Save the YouTuber Video Hop: Ink Blended Background with Die Cut Accents

Catherine Christmas, CP Designs, CPD Ink

The Save the Crafty YouTuber Video hop is a celebration of cardmaking video tutorials created by a group of talented crafters of all different styles and levels. We are coming together over 5 days to give our viewers a chance to discover other amazing cardmakers and help reach monetization goals!

All you have to do is watch, like the video, consider subscribing, comment and click the link in the video description below to hop to the next video. Don’t forget to comment because we have tons of prizes to give away.  

CLICK HERE TO VIEW MY VIDEO ON YOUTUBE…you can like and comment, the click the link in the video description to go onto the next video.

Don’t forget to check back every day this week since there are 5 themed days of video hops. You never know when you’ll discover your next favourite YouTuber!

Catherine Pooler Designs is giving 50 lucky commenters 2 ink pads from our shop (winners will also get free shipping for any additional items ordered!). Good Luck, my friend!

New to CP Ink?  Click here to learn what makes them special and click here for a video showing you all the great benefits in action!

Here's a quick peek at my card for the Save the Youtuber Hop!

Here are all the products used in the video… Have fun hopping!  

Two Ways to Color the Peace, Love and Doves Background Stamp

Catherine Christmas, CP Designs, CPD Ink, Videos

The Peace Love and Doves Background stamp is more than meets the eye!   You can color it, emboss it, or stamp and cut out bits and pieces of it to adorn a card.  In this video tutorial, I stamped it in embossing ink, heat embossed it in silver, then colored it in two different ways.

Which card do you prefer?  The blank notecard or the one with the Happy Holidays sentiment? 

The backgrounds on these cards were created virtually the same way, with minor changes.

The card on the left, I created a light blue color wash using the It's a Boy ink pad and lots of water.  I think stamped, embossed and colored the images in over it.

The card on the right, I stamped and embossed, colored in the images, then did the light blue color wash on the background.  It was a bit trickier to do it this way because some of the small berries bled into the blue.  

All in all, I preferred doing the color wash first and stamping and coloring over the top of it.  Hope this tip helps you!

Here are a few more cards using the background stamps to get your wheels turning around some ideas for cards you can make this weekend!

and some non-traditional colors for ya!

If you're interested in any of the products used on the cards in the video, click the links below to view in the shop.  Let me know if you have any questions and have an awesome day!

Watercolored Peace, Love & Doves with Chrissie

Catherine Christmas, CP Designs, CPD Ink, Gallery, Holiday, Projects

Hi everyone; Chrissie here! The holidays will be upon us before we know it and I am already in the spirit of the season! My card today is fairly simple, but with the amazing background stamp I used, it really makes the card shine!
Stamp the background image onto a piece of watercolor cardstock using Versamark watermark ink.  Emboss with Liquid Platinum embossing powder and activate it with a heat gun.  Once it is embossed, trim it down to 4 x 5.25 inches.
Watercolor the images in using CP ink.  Stamp onto an acrylic block and add color using a waterbrush (or a paintbrush and water).  Watercolor in entire image and then set it aside to dry.
Stamp NOEL onto another piece of watercolor cardstock using Versamark.  Heat emboss the image again.  Watercolor this as well, using the same technique.  Once it is dry, die cut it out using the Nested Labels dies.
Now it's time to assemble the card! Trim a piece of Midnight cardstock to 4.25 x 11 inches and score at 5.5 inches and fold.  This will make a top folding card.  Adhere the background image to the Midnight card base.  Trim down a piece of the Midnight, Love, Doves & Poinsettias patterned paper to 5.5 by about .50 inches.  Adhere to the lower portion of the card.  Add the NOEL sentiment on top of it using foam squares.
This is a quick and simple card, but since that background is detailed and just beautiful, the card really works!
Thanks so much to Catherine for having me on the blog today!

Noel Holiday Card with the White Emboss Resist Technique

Catherine Christmas, CP Designs, CPD Ink, Videos

Our newest release, All the Trimmings, is now in the shop!  It's been a fun few days with the Creative Team sharing projects and ideas on how to trim the upcoming holiday season.  I'm sure you have a slew of ideas running around in your head by now!

If you missed our hops, here's a rundown:

Here is a look at some of the projects our Creative Team Members made with this release.  I could stare at these amazing projects all day long!

