10 Things Every Crafter Should Know About Catherine Pooler Inks

I was planning to write this post since forever, when I had an opportunity to try the Catherine Pooler Ink Pads according to the Winter Trio Hop which was a really great hop between three amazing brands, but I wanted to test them longer. 


I am not going to lie, I never understood the hype around these ink pads, but when I received them in November, I fell in love with them, and I needed to order some colors immediately! I can tell you, I was the happiest girl ever when they sent me the new Date Night Ink Pad Collection! Why? Read the details below. 


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When I received the new Date Night Ink Pad Collection, I thought it’s a perfect time to swatch them, and write a post about them. You need to know, I am writing this post, because I am really obsessed with Catherine Pooler Ink Pads. I received the Date Night Ink Pad Collection as a gift, but no one asked me to create this post. 


Now Catherine Pooler INKS have their FREE own swatch printable, what I will use in the future too because it's very cute and useful (you can find it here). But when I created this post, for the swatching I have used the editable ink swatch template from Jennifer McGuire, edited with the names of inkpads then printed out to heavy weight cardstock. In the end I swatched my inkpads with the Color Swatches for Ink Pads Stamp set. Now let’s jump to the mentioned tips. 


PERFECT FOR STAMPING 

Okay, everybody knows that, the inkpads are for stamping, so why I am wasting your time here with this tip? Of course, the inkpads are for stamping, but I want to mention, that these inkpads have really high quality, smooth foam pads and they are super juicy. 


You barely have to touch the inkpads with your stamps which means, one or maximally two taps with Catherine Pooler Ink Pads are enough to cover your image perfectly and you are ready to stamp. It transfers perfectly and the result is a beautifully smooth finish


You don’t need to repeat the stamping process for the same image, because the stamping result will be solid and smooth from one stamping which is priceless and time saving as well. 


I am in love with the beautiful Cummerbund color I have used on this card. For me this is the perfect light turquoise color, and I can’t get enough of it! For more details of this card visit my Instagram post here.


USE THEM AS WATERCOLORS 

The Catherine Pooler Ink Pads are a perfect choice for your favorite water coloring techniques like various watercolor washes as well as wet-on-wet or wet-on-dry techniques. I am planning to order in the future their re-inkers and use them as watercolors too. 


I have created this simple and easy card with the new Date Night Ink Pad Collection where I have used them as watercolors. In the background you can see watercolor stripes from three shades only. 


I have used Cummerbund, Pucker Up and Chiffon colors. I painted with Cummerbund first and after a quick heat set continued with the other colors too. 


I just overlapped the colors and the result is this bright rainbow striped background. 


THEY ARE GOOD FOR STAMP LAYERING 

If you check the full inkpad collection, you will notice that, the colors are coordinated perfectly. You will find many inkpads in matching tones and saturations. After the stamping you will need to wait a few seconds until it dries. The totally dried image will be as light as the lid, but I will talk about this later in this post. 


IT’S A COLORFUL WATERMAKR INK 

If you have clear embossing powder in your stash, then I suggest you to try your Catherine Pooler Ink Pads as a colorful watermark ink. 


These inkpads do not dry immediately, so you will have a few seconds to add embossing powder to the top of it. Then just continue your heat embossing process. It’s so cool especially for the sentiments! 💙 


YOU CAN USE THEM FOR INKBLENDING 

When the background was dry on my previous card, I made an ink blending with the Catching Rays Ink Pad behind the sentiment, to pop it out more. 


So YASSS! The Catherine Pooler Ink Pads are perfect for smooth ink blending too and it looks really nice, when you are combining two techniques on one card.


OTHER FANCY TECHNIQUES

Beside the above-mentioned techniques, you can use these inkpads for many trendy cardmaking techniques like the Stamp Kissing, Ink splattering, distressing with water and many more. You can mix the colors with white watercolor to make it more pastel for water coloring, or mix it with white gouache to have opaque colorful splatter in any color. 


This is another example above. Here I have created the background with Flirty Fuchsia and Aquatini from the Life of The Party Mini Set. (For the houses I have used the same set.) Then splattered with various watercolor mixes. The result is a bright and smooth blend with cool splatters. Read more about this winter card here.

THERE ARE NO MORE COLOR TRANSFER PROBLEMS 

The stampers biggest nightmare is to stamp after a vibrant dark color a lighter one to get the wanted light shade. Or drop the acrylic block to the finished stamping LOL Unfortunately the Catherine Pooler Ink Pads will not levitate your stamping blocks, but you can feel totally safe, stamping a lighter color after a vibrant ink color. 


