Black & White with a Pop of Color with Jen Carter

Catherine Christmas, CP Designs, CPD Ink, Masking, Valentine's Day 1 Comment

Hey everyone it’s Jen Carter here from Jen’s Ink Spot.  I have to admit I love patterned paper.  I have way too much of it, LOL!  But sometimes, even with all of my choices, I like to make my own and I find I turn to making black & white paper and adding pops of color.  Today I am sharing three easy cards where I’ve done just that.

To create the first card in the video I used the Doodle Hearts stamp set and repeatedly stamped the various heart images onto white cardstock to create the black & white background.  I then adhered some colored cardstock strips to the side for some color.  The Thank You Layered dies were die cut twice, once from white and once from purple cardstock and layered on top of each other. The sentiment was adhered with foam tape.

For the second card, I embossed the white cardfront with the Love Connection dies to make a frame, leaving the center open. The sentiment was stamped from the Doodle Hearts stamp set in Midnight ink. I used an aqua pen and Party Dress & Limencello ink to watercolor the banner & hearts inside the frame.

To create the black & white border at the bottom of the card, I masked off the part where I didn’t want to stamp with post-it note tape, leaving the bottom strip open. I repeatedly stamped the floating hearts stamp from the Say it With Love stamp set, filling in the gaps with the same stamp. Once that was finished, I again used an aqua pen & Party Dress inks to color in some of the hearts. This is a simple, one-layered card.

For the last card, I created a frame around the outside of the card front using snowflakes stamped in Midnight ink from the Peaceful Flakes stamp set. The images are mirrored on both sides of the card front so that they were stamped equally. To add some color, the Merry & Bright sentiment was stamped inside the frame with Rockin’ Red ink. I also added some dots with All that Jazz ink and inserted some red sequins in the middle of the snowflake centers. I hope that this gives you some ideas for creating your own black & white with a pop of color cards!  

Many Thanks- Stencil and Ink Blending with Kristie Goulet

Catherine CP Designs, Floral, Ink Blending, Stenciling, Thank You 2 Comments

Hi everyone, it's Kristie here sharing a CAS card that features some of the products from the All That Jazz release and a sentiment from the Leaf Motifs stamp set from the Counting Blessings Stamp of Approval Collection.


I love the floral images in the Grateful Heart stamp set. I think they look amazing colored, but I decided to just stamp them in black. I love the look of black and white flowers with a pop of color.

To create my pop of color, I sponged Flirty Fuchsia and All That Jazz inks through the Square Dance stencil. I removed the stencil and lightly sponged the same color ink over the stenciled pattern. I die cut a circle from another piece of card stock and layered it over the stenciled piece with foam tape for some dimension.


I attached the floral cluster to the right of the circle, I love how it frames the circle. The sentiment was stamped using Midnight ink. I finished off my card with some sequins and some black and white twine.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed my card and are inspired.

Life Changing Brushes and Stamping with Water

Catherine CP Designs, CPD Ink, Ink Blending Leave a Comment

Erika and I were hanging out with StampNation Members the other day when our live stream malfunctioned and I was RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF A REALLY COOL TECHNIQUE!!! So we decided to hop back on live on Youtube for everyone to take part…check it out!

I used the Life Changing Brushes by Picket Fence Studios to ink blend Be Mine ink over white cardstock.

Next, I sprayed the Rondi's Window with water and pressed the cardstock on top of the background stamp. The water on the stamp reacts with the ink, lightening the color and giving a slight raised look to the cardstock.

I had a spot that was extra wet and had some left over dark ink on it…oh, dear! I quickly decided to cut that part out and add some Black Tie Gala Patterned Paper on the card.

The “Howdy” sentiment from the Ways to Say Hey was a fun way to finish off the card with the cute puppy sitting on the sentiment line!

Hope you are inspired to try stamping with water on your next card making project!!

Before I go…here are a few pretty amazing cards made by the Creative Team using the Ways to Say Hey Dies and the Rondi's Window Stamp.

Ways to Say Hey Dies
Rondi's Window Background Stamp

Thanks for visiting, have an awesome day!

Welcome Home Release – BLOG HOP

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Welcome to the blog hop celebrating our Welcome Home Release! We initially revealed these products at Creativation 2019 and our booth was a tribute to the stamps in this collection of products.

We literally plucked images from our Happy Place, Beautiful Ride, Fresh Cut Flowers, and Warm Welcome Stamp Sets, blew them up to life-size and decorated the booth with them! It was like walking into an illustration!

Images from Happy Place and Beautiful Ride
Images from Fresh Cut Flowers and Happy Place
Images from Happy Place and Warm Welcome

These are the last few products I have to reveal and you'll be introduced to them in our Facebook Live today at 1 PM Eastern. Be sure to join us, comment and share because we'll be giving more gift certificates away!