Ok, so hurry over, grab your new goodies (some of our items are getting low on stock…we will restock, but it will take a few weeks!!!), then come back for the video tutorial.  🙂

I've got a new project for you today using the Flourish Background Stamp, the Holiday Charms Stamps and Dies, Sentiments and Borders Stamp Set, Nested Labels Dies and our new ink Mardi Gras and Suede Shoes!

I LOVE the white emboss resist technique!  

Stamp your image on white cardstock with Versamark or embossing ink, cover it with white embossing powder and heat.

Next, using an ink blending took, blend Suede Shoes from one corner towards the center and Mardi Gras from the other corner to the center.

Use a clean cloth to wipe down your technique piece to remove any excess ink that is on the white embossed image.

It's like magic!  The embossed image resists the ink and stays white!  People will definitely be impressed when you send them a card using this technique.

I also used my Distress Sprayer to spray a bit of water over the design.  You can see some fun water droplets which creates a really interesting effect on the background.

The little Poinsettia…can we talk about it for a second?  That sweet image is from the Holiday Charms Stamp Set and I showed a trick on how to stamp and die cut a lot of these in a super efficient manner on THIS VIDEO.

I then colored it in with Rockin' Red and Samba ink and a Blender Pen.  I love images like this…a small little bit of coloring and you have a great accent piece for your card making projects.

All of these products are now available in the shop and are waiting to head your way for some holiday card making fun!  Click here to see all the new goodies, or click the images below to see them in the shop.

Thank you so much for visiting today!

All the Trimmings Release Blog Hop: Holly and Berries Coverplate

Catherine Christmas, CP Designs, CPD Ink, Videos

Welcome to the All the Trimmings Release blog hop!  The  latest products go on sale on Wednesday, October 17th and you'll find loads of winter and holiday goodies that will coordinate and compliment other fun holiday products already in your stash.  You'll be making cards, tags and special gifts left and right when these products hit your doorstep!

Did you know that StampNation members get first dibs on shopping with us? The release opens up for early shopping to them on Tuesday at 3pm…just one of the many perks to being a part of the SN community. Wanna learn more? Click here.

This card is made from our stunning new Holly and Berries Coverplate Die.  We have quite a slew of them in stock, but I have a feeling this unique product is going to fly off the shelves!

I die cut, watercolored, embossed the frame border and added a simple sentiment.  The card was quite easy to do, but imagine the awe and delight when the recipient receives this!  They will be WOW'd!

View the video to see how it was done:

In addition to new Stamp Sets, Background Stamps, Dies and the new Coverplate, we have INK, y'all!

In case you haven't seen these in action yet, meet Samba, Mardi Gras and Suede Shoes!  These colors complete our Carnivale Collection of inks from the Party Line.  

If you missed our few days last week of guessing the ink colors, we had a few fun videos….you can find them here!

Guessing the names of the inks from the clues we left you was FUN!

Darlene Plotinski, Jonna Bell, and Amanda Johnson have even more fun headed their way because…. 
they guessed correct and are winners of these new inks!

Contact support for details on claiming your prize!

PRIZES: When we have a hop, we have prizes!  

Be sure to visit all the blogs listed below, leave comments and let us know what your favorite new product is and you'll be entered to win a $25 Gift Certificate.

Winners of all our hops will be announced right here on the blog on October 22.

Blog Hop List, have fun hopping!

Thank you for visiting with me today, see you soon for the release!

Catherine Pooler Holiday Release Video Hop: Quick and Easy Way to Stamp and Die Cut

Catherine Christmas, CP Designs, Videos

Hello my friends!  I'm popping in here with a quick post about a video hop we're having today to celebrate the release of the All the Trimmings products in the shop!

CLICK HERE for the first video in the hop.  Leave a comment on the video to be entered to win.  Click the link in the comments to visit the next video, leave a comment, etc…good luck!



Ink Reveal Videos! Guessing is open!

Catherine CP Designs, CPD Ink

Three new colors from our Party Collection hit the shop on October 17th. Here is the first color that works perfectly with our color palette of blues. Leave a comment and let us know what your color name guess is!

Three winners chosen at random from all the guesses will be announced on Friday, October 12 after noon eastern.

Here are the three color reveal videos, CLICK HERE and leave your guesses in the comment section for each video on Youtube.