Just make sure to clean your stamp before the next color. I am cleaning mine with stamp shammy, then I am stamping a few times on a scratch paper before inking it again. 

FREE COLOR WHEEL

I was super excited when I saw, that they created a new Color Wheel for their inkpads, which you can download FOR FREE! Version 1 | Updated version 2 with the new ink colors.


I always wanted to have a color wheel and now I have more, because it totally coordinates with the inkpads I love, and I don’t need to think about what colors to choose. Be sure to follow their blogpost to learn how useful it is for creating your own color combos. And they have a color theory to the post with video tutorial too. 


IT HAS WIDE RANGE OF COLORS

They separate their inkpads in two categories, by the colors. In the Party Collection you will find fully saturated colors, which means they are happy, bright and vibrant colors. In the shop you can see them in rainbow order which is really inspirational. 


In the Spa Collection you will find low saturated, soothing colors, kind of muted and greyed down colors which are really trendy now and, on the cards, they just look amazing. 

INNOVATIVE DESIGN

Last but not the least, let me talk about their inkpad design. First of all, I really love that they are white, and on the top of the lids you can see the inkpad color. In 2021 Catherine Pooler Designs Updated their Ink Pad Labels. They did this because they wanted to have a more accurate representation of their ink colors. 


This means, that the top of the inkpad, will match with your stamped image once it has dried. Soo fantastic right? They made it available for their existing customers for an affordable price, if they want to fresh up their already owned inkpad lids. If you don’t own Catherine Pooler Ink Pads yet, then you will receive automatically the upgraded inkpad lid. 


SALE

The Flash Sale runs November 1st- 2nd. All full size Ink Pads and Refills are be 15% off!  (excluding the 6 new Luxe colors). They almost NEVER put their ink on sale, so this is a very special offer! Enjoy! Shop HERE or tap the image below.
  

Thank you so much for joining me today, I hope you found this post useful. I really like the Catherine Pooler Ink Pads, they are amazing! Please let me know in your comment what are you thinking about this brand. If you want to read more about their ink pads, feel free to check their All About Inks post. See you next time, Mona. 

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Pretty Pink Posh Holiday Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hi crafty friends! Welcome to day 3 of the Pretty Pink Posh Holiday Release Blog Hop! We are celebrating this beautiful festive release. For this reason today I have created 3 card inspirations, let me know in your comment which one is your favorite! :) 

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LET IT SNOW CARD


For this festive card I was inspired by holiday shopping streets where I have used rustic colors. When the coloring was done, I have splattered white snow everywhere with white gouache to add that snowy feeling. 

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I really like the Village Stamp Set set because its really versatile and useful for many scenes and also perfect for creating lovely vintage tags like these. I colored the images with Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers in the following colors: JG1, JG5, GG2, GG4, YG1, CT1, CT3, CT4, GY3, BO1, BO3, TN7, TN8, FS9, FS8, TN1, TN3, EB2, EB4, Blender. 




MERRY CHRISTMAS CARD


When I saw this magical lantern stamp set I knew that I will mix it with older critter sets from Pretty Pink Posh. To the background I created this snowy look with the Snowfall Stencil, I put on it a sheet of vellum, and splattered on it with white gouache to get this layered snowfall look. 

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I have also splattered the same medium on the colored critters to get that snowy effect. I colored the images with Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers in the following colors: PP5, PP3, PP1, CR1, CT1, CT3, CT4, BO1, BO3, TN7, TN8, TN1, TN3, EB2, EB4, EB6, FS9, Blender.


CUTE SNOWMEN CARD


For this card I did the same thing like on the previous one, but I have stamped another images where I mixed the new snowmen set with the old woodland critters. As final touches I also added some white and silver snowflakes.

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I colored the images with Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers in the following colors:  TN8, TN7, BO3, BO1, EB4, EB2, TN3, TN1, FS9, CR1, PL1, Blender. Classiques: PV05, PP05, CR05, CT05


BLOG HOP


We are celebrating with Pretty Pink Posh their new release, below is a list of all of the designers participating in today’s blog hop! Check out all of the wonderful inspirations!


