, speech bubble), Spellbinders (circle), embossing strip – Provo Craft, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.

Remember Note Card

Happy Memorial Day! Take a moment to remember those military service men and women who have died defending the USA.

Supplies:  Stamps – JustRite, paper – Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Real Red, Stardream Vista (I think? It’s an old scrap!), ink – VersaFine Clair Twilight, dies – Spellbinders (rectangle tag, wonky rectangle), Taylored Expressions (floral stem), embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


Stenciled Best Fishes Card

I blended Distress Inks over the tropical fish stencil for a quick background.

Supplies: Stamps – Just Rite, paper – Gmund Royal, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Tempting Turquoise (retired), inks – Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress Ink Blueprint Sketch, Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, VersaFine Onyx Black, stencil – Newton’s Nook, embossing powder – Stampendous Detail clear.


#ECStrong Card

The last time I posted a card using this house stamp, I asked for suggestions on how else to color it (I seem to see it as a tan stucco house…ALL.THE.TIME.). Miss Hammie suggested that I try coloring it like the Painted Ladies in San Francisco. Great suggestion. I was prepping for vacation, never executed the idea.

Fast forward to this weekend’s flooding in Historic Ellicott City. Offspring3 told me (on Messenger from Spain…) that I needed to get my house stamp out and create an Ellicott City card.

I stamped the house on watercolor paper using different colors of dye ink, then used an aqua brush to move some of the color around.

Supplies: Stamps – Hero Arts, JustRite, paper – Canson watercolor, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Basic Gray, inks – Stampin’ Up! Marina Mist, Pear Pizzazz, Red Riding Hood (retired), Wisteria Wonder, VersaFine Onyx Black, die – Taylored Expressions, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.

Snail Mail Note Card

YES, the retired Turtle & Co stamp set is still on my work table! (and I still haven’t finished my spring cleaning OR Mother’s Day cards! YIKES!)

I colored the snail with Copic markers, and added Glossy Accents to the shell (and a little bit of a slime trail).

My inner Star Wars geek has a message for you:  May the 4th be with you!

Supplies: Stamps – JustRite, Stampin’ Up!, paper – My Favorite Things Bundles of Blossoms, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Pacific Point, Soft Sky, inks – Copic B0000, B00, B02, E51, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Spellbinders, embossing powder – Filigree Fine Art Powder clear.

Red, White and Blue Eagle Scout Congratulations Card

I had a family request for a card suitable for a Boy Scout achieving Eagle Scout status.

Supplies: Stamps – JustRite, Papertrey Ink, paper – Blue Stars – source unknown, Curious Metallics – Gold Leaf (note:  this is pretty much identical to the old Stampin’ Up! Brushed Gold), Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Real Red,  inks – Hero Arts Unicorn, VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Lawn Fawn (stitched rectangle), Spellbinders (star), Taylored Expressions (banner), embossing folder – Provo Craft, embossing powders – Filigree Fine Art Powder white, Ranger clear.

#TBT – Old Viewfinder Birthday Card

Offspring2 cleaned out a few drawers last weekend, and I got to sort through cards from the last 15 years. This viewfinder card was made in 2009.

Here are the other views:

Supplies (that I remember!!!): Stamps – A Muse Artstamps, Inkadinkado, JustRite, Stampin’ Up!, The Cat’s Pajamas, paper – Stampin’ Up! Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi (textured), not sure about rust layer (too light for Really Rust, too dark for Pumpkin Pie!) or DSP, inks – Encore Gold, VersaFine Vintage Sepia, dies – Spellbinders, hole punch – Fiskars, metal hardware – Stampin’ Up!, embossing powder – Stampin’ Up! clear.


Stowaway Cards

Offspring3 went to Spain for 5 weeks this summer for a study abroad program.


Of course I stashed some cards in her suitcase. For the times that Skype and Facebook messaging were not quite tactile enough.

Most of the cards contain an image or paper that she has gifted me.


Floral Applique Graduation Card

This card is for the daughter of a dear friend, who has graduated from high school within the last few days. The applique flowers are a nod to the young lady’s senior prom dress.

Supplies: Stamps – JustRite, paper – Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Stampin’ Up! Basic Black, Real Red, Shimmery White, Soft Sky, Vellum, ink – VersaFine Onyx Black, dies – Essentials by Ellen (flowers), Spellbinders (circles), Taylored Expressions (banner, graduation cap), sequins – Lawn Fawn, Pretty Pink Posh, embossing powder – Ranger Silver Pearl.