Zen Garden Blog Hop – Day 2

Mel's Card Corner | Zen Garden Blog Hop - Day 2

Welcome to day two of the big four day Creative Team blog hop featuring new products from the Zen Garden release from Catherine Pooler Designs. These new products were debuted last month at the Creativation (formerly known as CHA) trade show, but are now available for purchase. You should have arrived here from Ashlea’s blog, but if not, don’t worry. I’ll have a list of the full blog hop at the bottom of my post.

By my memory, I think this is the largest single release Catherine has ever had. In addition to eight new fabulous ink colors for the Spa Collection, there are loads of new stamps and dies in this release. For my cards today, I’m going to feature the new Love Grows stamp set and the new Smile word die.

Mel's Card Corner | Zen Garden Blog Hop - Day 2

Since today is Valentine’s Day, I thought I would make a card appropriate for the holiday. I repeat stamped the largest flower outline image from the Love Grows stamp set on a piece of white cardstock using the Rose Petals ink. I filled it in using the coordinating layering stamp, but stamped off the Rose Petals ink first to give it a softer look. I filled in the centers using Shea Butter, also stamped off. I followed the same process for the leaves using Seafoam ink. I filled in the white space using a couple of the paint splatter images from the Eat Sleep Create stamp set using the same Seafoam ink.

Mel's Card Corner | Zen Garden Blog Hop - Day 2

I trimmed the panel at an angle and mounted it to a top-folding card base. I stamped the sentiments using Midnight ink.  To give the card a little bling factor, I added a bead of Star Dust Stickles along the diagonal seam of the stamped panel and finished it off by adding some Sparkling Clear Confetti from Pretty Pink Posh.

Mel's Card Corner | Zen Garden Blog Hop - Day 2

For my second card, I decided to go a bit more masculine. The Love Grows stamp set has a really fun wavy stem and I decided to use it to create a graphic panel. I used the new Stone Blue ink to stamp the stem then moved it over a bit and stamped it again without reinking. I continued this process until I had covered the entire panel.

I created a coordinating mat layer to go behind it by using the direct-to-paper inking technique using the Stone Blue ink. I made the panel 1/8″ wider than the stamped panel then filled it with the ink. Before I added the stamped layer to it, I die cut the word Smile from the middle.

Mel's Card Corner | Zen Garden Blog Hop - Day 2

I adhered the layers together then added them to a top-folding card base. I stamped one of the sentiments from Love Grows just above the matted layers using the same Stone Blue ink. Even though it’s a fairly masculine card, I couldn’t resist adding a little bling factor. I went over the smile die cut using a Clear Overlay Sparkle from Crafter’s Companion.

Mel's Card Corner | Zen Garden Blog Hop - Day 2

As always with our blog hops, you’ll want to be sure and visit all the stops and leave a comment on each. Catherine’s is generously giving TWO lucky winners a set of all eight of the new Zen Garden Inks each blog hop day. Winners will be announced on Catherine’s blog on Monday, February 19. If any of the winners have already purchased the new inks, they will receive a $45 gift certificate instead to use on a future purchase from Catherine’s store.

As promised earlier, here’s the full list of the day two hop:

This is a four day hop, so be sure to come back again tomorrow. I’ll be hopping again showcasing some of the other new products in the Zen Garden release.

Until next time …

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  1. Sharon O says:

    Both of your cards are beautiful but I really love the blue ‘smile’ card! Clever use of stamps to make a stunning card.

  2. Sharon Perehudoff says:

    Beautiful cards love them both, the colors are awesome, thanks for sharing. Wow! so many wonderful cards on this blog hop, Wow!

  3. Teri S. says:

    Wonderful cards! I particularly like the 2nd one & the way you used the wavy stem stamp. This is a fab release. I don’t have any CP inks yet but they are on my wish list.

  4. Amy Lemmon says:

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful creations. Using the stems to make your background for the smile is absolutely brilliant. Love the look.

  5. Sharon Gullikson says:

    Great way to showcase the pretty flowers. I don’t have ANY of the inks yet, but would love to try them because it looks like they ink up stamps REALLY WELL!

  6. Angie Andrews says:

    I love when masculine cards are shown, sometimes I think we forget about the men in our lives and how they would love to receive a card as well. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Marcia L Rollins says:

    I need to remember to use that angled cut of the paper. It makes such a difference in the look of the card. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Mary Holshouser says:

    Love your designs.
    The diagonal cut on the first and
    the stripe of sentiment on the
    second. thanks for sharing

  9. Annalisa says:

    What a great way to use the wavy stem! That’s the kind of extra use I love seeing from a stamp set. And I love the angled cut against the curves of the flowers. It’s very striking. Thanks so much for sharing!

  10. Tracy Steinbach says:

    Great cards love how you did the guy card those are always a bit tough because you can’t add ribbon flowers and you can’t always put a fish or deer on them. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Ann Greene says:

    Mel, your masculine card is sooo nice. You tend to think out of the box. My box always seems to be taped shut. All of your cards are special. I love them.

  12. Dottie says:

    This cards a “ sleeper” in its creativity! Using the stem to make the wavy lines is brilliant as it’s kinda like a gentle smile in itself. All goes together!

  13. Wanda Radler says:

    Wow – such great cards. The flowers in this Love Grows stamp set are too cute. I really like how you used the stem as a decorative line in Stone Blue on the Smile card. I think that is going to be my new favorite CP ink color!!

  14. Jill D. says:

    Love both cards. I do a lot of masculine cads so always looking for ideas. Thanks for some new inspiration. I think these inks are also going to be great for that.

  15. Kathy Doyle says:

    I love your cards, especially the masculine Smile card! Love how you did the wavy lines with the direct to paper for the border, and the cut out Smile puts it over the top! I think the Blue Stone color is going to be a favorite of mine!

  16. Polly says:

    I am always so impressed with creative use of stamps (using them in ways not originally intended). Thus that smile card really got me.

  17. Jan Arnold says:

    Mel, You are so clever. I love that you used the stem to make that wavy panel! It’s so cute. Way to think outside the box! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  18. Sophia Blair says:

    I love your cards! The first one with the repeat stamping is a technique I enjoy doing, I like that it can give you potentially 2 cards in one sitting! Such pretty colours!

  19. Danielle Gibson says:

    Wow! Such a creative use of the wavy stem stamp. I never would have thought of that and yet, could be used on any type card making it an essential to your stash. Thanks so much for sharing with us!!

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