In case you missed it, this YouTube Live Stream shows a close up look of all the products revealed so far and see a bunch of great samples made with them! Enjoy!

We also have the Life Changing Picket Fence Brushes being added to the shop and our Carnivale Mini Ink Pads! Can I get a WOOHOO!!???

Here are a few gorgeous cards made by the Creative Team.

Cottage Garden Background Stamp, Awesome and Wonderful Stamp Set by Ilina Crouse
Cottage Corsage Stamp Set, Ways to Say Hey Dies, by Ardyth Percy-Robb
Cottage Garden Background Stamp, Blowing Bubbles Border Die, Warm Welcome Stamp Set, by Kristie Goulet

We've got some pretty talented card makers lined up for you in this blog hop…I haven't seen their cards yet, so it's like Christmas morning for me, too!

Be sure to leave comments on the blogs, the Creative Team LOVES hearing from you and you'll be entered to win one of our $25 gift certificates. Just for leaving some love for our CT! Thank you so much in advance!

Prizes announced here on the blog on February 18!


TUESDAY: Join us tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 12 on YouTube for our video hop.

TUESDAY: StampNation Members, join us at 3 pm eastern for early ordering and a live stream party!

WEDNESDAY: Join us for a super fun Instagram Hop and all the products will magically pop into the shop at 9 am!

Grab a cuppa and be prepared to be inspired! Happy Hoppin'! CP

Ways to Say Hey Dies and Marble Swirl Stamp Set

Catherine CP Designs, CPD Ink 3 Comments

New products are coming to the shop on February 13!  We began the product reveals today…here's what we've got coming!

The Marble Swirl Stamp Set…this stamp set has three “slices” or “puzzle pieces” of marble. When stamped in different colors and pieced together (as shown in the live), it has a really unique and gorgeous look!

The Ways to Say Hey dies are so darling, I know these are going to be a staple in your craft stash! I {heart} these so much!

On both photos, I've used ink from our new Carnivale Mini Inks Collection.

Check out more samples and how to use these in this Facebook Live. Click here to view directly on Facebook.


We'll see you again tomorrow on Facebook Live at 1 pm Eastern with more goodies!

Monday – 9 am Blog Hop and FB Live at 1 pm eastern

Tuesday – 9 am Video Hop and 3 pm eastern, early ordering for StampNation Members 

Wednesday – 9 am Instagram Hop and products available at 9 am!

Thanks for visiting today!

Habit Tracker- March Club Canvo

Catherine Canvo Bullet Journaling, CPD Ink, Stenciling 1 Comment

Today, the team and I hopped onto YouTube LIVE to show a sneak peak from the March Club Canvo, the Celtic Roots Stencil. This multipurpose tree stencil can be a tracker for lots of things. It is a visual prompt or motivation tool for you to use in your Canvo Bullet Journal to keep your goals on track. It's quite the stunner!

Our very own Katrina designed this stencil for Club Canvo and did the demo. You guys decided it would make a fab water tracker. She also shared one she had done earlier that she set up as a sleep tracker. How will you use yours?


Watch the video demo and let us know what ideas it sparks for you! We love to see how your creativity shines in your Canvo Bullet Journals so make sure you tag us on social media with #canvobulletjournaling and #clubcanvo.

The Celtic Roots Stencil is a part of the Club Canvo monthly inspiration which was shipped earlier this week!  If you missed it, you'll be able to get your hands on it towards the end of February when it pops in the shop.

With Club Canvo, you will receive a limited-edition custom stamp set as well as a stencil or accessory to get you started on each brand new month. Each Club Canvo is designed to take the guess work out of your monthly themes. Each product is carefully curated by Catherine to inspire your creativity all month long.

To get in on the Club Canvo for April (this one has a special surprise!), subscribe by the last day of February. 

Click here to learn more.


We also announced on the Live that we will be teaching and exhibiting at the Pinners Conference in Atlanta on April 12 and 13!  We hope you'll join us!

Save 10% off your ticket with the code POOLER. More info here.

Have an awesome day!

Masculine Thank You Card – Chevron Cheer with Susan

Catherine CP Designs, Embossing, Masculine, Thank You, Watercolor 2 Comments

Hi everyone, Susan here with you today sharing a card using products from the new Zen Garden release. My card features the Chevron Cheer stamp set and the Thanks and You dies.


I started by stamping the chevron oval a few times onto watercolor paper with versamark ink and heat set it with gold embossing powder. Next I did some ink smooshing with Daydream, Stone Blue, Skylight, Seafoam and Green Tea inks.

I added some ink to a large stamping block, gave it a spritz or two of water and then ‘smooshed' the paper in the ink. I dried it with a heat gun and then repeated the process until I was happy with how it looked. I used a square die to cut out 3 pieces and added them to the card base.


