Creating Backgrounds using Small Images with Traci

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Hello Everyone! It is Tracie and I am excited to be here on Catherine's blog. Today I'm going to show you how easy it is to create your own fun backgrounds using small stamp images.

The stamp sets of focus are Hook Line and Sinker and She Sells Seashells, both from the Unsinkable release. There are several cute images from these stamp sets that can easily be used to create amazing backgrounds.

Card One: I love the image found in the She Sells Seashells stamp set that resembles sun rays. The buoy found in the Hook, Line and Sinker stamp set fits just right in the center of the rays. What a fun background idea, right?! 

On white cardstock stamp in alternating colors (Skylight, Daydream and Eucalyptus) the rays and the buoys. They are easy to line up in rows using stamping blocks. There will be openings that are large enough to stamp a small image (Twilight). I used one of the dots from the Love Grows stamp set. White heat emboss the sentiment from the Hook, Line and Sinker stamp set on mirrors cardstock.

Assemble your card. Add a background layer using Mirrors cardstock. The sentiment strip is popped up with foam tape. Finish things off by adding a couple of sequins from the Big Sur sequin mix.

Card Two: Create a floral background using the small shell detail image found in the She Sells Seashells stamp set. Stamp pattern on white cardstock using the following colors: Coral Cabana, Samba and Rockin' Red. Stamp a few small dots in Twilight. White heat emboss sentiment on Mirrors cardstock and die-cut with a circle. 

Assemble your card. Add a background layer using Mirrors cardstock. Attach sentiment with foam tape.

Card Three: Create a background using the wave stamp found in the Hook, Line and Sinker stamp set. Stamp pattern on white cardstock using the following colors: Skylight, Daydream and Juniper Mist. Stamp the cute little crab on white cardstock using Rockin' Red ink and die-cut. White heat emboss sentiment on Mirrors cardstock. 

Assemble your card. Attach sentiment panel and crab with foam tape.  

Now it is your turn. Share with us what you were inspired to create and please hashtag #catherinepoolerdesigns, so we can admire it and leave you some love.

Have a beautiful day. =) Tracie

4 Techniques, 6 Cards with the Garden Gate Die

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The Garden Gate die is an intricate, detailed die that can be used in so many ways! In this video, I used four different techniques and created six hand made cards.

Use the Garden Gate Die cut as a stencil and get TWO technique pieces to add to a card in one fell swoop!

Add 2 Way Glue to the back and let it dry, this creates a repositionable adhesive. The die cut “stencil” will stay in place while ink blending over the top.

Blend each color partially layered over another color. When blending ink colors together, make sure they are next to each other on the color wheel so they blend together beautifully.

Add embossing powder to the Garden Gate Die Cut, emboss both sides and create a window card for another stunning look.

Leave the die cut pieces in the die, adhere to sticky paper and sprinkle on Color Burst powders and spray.

Ink blend over the die with the pieces intact, cover with Embossing Ink, sprinkle on Wanderlust Embossing Glitter and heat.

I had so much fun making these…I started with the two rainbow ink blended pieces, but couldn't stop there!

Not only are there a bunch of ways to use this die, there are so many ways to finish off your cards using the Garden Gate Die. Which one is your favorite?

Thank you for visiting, I hope you are inspired!

Adoring You Collection – a close look

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The Adoring You Collection includes the Sweet Home Wreath stamp set with the wreaths, pussy willows, eucalyptus leaves, flowers and the great sentiments…the Love Note Background Stamp with the words of adoration…The Key Stamp Set with those amazing locks and keys…and that’s not all!

View the entire collection and some great samples in this video.

These products were previously released as a Stamp of Approval Collection, but are now available in the shop as individual items. Here is a run down of the release videos with an upclose look at how to use them!

The Sweet Home Wreath is a 6 x 8 stamp set with layering wreaths, eucalyptus branches, flowers and great sentiments to build gorgeous wreath and foliage cards.

The Love Note Background is our first 6 x 6 red rubber stamp and is full of love sentiments like “apple of my eye” and “you’re my person” and “we belong together”.  The font is small and is meant to be a subtle background and give the feel of a hand written note for the background of a card.

