Foundations Box Blog Hop – Day 2

Welcome to the final stop for day two of the Foundations Box blog hop for Catherine Pooler Designs! You should have arrived here from Deepti’s blog, but if you didn’t, don’t worry, I’ll have the full list of the hop at the end of my post. You can use it to catch up on any stops you may have missed along the way.

Mel's Card Corner | Foundations Box Blog Hop

The concept behind the Foundations Box is that it has all the fundamentals someone would need to simply open the box and start creating cards. It’s great for experienced stampers because it has a little bit of everything, but is also great someone who is interested in just getting started with stamping, so it would make a great holiday gift! The box will go on sale at 9 a.m. ET tomorrow, November 16, and retails for $67 U.S. and will be available for shipment worldwide. Here’s what it contains:

  • Three full size photopolymer stamp sets (Spot On, For Everything, and Amazing Floral) which cover a variety of occasions.
  • A 2.75″ round acrylic block
  • Five full size ink pads (Midnight, Rockin’ Red, Fiesta Blue, Orange Twist, and Grass Skirt). These ink pads are from Catherine’s new line of inks which will be launching in early 2017
  • 30 pre-cut and scored white card bases made from 100 pound card stock
  • There’s also another little surprise for the initial release of this box. Catherine’s newsletter subscribers will receive an email tonight with more details on that, so be sure to subscribe if you haven’t already.

I’ve been having a blast making cards since receiving my preview box a couple of weeks ago. In fact, I was so inspired when I received it, I created four cards the very first day! For today’s hop, I’m going to share three of cards I’ve made recently using the contents of the box. Even though this box includes images which are great for use year-round, I thought I would concentrate mostly on holiday cards since I know many of you, like me, are focused right now on getting your holiday cards made.

Mel's Card Corner | Foundations Box Blog Hop

For this one layer card, I stamped sentiments from the Spot On stamp set using Midnight ink. I then stamped various small icon stamps from Spot On and For Everything across the card diagonally using the Fiesta Blue, Grass Skirt, and Rockin’ Red inks.

Mel's Card Corner | Foundations Box Blog Hop

My second card is also a one layer card, but has a few more steps involved than my first card. This card features a Christmas tree I created using some simple masking. I started by inking up the coffee cup image from For Everything using the Midnight ink. Before stamping it onto my card base, I used an Absorber cloth to remove the ink from the handle of the cup since I didn’t want that to stamp. After stamping the image in the bottom center of my card, I filled in the “beverage” part of the cup using a black marker. Next, I used the wide stripe on the double stripe stamp from For Everything to create the trunk of my tree using Grass Skirt ink. I used the same technique from the previous step of removing the ink I didn’t want with an Absorber before stamping my card.

Once I had my tree base and trunk completed, I masked off a tall triangle shape using large sticky notes. I used the small circle stamps from the Spot On stamp set to fill in my tree using Grass Skirt, Rockin’ Red, and Fiesta Blue inks. I started by stamping the largest of the circles first, then moved down to the medium, then finally used the smallest circle to fill in any remaining areas. As you can see, I didn’t worry about any of the circles overlapping or anything. Letting them overlap gives almost a bokeh effect to the tree. I stamped the star from For Everything using the Orange Twist ink at the top of my tree then used the small gift stamp from the same set to add packages under the tree in a variety of colors. To finish the card, I stamped the happy and holidays sentiments from Spot On above the tree using Midnight ink.

Mel's Card Corner | Foundations Box Blog Hop

For my final card for the hop, I stepped things up a bit. Even thought this is technically still a one layer card, it would definitely qualify as a stepped up card since it includes ink blending, masking, and generational stamping. I started the card by creating a cloud mask from a piece of simple copy paper. Starting from the top of the card, I placed the mask across the card and adding the Fiesta Blue ink using a mini ink blending tool. I worked my way down the card moving the mask down an inch or so at a time and repositioning it each time to get a varied cloud effect.

Once I had the ink blending completed, I continue working on my scene by adding the flowers along the bottom. I used the various leaf stamps from the Amazing Floral stamp set and the Grass Skirt ink. Some were stamped full strength and I stamped off first (second generation stamping) on some of the others. This not only help give some variety in the color of the leaves, but also help create some dimension. I then added the flowers using three of the different small floral stamps from the same stamp set and a variety of the inks. I stamped off once when using the Rockin’ Red ink which helped give me almost more of a pink look than a strong red.

