Rainbow with Bold Black and White Stripes with Jenny

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Hi Everyone! It's Jenny from the Creative Team here, gatecrashing Catherine's blog with a card post using some of the new goodies from the All That Jazz release. Hands up… who is loving the Black Tie Gala patterned paper – me! I'm trying hard not to use it on every card from here on out.  I'm a patterned paper hoarder typically, but these black and white patterns go with anything and everything.

You can die cut it and use it as a focal point on a card, or just cut a strip and accent your project with it. It works with any color or style of card. Today I'm showing you a bright rainbow card I created, where I used an accent strip of the black and white paper to offset the bold rainbow colors.

Music Notes BGD Black and White paper Jenny Colacicco A This card is a lot of fun make. You can totally change it up by using a different combo of colors, changing up the background pattern, or even replacing the sentiment with an image. Against a rainbow background, a black and white image (or sentiment as I used here) would work fabulously.

To create the card I started with an A2 (4 1/4″ x 5.5″) panel of white cardstock and treated the panel with an anti-static powder tool. I then inked up the Catherine Pooler Designs Music Notes Background stamp with Versamark ink and stamped it onto the panel. I then heat embossed with white embossing powder.

Using two pieces of masking tape, I masked off a the panel leaving an area approximately an inch wide, then using a mini ink blending tool, I blended Catherine Pooler Ink in Rockin' Red over the area. I removed the masking tape and moved it down, covering up the red, but leaving another inch of the background uncovered. I ink blended CP ink in Mandarin Spice.

Be sure to leave a tiny bit of the red (or preceding color) peeking out so you avoid any gaps between the strips of color. I continued on down the background using Tiara, Grass Skirt, All That Jazz and Pixie Dust to create a rainbow. I then trimmed down the panel to approximately 2 3/4″ x 5.5″. If you have any ink that appears over the embossing itself, just use a dry baby wipe to gently buff it off.

Music Notes Background Jenny Colacicco B I trimmed a 1″ strip of the Black Tie Gala patterned paper and adhered it approximately 3/4″ in from the edge of an white card base using a glue runner. I trimmed a small strip of gold cardstock and adhered it over the top, and then I popped up the rainbow panel on foam tape against the left edge of the panel

To finish, I heat embossed the sentiment from Leaf Motifs in white embossing powder onto a scrap of black cardstock, trimmed it out and popped it up on foam squares. For a bit of sparkle I added some 4mm and 6mm sparkling clear sequins.

This is a great, adaptable card design – I really wanted to create something that showcased the background stamp itself, plus I LOVE ink blending with Catherine's inks – any excuse ;)

Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below, and have fun creating !


  • Wanda Radler March 29, 2018, 10:12 am

    This is such a pretty card! I love anything rainbow and you are right blending with CP inks is just so easy!! I like the idea of trying with other background stamps too!

  • Melinda Lowry March 29, 2018, 10:56 am

    I play piano and I just LOVE this card!!

  • Farley March 29, 2018, 12:03 pm

    Jaw-dropping-fabulous card. I love musical backgrounds and themes (my family is very musical…I’m not) like you’ve created here. I am now scrambling through my paper hoard for black and white prints. And yes, I’ll probably cave and grab one of the CP paper pads too. Thanks for crashing here today with your versatile card.

  • Beth Swisher March 30, 2018, 9:57 am

    My granddaughters would love this card. They have both just started piano. They are nine and seven. So cute.

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