Cards, Catherine Pooler Designs

Embroidered Snowflake

Hi Angels!

I am starting to play with the new Catherine Pooler Designs Nordic Wood collection. Since I am still working on holiday charity cards, spare time to create is a little scarce still.

I am trying to get into the habit of working in 10-15 minute blocks of time. Even if it’s just a few minutes I can precut card bases and mat layers, die cut some elements, blend a background, emboss some sentiments, color an image, etc.

For this card I used the Embroidered Snowflake stencil and used glitter paste one day in a short time slot, then set it aside to dry. I didn’t actually start the card until several days later.

The background is ink blended with several Distress Ink pinks and I used the Merry Christmas Word die from the Jolly Holiday collection. Definitely bright & cheerful. Pink & black is one of my favorite color schemes.

Has anyone already pulled out the Christmas decorations or planning to? Creating any special holiday projects? I’m going to start decorating this weekend. I am taking a Christmas class later this month & have a few more holiday cards planned.

Find some time to be creative.

Brutus Monroe, Cards, Catherine Pooler Designs, Pink & Main, Slimline Cards

Hello Beautiful Slimline

Hi Angels!

It has been a busy week as I had some errands to run & was prepping the Cards for the Troops shipment. You can see the details of the shipment on my Facebook page.

After 2 days of dealing with migraines & still taking care of things, I finally made it out to the studio for a few minutes to create. I just love how this card came out.

Isn’t it just gorgeous! I used the new Brutus Monroe Slimline Stencil Victorian Swirl with Catherine Pooler inks. Then I used the new Pink & Main slimline die sets Stitched (layers of stitched rectangles), Beautiful & Sympathy. Another great set of dies that coordinate together.

The Troop cards are always a kindness project plus I gave some encouragement this week too. Sometimes it’s the little bits of kindness that can mean the most.

I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

Thanks for stopping by.

Cards, Catherine Pooler Designs, Kindness matters

Hey Pumpkin

Hi Angels!

Personally it’s a little early for fall for me, however, I kept seeing such cute designs with Catherine Pooler Designs Hey Pumpkin stamp set that I ordered one & it arrived today.

After a long day of errands, chores, teaching & troop work, I decided to pop back into the studio this evening & create a card inspired by one of the brand ambassadors designs.

These pumpkins just make me smile in their variety of color. I used the new CP Mini Inks from the Spa Collection Paradise Found. I had decided that I didn’t want another full size set of ink pads so opted for the CP Mini’s & I love them. They are really a nice size for a variety of projects. Easy to use & handle.

I have been working on a couple of the behind the scenes kindness projects that will remain behind the scenes. I have a lot of fun planning surprises & things that are meant to bring joy in a quieter way. No matter how you share kindness, keep sharing it, we need a whole lot of it flooding the world right now.

Thanks for popping in!

Cards, Catherine Pooler Designs, Taylored Expressions, Techniques, Terrific Tuesday, Tonic Studios, Tutorial

Terrific Tuesday – Tone on Tone

Hi Angels!

I decided on one of my favorite techniques to share today, tone on tone or monochromatic creating. My absolute favorite is white on white but today’s card is more of a cream color. Let’s take a look….

I just love how this card turned out, simply elegant. This would make great wedding thank-yous for a winter wedding.

There are quite a few new card creators in some of my groups so let’s do a step by step on this card.

  • I selected an ivory or cream cardbase, standard A2 which equals a 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 inch card or half a sheet of standard 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock folded in half.
  • The mat piece is Canson 140 lb watercolor paper cut 4 x 5 1/4. (Watercolor paper tends to be more off white thus the ivory card design.)
  • I secured Taylored Expressions Nordic Snowflake stencil with some masking tape over the mat. Using Nuvo Glimmer Paste I applied or “buttered” a thin layer over the stencil with a palette knife. Carefully remove the stencil, wash immediately with warm soapy water & set aside to dry. Set your mat piece aside to dry too.
  • To keep the monotone effect, I cut the Catherine Pooler Designs Snowflake Mini Cover Plate die out of another piece of Canson 140 lb watercolor paper and the thank-you sentiment that comes with the die out of champagne colored pearl cardstock.
  • Once the stenciled snowflakes are dry you can build the card. Adhere the snowflake mat to the card base.
  • Use thin foam strips applied to the back of the Snowflake frame to pop it up off the card & adhere to the mat layer.
  • I used Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive Clear Drying Craft Glue to adhere the thank-you die cut.
  • Finally I punched a small glitter circle & applied to the center of the snowflake in the frame to carry the glitter effect to the front.

Some more tips for working with tone on tone:

  • Keep your colors of the same shade or hue. You don’t want a red-orange with a red-violet as they will clash a bit. My exception to this is I will quite often use silver, black or gray words with my white on white designs as well as sometimes adding a layer of silver to the design.
  • The biggest trick for monotone cards to work is adding depth & interest. The glimmer paste glittery snowflakes create a lot of interest in this card without overwhelming the design. Embossing folders work great too. Popping up an element adds more depth. Vary the types of paper, mat, glossy, metallic, glitter etc. It is perfectly alright to add a stamped sentiment in an ink to compliment the color scheme or even black, gray or brown allows the sentiment to stand out more. Adding pearls, rhinestones, sequins & ribbon in the same color tone adds more interest too.

I hope you enjoyed this peek into tone on tone creating. Pull out your favorite color & see what you can create with one color family.