To create my focal image, I used a variety of the circle stamps from the Spot On stamp set. I started by stamping the Happy circle using the Rockin’ Red ink then created a simple mask from a sticky note. I covered the Happy circle with the mask then stamped the herringbone circle using the Orange Twist ink. I then added two other circles using the Fiesta Blue and Grass Skirt inks. To make the circles look like balloons, I used a fine tip black marker to draw in some simple bows and strings from each circle. To finish the card, I added a couple of the kite images from For Everything in the background. I stamped off twice on each kite before stamping on my card so they would appear very faint. This helps give the illusion they floating off far away in the sky.

Giveaway Alert!

Be sure to leave comments as you make your way through the hop. The more comments you leave, the better your odds of winning!  One winner will be randomly chosen from all the comments left during the day two hop and will be announced tomorrow morning at 9 am eastern with the launch of the Foundations Box. You only have 24 hours to visit all the blogs and leave your comments, so HURRY!

If you happened to miss any stops along the way, here’s the full list of everyone participating in today’s hop:

If you enjoyed my cards today, please be sure to stop by again tomorrow. I’ll have three more cards I created using the Foundation Box to help celebrate the official launch! I’ll be sharing another birthday card, another holiday card, and an all-occasion card. I hope you’ll stop by to check them out!

Until next time …

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  1. Janet Kohler says:

    Great job! every card from this blog hop has been an inspirations. Who could know that one layer cards can be so beautiful.

  2. Melissa friedrich says:

    Wow, gorgeous cards and I am still in awe over the vibrancy of these dye inks! The Christmas tree card is my fave, love the clever use of the mug for the pot!

  3. barb macaskill says:

    OOOOOOOOO! These cards make me want to smile all day long! LOVE the pretty ink colors and those stamps are out of this world AWESOME! I especially love your balloon card! Festive and fun! TFS!bnarb

  4. Vicki Smith says:

    These ink pads make such colorful cards and your cards are great. Would REALLY love to win this fabulous box of goodness! 🙂

  5. Amy Ames says:

    Love the designs you’ve come up with Melissa!! The circles you used for balloons is just adorable. And the Christmas tree is so pretty.

  6. Teresa Rawnick says:

    Great cards. Love the little masked Christmas tree idea. Can’t wait for the release of the new Foundations Box tomorrow.

  7. Rachel Vass says:

    I’ve been intrigued by the sneak peeks over the last few weeks and am not disappointed at the reveal. Looks a great kit, and am loving all the great cards and inspiration. I especially love your balloon/flower scene.

  8. Beth Karschnick says:

    Hey Melissa, Great cards. LOVE LOVE LOVE the birthday card. I’m gonna have to do a CASE of that one!!! I have gotta get one of these boxes…they are great!!!!

  9. Nancy-Anne Rockwell says:

    Oh that balloon card is just adorable! And made so much more interesting with the clouds and garden. A MUST try!

  10. Karen Lindsay says:

    What happy cards you’ve created! I’m sure you are having great fun playing with the new, bright inks and stamp sets. I need them!

  11. Sebrina Bendel says:

    Great cards. The colors are so bright and vibrant that the cards just pop. Looking forward to trying these inks out myself!

  12. Caroline B says:

    LOVE that bokeh tree–what a great idea!
    And your birthday card, with the circles converted to balloons is amazing. Lovely detail, thanks for sharing how you did it all. I am so impressed with how well these new inks work for blending.

  13. Fran Weinberg says:

    Love your cards, especially the birthday card. Turning the patterned circles into balloons is so creative! Thanks so much for Shari G your ideas.

  14. Elizabeth G says:

    Thank you for sharing your cards, and infact thank you to all the designers that did Catherine’s blog hop with/for her, EVERY single card is AMAZING. I am still coming to terms with how she has managed to get the ink colors so BRIGHT, i’m sure anyone who would recieve a card using this box would be soo cheered up by just the colors.

  15. mary nelson says:

    Amazing cards! Very creative, I love your Christmas tree…fabulous! And speaking of fabulous, your birthday card…extremely fabulous!!!