New Ink Color #1


New Ink Color #2


New Ink Color #3


Schedule of Events:

Friday and Saturday:  product reveals

Sunday3 pm eastern: Instagram Hop 

Monday 9 am eastern: Video Hop 

Tuesday 9 am eastern:  Blog Hop 

Tuesday 3 pm eastern:  ordering opens early for StampNation Members

Wednesday 9 am eastern:  all new products hit the shop!



One Layer Christmas Card with Melissa

Catherine Christmas, CP Designs, CPD Ink, Gallery, Projects, Stamp of Approval

Hi, everyone! It's Melissa from Mel's Card Corner.  I'm thrilled to be guest posting today!  I'm sharing a card made using products from the recent Home for the Holidays Stamp of Approval collection.
One of my favorite types of holiday cards to make is one layer cards because they are great for mass producing, an important consideration when designing holiday cards. Another reason I love one layer cards is the fact they go through the postal system so well and don't require any extra postage. There are lots of amazing one layer card options which can be created with this collection.
For this card, I started by creating a top-folding card base using Catherine's Premium White Cardstock. I stamped the Jingle All the Way sentiment from the Festive Trimmings stamp set centered about a third of the way down the card using Midnight ink.
Next, I stamped the adorable little jingle bell using Rockin' Red ink. I used Lime Rickey to add the little bow at the top of the bell. I used a Copic Multiliner and a straight edge to draw the hanger from the top of the bell to the bottom of the Y. If you don't have a Copic Multiliner, any fine tip black marker will work. You could even use a fine point Sharpie. For a bit of embellishment, I added a layer of Clear Overlay Sparkle pen over the jingle bell.
I hope you've enjoyed this quick and easy one layer card. If you're pressed for time and need to create a lot of holiday cards in a short period of time, a one layer card is a great way to go!

Sugar Cookies with Jenny

Catherine Christmas, CP Designs, CPD Ink, Gallery, Holiday, Stamp of Approval

Hi Everyone!  It's Jenny here, and I'm joining you today with a card I created using using the Home for the Holidays Stamp of Approval Collection.  This is such a fabulous collection, and perfect for adding to your Christmas card stash.  

My favorite from the Collection is the wonderful Sugar Cookies stamp set and dies.  I'm sure you've seen Catherine and the Creative Team using these in lots of different ways – I have little fun twist on this card to show you.

I used the circle dies from the set and die cut three circles from CPD Sand Dunes cardstock. I'm going for standard circle cookies here, rather than the shaped cookies. I then stamped the bird, tree and angel from the set in Versamark ink and heat embossed in WOW! Bright White embossing powder.

To add dimension, I used a mini ink blending tool, and gently blended Over Coffee ink around the edges, fading in towards the embossed image. I also edged the ‘cookies' with Icing on the Cake ink. On one of the cookies, I used a smaller circle die and die cut out a ‘bite' from the edge. I re-inked around this bite area, and distressed the edge a little.

To decorate each of the cookies I used Sakura Stardust Gelly Roll gel pens, outlining some of the images with the pens.  I also added Stickles in Sugar because I had to – Sugar Cookies!!  
For the sentiment, I stamped it in Icing on the Cake ink onto a strip of Premium White cardstock, and trimmed it out into a flag banner. 
Before adhering the cookies, I mixed some of the Icing on the Cake ink with a little water, and flicked it onto a white A2 size panel of Premium White cardstock with a water brush in roughly the area where I wanted it.   I then adhered the cookies and the sentiment with foam tape, lining up the bitten cookie so that the spatters looked like crumbs.   I also added a little more Sugar Stickles around the crumbs. 
I do love to have a play with products to add a little fun into a card if I can – I hope you're all having fun with your Home for the Holidays collections! 
Jenny x

Colored in White Space with Susan

Catherine Christmas, CP Designs, CPD Ink, Gallery, Projects, Stamp of Approval

Hi Everyone! Susan here with a card that I found very relaxing to make. If you like coloring then you'll enjoy making a card like this.

I started by taking the smaller poinsettia images and the heart from the Festive Trimmings stamp set and inked them up with Rockin' Red and Garden Green inks.   I stamped them randomly onto a piece of white cardstock that I cut to 4 x 5 ¼”.

Next I settled in with a cuppa chai, the card panel and a black marker and colored in all of the white space. I colored it twice to get a solid black to contrast with the stamped images. This took some time, but I think it was worth it.

