Masking and colouring with Catherine Pooler inks | Video Tutorial by Jeni

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Hi, I’m back with a clean and simple one layer (almost) card featuring Lesia Zgharda Designs clear stamps. We’ve waited a long time to restock the Lesia Zgharda stamps and now have a wide range of the beautiful nature inspired and geometric style of stamps in the shop. Also new this week are Wild Spider Designs Sticky Roll and Stampers Roll. Stampers Roll is a masking paper that is essential (IMO) for using with Lesia Zgharda stamps.

It’s almost a month since I last made a card. I guess you could say I’ve had a short holiday from card making this month – it hasn’t really felt like a holiday. HQ has been getting a make-over with freshly painted walls and a big tidy up.  The studio is being re-arranged for easier crafting, and a new set up for filming (with new lighting) – watch the video tutorial of this card’s process and let me know what you think about the lighting. (No more shadows from my hands!)


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Layering Stamps

As I want the butterfly at the front with the background stamping in the background – I stamp the FA149 Butterfly first. Stamp onto Bristol smooth card and Stampers Roll making paper with Midnight ink.  Using Bristol card and an archival ink means I will be able to colour with my favourite mediums – Catherine Pooler inks and a blender pen. Trim the butterfly from the masking paper (be really careful around the antenna) and cover the butterfly on the card.

Stamp the F208 Circles and Arrows background above the butterfly.  Clean the stamp, and move to stamp at the bottom of the butterfly.  Now, remove the masking paper from the butterfly.




The inspiration for this card came from sitting with Milly in the garden.  A Painted Lady butterfly landed on my sleeve for a few seconds.  It flew off, then I noticed a ladybug on my other sleeve. I’m taking both as a good sign that I’m heading in the right direction – which direction that is… not 100% sure…


Colouring with water based ink

Colour with Catherine Pooler inks – Bellini, Orange Twist and Tutti Frutti.  I use Orange Twist as the darker colour with Bellini as the lighter shade.  With Tutti Frutti as the darkest (brightest) colour with Orange Twist as the lighter colour, and even add Bellini in some areas for the lightest shade.


The butterflies body is coloured with Black Jack and Sweet Sixteen. Picking up the smallest amount of Sweet Sixteen with the blender pen to add just a touch of purple to the dark grey. (Maybe an orange shade would tie in better with the orange wings).




When I pick my colours, I look at the Catherine Pooler Party collection colour wheel and chose to use a Triad colour scheme – orange, violet and green.  The lines in the background as loosely coloured over with In The Park.  I use a tiny amount of colour and just swipe the blender pen over the stamped lines.


Finishing The Card

I trim the coloured panel a 1/4″ smaller on each side, then use the direct to paper method to make my own In The Park coloured border.  Adhere the butterfly panel to this, then onto an A2 card base.  There is no sentiment on this card.  The theme fits for so many occasions – birthdays, thank yous, get well soons or miss yous.

What sentiment would you put on this card? I will leave this a ‘no sentiment card’ until I need to send it.


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