Catherine Pooler Zen Garden Blog Hop – Day Two

Zen Garden Blog Hop - Catherine Pooler Designs

Have you seen the new bigger collection of Spa inks over at Catherine Pooler Designs? If not, you’re in for a treat! Welcome to the Zen Garden Day Two Blog Hop! Did you hop along yesterday? If not, I’ll get you caught up at the end.

The new Zen Garden Release was kicked off yesterday. Eight new gorgeous inks were added to the Spa Collection – Rose Petals, Polished, Shea Butter, Seafoam, Spruce, Skylight, Stone Blue, and Sugared Lavender. I love how Catherine names her inks, I know it’s corny…but they make me smile. And let’s be honest it takes less facial muscles to smile than frown, so I try to do that as much as possible – wrinkles and all…lol!

Zen Garden Catherine Pooler Inks

Today we’re featuring the Love Grows stamp set. To say I love this set is an understatement.

I’ll admit, I find it super easy to stamp with just about anything created from the mind of Lisa Kirkbride. And when I first saw this set, I knew I would have loads of fun with so many of the little pieces. SO, my goal today is to showcase just how versatile the little stamps in this set are in addition to all those gorgeous flowers!

I don’t know about you, but for me if I can get versatility out of a stamp set, you know…use stamps for a variety of things – I’m sold. I’ve been stamping for 19 years now…wow! And I’ve purchased my fair share of sets. (Michael, if you’re reading…they were all on sale, I swear…lol) So I can tell right off the bat if I’m going to be able to use that set over and over again. That’s very important to me as a crafter. Love Grows fits that mold for me.

And interesting fact – when Catherine first saw these designs – it was all entangled as one design like patterned paper. But Catherine, being the brilliant designer and stamper that she is said – let’s break the pieces apart, it would make a great stamp set. And you know what – she was right!

Spa Inks Medley No 1: Love Seeing You Smile

Let’s start off with a more traditional Clean and Simple look to start. These flowers were just begging to be stamped, popped up and layered. This card not only showcases how stinkin’ cute they are, but how well the new 8 Spa inks work with the last 8 – together it’s a very powerful collection.

Spa Inks Catherine Pooler Designs

Here’s a TIP for you – cut out your dies first (I cut a ton when I first get my dies – pop a movie in and just cut, cut, cut…). Then grab what you need and stamp away. You’ll speed up your card making, cause you’ll have all the tools you need right at your finger tips.

The two flowers are inked up in Mandarin Spice & Sauna from the Paradise Found Collection, the small cute little conehead is in Sugared Lavender and Shea Butter from the NEW spa inks. For the leaves I wanted an earthy look, so I used Eucalyptus from the Paradise Found inks.

Spa Inks Love Grows Stamp Set

Don’t they all just play really well together? Skylight, Shea Butter and Sugared Lavender play so well with the first 8. That’s the brilliance of the Color Made Easy system by Catherine. No more needing to figure out what goes with what. Spa colors play well with each other…period.

Love Grows Spa Inks

Now for the fun little versatile pieces that I love so much. There’s an awesome stamp in this collection – it’s a circle with all sorts of lines in it – I LOVE that stamp. To get a great little background – stamp it next to each other and emboss white on white to create a scalloped border behind the top layer…did you even notice that? It’s a little subtle thing that totally makes the card. Little stamps like that are priceless to me. That’s where versatility in a stamp set sells me. And how about those little open circles? Notice I don’t need sequins here – I have those little circles!

I’ll admit, I’m in love with this card. Yesterday it was my mixed media card, today it’s all about the Clean and Simple…lol!

Spa Inks medley No 2: Smile

Did you know that Love Grows also works flawlessly with the new word die Smile? There are four sentiment stamps in this set. Seeing you, Sending you a, You make me and the word Smile. So naturally – a word die – Smile, fits perfectly too! And look how awesome this Smile is!! It’s an awesome font, and wide enough you don’t have to take your time placing your Multi Matte Medium (glue) behind it – love that!

