Winter Wonders: Whooo’s Loving the Wiser Bundle?

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During our first reveal day – replay here – for the Winter Wonders Collection, we shared the gorgeous Wiser Bundle. This one is for all the owl fans out there and will be great for cards for anyone. A versatile bundle- perfect for winter birthdays too!

Ilina Crouse

You'll find two owls in the Wiser Stamp Set and dies, one owl stamps solid and the other can be colored in. Try creating a beautiful night or winter scene or pair them up with the Under my Wing Cover Plate.

Also in the bundle is the Woodsy Patterned Paper and coordinating Omaha Sequins. Don't forget the little Sprig Die which will be great for embellishments, creating wreaths or even on it's own covered in a sparkly embossing powder!

The Wiser Bundle Includes:

  • Wiser Stamp Set
  • Wiser Dies
  • Under My Wing Cover Plate Die
  • Sprig Die
  • Woodsy Patterned Paper
  • Omaha Sequin Mix 

The products in this bundle products can be purchased individually, or with a one click button at a discount!

Here is a bit more inspiration for you with more cards made by our Brand Ambassadors. I created the one above on a recent Facebook LIVE. Click here to watch.

These products hit the shop on Wednesday, November 10! We'll be on Facebook Live on Monday and Tuesday at Noon Eastern and YouTube on Wednesday at Noon.

StampNation Members get to order early and their orders are first to ship! This is just one of the fabulous perks that members enjoy. Learn more about Membership here and join today!

Winter Wonders Collection Coming Soon… November 10!

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Most of us get that excited feeling of enjoying a good snow day.  Imagine wrapping up for a peaceful walk in a snow-blanketed evergreen forest. This November, our Winter Collection is all about the wonders of Winter. 

I'm such a big fan of snowflakes in my card making, pink ones make me particularly happy! Each bundle in this collection is so special and you're going to love them all.

The Wiser Bundle

Explore the wonder of the outdoors with our Wiser Bundle.  This owl themed bundle stars the Wiser Stamps and dies featuring the Sprig Die, Under My Wings Cover Plate and our Woodsy Patterned Paper with coordinating Omaha Sequins.  This is a tight bundle that will mix and match beautifully, just add paper and the suggested color combo of inks!

The Evergreen Woods Bundle

Create elegant winter scene cards with the Evergreen Woods Bundle.  This bundle features the Evergreen Woods Stamp and Dies and the Winter Blessings Sentiments Stamp Set.  All created in a classy style, these stamps and sentiments will pair well together and cover everything from a thank you card to a winter birthday greeting.

The Scrolling Snowflakes Bundle

Inspired by paper quilling and the intricate snowflake creations is the Scrolling Snowflakes Stamp Set and Dies.  This beautiful and elegant stamp set contains 8 different decorative snowflakes in various sizes.  Including “thinking of you” and “snow is falling winter is calling” sentiments, this beautiful set and dies are ready for winter card making perfection.  Try stamping in icy blues or embossing in a glittery silver for an alternative look.

The Cheerful Extras Bundle

Grab some Cheerful Extras to mix in with your favorite Winter Wonders Collection Stamps.  This bundle contains the Pine Forest Background Stamp and the Cheerful Greetings Sentiments Stamp Set and dies.  All of these products will be very versatile for your card projects this winter and beyond!

Get over to the shop on Wednesday, November 10th to grab your favorite bundle, pick and mix or just click the “I Want it All”!! StampNation Members can shop early starting Tuesday. Not a member yet? Join today!

Live Stream Schedule

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Our newest collection hits the shop on Wednesday, November 10 at 9am Eastern and it's time to start the party!  Mark your calendars, all times are Eastern:

Facebook Live Streams

  • Thursday, Nov. 4 at 9am THEME REVEAL and first products
  • Friday, Nov. 5 at 9am – more product reveals
  • Monday, Nov. 8 at Noon – stamping party!
  • Tuesday, Nov. 9 at Noon – stamping party!
  • Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 3pm Eastern for StampNation Members!

YouTube Live Stream

  • Wednesday, Nov. 10 at Noon for our Release Party – Join us for projects, stamping and PRIZES!!!

Click here to set a reminder for the YouTube Live Stream!