The Key Stamp Set! In this video I’ll share tips on stamping, embossing and die cutting multiple keys and locks at once, making your card making quicker and more enjoyable!

I absolutely love geometric stamps. They are so versatile and can be used in so many ways to create fun and interesting backgrounds.  I was thrilled with the geometric stamps we added to the Congratulations Stamp Set.  This stamp set is going to be a classic staple in your supply stash!

How darling are these birds!  I love how they look ink blended…and that Adore Die (it was created to resemble a door, thus the name, Adore!) can be used in so many ways.  As a door, a window, a bird cage or cut pieces and parts of it to create all sorts of geometric designs!

We are excited to add these fabulous products to our shop, you can find them using the links below. Thanks for visiting!

Quick Card: Colorburst Background with Emboss Resist

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Color Bursts are pigment powders and are such a fun medium to create hand made cards with! Since we released 4 of our Carnivale Collection Colors in Color Bursts, I can't seem to get enough of them!

Emboss your stamped image on Watercolor Cardstock with White Embossing Powder and heat set. Sprinkle Color Bursts over your design, spray with water and watch that color come to life!

We hope you'll share your Color Burst cards with us on social media!

Adoring You Collection Now in the Shop

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The Adoring You Collection is FINALLY in the shop! This collection of stamps and dies is timeless and you'll find yourself reaching for them for years to come. You can see the entire collection in the shop HERE.

I've gathered some fabulous cards from the Creative Team to share…check them out!

Thanks for visiting today!

Club Canvo…for bullet journaling AND card making!

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Our Canvo Bullet Journal products are perfectly geared towards providing fabulous images to make your calendars and to-do lists quick to make, eye catching and beautiful! Many of the images work perfectly on cards as well, so you get more use out of your goodies.  Win, win, right?  

We made this set of cards in our FaceBook Live Stream…it was so much fun!  The DARLING Carousel horse is just one teensy little part of this month's Club Canvo subscription. I'm in LOVE!

Club Canvo ships out just after the first of the month so sign up by Friday, August 30th, to get yours so you'll be ready for October!  

Join Club Canvo Here!

2 Cards using the Sum-Sum-Summertime Patterned Paper with Lisa

Catherine CP Designs, CPD Ink, Die Cutting, Embossing, Gallery, Patterned Paper, Projects, Summer, Uncategorized

Hello friends, Lisa here!  Catherine invited me to share a couple of cards today featuring the yummy 3 Scoops Stamp set.   Let's throw chocolate and vanilla to the curb and reach into our bright colors for a fun, fruity twist on our ice cream today. 
First up, I wanted to use some of that fun patterned paper from Catherine's Sum-Sum-Summertime 6″ x 6″ paper pad.   Did you know that all of Catherine's paper packs coordinate with her ink colors?  This pretty pink background paper is a perfect match to  Be Mine.
  • Start with a white side folding A2 size card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″.
  • Cut a piece of patterned paper from the Sum-Sum-Summertime paper pack to slightly less than an A2 size:  4″ x 5 1/4″.  Glue directly to white card base.
  • Cut the largest die in the Nested Labels die set out of white cardstock.  Glue to the center of the card front.
  • Ice Cream Cone instructions:   Stamp three ice cream scoops from the 3 Scoops stamp set onto some white cardstock using these colors:  Be Mine, Tiki Torch, Melon Ice.   Stamp the bottom of these images with the same color inks using the scalloped edge stamp included in the set for a tone on tone affect.   Stamp the cone with Sand Castle ink.    Diecut all of these images, then glue together.  Add some glitter stickles along the scalloped ice scream scoop edges.  Set aside to dry.
  • Sentiment:  Stamp the sentiment from the Zen Feather stamp set on white label, right/center in Midnight ink.  On a separate piece of white cardstock, stamp the Ice Cream sentiment in Midnight ink then quickly emboss over the top with clear embossing powder to add shine.  Fussy cut around the edges of the Ice Cream sentiment.
  • Using dimensional tape, add the finished ice cream cone to the front of the card at a slight angle.  Add the cut ice cream sentiment with dimensional tape, slightly overlapping the ice cream cone.
  • For the final touch, add some Nuvo Drops.