Stamp a background in Shea Butter. It’s subtle and soft, yet you can still read it. Stamp a small circle (filler stamp from the awesome Eat, Sleep Create Stamp Set) in Sauna for a little contrast in-between and you’ve got an awesome background.

Catherine Pooler Designs Spa Inks

To make it all pop, use the complimentary color to yellow – purple (across the color wheel). I wanted something dark, so instead of Shea Butter – which would have been just as cool, I chose to use the deeper spa ink color Royal Treatment. Smoosh down some versamark and emboss in clear and you’ve really got a cool word embellishment that pops.

For that little something extra, work in my favorite stamp – the circle with the lines through it in Skylight. Isn’t it just AWESOME? Add that little flower in Mandarin Spice too. It needed something else, and I love to work in odd numbers, so I added that great little circle stamp in skylight too.

Spa Inks Catherine Pooler Designs

Of course, sometimes you just need a little bling too – so sneak in some sparkling clear sequins by Pretty Pink Posh – you know those are my go to…lol!

I was having SO much fun with the color combo of Skylight, Shea Butter/Sauna, Mandarin Spice and Sugared Lavender/Royal Treatment. It’s an awesome combo – you have to try it…the spa inks go SO well together.

So what do you think…fun, right? Have you checked the shop out yet? What are you waiting for?

Catherine Pooler Prizes

When you’re all done shopping – don’t forget to check out all the incredible designs by the Creative Team today. Don’t forget to comment too – Catherine is giving away two set of Zen Garden Spa Inks. And if you already purchased them…you’ll get a $45 gift certificate, so you can’t lose! Now it’s your time to keep getting inspired – hop along!!

  1. Catherine Pooler  <—Hop here Next!! 
  2. Laurel Beard  
  3. Chrissie Tobas  
  4. Jenny Colacicco  
  5. Ashlea Cornell  
  6. Melissa Miller  
  7. Tracie Pond  
  8. Karen Baker 
  9. Lydia Evans
  10. Ingrid Blackburn <— You are Here!!

Fun, right? Tomorrow the hops continue….SO much great inspiration this week. Don’t forget to comment below! Till next time…

Keep those fingers inky!


To make finding the supplies I used in these projects a bit easier for you, here are a few clickable links. Compensated Affiliate Links are used when possible. Click here for disclosure. Happy Shopping!

Catherine Pooler Zen Garden Blog Hop – Day One

Zen Garden Blog Hop - Catherine Pooler Designs

The Zen Garden release is finally here! I’m absolutely head over heels in love with this release, and I bet you will be too. The eight ink colors Catherine Pooler created to go along with the Paradise Found collection complete each other. This week you’ll see exactly what I mean!

Zen Garden Catherine Pooler Inks

Mixed Media Zen Feather Tutorial

I love to play with the watercolor smoosh technique, also known as Wrinkle Free. For my first project today, I wanted to create a Mixed Media piece. I was immediately drawn to the quirky circles in the Zen Feather set. I just HAD to create these flowers….lol. Normally I create separate watercolor swatches of each color with this technique, this time I put them all on one big 5×7 piece. The beauty of that is I was able to use it for two projects!

Just look at these colors – isn’t the Zen Garden Collection gorgeous! To create this project, I used the new Stained Glass Coverplate as a stencil. I cut one out of heavy weight cardstock and sealed it with Gel Medium. That way I could use it over and over. To get this look you’ll want to smoosh your Versamark pad through the stencil and onto your project. Emboss in Clear and fill in the gaps left by your stencil with Black Jack – that’s the Joseph’s Coat technique.

Next I removed my embossing powder – WHAT? Yup, you read that right. I put my technique piece into a phone book and ironed the embossing powder right off it. It melted into the pages of my phone book leaving me with not only a super flat piece (thanks to all that ironing)…but a single sheet leaving your friends to ask…how did she do that?!!

