Catherine Pooler Winter Release Blog Hop!

Hey there, Crafters!

The newest Winter Release from Catherine Pooler is available in the shop now, and we've got a fantastic blog hop lined up to showcase all the fantastic products! My first two cards use the Snowy Day Bundle and the third card uses the Cake and Confetti Bundle.

Our first card incorporates the Geometric Flakes Cover Plate Die, and it's super easy to use!

Start off by creating a wintery background of your choice. I created an alcohol ink background panel for this card, but you could definitely incorporate a different technique!

Then, cut out a 4.25 x 5.5 inch card panel and use the cover plate die to create the front panel. Apply Versamark ink all over the die cut panel and then cover with embossing powder. Glue the panel on to your background panel to complete the entire finished panel combination. Stamp a sentiment on to a strip of vellum cardstock and then wrap that sentiment strip around the panel piece and glue the ends of the strip together on the back of the panel piece.

Adhere that completely finished panel piece on to a cut and scored 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base, and you're good to go!

For the next card, you can pull out a great technique that I often forget about--dry embossing! Dry embossing combined with metallic cardstock creates a really classy look!

Cover a 4.25 x 5.5 inch card panel with Nuvo Tonic Embellishment Mousse using an ink blending tool. Place your Delicate Snowflake die on to your cardstock and run it through your die cutting machine on the embossing setting. Don't forget your embossing mat!!

To finish off your card, trim down your metallic panel and glue it flat on to a cut and scored 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base. I also added two strips of silver glitter cardstock that I had in my stash. This helped give it a finished edge, but you can use whatever paper you have in your stash!

Now, let's move to the Cake and Confetti Bundle!

Don't you just love patterned paper?? It's no secret that I hoard it BIG TIME. (If you've read any of my previous blog posts where I incorporate patterned paper, I usually take at least 45 minutes to wax eloquent on my love for patterned paper.) But the paper from this Cake and Confetti Bundle is just everything I love about patterned paper. The patterns are so fun and have a cute "doodle" look. There's a DELICIOUS plaid pattern and I love all the color combinations. 

One of the things I love about patterned paper is that it really does so much of the work for you. You can create a great looking card without spending a ton of time. So let's get to it!

Start out by cutting and scoring a 4.25 x 5.5 inch card base and set it aside. 

Stamp out some of the candle images from the Birthday Icons set and then color them using whatever medium you like! I used my Catherine Pooler Inks and the Ink Blender Pen. One of the reasons I did this was because the patterned paper in this collection is made to coordinate with the inks in the Carnivale Collection. 

After you finish the coloring, trim down the images and mount them on to black cardstock to give a finished matte edge. Set those elements aside to incorporate the patterned paper on the card base. 

Trim down a piece of the patterned paper and glue it on to your card base, leaving the bottom portion exposed. Use a scrap piece of white cardstock and cover it with ink to create a coordinating strip to glue next to your patterned paper piece. This process will give a finished edge to your card base--just be sure to leave room at the bottom for your sentiment!

Mount the matted candle image elements with foam tape and then place them on to your card base, and then stamp your sentiment at the bottom of the card to finish everything off!

And now take a second to admire the three FABULOUS cards you just made with minimal supplies and effort! 

We're having a fun blog hop so you can take a look at all the fabulous products in action! Hop along to each blogger and leave a comment on each post for a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the Catherine Pooler Shop! Winners will be announced on Monday evening, December 17 on Catherine's blog. 

Blog Hop Order:

2. Kelly Martin (you are here!)
3. Jen Carter (go here next!)

 Thanks again for stopping by the blog today and be sure to check out the entire new release bundles here.

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Birthday Icons, Good Vibes Border (Tropically Yours Stamp of Approval), Milestone Birthday Sentiment, Peaceful Flakes
Alcohol Inks: Amethyst, Patina, Pool
Embossing Powder: Neptune, Liquid Platinum