Stencil Techniques with Metallix Gel

Catherine CP Designs, CPD Ink, Stenciling, Videos

My favorite thing about card making is simply experimenting and playing. The artistic outlet fuels me, it's a stress reliever and it's just plain fun! Stencil techniques and mediums are the perfect tools for getting creative and letting your troubles go.

Are you ready for some fun and getting inspired to go create…Just for YOU?​ This video shares several Stencil Techniques with Metallic Gels by Deco Foil and how to use them on your hand made cards and other projects.​

Do you have a favorite technique or card? Leave a comment and let me know!

This card is created with a simple stenciled image on an ink blended background with a sentiment die. I love the impact of the Champagne Mist Metallix. Stunning!

Metallix Gel is easy to color. Add the gel to a slick surface like a glass mat or an acrylic block, then add a drop or two of ink refill. Mix and apply to your stencil.

You can also add the Metallix Gel directly to your projects through a stencil, then add a drop or two of ink refill to the project and blend.

This card also uses cardstock that was colored with Champagne Mist Metallix Gel. I used the Stencil Pal to cover the entire area and smooth it out. What a great custom look!

Metallix Gel adds beautiful, metallic shine and dimension to all your projects without heat! Metallix Gel goes on smooth and is easy to apply.

You'll love:

  • No heat required
  • Adds dimension and metallic shine to any project
  • Product becomes more reflective as it dries
  • Use on cards, layouts, and mixed media projects
  • Use with your favorite stencils and screens
  • Use with Deco Foil Stencil Pal to easily apply Metallix
  • Permanent

Be sure to wash your stencil tools right after using with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Wipe rim of jar with paper towel before closing lid to avoid caking and stuck lids!

The Metallix Gel sold out of our shop shortly after this video premiered, but no worries! We already have it on order! Visit the shop and enter your email to be notified when it's back in stock.

Thank you for visiting today!

Rainbow with Catherine Pooler Inks

Catherine General

Whether you have a few or a whole collection of CP inks, you may get the feeling that we are pretty into hitting the whole spectrum of the rainbow! From pink tones, red-orange, green-blues, and all the way to your violet hues- we've got you covered!

Today, I thought it would be fun to look at a couple of rainbow inspired cards! So break out your ROYGBIV and get to creating!

Black and white with a pop is one of my favorite looks. It is sharp and modern. These two cards featuring stamps and dies from the Out West Collection are working that look…hard!

Going with a bit of a back to front order with CP Minis, we added stripes of color direct to paper; Something Borrowed, Lime Ricky, Tiara, and Tutti Frutti.

That was spritzed with water and then after it dried, die cut with the Dream Big Word die. This gave us to layers to work with. Stamping corresponding sentiments from the Dream Big Sentiment Set in black on white created a perfect background to showcase our rainbow word dies.

This card is a stenciling thing of beauty and features an array of Party Colors. Using the Twisted Sunburst Stencil and a blending brush, each section or two of the stencil is colored with a different ink blending and overlapping as they go. It created a gorgeous full color rainbow effect!

The sentiment panel is layered over top and features stamps from the Say It In Diamonds stamp set. That's it! Simple yet stunning!

Grab your favorite mix of rainbow colors and let the sunshine in your craft room!

Inspiration for February Club Sursee

Catherine Club Sursee, CP Designs

The February Club Sursee goodies have shipped out to club members and I thought I would share some card making inspiration featuring the stamps and dies in this month's subscription!

The Pair of Roses dies in the Deluxe Sursee look gorgeous with the flourishes in the Hello Fabulous Stamp set on this monochromatic card. With a little circle mask magic, the second card has a beautiful wreath feel featuring the blooms in the Sealed with a Kiss Stamp Set.

Simply adding white on white roses to this card base gives such texture and interest. Stamping and die cutting the swag in the Sealed with a Kiss set twice lets you adhere them in a wreath layout, creating a focal point for the embossed sentiment.

All of our Club Sursee stamp sets and dies have thoughtful multi-purpose sentiments for all occasion card making. You'll find them quickly becoming staple items in your craft stash!

I hope these cards inspire you and get your creative juices flowing to make with your Sursee goodies!!

Thanks to Jenny Colacicco for creating such gorgeous cards with these products!