Zen Garden Mixed Media Card

Next, Add a little stenciling with a Black Licorice Gelato – don’t worry about being perfect – just add some fun texture. Edge your project with the same Gelato and rub your finger over it to smudge it a bit. Stamp a few fine spats from the Eat Sleep Create stamp set in versamark and emboss in Metallic Gold. Randomly edge your piece with the versamark pad and do the same.

Your piece is beginning to take shape. Add some black on black embossed flowers – die cut them with the matching Zen Feather dies, cut the awesome hand lettered Create die and emboss all the pieces. Add some Eat Sleep ones too – just do those on Charcoal paper instead of black.

Zen Garden Mixed Media Ingrid Blackburn

Add some flower stems in some black and grey Pitt Pens, smudge with your finger and adhere everything to your piece. Smoosh versamark through the Split Chevron stencil to the top and bottom of your card base and emboss in black. Add your card front and you’re all set!

It’s a beauty, right?

Masculine Feathered Thanks

Here’s one for complete contrast!

I love the look of Stone Blue and Icing on the Cake. It’s great for masculine cards and I thought, why not just keep it simple and straightforward. This is a card I can use in many ways.

Zen Feather - Zen Garden Release

No rocket science here – Just fun little triangle filler stamps – love those! And what do you think of that word die? Gorgeous, right? Did you know there was a matching YOU too?!!

Zen Garden Zen Feather Stamp Set

Zen Garden Doodled Bouquet

And I thought it would be fun for you to see just how well the Zen Feather stamp set works with the most amazing background stamp ever….seriously – Doodle Garden!! Here’s a bed of Seafoam sponged over a white embossed Doodle Garden. It’s like a field of flowers!

Zen Feather and Doodle Background - Zen Garden Release

Doesn’t the Zen Garden ink collection pair really well with neutrals? That’s because it’s filled with soft, muted tones. I love how these colors work with Black Jack. Cut out some of the Zen Feather Dies, stamp and create a fun little bouquet! Add some Spruce sponged stems, tie with a little sentiment block – I used Just from Zen Feather and paired it up with the Create Die. My create is cut out of Fun Foam and has some Wanderlust Embossing Powder melted on it (carefully – that stuff burns quick!!).

Doodle Background & Zen Faeather

Add some sequins and you’re all set. Super easy, fun and a little different.

So there you have it – all 8 inks, many projects and now for the really good stuff. If you’re ready to grab those inks – just click any photo in the supply list below. It’ll take you directly to the shop.

zen garden ink collection

Don’t forget to hop! Leave comments all along the way – Catherine is giving away two Zen Garden collections! If you won and ordered, she’ll issue you a gift card to use in the shop! Here’s the list of players today. I’ll be back tomorrow with some more projects for that hop!

  1. Catherine Pooler  
  2. Kristie Goulet 
  3. Ardyth Percy-Robb  
  4. Ilina Crouse  
  5. Justine Hovey
  6. Kelly Martin 
  7. Jen Carter  
  8. Susan Powell  
  9. Ingrid Blackburn <— You are Here!!
  10. Dana Joy  <— Head here Next!!

Want to see more? Here’s a post I did yesterday with a video! Let me know what you’re favorite new Zen Garden Ink Color is in the comments below! I’m dying to know. 🙂

Till next time, keep those fingers inky (mine definitely are after that Mixed Media piece…lol)

Clean and Simple: It’s Catherine Pooler’s Stamp of Approval Love is in the Air

Today I have a fun clean and simple project for you using the brand new released Love is in the Air Stamp of Approval Collection! After making that fun wrinkle free watercolor piece with Catherine’s awesome ink pads in this collection the other day, I thought I’d keep using that same piece and cut out some water textured little hearts! Don’t they just look like those little message candy hearts?

The easy to use stamps, dies, mystery ink won’t be available again for 6+ months, so if you want it now, don’t miss out – it’s selling quickly! This collection was created to use together and stand alone! I’m in love with so many parts of it, to see all the pieces – hop though the three days of blog hops, and check out the videos on Catherine’s blog.