By the time your new goodies hit your mailbox, you'll be brimming with ideas on how to use these fun products.  Join us live or on the replays. See you then!

Ink Blending – Light as a Feather

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Recently, one of our Facebook friends requested to see some ink blending in conjunction with a background stamp from a card she saw by our Brand Ambassador Kristie Goulet. I loved the inspiration card and decided to demonstrate this fun technique on a Facebook Live Stream. You can see the Replay here!

Using Orange Peel, Rogue and Sangria, I ink blended my background. I then stamped the LIght as a Feather Background Stamp in black over the background piece.

Using Kristie's card as inspiration, I cut out a heart and embellished with an emboss-dipped feather die cut. I used the off-cut heart to create a second card. A two-for-one is always a winner, just like this gorgeous background technique! I hope you are inspired by these cards, thanks for stopping by!

How to use the Color Wheel- Building Your Toolkit

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ink pads with side labels

If you missed the original excitement, at the beginning of this year we introduced our Party Collection Color Wheel. You'll see where each of our ink colors fall as well as suggestions on color combinations.

We created this helpful tool because so many of you ask things like- “which colors layer best for multi-step stamping?” or “what are tips for pulling together eye pleasing color combos?”. We LOVE playing with new color combos so we're here for it!

Our Color Wheel not only lists all of our ink colors, but the center shows complementary, analogous, triad and tetrad color combinations. You'll never lack for color inspiration!

print out of color wheel

With the addition of the Beach Retreat Colors to our Spa Collection, we also introduced a Spa Color wheel…and now that we have finished bringing you the Luxe Ink Colors, we have an updated Party Color Wheel!

Next year we have more colors planned and with each release, we'll update this amazing tool! Can you guess some of the colors we may come out with in 2022?

Color combo with green and yellow ink pads

How to use the Color Wheel

To learn more about how to apply this to your card making, check out this post and the Color 101 Series here in the blog.

You can also see video tutorials on How to use the Color Wheel with my Color 101 Video Playlist.

Using this fabulous tool will allow you to quickly chose great pairings and combos! Remember, this is just a handy tool but we encourage you to try different things and always go with what you love! We always suggest using this as a guide, but in the end, choose color combinations for your card making that are eye pleasing to you. If it makes you smile and feel good, that's what's important!

Color Wheel download

Download the updated Color Wheels today and dive into creating your new favorite color combos!!

Happy Inkaversary!!!

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It's been 5 years since we launched the CPD Ink Line and we are going strong. We are so proud of these inks and wanted to celebrate with you!

Monday and Tuesday, enjoy 15% off Full-sized Ink Pads and Refills*.

Shop the SALE now!!

*Excludes 6 NEW Luxe Colors(Flame, Glitz, Martini, Uptown, Dress Blues and Glam) and Minis. Sale ends November 2, 2021 @ 11:59 Eastern.

Using Your CP Ink Swatch Chart

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Have you downloaded your CP Ink Swatch Chart? This handy chart was lovingly put together for you as a free resource to help you stay organized in your crafty space! Lots of folks use this chart in different ways…here are a few!

Go traditional! Print out your Ink Swatch Chart on a good quality card stock. We recommend CP Premium Cardstock since we know it is perfection with our inks! Take a favorite solid shape stamp and stamp in the squares all the colors you have in your collection.

Now you can store these in sheet protectors in a notebook and see what each color looks like dry and true. You can also see any colors you might be missing from your collection.

Build your own mini book! Create this handy guy in the same way as above but you can cut each sheet in half to organize them in their groups of 8 and use a paper fastener to create a easy-to-store mini book. This is a handy way to reference your colors.

Go even smaller…You can create little swatch cards by cutting the chart into each square of color. These can be tied together, stored in plastic coin pages or even mounted on magnets. Use your little swatch squares freely to try different color combos or compare certain colors in the Collections.

Need an Ink Swatch Chart? Our most updated with our new to 2021 inks can be found here!! Dowload, stamp and see what colors you're missing.

Head over to the shop and peruse our selection of 82 colors and complete your collection today!

Sale starts November 1 and includes full sized Ink Pads and Refills.

*excludes Minis, bundles and our new Luxe Ink colors.

Win a Year of New CP Inks!

