Happy Fri-yay! Has anyone else been having crazy weather? We sure have. I say crazy, but honestly there is NOTHING abnormal about a snow storm in May where I live. It's just a total bummer when it does. Ya know, one minute it's "Let's where shorts and plant flowers!" and the next it's "Gah! It's snowing!"
Anywho, I wanted to stop in share some rainbow goodness with you all! Catherine Pooler was very gracious and sent me the Beautiful You Stamp Set by Catherine Pooler Designs. I totally used the bad weather as an excuse to color this darling set. I'm also going to share my thoughts on the Catherine Pooler Inks so keep reading peeps.
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On a Neenah White Cardstock panel I used a Simon Says Stamp Nested Circle Die and lightly traced a portion of it in the upper left hand corner of the card panel. I did this so I would have an idea of where and what shape I wanted to stamp my images.
Next I stamped all of my images with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black Ink and I used the MISTI Stamping Tool. You could totally use a regular stamp block, but (stop me if you've heard this one) I like to use the MISTI because I know can get solid black lines.
As I would stamp a an image I would make a mask for that image with Inkadinkdo Stamping Mask Paper. Sometimes I will stamp all my masks first, but I've found this to be the easiest for me.
At this point I had no idea what direction I was headed with the entire card, but I WAS thinking bright, happy, it's snowing out and I can't stand it colors so I went with pink, orange and yellow. If you're interested in my Copic color choices you can see those in the thumbnail inks below. I decided after I had everything colored in I wanted to make the whole thing a rainbow so ink blending it was.
Now the easier thing would have been to do the ink blending while the masks were already one, theeen color, but I'm a glutton, so I put the masks back on. Starting from darkest color to lightest, top to bottom, I used the Catherine Pooler Inks (see thumbnail links below for color choices) and a Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool.
Ok. Catherine Pooler Inks people. I really really enjoyed these inks. I will have some future cards to show you how they stamp and watercoloring, but ink blending? Yes. Please. They blend like butter. Even when you start with a new blending foam and get those marks on your paper it's sooo easy to blend out. They also blend together very nicely. If you get them and use them for a bit of blending, I strongly suggest you get the ink refills as well.
Totally worth checking out folks!
I didn't do anything in terms of embellies, but I did add some Clear Wink of Stella to a few areas on the card and I also took some water on a paint brush and let it drop all over the card. Then I laid a clean, dry paper towel over it to pick up the excess water. Notice that big fat drip spot on the front? Yep. It's the only thing I don't like about this card, but whateva's cleva yo, were sticking with it.
That's it! Easy Peasy.
As always, thanks so much for stoping by to see me and I really hope you enjoyed my card!
Until next time!