Stamp of approval catherine pooler - Ingrid Blackburn

But first – check out this fun little project and the brand new BLOCKS – check it out below.

Ingrid Blackburn - Catherine Pooler's Stamp of Approval Collection

Yes, I used my favorite two border stamps from the World Awaits stamp set, and did you see the hand lettered die? Try embossing it in Wanderlust embossing powder for a truly glittery WOW look!

Aren’t those hearts just awesome! Layering them up and down gave the card a fun little feel. And those border stamps – it’s pure love! That heart was from the Bon Voyage Accoutrements Dies – an add-on accessory to the collection. Isn’t that little sequin just cute! It’s a fun little whimsical card.

Ingrid Blackburn - Stamp of Approval Love is in the Air

Catherine Pooler Acrylic Grid Stamping Blocks

Now, let me tell you about these blocks. I have been stamping since 1999. Granted, I mostly used wood blocks for the longest time, but just like you – I’ve used my fair share of acrylic blocks over the past 10 years.

Here’s what I look for in a phenomenal block – grip, comfort and lightweight. One of the must haves for me is a grid too. Catherine does not disappoint. These custom made exclusive designed blocks are pure heaven for me!

The Round Block

I have about 7 of these little guys on my desk – yes….7. I use this size the most – hands down. Now Catherine did release a round block a little over a year ago, but the grid is new. You HAVE to try it.

Acrylic Grid Stamping Block - Round

The NEW Long Rectangle Block

Did you notice those border stamps on this card? If you have stamps like that or long sentiments or even tall stamps like trees, you need this block. Let me say this again – you NEED this block. It’s the lightest one of it’s size that meets all my requirements. It’s an AWESOME block.

Acrylic Grid Stampin Block

The full Catherine Pooler Acrylic Grid Stamping Block Collection

Aren’t they just pretty! That small rectangle is a unique size you won’t easily find. It’s perfect for sentiments, and the small square is awesome for small stamps. It’s easy to hold and works with all your smaller stamps. And the large rectangle is a great go to staple. Together you’ll be all set – I promise!

Acrylic Grid Stamping Block

So there you have it. New blocks, fun stamps, dies and even a mystery ink in the Stamp of Approval collection. Well, what are you waiting for? Run, don’t walk – click here to see the shop!

Not convinced? Click here to check out my other projects and hop along for three days of fun blog hop inspiration from the most talented creative team. You won’t be disappointed! But first – check out the blocks here….lol!

Till next time –

Stamp of Approval: Love is in the Air Blog Hop – Day 1

Catherine Pooler Designs Stamp of approval love is in the air

Love is in the Air….you can hear Tom Jones…can’t ya?!! Okay, I kind of dated myself with that….Are you ready??? To say I have been waiting for this day is an understatement! It’s finally here – Blog Hop Day One has begun!! You’re probably arriving from my good buddy Ardyth’s blog – I’ve been SUCH a fan of hers for literally YEARS! She always blows me away…

So what do you think of when you hear the phrase Love is in the Air – besides Tom Jones…lol!?!! I think pinks, reds, candy hearts with cute little messages, balloons and of course love. Well, if that’s what you think that’s all Catherine Pooler has to show you in her brand new Stamp of Approval collection – get ready to be surprised! This collection is SO much more than valentines.

Catherine Pooler Designs Stamp of Approval Love is in the Air

Stamp of Approval collections are carefully designed to go together to create amazing cards, 3D projects and so much more. You can use the stamps, dies and other products by themselves or together for some amazing creations. Don’t just take my word for it, see for yourself throughout the hop!

Everyone has their own process to crafting. For me, I always love to sketch before beginning. I spread my products out and sketch project after project – then I sit down at my stamp table and get to work. I find it’s SO much easier when I have a starting point. One of the perks to getting this collection vs. waiting th 6-9 months for when they’re available in the shop individually – you get a project packed PDF! For FREE! Yup, you read that right. Starting point. You can’t go wrong.

