Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Bright Rays


The Creative Thinking Release from
 Catherine Pooler Designs is quite fun, as is all the releases from them! Today's card showcases some items from the Bright Idea Bundle. My clean and simple card started with an Ultra Smooth White Cardstock base onto which I stamped a sentiment from Bright Days in Midnight Ink. I then created some light rays by coloring cardstock with Limoncello and Catching Rays. I splattered some water and then after drying, die cut the rays from the Sunburst Strips Cover Plate Die.


I then stamped and die cut one of the many lightbulbs from the Bright Days stamp set in Midnight Ink and die cut it with the corresponding Bright Days Dies. For a bit of added interest, I outlined the wires with a silver pen and colored in the base of the lightbult with the pen as well. For a final touch, I added some sequins from the versatile Crater Lake Sequin Mix.

This set is truly perfect for clean and simple cards, or technique cards too!

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Catherine Pooler Designs Ultra Smooth White Cardstock
Catherine Pooler Designs Ultra Smooth White Cardstock
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Catherine Pooler Designs Midnight Ink
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Catherine Pooler Designs Limoncello Ink
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New Mini MISTI
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Precision Craft Glue by Bearly Arts
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Catherine Pooler Designs Catching Rays Ink
Catherine Pooler Designs Catching Rays Ink
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Catherine Pooler Designs Sunburst Strips Cover Plate Die
Catherine Pooler Designs Sunburst Strips Cover Plate Die
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Catherine Pooler Designs Crater Lake Sequin Mix
Catherine Pooler Designs Crater Lake Sequin Mix
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Catherine Pooler Designs Bright Days Stamp Set
Catherine Pooler Designs Bright Days Stamp Set
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Catherine Pooler Designs Bright Days Dies
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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Bright Ideas

 The upcoming release from Catherine Pooler Designs celebrates the creative process. The Creative Thinking Release is full of main image stamps that celebrate each stage of the process from the light bulb moment, to the time spent at your desktop and then to your final masterpiece." The release will be available tomorrow, Wednesday, June 9th for general release and right now for Stamp Nation Members. 

I have another card to share for this release made with the Bright Idea Bundle. How clever of the Catherine Pooler Designs team to think of stamps/products for the beginning of the creative process. This stamp set, Bright Days, features so many fun and cute lightbulbs with perfect sayings.


I started my card with a watercolor panel, where I painted a dark room with Juniper Mist and Queen for a Day inks, leaving three areas for Limoncello Ink. I splattered the panel with water and white paint. I then stamped some light bulbs and wires from the Bright Days stamp set in Midnight Ink onto  Ultra Smooth White Cardstock, and die cut them with the corresponding Bright Days Dies. After the watercolor panel was dry, I adhered the lightbulbs to the panel with dimensional adhesive, then stamped and white heat embossed the sentiment, also from  Bright Daysthen in a variety of Catherine Pooler inks, used the backside of each cooresponding lightbulb to "color" the lightbulb in. Yellows used were , Chiffon, Tiki Torch, Sauna, Tiara and Catching Rays. I added a sentiment, also from the Bright Days.


The card panel was then adhered to a card base. I tried to mimic the glow of the lights with watercolor, although not too successful I still ended up with a super fun card! I'll be trying this out next time with just an ink blended background.

Please check back for more inspiration the remainder of the week! Did you know that Catherine Pooler Designs has an awesome essential tools collection, new items and restocks are usually added every Wednesday...check out the whole collection of new items here!!

New products aren't available until they are released, they are listed in bold. But all other products are available now!


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Catherine Pooler Designs Ultra Smooth White Cardstock
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Catherine Pooler Designs Midnight Ink
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Catherine Pooler Designs Limoncello Ink
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Catherine Pooler Designs Juniper Mist Ink
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Catherine Pooler Designs Queen for a Day Ink
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Catherine Pooler Designs Blending Brushes
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New Mini MISTI
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Embossing Stamp Pad by Wow
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Precision Craft Glue by Bearly Arts
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Catherine Pooler Designs Bright Days Stamp Set
Catherine Pooler Designs Bright Days Stamp Set
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Catherine Pooler Designs Bright Days Dies
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Sunday, June 6, 2021

AECP:: Creative Watercolor Media


Watercolor is one of my favorite mediums to work with, not only for the challenge the medium holds but how expressive it can be! I'm working my way through the Altenew Educator Certification Program, this entry is for Creative Watercolor Media. The three instructors in the class were brilliant, each teaching their own style of watercoloring, each lesson brilliant. I was really keen on trying Laura's lesson to stamp with a heat embossing ink over a large panel, then white heat embossing and dropping vibrant watercolor onto the images. How cool to let the watercolor do your work for you!


