CP Ink Colour Blends Mini Series – Carnival

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Welcome back. Next in the Ink Colour Blends mini series featuring Catherine Pooler inks is the Carnival collection. Although somehow I missed out Suede Shoes…

You can find out more about the ink colours and what makes them different from other inks at this blog post, and find the other posts in this mini series here.


The Party Collection by Catherine Pooler has four collections of ink pads. Foundation (set of 4 colours), Life Of The Party, Spring Fling and Carnival (set of 8 colours). Each collection of ink colours are available individually as full-size ink pads and refills, and as mini collections of 8 mini ink pads (4 mini ink pads for Foundation).

I will continue this mini series on ink blending with CP inks for each collection of colours. When I have all these swatches with each collection individually, I will then have a good visual to see which colours from other collections will blend well together.

Three Colour Blends

Next in the Party Collection is  Carnival ink colours.  I lay out the inks on my desk in rainbow order (apart from Suede Shoes – which was hiding) and picked three that were next to each other to blend together. The card I use is Bristol Vellum trimmed to 4.5” x 2” and I use the Life-Changing Blending Brushes for the blending. One brush for each colour.


Yellow – Red Blends

Limoncello, Mardi Gras, All That Jazz

Limoncello, Coral Cabana, Samba

Be Mine, Coral Cabana, Samba



Blue – Yellow Blends

Grape Crush, Be Mine, Samba

Be Mine, Grape Crush, All That Jazz

Mardi Gras, All That Jazz, Grape Crush


Two Colour Blends

I tried some two colour blends just using the primary colours – Limoncello, Samba and All That Jazz


The Samba and All That Jazz did not blend well – it’s a very dark and muddy purple. The colour is quite similar to the Rocking Red and Fiesta Blue. I tested Be Mine and All That Jazz to see if these colours made a prettier purple.  The Suede Shoes ink pad was hiding from me, so I try this two colour blend again to see what type of purple I get.


Cleaning Brushes

Now that I have ink blend swatches for all the Party collection of inks I will give all my brushes a clean with the Blending Brush Scrubber. Brutus Monroe recommends spraying Squeaky Clean Stamp Cleaner onto your brushes then cleaning your brush on the scrubber.  We stock the original Squeaky Clean – which contains lavender oil, but it is currently out of stock.  You can join the waitlist and will be emailed as soon as we re-stock the Original Squeaky Clean.  (Leave a comment if you would like another ‘scent’ of Brutus Monroe stamp cleaner).

I took my brushes and the scrubber to the kitchen sink.  I held the scrubber in one hand, wet the scrubber with water then took the brush to the scrubber.  Working in a circular motion – the same as when I ink blend.  You can see the colour running off the scrubber into the sink. I left the brushes to dry overnight, and the next day they were clean and dry.  Ready for some more ink blending with the Spa collection of inks.


Leave a comment if you would like these ink blend swatches all together as an A4 printable. I’ll have another post in this mini-series soon featuring more Catherine Pooler Designs ink colour blends.


Products Used

Carnival Collection

Be Mine Ink Pad & Refill

Samba Ink Pad & Refill

Coral Cabana Ink Pad & Refill

Limoncello Ink Pad & Refill

Mardi Gras Ink Pad & Refill

All That Jazz Ink Pad & Refill

Suede Shoes Ink Pad & Refill

Grape Crush Ink Pad & Refill

Mini Carnvial Ink Collection

Carnival Color Burst Powder by Ken Oliver


Life-Changing Blending Brushes

Blending Brush Scrubber

Squeaky Clean Stamp Cleaner

Bristol Vellum Card


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