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We are about to celebrate our upcoming 5 Year Inkaversary…5 years since we brought CP Firm Foam Ink Pads to market!! We want to celebrate big, and what better way that having one lucky CP Ink fan WIN every NEW ink product we release in 2022!!!

That means every new ink color in the full size pad, the refill and our new Mini Ink Pads! 

Imagine every few months receiving a package in your mailbox filled with NEW CP Ink Pads, Refills and Minis…for FREE…pretty sweet, right?

When I told the CP team about this prize, there was a collective gasp around the table.  They were pretty excited and we think the winner will be too!!

New to CP Ink? Click here to learn why they've become a favorite of so many crafters over the past 5 years!

How To Enter To Win???

Join us LIVE November 1st at noon Eastern for our YouTube LIVE Inkaversary Party!  

Comment on the video (live or on the replay) and:
*Tell us your favorite ink color or color combo 
*Tell us your favorite feature of CP Inks

Contest closes on Thursday, November 4.  We'll announce the winners on our Facebook Live on Friday, November 5 at 9am Eastern.

Who's going to WIN all of the new colors for 2022?!?!  Will it be YOU?

But There's More…

Mark your calendar for November 1 and 2.

For the first time ever, we're having a SALE on full size ink pads and refills to celebrate our Inkaversary!  

Watch for more details coming soon.

INK SWATCH CHART! Grab your Inks, print this FREE Ink Swatch Chart* and get to swatching.  Then you will have your list of colors you need for Sale Day!!

*updated with our NEW Luxe Colors

Let Your Color Combos Take Flight!!

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With our Color Made Easy system, picking colors and patterns is a snap! Grab a pack of our Patterned Paper and the Ink colors listed on the front of the pack for a great start to your next paper crafting projects.

Brand Ambassador,Emily Leiphart, used a wonderful color combo on her Club Sursee cards, pulled straight from our Bright Ideas Slimline Paper Pack!

Emily Leiphart

Emily used the Take Flight Stamp Set and Dies and ink blended Green Tea and Juniper Mist on the stamps for a beautiful focal point of the card. She added a strip of the Bright Ideas patterned paper to the bottom of the card to tie the Green Tea in perfectly..

A simple card design using only two inks, this card packs a visual punch. I really like the little diamond stamps as an accent strip.

Then she made this card using the same colors from the paper pack but without any paper accent. I love the gradient effect she achieved on her card by inking her butterflies in multiple colors.

Our paper packs also generally have a coordinating sequin mix. Menlo Park draws from the blues, greens and pops of yellow in this combo and are a perfect compliment with or without the paper!

Emily Leiphart

Here is another clean and simple card she created with this color combo. This is such a classy card and with just such subtile pop of color.

Ilina Crouse

With one color combo, you can also get inspired for a different combo! Switch up from Spa to Party ink colors and take the card in a different direction.

Here Ilina traded Pink Champagne for It's a Girl, Green Tea for Ink the Park and Skylight for Cummerbund. She added some warmth with Bellini and kept the Sauna in the mix. These two cards feature the same products from Club Sursee and bring a new result!

Why not try pulling color combo inspo from a paper pack or kick it up a notch and switch a favorite Spa Color Combo with Party Colors? What a fun way to get your juices flowing in your crafty space! View all our patterned paper packs here and see what inspires you!

Stencil Techniques: Add Sparkly Accents on Your Card Projects!

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I'm a sucker for stencil techniques and added sparkle on my cards. Put stenciling and glitter these together for endless possibilities for adding sparkle to your cards!

Embossing glitter and sequins are my go-to for adding that sparkly pop but recently I was playing with adding sparkly accents by stenciling with gold and glittery mediums. I got a bit obsessed with it and had so much fun creating these cards that we put an inspiration download together for you!

CLICK HERE to download this inspiration guide which includes the cards in this post, along with a few more to inspire you! Pull it up on your computer or tablet and take it with you for inspiration during your next crafting session!

We carry a variety of stencils and mediums in the shop like Glacier and glimmer pastes, glitter gels and pastes. Most of these mediums work for a variety of stencil techniques. Lay down your stencil and smooth the medium over top evenly with a palette knife. Peel back the stencil and reveal the patterned result!

Stencil Techniques glitter paste on bear cards

My first set of cards featured the Scattered Circles Stencil and the Chatterbox Background Stamp. I started with my background stamped image in black. This Stencil Technique looks great over a white background or ink blending over the background.