Pretty Pink Posh blog

Ashley Ebben

Leica Palma


GIVEAWAY 


Pretty Pink Posh will be giving away 3 $25 gift certificates during the three-day blog hop (one winner each day)! Comments must be left by 11:59 PM PST on 10/19/2021. Winners will be announced on the Pretty Pink Posh Blog

FREE GIFT


FREE shipping on US orders  $75+  and FREE gift with purchases over $125. Click HERE for details or on the image below.


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Stamptember Pretty Pink Posh Exclusive set

Happy Friday crafty friend! Today we are celebrating the Pretty Pink Posh Exclusive set for Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember 2021! The exclusive, limited edition set for STAMPtember 2021 is called Skiing Bear with lots of cute critters and small elements what is perfect to create a lovely winter card.

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CARD INSTRUCTIONS

I stamped the images from the Skiing Bear Exclusive Stamp Set and colored them with Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers with the following colors: CT1, CT3, CT4, GY3, TN1, TN3, TN4, TN5, TN7, GB6, GB4, GB2, MB1, FS9, FS3, PP1, PP2, PP3, PP5, MG1, MG2, EB4, EB1, MB1, BO1, Blender
Classiques: GB05, BO05. Then I fussycut them with detailed scissors.


Next, I stamped some trees from the same set to the background, colored them the same way and made an inkblending on it with Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey, Squeezed lemonade, and Shaded Lilac Distress Oxide inks as well. Because of the blending I got a nice smooth fog effect in the background. 


After the inkblending I splattered on the background and the images with white watercolor to give the card a nice winter "its snowing" kind of effect. Once the background was dry, I stamped on it some snowflakes from the Skiing Bear Exclusive STAMPtember Stamp Set using a watermark ink. 


Then I heat embossed it with white embossing powder. I repeated the same process on a piece of vellum, but this time with the let it snow sentiment, and heat embossed it with gold fine embossing powder.  Thank you so much for stopping by, take a look at this amazing setI wish you happy day! Hugs, Mona.


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[VIDEO] Cute Halloween card with an interactive twist

Hi crafty friend! I can’t wait to show you how I made this pinky-sparkly-girly Halloween card tutorial with an interactive twist so let's jump into it! 


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VIDEO TUTORIAL

From my newest video you can learn how to transform your word die-cuts easily to the wished shape as well as how to move your spiders like real inside your card! The video is super short! And I am sure, that you will LOVE it! :)  


Or click here to watch the video in HD on YouTube You can find the card instructions below this photo.


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CARD INSTRUCTIONS

I made the glittery background with the Stars stencils on a pale pink cardstock with the Silver Glitz Glitter Gel. In the video I am showing you what is my favorite method for this process. While the background dries, I stamped the Halloween Wreath Stamp and the other coordinating images from the same stamp set with brown alcohol marker friendly inkpad to a piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock and colored them with Spectrum Noir Illustrators.

I have used the following colors: CT1, CT2, CT4, GY3, BO1, BO2, BO3, BO4, OR2, OR3, CR1, CR3, CR5, CR7, GB1 GB4, GB6, GB10, RB3, RB1, AP4, AP3, AP2, PP1, FS1, MG1, MG2, BG1, BG2, Blender. After the coloring I die-cut all the images and I colored the wheel with a pale pink alcohol marker.


Next, I continued with the die-cutting. I made more die-cuts from heavy weight cardstock, because I wanted to add thickness to the wreath and the spiders, in this case the interactive part will be more durable. Then I transformed the Happy Halloween Die-cuts made with the Happy Halloween Script Dies. This is a fun way to alter the scripted sentiments, in the video I am describing how.

When it was done, I created the interactive element and added the spider to the circle with fishing line, and created the card front. I covered the glittery background with a piece of vellum, and styled the circle, the sentiment and the other elements. In the end I styled my card and added some Metallic Rose Gold Sequins to it as a decoration. Thank you so much for stopping by, see you next time. Hugs, Mona.


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Giant Hugs Card with Lawn Fawn

Sending a biiiig warm hug and I wish an amazing weekend to you all with this Giant Big Hugs fall card that I made for Lawn Fawn


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Thank you so much for checking my post, for detailed instructions please visit the original post. Sending you big crafty hugs, Mona.


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Affiliate links were used where possible. I may earn a commission if you click them and make a purchase (at no additional cost to you). I am using only products I LOVE. If you buy supplies through my affiliate links, you support my channel and blog with a small commission and when you shop through my links I will do a happy dance. Affiliate Disclaimer.