Stamp of Approval: Love is in the Air

If you’re not on the Stamp of Approval Waitlist – what are you waiting for? StampNation members get the SOA link to purchase first the night before and the Waitlist gets it at 9 am the very next morning…if there are any left…lol. And then if THAT doesn’t sell out (don’t laugh, it has before – in just a few hours!) then it’ll go live to the public at 6 pm EST. So did I mention get on the Waitlist?

So what was the very first project I created? Right here…are you ready???? Let’s go…

Project One – Love You

Hands down – there was one sketch that I just HAD to create for you. When I first saw Lisa Kirkbride illustrate this set, I knew it would be a hit! Being that I too have the wanderlust bug (wanna see a photo of my first passport? – hint – I’m 2!) and these symbols have so much meaning for me.

But beyond that – they have this graphic quality to them that just make them literally LEAP right off the page…just like this:

Love is in the Air Stamp of Approval by Catherine Pooler Designs

And  paired with the Bon Voyage Accoutrements Dies (add-on) you can pop up that compass just like I did in a different color. And how about those awesome border stamps. Of course – you have to use the BRAND NEW Catherine Pooler long rectangle block for those border stamps (available with the SOA first). That wonky border that Shawna drew is my all time favorite stamp in the whole collection – I literally can’t stop using it…lol.

And those sentiments from the World Awaits Stamp Set – I’m absolutely in love with those hand lettered sentiments. Don’t they pair up just perfectly with the You from the Bon Voyage Stamp Set in the Love is in the Air Collection!

Project Two – Hang On

Have you ever wanted a sentiment, but your set just doesn’t have it? Why not create your own? The Love Awaits Stamp Set is SO loaded with sentiments, I was able to find just the right sentiment for this super fun project.

Okay – I have to admit, the idea for this project is not my complete own. Shawna Clingerman sketched out a string of banners hanging from a cloud to a hot air balloon, and I just HAD to make that sketch a reality…lol. So this one is for you Shawna!! Little did she know – I’d turn her hand lettered word Change into hang too! 😉

Coupled with the awesome stamp set by Lisa Kirkbride which has the word Gonna – the word On was right there. I love it when that happens!

The World Awaits Stamp Set - Love is in the Air Stamp of Approval by Catherine Pooler Designs

Did you notice that SUPER cool Postage stamp die border in white? I think one of my absolute favorite products from this collection is the alternating Postage/Stitched Rectangle Dies. I love that you don’t have to buy two sets of dies – there they are – together in one! And perfect with each other, just as on this card.

Lightly sponge a background on watercolor paper, you don’t even have to be exact. I left huge parts of white showing – doubled as clouds. Now my ink blending was light, so it’s hard to see, but trust me it’s there!

String those super cute banner dies from some thread and you have something special. For a fun effect, try doing the wrinkle free technique and then cut them out. Oh…did I mention there is a Mystery Ink in this collection too? Did I not tell you about that? You won’t be disappointed – and don’t wait…it won’t be released in the shop for some time!!

Catherine Pooler Ink

You’re dying to know to know the color aren’t you? It’s fun, and will fit right in with your collection of Catherine Pooler inks! Not to worry – there’s a refill available as an add-on for lots of stamping in months to come.

Catherine Pooler Stamp of Approval Blog Hop Love is in the air

Now it’s time to get seriously inspired!! To say these ladies are going to wow you is a HUGE understatement. If you’re joining here first – click right on to the next stop – Ilina Crouse. Ilina is SO unbelievably talented – I’m a HUGE fan, and you will be too. And then hop on to Susan and everyone else. Be sure to leave comments along the Love is in the Air blog hop. Catherine is giving away a collection each day – winner’s revealed on Catherine’s blog on the 10th. And if you’ve already purchased – you’ll get a Gift Card for $100 to use anytime you want in the shop or for the next SOA!!!