After die-cutting out both the words Thanks and You I cut the “s” off of thanks, I covered both of them with Versamark ink and pressed them into the gold embossing powder. I added them to craft foam and then to the card.

I had a blast making this card!

Thanks so much for visiting!

Peaceful Snowflakes with Ashlea Cornell

Catherine Christmas, CP Designs, CPD Ink, Die Cutting, Winter 3 Comments

Hey there, everyone! It’s Ashlea and I’m thrilled to be guesting over on Catherine’s Youtube Channel today. I've created this colorful card using the Peaceful Flakes stamp set and coordinating dies.

I love the Merry & Bright sentiment included in the stamp set so I knew that I had the perfect opportunity to make a brightly colored card rather than using traditional blues. I decided to go with Royal Treatment, Fiesta Blue, Green Tea and Party Dress inks all by Catherine Pooler Designs.

To begin, I stamped my sentiment with Midnight ink on the lower right hand side of my card front. This allowed me to imagine where I wanted the snowflakes around the card front and ensured that I would leave enough space for the sentiment. I stamped all of the snowflakes using the colors listed above onto a couple pieces of white card stock. I then used the coordinating dies to cut them out. These dies are very intricate and cut the most beautiful shapes along the lines of the snowflake stamps.

I placed the snowflakes around my card front to see where I wanted them to rest. I adhered them with glue and foam tape to add lots of dimension and interest. I then trimmed all of the flakes edges that were hanging off of the card front, except for the largest flake in the top left hand corner. It still looked a tad empty to be so I decided to take those same ink colors and one of the polka dot stamps in the set and randomly stamp around to create a bit of a patterned paper effect.

Finally, I adhered it all to an A2 sized card base and I was done! I love how simple this card was to make but how the colors and the intricate cut of the dies really elevates the look.

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you’ll check out my video and I’ll see you again very soon! Thank you!

Zen Thanks with the Spa Color Palette with Ashlea

Catherine CP Designs, CPD Ink, Thank You

Hey everyone! It's Ashlea and I'm so excited to be back on Catherine's blog to show you a little more of the Zen Garden release. If you've ever seen any of my cards you may know that I tend to create clean designs with pops of color and texture. The Zen Feather stamp set is perfect for just that.


The design within in the feather gives all the detail you could want in a stamp. Imagine embossing these?! Maybe on vellum?! Excuse me for a moment. (*Note To Self: emboss feathers in gold on vellum*)

I couldn't wait to use the Spa Collection ink colors and did not skimp on them here. I used Sugared Lavender, Polished, Seafoam, and Rose Petals which look incredible next to each other. This entire ink collection really compliments each other perfectly. Kudos, CP!

There are also coordinating dies to this set which include both the feather and the large flower as well as the circles, and the triangle pattern! What?! I'm seriously SO in love.

Let's not let the Thanks die fall by the wayside. This hand lettering is so gorgeous and legible. That's always a something I look for in a scripty word die! After all, its most important to be able to read it, right? No sacrificing beauty for legibility here <3

I'd love to know what your favorite piece from the release is and which inks you just couldn't live without. I always love seeing your creations!

Starry Colors and Catherine Pooler Ink Refills!

Catherine CP Designs, CPD Ink, Videos, Watercolor

I was playing with these fabulous Gansai Tambi Starry Colors on my Instastory and was having so much fun, I decided to hop over to YouTube and do a live and explain what I was doing.

The Gansai Tambi Starry Colors are rich, pigmented, shimmery watercolors that can be used on black or white cardstock, used on their own or mixed with CP Ink Refills. Shimmery watercolors are in your future my friend!

And the Rondi's Window Background Stamp? That will be available on
February 13! Festivities start soon!

Have an awesome day and be sure to follow me over on Instagram and YouTube! (don't forget to click the bell so you get notified when I go live!)

Stenciled Rainbow Chevron with Chrissie

Catherine CP Designs, Encouragement, Gallery, Projects

Hi everyone! Chrissie here today! The Counting Blessings Collection has truly gone down as one of my favorite collections. Not only do I love all of the Autumn inspired stamps and sentiments, the positive sentiments make me so happy. I love making random cards for friends, family and co-workers for no reason at all. It can really make someone's day to give a card to say hello or to give a bit of encouragement. With this collection, there are so many options to do just that!

Since I wanted to make a bright and happy encouragement card, I went with a rainbow theme.

Chrissie Post

By using Catherine's inks along with the Geo Trio stencil, I created a beautiful chevron rainbow! I secured the card panel down (trimmed to 4 x 5.25 inches) onto a protected surface with washi tape. Then I placed the stencil over it and also secured it down. You may also want to add a sheet of typing paper to protect the rest of the card. Since the ink should only stay in the stenciled chevron area, it's easy to accidentally blend all over the place and get ink on the white parts of the panel.