CP Designs & Heffy Doodle Hop WINNER!!

Erika General

And the Winner is…

Thank you so much everyone for Hopping along with us during our Heffy Doodle collaborative Blog Hop! Could you even with all the cute monkey cards?

The Heffy prize winner is Paper Hugs by April & the winning commenter for the $25 CP Gift Card is @Kathryn P.!! Congrats Kathryn- email [email protected] to claim your prize.

Head over to the Heffy Doodle blog to see who their winner was! Thanks to all the Brand Ambassadors and Heffy Creative Team for your awesome blog posts and crafty creations. Let's do it again soon!!

Kitchen Sink Sequins

Catherine StampNation Highlights

Each of our sequin mixes are created to go with our product collections. We carefully pick colors and sheens with the right feel to connect with the collection theme and patterned paper with which they coordinate. We take this process pretty seriously and can be very picky about getting just the right balance in each mix before we give it the seal of approval…

…that is, except for our Kitchen Sink Sequins!

This mix came about slightly by accident! When Erika creates a new sequin mix, we generally go through several variations before we hit just the winner.

When a mix is off, she dumps it in a large container and over time, this container became full! We would walk by it and shake it and gaze at its colorful and sparkling beauty. It's kinda satisfying, to be honest!

The sequins in this jar were parts of mixes that didn't make the cut, but it evolved into something GORGEOUS!!

We thought it would be fun to package them up in little baggies and include them as part of our In the Kitchen Release. So we christened them “Kitchen Sink”, 'cause, well…they include everything but the kitchen sink! The Kitchen Sink mix was a very limited batch so we gave it as a little freebie to StampNation members during the early shopping period for our In the Kitchen Release.

This little bag of sequin goodness was such a hit, we decided to pack up the rest of them and pop them in the StampNation Members area of our shop. Did you know there were exclusive items in the shop as part of our SN Perks?

StampNation Members, log into the shop and are able to view the exclusive section of the shop just for them.

Not a member yet? Click here to learn more about member benefits! Not only do members get product perks, but they get exclusive live streams, our Facebook Community group among other great things. We'd love for you to join us!

Flash Sale – INK!

Catherine General

Enjoy 20% off select festive items from now through 11:59 PM Eastern on Tuesday.  No code necessary just click here to see what's on sale!

And while you are shopping the Sale, take a look at the NEW items available!  There are a number of new Craft Room Essentials and SPRING Canvo Bullet Journals!!

Sale prices are from now through Tuesday, February 25 at 11:59 PM Eastern, while supplies last and not valid on past purchases.

Shop New * Shop Sale

March Canvo Bullet Journal Spreads

Catherine Canvo Bullet Journaling, Videos

It's time for getting creative and organized with March spreads for your Canvo Bullet Journal! I am using the Club Canvo March goodies that shipped out to subscribers at the beginning of this month.

These techniques are great for card making, too! I'd love for you to share your creations with me on social media.

Club members get their stamps and stencils a month early so they have plenty of time to make their spreads. This month's theme is an adorable Outer Space theme that will rocket you right into March!

My first spread uses the Weekly Two Stencil to create this simple layout. I blended Aquatini Ink over the stencil to create bubbles for each day of the week.

They resemble planets which fits with the theme! The more ink you add and the more times you blend over the stencil, the darker your blended color will be.

The weekly tracker in The Universe is Calling Stamp Set comes in the form of a planetary bundle of balloons. I stamped mine as a reading tracker. I can color in each balloon, each day, as I work on reading my book club book! The “reading tracker” words came from the Habit Tracker stamp set, which was a freebie for this year's Club Canvo subscribers!

The little stars were perfect to embellish my pages and that rocket…how cute is that? I colored it in using my blender pens and I love the pop of Tutti Frutti and Bellini to give this one a bit of contrast.

On this next spread I share in my video, I cased a spread done by our Club Ambassador Allison. I loved her multi-colored star spread and decided to do mine in Carnivale Colors. Just using my Le Pen, and whipped out the spread layout with my Weekly Two Stencil. I moved the stencil just a smidge and drew the lines again to get these fun doubled up circles.

The hand-lettered fonts in the March Stamp Set are the perfect little additions to my pages. This stitched lettering is so cute!