Have fun…

  1. Catherine Pooler   
  2. Justine Hovey  
  3. Kristie Goulet
  4. Karen Baker  
  5. Ardyth Percy-Robb  
  6. Ingrid Blackburn <–You’re Here!!
  7. Ilina Crouse  <– Head here Next!
  8. Susan Powell

Till next time –

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Drum Roll Please! Announcing…

Whoop, whoop – it’s a new year, and today it’s official – we can now announce that Catherine Pooler Designs has a new 2018 Creative Team! It’s cram packed with some of the industries crazy talented peeps and I can’t wait to see what they have in store for you over the next several months.

Oh, and did I forget to mention to you that I’m one of the Creative Team coordinators too?!!! I’m really excited to let you all in on that little well, not so secret! But today it’s official…lol!

Catherine Pooler Designs Creative Team

Catherine Pooler Designs Design Team

If you haven’t checked out Catherine’s blog, facebook page or StampNation yet – definitely do so. You’ll find me hanging out in the videos on the facebook page at the Clubhouse, here in blog hops – and in many tutorials over at StampNation.

To check out all the fun products over in the shop – oh did you know that I help with concepts for products for you to use a little too? It’s quite literally the BEST job ever!! I work with an amazing team and together we brainstorm fun products for you to use at your stamp table. Our illustrators are top notch and the process is so much fun.

CLICK HERE to check out all the Stamps, Stencils, Dies and so much more!

Here are a few of my personal favorite products that I helped work on for you from this past year…

Many others were released in Stamp of Approval collections, and if you haven’t seen those, they’ll be released this year! Get ready – there are some COOL brand new products coming up too!

I hope you are excited for a creative year. I’ll be posting several new projects and videos in the coming weeks…if you want to see anything in particular – let me know in the comments. I’m putting together my video plan in the next few days for the year! 🙂 I can’t wait to get started.

Happy New Year to you! See you very soon –

New Ink Release: Paradise Found

Spa ink Catherine Pooler

How often can you help introduce a NEW line of inks? Today is the debut release for Catherine Pooler’s new Spa Line of inks – Paradise Found Collection. I have been waiting for this day for a LONG time, as these colors are definitely my colors! I hope you love a peek into these gorgeous colors now available in the shop over at Catherine Pooler Designs – click here to see them!

Along with these fabulous inks, you’ll also see seven brand new products – three stamps and four dies, and one of my favorite Stamp of Approval collections hit the shop too! Here’s a little taste from the new sets and Naturally Inspired all in these soothing, earthy colors that really pack a punch.

First up here’s a gorgeous example of what these inks can do with water. I did a little demo over on Catherine’s Facebook 2 pm Live yesterday to show exactly how you can start to layer these beauties.

The color is rich, muted and makes me just say Ahhhh, every time I look at them. Above you see all eight colors in ROYGBIV order – Peppermint Scrub, Mandarin Spice, Sauna, Green Tea, Eucalyptus, Daydream, Juniper Mist, and Royal Treatment. Aren’t those names and colors just incredible!

And here are a few layered with the amazing hand lettered stamp by Ilana Griffo:

And just to showcase how different this line is from the original party line, here’s a spa version of a card I made for the Naturally Inspired Release in June, but with the gorgeous spa tones. How’s this for a contrast:


As you can see the original line of Party inks are bright and vibrant, and the Spa line are soothing and muted. They still pack a punch, but I just LOVE the contrast!!! So, which one are you – Party or Spa?

Come back again this week, as I have so much more to share with you! Now get a hopping, there are some amazing cards for you to see….and if you haven’t already visited the shop – click here and quickly get your inks. There are limited supplies of some of the newer released items like the exclusive Glass Slipper and Wanderlust Embossing Glitter – so don’t miss out!!!

Blog Hop List:

  1. Catherine Pooler  Hop here next!
  2. Melissa Miller  
  3. Jennifer Carter 
  4. Justine Hovey
  5. Amy Kolling 
  6. Ardyth Percy-Robb  
  7. Ingrid Blackburn You are Here!!!