To add even more interest to the background, I stamped the little dot stamps from the same set in Versamark ink and then heat set them with white embossing powder.  I stamped the sentiment from Holiday Mix with Midnight ink onto a piece of white cardstock and then added some greenery and berries.  To finish the card I added a little banner/twine detail and added some sparkle to the poinsettia and berries.

Thanks for visiting!

We have a few Home for the Holidays Collections left!  Grab yours here before they are sold out!

Festive Background with Crystal

Catherine Christmas, CP Designs, CPD Ink, Gallery, Holiday, Projects, Stamp of Approval

Hello crafty friends! Crystal Thompson here guest designing for this very special Stamp of Approval release, and I'm so excited to be on Catherine's blog today showing one of my favorite cards I created using the Home for the Holidays Collection.

For this card I wanted a pattern of all things Christmas, and what better way to use the Festive Trimmings stamp set as a background. 

To make this card, I trimmed my cardbase of a green cardstock that was a shade lighter than Eucalyptus ink. I stamped the Festive Trimmings icons on the green cardstock with Eucalyptus .

Then with red cardstock to match, Rockin' Red, the Merry Christmas Layered Word Dies were cut and placed over a piece of white cardstock stamped in Rockin' Red with the “wishes” from Holiday Mix Stamp Set.

To add more festive flair, I made a ribbon by stamping the Cozy Borders Stamp Set with Rockin' Red and placing it under the “wishes” cardstock.

As a finishing touch, I splattered gold watercolor paint over the whole thing and added gold sequins.

I adore this SOA and I know you will too!  I can't wait to see what you create with all of the wonderful stamps and dies included in this collection.
Thanks for stopping by today!

5 Days of StampNation for $1 – trial membership!

Catherine StampNation Highlights

Friends…this is an amazing chance to check out StampNation! If you've ever wondered what goes on “behind closed doors”, it's time!

You can join StampNation today through 5 pm eastern for $1 and have access to the entire site.  Pretty awesome, eh?

You will enjoy full membership benefits and have access to:

  • In-Depth Classes & Courses
  • Hundreds of Exclusive Paper Crafting Tutorials
  • Forums where you can share your hobby with others in a positive, uplifting environment
  • Private Live Stream Events
  • Early Access to New Products
  • Prizes

You'll also be just in time for our World Card Making Day Celebration!  It kicks off with an exclusive Live Stream party on Friday at 2 pm eastern.

Can't wait to see you there!

Click here to learn more about StampNation and become our newest member!  Can't Wait!!!


Fine print: Begin your 5 day trial, get comfy with us on StampNation and if you find the site is not for you, no worries! Cancel your membership by the fifth day (you will receive emails reminding you along with instructions on how to cancel, don't worry!) and you will not be charged again.

If you decide to stay with us (YIPPEEEE!!!), your quarterly membership will begin on the sixth day after you start your trial and you will be charged $27. We can't offer refunds once that charge goes through, so if you plan to cancel, make sure you do before the fifth day. Thank you!

Rockin’ Tini Christmas with Allison

Catherine Christmas, CP Designs, CPD Ink, Gallery, Projects, Stamp of Approval

Hi everyone!  I'm Allison Cope and I'm guest designing on Catherine's blog today!   Today I'd thought I'd have some fun with the newest Stamp of Approval collection, “Home for the Holidays”. I just love a non-traditional teal and red color combo for holiday cards so that's where my fun began.

First I took a piece of the Premium White Cardstock and cut it down to a 4 1/8″ x 5 ½”.  I chose to cut it off on an angle with the longest side measuring approximately 4 ¼”. {Save the cut off piece for later}.  I took some festive Rockin' Red, Aquatini and Twilight inks and stamped the background using both of the snowflake images from the Christmas Cookies stamp set. In between those snowflakes, I added the single tiny dot stamp with the same inks.  (I just love a tiny dot stamp – they make me happy!)

Next I took the remainder of the cut off piece of white cardstock and stamped the sweater knit pattern in Rockin' Red ink vertically up and down.  I used my MISTI tool to aid in getting the spacing and stamping nice and crisp and even.

Next I took a strip of cardstock, 1″ x 5″ and stamped a row of the little ornament topper images using Aquatini ink. I trimmed off some of the white cardstock at the bottom of the row once I was done to limit the amount of white that was there.

I took the ornament strip and adhered it to the back of my snowflake panel, trimming off the excess. I also created a card base using a piece of the lighter Smoke and Mirrors cardstock by cutting it to 8 ½” x 5 ½”, scoring it at 4 1/4″ and folding it for a side fold card base.