I blended from top to bottom, using a circular motion, in this order:  Rockin' Red, Orange Twist, Tiki Torch, Grass Skirt, Fiesta Blue, and finally, Flirty Fuchsia.

Chrissie Post CU

Once I was satisfied with the rainbow, I stamped the sentiment in Midnight ink. Remember, when using Midnight, just give your stamps a love tap. The ink is really juicy and covers incredibly well. It will stain your stamps, but I am perfectly fine with that. That way, I don't lose them on my desk!

I simply assembled the card by creating a card base out of Black Shimmering Cardstock. I trimmed it to 4.25 x 11 inches and scored it at 5.5 inches. This made a top folding, standard-sized card. I adhered the front panel onto the base using a strong tape runner.

Thanks for stopping by today and thank you to Catherine for having me guest! Have a great day, everyone!!!

Party and Spa MIXED! Clean and Simple Card Making

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A simple hand made card to tell someone you think they are “simply the best” can be quick and easy with the right supplies.

For this card, I think the focus is the color palette. Bright and vivid colors will make the recipient happy as soon as s/he opens the envelope!

This quick video shows you how it was done.

The Catherine Pooler Ink line is made of two color palettes:

Party – highly saturated colors that scream FUN!

Spa– muted tones with a sophisticated feel.

I don't often mix them…but you CAN! I felt that the deep, golden Sauna color looked pretty amazing with Fiesta Blue and Samba. What do YOU think?

If you are looking for more color inspiration, be sure to download my free Color Combo Guide and hop on our newsletter list HERE.

I hope you are inspired with my Clean and Simple Card today!

Masked & Sponged with Melissa Miller

Catherine CP Designs, Gallery, Projects

Hi everyone! It's Melissa from Catherine's Creative Team.  I'm honored to be guest posting for her today. I wanted to share a card I created using products from the All That Jazz release.


To recreate this design, start by cutting a panel of white card stock to 3-3/4 x 5″. Mask off a rectangle in the middle of the panel using your favorite masking paper, tape, etc. Using an ink blending tool, sponge the top third of the rectangle using Seafoam ink, the middle third with Skylight ink, and the bottom third using Spruce ink. Continue adding ink until you achieve a smooth transition between each color.

Once the ink blending is done, remove the mask. Use a straight edge and fine tip black pen to draw a simple frame around the rectangle. Mask off and stamp the “You Are” words from the You Are Loved sentiment in the Grateful Hearts stamp set just below the halfway point of the rectangle using Midnight ink. Set the panel aside for now.

Using white card stock, die cut the Awesome word die five times. On one of the die cuts, sponge some Seafoam ink on the top half of the word.

Next, apply some VersaMark ink on the lower half of the word. To avoid having too harsh of a line, lightly tap the upper edge of the VersaMark ink with a sponge dauber or your fingertip. Apply gold embossing powder, then heat set. Adhere all of the word die cuts together finishing with the embossed layer on top.


To help set the die cut words off from the background, create a shadow layer using Catherine's absolutely AMAZING new vellum card stock. If you've ever searched for a super heavy weight vellum, look no more! This is the heaviest vellum I've ever used and I LOVE it!

Create the shadow layer by placing the Awesome word die on the vellum and tracing around the outer edge with a pencil. Fussy cut the outline then erase any remaining pencil marks. Adhere the stacked die cuts to the vellum shadow.

To assemble the card, adhere a piece of patterned paper from the Black Tie Gala paper pad to a top-folding card base.

(**HINT: Since most of the patterned paper is going to be covered anyway, use a rectangle die to cut out the center of the panel to save and use on another project. Just be sure to use a rectangle smaller than the size of the white panel!)

Add the white panel centered over the patterned paper using a dimensional adhesive then adhere the word die cuts just below the You Are stamped sentiment. For a final bit of bling, add some Clear Overlay Sparkle Pen to the upper half of the die cut words. The sparkle looks so great next to the embossing!

I really hope you've enjoyed my card today.

Making Images POP with Maureen

Catherine CP Designs, Floral, Gallery, Projects

Hi there, it's Maureen here highlighting some of the products from the Naturally Inspired collection.


Sometimes (most of the time in my book!) simplicity is best.  Stamping the images from the Wildgarden stamp set in black and contrasting with just a little color is sure to make your design pop, just like I've done here.  

Usually I'd use just a little color with black and white, but this time I sponged an entire card base with Melon Ice, Lime Rickey, Aquatini and Fiesta Blue inks.  I really wanted the Lattice die to pop.


The rest of the card was just stamping in Midnight ink and die cutting with coordinating dies.  I die cut and added the vellum behind the white lattice just for a little more added detail!

I hope you've enjoyed my project today.  Thanks for stopping by!