Christmas Video Hop + Prizes!

Justine Hovey's 12 Days Of Christmas Series

Today I have a cute little project using the new Simon Says Stamp set Give Thanks – yes for a Christmas card! Don’t you just love using stamp sets that work for more than just one holiday?! And I’m also participating in a fun little video hop to help kick off my friend Justine Hovey’s 12 Days of Christmas series this year plus there are prizes too! It’s her fourth series, and I can’t wait to see what she’s created! SO much fun.

Justine always has fun blog and video hops. Each person in the hop has a unique question for you. You need to watch each video, answer the various questions on each person’s channel to be entered to win! Don’t forget to subscribe along the way too – there are some GREAT card designers along the way. And this hop, sponsored by Simon Says Stamp has some cool prizes – gift certificates by Simon Says Stamp (one of my go to places to shop), a MISTI tool giveaway by My Sweet Petunia – enough said, and my favorite prize… a 10 pack of hand made cards by Justine herself. So sit back, enjoy all the fun and learn a little along the way!

Some pretty creative people participating today, so be sure to subscribe to everyone’s YouTube channels as well! For a full list on hop participants – be sure to check out my video over on YouTube here! Leave comments along the way to be eligible for prizes and enter the giveaway over on Justine’s channel!

Click Here to watch on YouTube in HD

Create your own colored background for fun banners with the Give Thanks stamp set from Simon Says Stamp. Add sparkle to your project using WOW Metallic Gold Sparkle Powder – definitely one of my go to powders this season!

Be sure to watch all the videos and enter to win some fabulous prizes on Justine’s blog. She’s going to giveaway the prizes on Nov 7th!

Do you create your own backgrounds with inks too? Tell me in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by, till next time!

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Ombre Lattice Thanks: A Study in Compliments

Sometimes you just need a good color combination to work from. Today I have a fun little project that is simple, straightforward and has that little pop!

Have you ever heard of complimentary colors? No, they didn’t just say “Oh…excuse me did anyone ever tell you that you are prettiest shade of orange!?” Okay – that was a bit cheesy…what I really mean is that they are on opposite sides of the color wheel. When opposite sides of the color wheel come together – something amazing happens. The amazing thing is what we are focusing on today – the pop.

Before I get too into the pop (the amazing part) the opposite holds true if you actually blend the two complimentary colors – you get ick – mud. So for today, we’ll talk about layering complimentary colors like Blue and Orange, and stay in the pretty place!

Blue is my favorite color – and more often than not, I love a blend of blues. So to get a cool look, ink up the top of your Lattice Background stamp with Mint to Be, the middle with Aquatini and the bottom with Fiesta Blue. To get that seamless blend, use a mini sponge tool, dauber, or even the lighter ink pad and dab on the border where they blend. That takes any of the harshness away and you’ll be left with an ombre look.

Ombre Lattice Thanks Card

Now for the Pop! To allow your floral images to shine a bit more on their own, cut a circle using the Circle Dies out of vellum cardstock. Next cut several floral images with the Lovely Flowers Banners and Dies. Stamp the coordinating images from Lovely Flowers in Tutti Fruitti and Orange Twist. Stamp your leafy branches in Mint to Be.

We’re working with two sets of compliments here – Red/Green and Blue Orange. Tutti Fuitti is a reddish orange that pops when layered over the Mini to Be – both are not straight traditional colors, but you can see how they work together. Orange Twist is pure orange and you can see how it really pops when layered over Fiesta Blue – a pretty traditional blue. There you have it!

Ombre Lattice Background - Catherine Pooler

Emboss a quick little sentiment from the Still Smiling stamp set – a great sentiment/greeting set for cards, add a few sparkling clear sequins and you’re all set!

So the next time you need a pop of color – reach for your color wheel and choose a few opposites to layer. You’ll LOVE the result!

Till next time –

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