I die cut a Tiny Tag from the same grey cardstock. I stamped the “Warm Wishes” sentiment from the Tiny Wishes stamp set with sticky Versamark ink. I added detailed white embossing powder and then heat set it for a slightly raised, shiny greeting.

I adhered the smaller sweater knit panel on my card base leaving a small, even border.  Then I added some silver thread through the tag hole and adhered it to the snowflake panel with 3 dimensional adhesive.  I wrapped additional strands of thread around the snowflake card panel before finally adhering it to the grey card base.

And voila… a Christmas card was born!

Here's a closer look…

My theory about stamps is that you sometimes have to look at your stamp images with inquisitive eyes.  Can you use that image in a new and innovative way; such as how I used the ornament topper image.   It's extremely fun seeing what you can create with one simple image.

I hope I've inspired you to get out your stamps and really take a gander at them today.  Try something new!  Experiment! Just go get stamping! Enjoy your stamping journey everyone!

~ Allison Cope ~

Amber’s World Stamp Set for World Card Making Day: Blender Pens and Waterbrushes

Catherine CP Designs, CPD Ink, Videos, Watercolor

World Card Making Day is the first Saturday of October every year and over at StampNation, since we are a world-wide community of people that love to make cards, we celebrate this holiday in a BIG way!

During StampNation’s WCMD celebration, you’ll visit some of the Creative Team's favorite places around the world! Come explore with us and be challenged to make cards inspired by new culture, landscapes, and traditions.

We'll kick off with a members' only Live Stream on Friday at 2 pm Eastern.  Then over the course of three days you’ll get a series of 8 challenges that will help you increase your card making skills and add a global twist to your stamping style.

Meet fellow stampers from around the world, enter to win great prizes, and share your love of card making with no borders.

If you've been thinking about joining StampNation, but haven't taken the plunge yet, we are offering a $1 trial for 5 days so you can test it out!

Click here to learn more about StampNation Membership.

Click here for the $1 trial.

We also have a special stamp and die set in honor of this holiday just for us fabulous card makers!  It was illustrated by an amazingly talented lady, Amber Shaw.  Shortly after the work was done on this set, we were saddened to learn that Amber, along with her husband and son, lost their lives in a house fire.  It is a very tragic loss, but we are honored to be able to celebrate Amber and share her talents with all of you.

We are donating $2 from the sale from each set (and bundle) through the month of October to the Go Fund Me set up for her surviving children.  If you'd like to donate directly, click here for more information.

We designed this globe to be reminiscent of the StampNation globe, what a great way to celebrate World Card Making Day!  I love the gorgeous flowers on the globe, and we even included some individually so you can make your own flower bouquets!


I used two different tools to color parts of this card.

Blender Pen: this tool for coloring is like a clear marker.  Dip it into a pool of ink, or straight on top of your ink pad to pick up color.  As you color with it, the tip will clear and the ink color will get lighter.  Continue picking up color until you are done coloring, then scribble off the tip gently on scratch paper until it's clear.  Then you can go into another color.

Waterbrush:  This is a paint brush tip with a barrel that twists off and you can fill it with water.  You will get a watercolored look with this tool.

You can use both of these tools with regular cardstock, but for the best results you may want to use Watercolor Paper.  You'll be able to use more water with the Watercolor Paper and get a more blended look with your coloring.

Thank you for visiting with me today, helping to honor Amber and we hope to see you over at StampNation!

A Great Big THANK You!

Catherine StampNation Highlights

One of the many things that I value so much about what I do, is the pleasure I get from working with the AMAZING folks that make up our Creative Team.  Working with talented folks and enlisting their support for our brand is something we take very seriously.  When we bring someone into the fold, it is so exciting. It's sad when they need to say goodbye…for now, but they are a part of us and we will love and support them in all they do!

Life is busy for all of us and some of our Creative Team ladies are needing to take a break, but before they go we wanted to send a MASSIVE THANK YOU to each of them for their contributions.  

From showcasing our beautiful products with their amazing card samples to all of the education videos and challenge cards they have made over on StampNation.  We think these ladies are pretty special and are honored and proud that they spent time on our team.

Thank you, Justine, Josefine, Lydia, and Melissa for all your contributions and support!  You all rock and we can't wait to see what you do next.  Until next time…