For the white background I stenciled with a few colors before adding the medium; moving the stencil slightly to create a confetti effect! I finished these cards off in the same way with an embossed sentiment and bear! (I mean, how darling is that giant bear under the tiny umbrella? so cute!!!)

Stencil Techniques with glitter paste on backgrounds

I made a couple of other background technique pieces. I did a direct to paper swipe of Uptown on one and Glam on the other. I love the rich, vibrant color of these technique pieces!

Then using the Flourish & Whimsy Stencil and the Leopard Print Slimline Stencil, I worked on the magic sauce! Glacier paste on one and glitter paste on the other. I love how the glitter paste used over the Glam wicked up a bit of the ink and created a tone-on-tone feel to the pattern.

Stencil Techniques on leaf die cuts

I cut these Painted Leaf Dies from some other similar technique pieces I had made. One used the Star Stencil. I just adore how these leaves came out and they make such a gorgeous pop of color and sparkle to these clean and simple cards!

Check out This Download to see how I finished off the Uptown stenciled background.

How will you add sparkly accents to your next card?

Check out the YouTube Live Stream Replay here, and check out these supplies in the shop!

On Safari: Backgrounds for Take a Peek!

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The African safari animals in the Take a Peek Stamp Set are ready for action! These adorable critters can peek on to your next card in a variety of ways. Let's take a peek at some of the too cool background layers the brand ambassadors created with their cards!

Erin Thompson

This stunner from Erin has a Luxe Ink blended background with water flicks. She clear embossed the half circle background stamp over the technique piece to add additional texture, pattern and a bit of shine! Wowza! This looks great with a black and white zebra popped over the top.

I love how Daniel used the Wavy Lines Stencil on these two cards. One has a funky rainbow color blended combo which really creates some fun movement for his card.

He uses some off-cuts from his Postage Stamp Dies to create some savannah grasses- how cute! His other card has the blend of Flame, Glitz, and Martini for a warm and more organic look. Do you see how he extended the neck of the giraffe with his layout?!? Way to stretch your stamps!

Erin Thompson

Erin chose to layer up the Across the Globe Patterned Paper on this one. She also added a slight trim with some Glitz Embossing Glitter. All of our patterned papers mix and match so nicely and this is a great backdrop for her hippo to be front and center!

Kristie Goulet

Kristie also chose some patterned paper for her giraffe card. Keeping the simplicity of mostly black and white for the rest of the card, the pattern is really a star on this card and almost creates a jungle for Miss Giraffe.

I hope these fabulous cards inspire your next card creation! All products are linked below!

Luxe Inks meet WOW! Embossing Glitters…Emboss Away!

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Our friends at WOW! Embossing Powder have done it again!! Meet the newest CP inspired EP's from WOW!- Glitz, Uptown and Dress Blues. Inspired by the Luxe Inks of the same name, these new embossing glitters bring the luscious, rich, and glittery pizazz you need for your next card creation.

The three new Embossing Glitters combine the shades of yellow, green blue and deep blue in Glitz, Uptown and Dress Blues with loads of iridescent sparkle. You can use them directly on your white card stock for a subtile look or over a swipe or stamp of the coordinating ink for a bolder pop!

To see these gorgeous new Embossing Glitters in action, we are having an Instagram Hop today with our friends at WOW! Hop over to @catherinepooler on Instagram and look for the Hop Graphic (see below) to start the hop and check out all the beautiful creations.

Make sure you follow and comment along the hop for a chance to WIN one of two $30 Gift Cards to our shop or the WOW! Shop!

Here is just a little sneaky peek of some of the cards you will see in today's Insta Hop!

Send Thank You Cards with a World of Thanks…

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World of Thanks Thank You Card

Creating a Thank You card for a loved one is a perfect way to express gratitude and appreciation. In this post, we'll look at some fabulous Thank You Cards creating by our Brand Ambassadors.

With the World of Thanks Stamp Set you can say “thank you” in a variety of languages from Swedish to Swahili!

Brand Ambassador extraordinaire Erin, made this bright thank you card. She embossed a variety of the sentiments on vellum and layered it over a beautifully blended background created with the Wavy Lines Stencil. I love the rainbow she created on the background with our new Luxe Inks. and check out that Dress Blues Embossing Glitter!!