For my second card I wanted to just have some fun stamping the 3 Scoops cone to create a one layer background.    The Misti stamping tool came in handy for positioning each ice cream cone.  I stamped on one side of the white panel, then turned it around to stamp the other side.  I only had to reposition the stamps three times and it helped to control the spacing  between the stamped images. 

  • Start with a white side folding A2 size card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″.
  • Background:  On a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2″ piece of white cardstock, stamp your ice cream images using an assortment of ink colors.  Use the same colors to stamp the heart shaped sprinkles and scalloped edges on the top scoop for a tone on tone affect.  Trim this finished stamped background to slightly smaller than A2 size 4″ x 5 1/4″.  Glue to the card front leaving a slight edge all the way around.
  • On a piece of white cardstock, stamp the sentiment in midnight ink.
  • Die cut the sentiment using the second to smallest Nested Label die.  Add dimensional tape to the back of the label, being sure to leave the paper on the exposed side until it's time to adhere it to the card.
  • Using a hole punch, punch out a hole on each end of the sentiment label.  On the left folded edge of the card base, punch out a half circle.  Punch out a half circle on the right edge (front of the card only), being sure that it is lined up even with the hole in the folded edge.
  • Cut three pieces of twine:  One 20″ and two 6″.  Thread one end of the 20″ twine thru the left whole of the sentiment label.  Pull it thru until the 20″ twine is even and folded in half.  Thread both ends of the 20″ twine thru the hole on the folded side of the card base.  Pull the twine thru the inside of the card and around to the front.  Position the sentiment label where you want it (lined up with both holes in the card base) then take the paper off the tape and adhere it in place.  Thread one end of the 20″ twine thru the hole in the label.   Tie a bow using both ends of the 20″ twine.  Twine should sit securely into the half punched hole on the right side of the card.  To add more tails to your bow, simply tie each of the 6″ pieces of twine around the center knot of the bow.  Trim ends to desired length.
  • Glue on some sequins from the Charleston Sequin Mix to add some shine.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, it's been fun!  If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment below.  All of the stamps, dies and inks that I used on these cards are available in the Catherine Pooler Design store.  
Until next time……have a beautiful day and happy stamping!!

2 Cards with Clear Emboss Resist Technique and Color Bursts

Catherine Color Bursts, CP Designs, Videos

These Color Bursts having been lighting up the scene so much that we've placed multiple reorders for them with Ken Oliver! We are beyond thrilled that you all are loving them as much as we do!

So if you hop over to the shop and see that they are sold out, no worries! They will be in stock again very shortly. Be sure to enter your email address in the box on the product page to get notified via email when they are restocked.

In this video, we'll start out with the same technique…Color Burst watercolor background. Climbing Flowers Background Stamp over it with Clear Embossing Powder…then slightly different techniques for really cool results. View the video to see how it was done!

What do you think of the finished project? Do you have a favorite?

Whether you remove color or add color, the results will be beautiful!

Whether you remove color or add color, the results will be beautiful!

Thank you for visiting with me for this video tutorial. Be sure to check out these items in the shop, links are below as well as a few more samples by the Creative Team using the Climbing Flowers Background Stamp!

Color Bursts are in the Shop!!

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Say hello to our new COLORBURSTS!!!  This 6 pack includes FOUR Color Burst colors and TWO Sparkles in colors from our Carnivale Collection: Samba, Limoncello, Mardi Gras and Suede Shoes. 

If you've missed our reveals this week, this video says it all.   I'll show you the new products, show you how Color Bursts work and share lots of projects using them!  

This whole Color Burst idea was Eva's…view the video to hear the details! You're creativity is going to be off the hook when these new products arrive at your house, my friend!

Head over to the shop to peruse all the new goodies and see what catches your eye! Links are below, or visit here to see it all!