Here are a few more pages I made with these same supplies. Can you believe how much diversity you can get with such a few supplies? I used the same stitched March sentiment with the stars on this March Cover Page.

Here is my month-at-a-glance page. I use the Full Calendar Stencil to create these pages and can log any important dates, birthdays, or appointments that I have coming up here.

Here is one more weekly spread inspired by Mars with my Samba and Coral Cabana color scheme. I color blended over the stencil again on this one and I love how these callouts seem to float across the page- weightlessly!

So that is a peek into my March pages in my Canvo! I have nearly all my pages ready to go and March is looking pretty stellar!

Be inspired to take on your March spreads and knock them right out of the galaxy!

Sketch Plaid Background Stamp

Catherine CP Designs, CPD Ink

I am such a fan of a beautiful patterned background stamp. We have been adding more of these beauties to our product line because you really seem to love them too! One that has been quite a hit is the Sketch Plaid Background Stamp.

If you have this one, I thought you might enjoy a few fun ideas and inspiration. If you haven't gotten this one yet, get ready…because you are going to want to add it to your stamp stash!

As with all background stamps, you can create a full panel with them or cut the panel down to the dimension you prefer and use it as a trim layer. Here Kristie simply stamped it in Icing on the Cake and cut it down to a strip for the bottom of her card layout. It creates the perfect visual line for her flower cluster and adds a bit of warmth and texture to the card's overall feel.

This card from Lisa is a winter wonder. By stamping and embossing the Sketch Plaid in white, she was able to color blend Mint to Be over it creating a beautiful icy blue card base. It is the perfect pattern for her hand-pieced poinsettia made from the leaves in the Shine on Sunflowers Stamp Set.

Another take on the emboss resist technique here on this card. With this one instead of ink blending the whole panel with one color, we used six- creating a gorgeous rainbow effect. (we do love our rainbow color scheme cards!!)

This last one is a show stopper. This technique is easier than it looks. Just ink up each section of the stamp in the next color of the rainbow to get this beautiful effect! A little hint on this is to stamp with your Misti to ensure each section is crisp. Ink with mini's to help you have a more narrow area of ink coverage or use full sized pads and mask with a piece of scratch paper.

No matter what technique you are going for, the Sketch Plaid Background Stamp is a versatile addition to bring a pop to any card! Can't wait to see what you think to do with it!!

Climbing Flowers Background Stamp with Tracie Pond

Erika General

Hello Everyone! It is Tracie and I am excited to be here today on Catherine's blog. I have two cards to share with you today using the gorgeous Climbing Flowers Background Stamp.

For my first card I started by white heat embossing the Climbing Flowers Background on white cardstock. Then I colored the image with Catherine Pooler Inks (It’s a Girl, Party Dress, Sweet Sixteen, Pixie Dust, Lime Rickey, Limoncello, Tiara and Orange Twist) and a Zig Blender Pen. I went on to color the background with Copic N0. 

Proceed by creating the sentiment. Die-cut the Smile die using Mirrors cardstock. Die-cut again using craft foam. Adhere together. Coat the sentiment with Nuvo Glitter Gloss and then coat with Nuvo Crystal Glaze and let dry.

Assemble your card. Add a background layer using grey cardstock. Attach die-cut sentiment.

For my second card I started by stamping the Climbing Flowers Background in Midnight on white cardstock. Let the ink dry. Ink blend the background with your favorite ink blending tool and colors. The colors I selected are: It’s a Girl, Party Dress, Sweet Sixteen and Pixie Dust. I really like pinks and purples together. 

Proceed by creating the sentiment. Simply die-cut the Thanks die using white opal glitter cardstock. 

Assemble your card. Attach background panel with craft foam. Attach sentiment with liquid glue. You can also pop up the sentiment, but I liked how the ink blended colors reflected on the sentiment when adhering flat.

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

Hopping with Heffy! CP & Heffy Doodle Blog Hop

Catherine CP Designs, CPD Ink

I love a good collaboration. And there is a special place in the CP family that we hold for our fab friends across the pond. Lesley with Heffy Doodle is one of those fine people.

Recently we were chatting with her and decided some fun was in order so we organized a blog hop and then spoiled each other with goodies.

Recently on a LIVE, Lesley went to town making some amazing cards. I wanted to share some of what she created using the Geo Curves Stamp Set from our newest collection, In the Kitchen.