  16. Clare says:

    Oh Mel these are all so amazing I can’t pick a favourite as they are all my favourite! I kept scrolling down going oh I love that one then I’d see the next and change my mind. The dotted Christmas tree is truely awesome and the balloon and kite scene is beautiful and the first Christmas card is so simple and perfect. Thanks for such fab ideas I really want to try to CASE them all if you don’t mind.

  17. Karen Sturdivant says:

    Your cards are amazing. The birthday card doesn’t even look like a single layer card, there is so much detail. Love the Christmas tree. Great job.

  18. Jayne says:

    Love your cards, especially the birthday one. Can’t wait to get my hands on this box and get inky fingers. Those inks…… oh my. Thanks for sharing and happy day.

  19. Debi says:

    Great tips to remove some of the inked image before stamping. The inks seem to really stamp well. Cute cards. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Mary H. says:

    Looking forward to 3 more adorable cards tomorrow…I love how the DT met the challenge of creating CAS cards…outstanding job to all!!!

  21. Jean Purpura says:

    Your ideas are awesome…. I can not wait to try some of the ideas you have shared here. My shipment can’t possibly are soon enough…..I want it NOW!

  22. Robin Monsos says:

    Stepped it up a bit? You rocked the house with these cards. I am in love with all of the techniques and designs you used. And a coffe cup for a tree base? Shut the front door! These are really great. Thank you for sharing them with us.

  23. Diane B says:

    Great use of the stamps for the tree base and the trunk. Very colourful cards showcasing the colourful inks. Love the balloons. Great hop!

  24. Julie Edwards-Finley says:

    Beautiful cards. I really love the Happy Birthday card. I need that one for my niece. Can’t wait to get a box of my own. Thanks for sharing

  25. Andrea Dulaney says:

    The Happy Birthday card is very pretty. I would love to get this set and make more birthday cards with all the vibrant colors.

  26. Marjorie King says:

    Wow I really love the Happy Birthday card. I need to find someone in my area that can show me all this stuff. Look forward to the new inks. And how she will have them in sets so they match.

  27. Karen.O says:

    Well what a great hop. Your cards are just lovely. I am amazed at everyones creations using the same stamp sets. So much versatility and creativity. The stamp colours look so vibrant and pretty. Brilliant idea!!!

  28. Barbara S says:

    Great cards – I love the polka dot tree (great idea masking off a triangle). And I love those patterned circles on the birthday card – I can’t wait to get my hands on that stamp set. Thanks for sharing your beautiful creations.

  29. Lynn Fletcher says:

    I love the card you did with the Spot On stamp set and the new ink pads from Catherine Pooler. That is one amazing Christmas tree!

  30. Joyce Spear says:

    Nice work, Mel! All three cards here are fabulous, but I’m especially taken by the bokeh tree! I’m going nuts because *I* don’t have the inks yet, but I’m hoping that situation will be remedied by the weekend if USPS is good to me.

  31. karenladd says:

    I am really loving all the clever card designs the DT has come up with by combing the small images in these sets. I never quite know how to use them but now I can’t wait to play around with a few!

  32. Carol Hardie says:

    Love your cards, especially the balloon birthday card. The layout, colors and content just made me smile. The light stamping on the kites was a great touch. Thank you for sharing all your talents.

  33. Naama says:

    Love your designs, so pretty and happy ^^
    It’s amazing you could do all these things with one kit – what an amazing box of goodies!

  34. Brandy Duncan says:

    Very creative use of the stamp sets. I love how you made Christmas tree, and the balloons are just adorable. What a great way to end the blog hog. I just wish it wasn’t over. I” loving all of the inspiration. Thanks for sharing your ideas with us.

  35. Donna Hawkins says:

    Oh my gosh!!! I love your designs and this Foundations Box is amazing! Clean, simple, and yet so dramatic! Thank you to all of the Design Team and especially to Catherine for her beautiful giving heart!

  36. Laura Miller says:

    Love the “stepped up” card. Those balloons really do feel like they are drifting off to join the kites. Thanks for the ideas!

  37. Heather North says:

    Sorry I’m late to the blog hop train, but I had to come over here and leave you some love. My jaw dropped when I saw your spot-on tree, Melissa. You are so clever and creative. Love the little balloons and the floating presents too.

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