I chose to work with the Hibiscus Bouquet Stamp Set due to the large open areas and the fact that the flowers in real life are so bright and colorful! After heat embossing in white, I dropped in shades of red and orange, with a bit of green for leaves. I repeated this process a few times to get the intensity of the color, and learned to leave it alone and let it dry...to let the watercolor do it's work, like Laura mentions in her class.


After the watercolor panel dried, I trimmed it down and adhered it to a card base with a strip of bold, simple striped patterned paper. I finished the card with a mix of a die cut sentiment and stamped sentiment, and a few black Nuvo drops.

Altenew has so many sets that this technique would work for, I also think it would make for a lovely project when images are stamped in silver and watercolored with cool tones! This card was part of Level 2 of my journey in the Altenew Educator Certification Program.



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Saturday, June 5, 2021

Catherine Pooler Designs:: Creative Thinking


The upcoming release from Catherine Pooler Designs celebrates the creative process. The Creative Thinking Release is full of main image stamps that celebrate each stage of the process from the light bulb moment, to the time spent at your desktop and then to your final masterpiece." The release will be available Wednesday, June 9th for general release and Tuesday, June 8th for Stamp Nation Members. Watch Catherine's You Tube and Facebook for updates and more sneaks this next week!

I have a few cards to share for this release made with the Bright Idea Bundle. How clever of the Catherine Pooler Designs team to think of stamps/products for the beginning of the creative process. This stamp set, Bright Days, features so many fun and cute lightbulbs with perfect sayings.


My card is pretty clean and simple, one of my favorite kind to make. I love, though, how little details can really make a card! I stamped the lightbulbs and wires from  Bright Days in Midnight Ink onto a card base from Ultra Smooth White Cardstock, then in a variety of Catherine Pooler inks, used the backside of each cooresponding lightbulb to "color" the lightbulb in. Yellows used were Limoncello, Chiffon, Tiki Torch, Sauna, Tiara and Catching Rays. I added a sentiment, also from the Bright Days.


I finished the card with a strip of Black Tie Gala Patterned Paper, and painted the light switches with silver paint, as well as some light rays from Bright Days. Then, I colored each bulb with some clear shimmer paint for added sparkle and shine and added a white gel pen highlight.

Please check back for more inspiration the remainder of the week! Did you know that Catherine Pooler Designs has an awesome essential tools collection, new items and restocks are usually added every Wednesday...check out the whole collection of new items here!!

New products aren't available until they are released, they are listed in bold. But all other products are available now!

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Catherine Pooler Designs Ultra Smooth White Cardstock
Catherine Pooler Designs Ultra Smooth White Cardstock
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Catherine Pooler Designs Midnight Ink
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Catherine Pooler Designs Tiara Ink
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Catherine Pooler Designs Limoncello Ink
Catherine Pooler Designs Limoncello Ink
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Catherine Pooler Designs Sauna Ink
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Catherine Pooler Designs Tiki Torch Ink
Catherine Pooler Designs Tiki Torch Ink
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Catherine Pooler Designs Blending Brushes
Catherine Pooler Designs Blending Brushes
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New Mini MISTI
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Catherine Pooler Designs Black Tie Gala Patterned Paper Pack
Catherine Pooler Designs Black Tie Gala Patterned Paper Pack
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Precision Craft Glue by Bearly Arts
Precision Craft Glue by Bearly Arts
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Catherine Pooler Designs Chiffon Ink
Catherine Pooler Designs Chiffon Ink
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Catherine Pooler Designs Catching Rays Ink
Catherine Pooler Designs Catching Rays Ink
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Catherine Pooler Designs Bright Days Stamp Set
Catherine Pooler Designs Bright Days Stamp Set
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