She made this sweet and windy background on the LIVE Stream. I love her bright and cheery color scheme and the addition of the Happy x 3 Dies and sentiment from the So Happy Stamp Set. This one made my heart happy.

I think after diving in to play with Geo Curves, she was on a roll! I adore how the mono-chromatic background came out on this one. Look at that dapper little guy from her Happily Ever Crafter Stamp Set!

Another fun way to use the stamps in the set is to create rainbows. How adorable is this card? These little cuties in the Otter Side Stamp Set are a sweet pop for the card.

Last week, Erika and I hopped on this Facebook Live to create with some of these fun products. You can view the replay here.

If you would love to see more of this wonderful collaboration with Heffy Doodle, you should hop along in today's Blog Hop! Each of the designers in the hop have mixed and matched items from our latest collections to create their masterpieces.

And of course there are prizes to be had! Comment along through the hop for a chance to win a $25 CP Gift Card or a £25 Gift Card from Heffy Doodle! Winner will be chosen randomly and announced on Tuesday, February 25th on the Heffy Doodle and Catherine Pooler blogs.

Catherine Pooler Blog – you are here!
Heffy Doodle Blog – go here next!
Karen Baker
Davina Cantrell
Nanette Tracy
Amanda Fitterer
Jen Carter
Laura Volpes
Erica Andersson
Cassie Trask
Erin Thompson
Jenn Bena

Enjoy and thanks for stopping by!

February Canvo Bullet Journal Spreads

Catherine Canvo Bullet Journaling

It's February! I thought you might enjoy a little inspiration from the pages of my Canvo Bullet Journal and to see the February Club Canvo Stamps in action!

The February Club Canvo features a sweet shop window inspired theme- the Make Life Sweet Stamp Set. Isn't it delicious? The main image tracker stamp in the set is a 7-tiered cake. It is fun to pick your weekly goal and track away!

Also included each month for our Club Canvo Subscribers is a set of hand-lettered month headers. The coordinate so well with the stamp set so everything looks great!

If you're not a Club Canvo Subscriber, these products are now available in the shop for purchase! Links are at the end of this post.

Club Canvo Ambassador, Allison Cope, created this fun cover page for her February spreads. I love how she added the cupcakes on the cake plate! So cute!

Try a rainbow of stamped hearts across your weekly spread! The black boxes were created with the images in the Make Life Sweet Stamp Set.

Try hanging hearts from the top of the page or hanging from the hand lettered “February”!

Club Canvo subscribers enjoy a discount on their subscription and get their monthly themed goodies early so there is plenty of time to create the next month's spreads. All Club Canvo products hit the shop after the 20th of each month if you missed subscribing.

Thanks for visiting today!

Meal Planning Bullet Journaling Spread

Catherine General

Last week, I went live and “whipped up” a fun Meal Planning Bullet Journal Spread in my Canvo using the Lick the Bowl Stamp Set. It was so much fun stamping a messy kitchen after-math scene.

I started with a bit of inspiration using this card by Lisa Harrolle. I loved her stacked bowls and layout so I thought I could do a little masking technique and replicate this fun idea in my Canvo.

I grabbed a color scheme with Spa Colors that give that retro 70's kitchen feel. I used Rouge, Mandarin Spice, Sauna, Green Tea and Eucalyptus as my main colors.

If you would like to see the masking technique and layout creation in action, here is the link to the Facebook Live video where you can see the replay.

After I finished the decorative border for the pages, I used the Weekly One Stencil and February Stamp Set from February's Club Canvo Shipment (which is now available in the shop) to finish off my spread.

The masking technique was so fun to create the stack of bowls. I love how it came out and is a fun focal point for this page. It's such an easy technique to try!

Now all I need to do is scan my new favorite recipe blog and write down ideas of dishes I would like to try! I have space here to list ideas for the next three weeks in February. This just may have me excited to do some morecooking!

Hello Beautiful with Jenny Colacicco

Erika CP Designs

Hi Everyone! It’s Jenny here, and I’m so excited to be joining you on Catherine’s Blog!  Today I have a fun project to share that uses several of the Hello Sunshine collection of goodies.