W is for…Window Shaker Card

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I love Shaker Cards and this Window Shaker Card twist is easier to do than it might seem! A few die cut circles, an acetate “pouch” and some fun sequins is all you need. oh, and a bit of dimensional adhesive, too!

Enjoy this video tutorial and make a Window Shaker Card for a friend…they will love you for it!

What will you put in your window shaker card?

This tutorial was made for our A to Z in the Craft Room event over on StampNation. Learn more about membership benefits here!

All summer we've been taking a trip around the craft room celebrating our favorite products and techniques through the alphabet. I hope you'll join us!

Carnivale Color Bursts are coming!

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If you are new to Color Bursts, let me tell you, you are in for a treat!

Color Bursts are highly pigmented watercolor powders. Sprinkle them on watercolor cardstock, spray with water and the color comes alive! You'll get BURSTS of color like this….

Pretty cool, eh? When Eva suggested that we ask Ken to do a set collaborative Color Bursts, I thought it was a genius idea! Ken's Color Bursts in CP colors. Ken chose his four favorite colors and created this very vibrant, heavily pigmented dream powders and we are smitten.

They are so fun to play with, if you've missed our Facebook Lives, check them out here.

We can not wait to see what you create with them! All new products hit the shop Wednesday, August 21 at 9 am Eastern!

Unsinkable Release Winners!

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Hello my friends! Thank you so much to everyone that participated in our hops for our Unsinkable Release!
We have two winners of a $25 gift certificate. Please email [email protected] to redeem your prize.

Denise Bryant and Tami Rose


Brand Ambassadors for CPD!

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It is with much excitement that we announce the group of Creatives that will make up the next term of Brand Ambassadors for Catherine Pooler Designs!  This team will be supporting our brand in a variety of ways and we are lucky to have each of them. We have had a wonderful tribe of super talented folks and are excited to be adding a couple of new stars to the bunch!

Please join me in sending a BIG Hip Hip Hooray for:
Ashlee McGregor, Chrissie Tobas, Daniel West, Erica A-B, Ilina Crouse, Jen Carter, Karen Baker, Lisa Harrolle, Kristie Goulet, Laurel Beard, Nanette Tracy, Natasha Valkovskaya, Sarah Greber, and Susan Powell!!!

With the new season of greatness from these folks, we sadly are saying goodbye (for now) to a few of our team: Ardyth Percy-Robb, Jenny Colaccico and Tracie Pond. Don't worry though, we hope to have these fab ladies guesting and popping in at various times. We won't let them go far, talented bunch that they are!

We are also seeing a change for someone that is very near and dear to my heart.

Ingrid Blackburn has taken on a larger role with her family's travel agency and is stepping down from the team. Ingrid has been a close, long time friend of mine, so don't worry! I plan to pull her back in from time to time! She has been such a huge cheerleader and has been by my side for so long, her support means the world today and I am a better person because of her friendship.

Thanks to all these amazing women for being a part of what we do! We love you all!

Using Die Cuts to Create a Textured Background with Kristie

Catherine CP Designs, CPD Ink, Die Cutting, Summer

Hi everyone!  It's Kristie here with a guest post just for you!  I created a fun background on my card today using dies to create texture.  The sentiment piece was created using re-inkers and water.
I started by die cutting a bunch of the flip flop dies from white card stock.  I then adhered them onto my card panel.  This took a bit of time, but it is so worth the effort.
I then cut a piece of water color card stock, spritzed it with water and used re-inkers to drop color onto the piece.  I was holding the card stock piece at an angle so the color would drip down from the top.  After I had added all my colors, I spritzed again with water to help move the color around a bit more and then let it dry.
After the panel was dry I used the Fitted Frames Die to cut it out and stamped my sentiment using Midnight ink.  I adhered the sentiment piece over the background I created and added it to a midnight card base.
Thank you for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoyed my project!

Mixing Embossing Powders

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The video hop celebrating the Unsinkable Collection is happening!

In my video, I made two cards…one with this really cool iron look on the anchor which I achieved by mixing embossing powders. And the second one with a stencil technique on a really simple card.

Be sure to view the video on my Youtube Channel and comment for your chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the store! Enjoy!