Easy Watercolor with Catherine Pooler Inks

I love Catherine Pooler inks. They stamp beautifully but there are also so many wonderful techniques you can use them with. One of those techniques is watercolor! All you need to do is pick up this ink with a brush, add a little water, and you have beautiful watercolors! You can watch the video tutorial below for all the details!

This card was so simple to put together and very quick! I started by stamping the candle and making a quick mask from a post it note. Then, after masking the candle I positioned the cake and stamped it as well. The final stamp was the large sentiment on the top, then it was onto watercoloring!


For all the details on the watercolor, be sure to watch the video above! I also added a little ink blending below the cake to finish off the scene. The final touch on the outside of the card was a bit of Judikins on the candle and flame for added shine!


I also stamped on the inside of this card. I only used one stamp, but by using the multi color stamping technique I was able to get so much interest!


I hope you all enjoyed the video tutorial today! If you are interested in any of the supplies I used, you can find them all listed and linked down below. Until next time, happy crafting!!

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One Card Design Two Ways

Coming up with new card designs is difficult so when I can create two cards with the same design but utilize two techniques for different results, I am a happy camper! For my set of cards today, it gets even better, the two different stamps I use come as a set for Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps!! You can use the Outline & Solid Egg stamps together or separately like I did today for different results!! You can watch how I created both of my cards in the video tutorial below!

Both of these cards are the exact same design, I just used two different techniques to create the backgrounds. Each use the same stamp set and sentiment stamp from Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps, which is even better! Also, I kept the color palette the same on each card as well for a nice comparison!

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My first card is done with the solid egg stamp from the set and Catherine Pooler inks. I used a inking technique to add easy shading to my stamped images, so be sure to check out the video above for all the details!

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For my second card I switched my stamp to the outline egg from the set and stamped my background onto watercolor paper with Midnight Ink from Catherine Pooler. I knew my Midnight ink pad would play nicely with the Arteza Real Brush Markers I would be water coloring with! If you’re curious about all the mediums that work with the Midnight Ink Pad, head HERE to check out the test I did!

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After finish both cards with a fun sentiment and popping the panels onto card bases, I very quickly added a little stamped egg to the inside of each card! I always like to add a little something to the inside of my cards to pull the entire card together!

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I hope you all enjoyed today’s video tutorial and how easy it can be to switch up the same card design for different looks! If you are interested in any of the supplies I used on my card today, you can find them all linked down below. Until next time, happy crafting!!

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Rainbow Backgrounds with Shimmer Stix

Today I am on the Imagine Blog & YouTube Channel sharing a really fun way to create a rainbow background with a TON of shine with the help of Imagine’s new Shimmer Stix!! These Shimmer Stix are the same exact product with the same incredible sparkle that the Shimmer Spritz’s offer, only these are in a stick form with a lot more control. Be sure to watch the video tutorial for all the details!!

To create these two backgrounds was very simple! I started with watercolor paper and Memento markers. Memento markers are water soluble markers that work wonderfully to create the look of watercolor and move around great on watercolor paper. I used each color in the rainbow family and  blended them slightly on the paper. I did one background on the smooth side of the paper and one on the textured side. They both worked and looked fantastic, it’s just all about preference!

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With the color on the paper, it was time to start adding the sparkle! This part is so easy, but makes all the difference in the finished cards! I started by running the Sparkle Shimmer Stix over the pink and continued over each of the colors moving the stick from side to side, blending the colors as I went along. When moving from color to color I would wipe a bit of color off the tip so my panel and colors didn’t turn into mud. Be sure to watch the video for tips and tricks on this!!

The backgrounds didn’t take too long to dry, but while I waited I cut two black frames with one of my favorite techniques, die cut inlay! And the last touch before putting the cards together was adding the sentiments. I used Versafine Clair in Nocturne for the rich black color on both cards! After adding the backgrounds to card bases, I popped up the black frames for the finishing look!

I hope you all enjoyed a look at how to create some sparkly rainbow backgrounds! If you are interested in any of the supplies I used today, you can find them all linked down below! Until next time, Happy Crafting!!

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Watercolor With Stencils

Awhile back I shared how to watercolor with your stencils with the help of rubber cement! Rubber cement is easily accessible and one of my favorite hidden gems in the craft room! It has so many uses. And though I’ve shared this technique on my own blog and YouTube channel before, today I have the privilege of sharing it on the Splitcoaststampers website and YouTube channel! I’m also sharing here on mine as well for a refresher, so be sure to watch the tutorial below for all the details!!

Stencils are such a great addition to your crafty supplies. There are so many different techniques to do with them, they’re inexpensive and are stored easily without taking up much space. There are so many mediums you can use with them as well, but one medium I couldn’t quite figure out was watercolor. So after much experimentation, I finally found a technique that worked! And I loved that the magic ingredient was rubber cement, which is cheap and very accessible!

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I made four different cards today, but with two different techniques. They’re both very simple and require the same supplies. The first, you use the rubber cement and apply it to the back of the stencil. Then, adhere the stencil onto the watercolor paper. After removing any rubber cement that might have squished out from under the stencil you can add your watercolor. You can be precise or not with your watercolor placement, either way will yield beautiful results!!


