Swatch With Me | Zen Garden Minis with Tasha

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Hey Crafty People, it’s Tasha here with your Saturday inspiration! Sorry I’m a little later today, I have been playing in my craft room with the GORGEOUS new to me inks from Catherine Pooler! We now have the Zen Garden minis on sale and this week I have a swatch with me video, along with a quick, and easy card design using these new minis and a brand new stamp set too.
Let’s get to it!


Swatch with me

I always swatch out all my inks; it is a great way to get to know the ink & colour, and it makes choosing ink combos to work with so much easier!
I cut these tags using my Cameo 4, because I can cut loads in one go, which is handy when you wanna swatch ALL the things! 😉



Creating a simple card with my new inks

Once I had started ink blending with these beauties, I just couldn’t stop! I grabbed an a2 panel of Neenah 80lb, my blending brushes and got to creating a full panel!

I did intend to use all of the inks but I just ran out of space, so I ended missing out Sugared Lavender. If I had thought about it a little more, I would have skipped Spruce, just because there is quite a large band of Green and Green/Blue and I’m missing that pop of purple.


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I was trying to blend this without moving it, all for the Reels (haha,) so I didn’t get the best blend I would usually achieve. I knew this wouldn’t be a problem though, as the stamping would cover it easily.


New stamp excitement!

I just got the Just Soar stamp set from Catherine’s latest release and I absolutely HAD to use those gorgeous sentiments and Butterflies right away! Plus a dark black Butterfly silhouette can cover a multitude of ink blending issues! 😉

I stamped the largest Butterfly, the Soar sentiment and I ’embellished’ it with three of the tiny Butterflies from the stamp set, all with Midnight ink.


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This is as close to one layer cardmaking as I get tend to get, certainly when I am ink blending etc because I never seem to be able to keep the back of whatever I’m blending onto ink free.
So I just used wet glue to stick the panel straight onto an a2 card base made from Neenah 110lb.


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You can check out a super fun reels video that I have done for this card over on Instagram!

I will be back at the same time next week for more inspiration!

Stay Crafty!!!



Don’t forget to use code natashapapertree for 10% off your order!

Find the card and ink supplies here and the basic craft supplies here


Find more inspiration by Tasha here at the Tutorial blog

and around social media at her blog, YouTube, Facebook & Instagram

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