Daniel added global flair by using different stamps from the World of Thanks. He created this set of cute thank you cards. The peeking safari animal stamps in the Take a Peek Stamp Set are perfect as stars of the card.

Obrigado thank you card
Kristie Goulet

Kristie created this beautiful rainbow of Luxe Inks by stamping “obrigado” multiple times! Adding a stamped and die cut cheetah was the perfect way to finish it off. The bright pop of coordinating color from the Across the Globe Patterned Paper pack ties it all together.

The strip of patterned paper on the side of the card really ties everything together. Using CP Designs Patterned Paper makes it easy to choose your ink colors for the rest of the card.

Across the Globe Patterned Paper and Inks

Color Made Easy with Pattern Paper

When you use the Across the Globe Patterned Paper, just grab your new Luxe Inks and you'll be all set to create a perfectly coordinated thank you card! Use one pattern as a background or add a strip along the side, like Kristie did, to add some serious ooomph to your projects.

You card recipients will send a big grazie your way when you send them a beautiful thank you card. Check the links below to view these products in the shop!

Color Wheel download

Need more help putting color combinations together? Grab this FREE download! It's our Color Wheel and includes all of our colors and how to put them together!

Looking for more inspiration for thank you cards and all occasion cards using this collection? Check out this YouTube Video and this Blog Post.

Half Circle Background Stamp and Cover Plate

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technique piece with die cut and background stamped image

The Half Circle Cover Plate Die cuts out a random pattern of slightly wonky half circles.  This mod geometric pattern will add funky texture to your card base and works along with our Half Circle Background Stamp for adding another level of color possibilities.

Let's check out how some of our Brand Ambassadors used these two cool layer-able tools!

card with ink blended background and die cut overlay
Daniel West

Daniel worked some ink blending magic on this one. Dress Blues to Glam create a dark, rich night sky effect behind the white Half Circle Cover Plate cut out. Pop on a sentiment and a couple of sequins and this card is inky perfection.

notecard created with multi-colored background stamp and nesting doll stamped image
Melissa Andrew

Melissa used the Half Circle Background Stamp here on this little notecard by inking it in multiple colors and adding a bit of water into the mix for a more textured, artsy feel. Look at that vibrant color!

hand stamped card with giraffe stamped image and sequins
Erin Thompson

How cute is this shaker from Erin? Mr. Giraffe is the star of this card. Behind her window layer, she used a piece of patterned paper from our Across the Globe pack. The Half Circle Cover Plate is a perfect shaker top layer as it creates many windows!

two rainbow cards hand made with inks and cover plate die cuts
Ilina Crouse

Ilina created double the fun with these two. She created a stunning watercolored rainbow with her CP inks on watercolor cardstock. She then ran that through her die cutting machine with the Half Circle Cover Plate and used both the die cut and the negative shapes to create two backgrounds. What a pairing!

modern hand stamped card with bright colors, half circle shapes and embossed sentiment
Ilina Crouse

This last one uses the Half Circle Background Stamp. She created rows of color and then embellished that by using her cover plate to dry emboss. I love how cheerful this color combo is with the black and white contrast. This cover plate and background stamp will get miles of card making use!

We are having so much fun creating these fun and vibrant cards with our Global Adventure Collection, we hope they are inspiring you! Stay tuned to the blog, social media and subscribe to our newsletter to stay informed!

Folk Art Background – rainbow style!

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Add a rainbow flair with Catherine Pooler Inks to the Folk Art Background Stamp!

The Folk Floral Background Stamp will create a whole panel for your card to color in with your favorite bright CP inks or you could emboss this and blend some color over top.  Inspired by traditional folk art, you are going to love this beautiful background stamp.

Melissa made this notecard sized pairing of gorgeousness. She white embossed the envelope and card base and then blended a breathtaking rainbow of Luxe Ink color over top. What a bright and happy day this card will bring someone!

On this one, she did a similar effect but used water with her CP inks on watercolored cardstock to give a softer edge. The way the colors meld together is so eye pleasing. The sentiment from the We Fit Stamp Set is all this card needed to be complete.

All these products can be found in our shop by using the links below! thanks for stopping by!