The next technique has different results, but still just as beautiful! This time, instead of adhering the stencil onto the watercolor paper, I pushed the rubber cement through the openings of the stencil and then remove the stencil and allow the rubber cement to dry. Once it has had time to dry, it will resist any watercolor put on top of it!


For either technique you can use any size of stencil. I used both 6×6 and 12×12 in both techniques and they both worked beautifully! Also, to finish my cards I really like to let the backgrounds be the main focus and that’s what I did for each one of my cards today. I used the same sentiment stamp set on each one and added very few embellishments!

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I hope you all enjoyed another look at how to have fun with your stencils and watercolors! I had such a fun time making all of these cards and really just playing around with this technique! If you are interested in any of the supplies that I used on my cards today, I’ve listed and linked them all below!! Happy Crafting!!

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This supply list is a little different with so many different cards. I have a list of supplies that were used on every single one of the cards, and then I’ve also broken it up into supplies used on a particular card. Just look at the sentiment to find that particular card!

  1. Used on All Cards –
    1. Rubber Cement
    2. Adhesive Eraser
    3. Watercolor Paper
    4. Water Brush Set
    5. Joy Clair Hello Sentiment Stamp Set
    6. Anti Static Tool
    7. Heat Tool
    8. MISTI
    9. Adhesive
  2. Hello –
    1. TCW Ocean Window 6×6 Stencil
    2. Dr. PH Martin Watercolor Set
    3. Palette
    4. Versamark Ink Pad
    5. Black Sparkle Embossing Powder
    6. Pico Embellisher “Tuxedo Black
  3. Happy Birthday Flower –
    1. TCW Rose Bouquet 12×12 Stencil
    2. Distress Inks (Minis)
      1. Aged Mahogany
      2. Ripe Persimmon
      3. Dried Marigold
    3. Copper Embossing Powder
    4. Versamark Ink Pad
    5. Scalloped Border Die
    6. Big Shot
    7. Nuvo Drops – Copper Penny
    8. Dimensional Adhesive
  4. Sending Hugs Hummingbird –
    1. TCW Birds & Butterflies 6×6 Stencil
    2. Distress Inks (Minis)
      1. Picked Raspberry
      2. Seedless Preserves
      3. Peacock Feathers
    3. Versafine Clair Ink Pad Monarch
    4. Clear Embossing Powder
  5. Thanks –
    1. TCW Blueprint 12×12 Stencil
    2. Distress Inks (Minis)
      1. Antique Linen
      2. Vintage Photo
      3. Walnut Stain
    3. Versamark Ink Pad
    4. Copper Embossing Powder


Watercolor Striped Background

I love to create really bright and fun cards! This card is no exception!! When I seen the Crayon Box stamp from Crackerbox and Suzy stamps, I knew it was the PERFECT image to make some cards to send to crafty friends! And of course, there was just the right sentiment in the shop as well! When making this card I wasn’t happy with the plain white background I normally go with in my CAS designs. I wanted the background to be as bright and fun as the focal image and I was able to achieve that with the help of my Catherine Pooler inks! Be sure to watch the video below for the tips and tricks on how to make this fun card and how to achieve that vibrant background!

This card is really simple! I started by stamping the crayon box and sentiment onto a white cardstock die cut with Catherine Pooler Midnight Ink and my Mini MISTI. I did use my Creative Corners so I could push my die cut away from the edge for the best impression possible! Then I quickly colored in my image with alcohol markers and matted the panel with a scalloped, yellow rectangle die cut! I also added a layer of Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents to each of the crayons, but be sure to save the glossy accents for your final step!!

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**Be sure to think beforehand of what coloring medium you will be using so you can use the right ink!!** Check out my video on what coloring mediums play nicely with the Catherine Pooler Midnight Ink!

The background is soo incredibly easy to make! The Catherine Pooler inks play so well with water and remain their nice vibrant color – I used Sauna here! To be sure I could get the most vibrant color possible, I used PLAIN heavyweight white card stock. I did this only to retain all of the vibrancy and color payoff I could and because I knew I wouldn’t be adding a ton of water or going over the card stock a ton with my brush. This allowed me to not worry about the paper pilling! Also, I made the background on a separate A2 panel, NOT on the card base itself. You will get some warping, which you can hide with a good adhesive and adhering the panel onto a heavyweight sturdy card base!

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And of course I couldn’t let this card be done without decorating the inside as well! I kept it really simple and brought in some design elements from the outside to keep with the theme. I made a quick watercolor wash rectangle with the Catherine Pooler Sauna ink and, after drying, added the crayon box stamp in the bottom left corner with Midnight ink! SUPER simple and easy! (I love the inside so much, I may just need to make a card with that design on that outside!!) **If any warping occurs because of water on the cardstock, just put a heavy book on top of the card overnight**

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Like I said above, I did add Glossy Accents to the each of the crayons, but be sure to do this LAST!! That way, it has time to dry and you don’t run the risk of smearing!! But look at the shine it adds!!

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I am so happy with the background on this card and can’t wait to play around with this technique more! The colors are so vibrant, it really looks like patterned paper! If you are interested in any of the supplies I used today, you will find them all listed and linked down below! Happy Crafting, everyone!!

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