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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Catherine Pooler
- Kristie Goulet
- Jessica Frost-Ballas
- Laurel Beard
- Kelly Griglione
- Lisa Harrolle
- Deepti Stephens
- Melissa Miller <– YOU ARE HERE
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 …