I started off by creating my background, as it is going to need a bit of drying time. Using a panel of Premium White cardstock, I started by using my blender brushes and created an ink blended panel with Shea Butter, It’s a Girl and Sweet Sixteen. These blend beautifully together, so I made sure they overlapped in places. You can see where Shea overlaps with It’s a Girl you get a pretty peachy color, and Sweet Sixteen and It’s a Girl make a subtly darker purple.

I took my blended panel and overlaid the Catherine Pooler Designs Flourish Stencil over the top and then added some clear sparkly glitter paste over the top. I removed the stencil and set it aside to dry while I got working on my focal images.

I stamped several images from the Sunshine Flowers stamp set onto Premium White cardstock, and then colored them with Copics that co-ordinated with the inked background (I do this by holding up my backgrounds to the Copic hex chart I have to see what matches). I then die cut out the images with the co-ordinating dies.

For my sentiment, I stamped the Hello Beautiful from the Whimsical Blooms stampset in WOW! Embossing ink onto Catherine’s Midnight cardstock, and heat embossed in WOW! Opaque Bright White embossing powder. I then die cut it out with the smallest Fitted Frames die which is perfect for this sentiment.

I assembled all my images on the centre of the (dried) panel using foam tape and foam squares, and then mounted it onto a white notecard. As a finishing touch I added some of the new Charleston sequins, and a little bit of White Blizzard Nuvo Glitter Drops on the flower centers and berries – because you can’t have too much glitz!
Hope this card brightens your day!

Club Sursee Inspiration with Lucky Me Floral Stamp Set

Catherine Club Sursee, General

Have you seen our Club Sursee Subscription? It is a once monthly club that delivers specially curated stamps and dies (in our Deluxe level) that are designed to mix and match for ample card making options- just add paper & ink!

Each month's shipment is full of versatile images and elements to create various designs and sentiments to fit lots of occasions. Even though some have a taste of seasonal flair, they are created with general all-purpose use in mind.

Let's take a peek at the December goodies and cards created with these stamps and dies!

The Just Because Word Die is a great all purpose sentiment. The mixed fonts look modern and fun and really polish off this card.

The Made My Day Stamp Set was designed to create backgrounds, patterns and layering floral inspired wreaths. The border created on this card becomes an unexpected focal point in it's bright color scheme.

The Lucky Me Floral Stamp Set is a stunner all on it's own. Embossed and water colored, the image is the star on this card. Using a few items in your stash, like a simple stencil and shape die, this card is embellished beautifully.

The wreath stamp is so easy to layer together and requires no special tools to create. This soft but eye-catching color scheme makes this card shine. The sweet sentiment adds just the right touch.

This month had a bonus set of dies in the Deluxe shipment so there were coordinating dies for both stamp sets, in addition to the word die. The coordinating dies make this simple floral stamp bloom on this fun card.

You can see so many possibilities lie in each month's Club Sursee shipment. If you haven't tried it yet, sign up by end of day on the 14th and get in on the February shipment. Club Sursee bills on the 15th of the month and ships by the 20th. You'll be stamping in no time!

Click here to learn more and subscribe!

Inspiration for Valentine’s Day Cards

Catherine General

It's nearly Valentine's Day! If you need to whip up a last minute card for someone you love, here is some inspiration and pointers to get you on the right track!

1. Try the emboss resist technique! White emboss some heart stamps, then ink blend over with your favorite shades of pinks and purples. Here the Say It With Love Stamp Set was used but you might also try Doodle Hearts Stamp Set.

2. Grab a stencil that says romance! The Rose Stencil is a winner for a Clean and Simple card. Blend your ink over the stencil for a gorgeous background layer and then simply stamp your sentiment over top. Here the sentiment was stamped and embossed in white EP.

3. This card is simple with a lot of embellishment and detail to make it special. The heart pattern in the Smitten Pattered Paper Pack is the statement piece for this card. Adding the “love you” stamp adds just the right sweet sentiment for your honey!

4. Try an alternative sentiment! This simple card has the sentiment as the focal point. The Isn't She Lovely Stamp Set has lots of layering options and stands on its own over the Wild Thing Background Stamp. Black and white with a pop of color is a great option for a fun Valentine.

Hope these ideas are making you feel inspired and will help you pull things from your crafty stash to make just the right last minute Valentine you needed!