All That Jazz Blog Hop – Day 1

Mel's Card Corner | All That Jazz Blog Hop

Welcome to day one of our big three day blog hop featuring products from the new All That Jazz release from Catherine Pooler Designs. You should have arrived here from Josefine’s blog, but if you didn’t, don’t worry. I’ll have a list of the full blog hop at the end of my post.

As I mentioned, this blog hop is featuring products from the new All That Jazz release. In addition to the launch of several brand new products, items from the previously released Counting Blessings Stamp of Approval (SOA) collection will also be available for purchase beginning Tuesday, March 20.

Mel's Card Corner | All That Jazz Blog Hop

For my first card today, I started by stamping the new Doin’ the Polka Background Stamp on a piece of white card stock using Stone Blue ink using my MISTI. I double stamped the Stone Blue to get a nice dark color, then stamped a third time using VersaMark so I could clear emboss over the Stone Blue. Once the embossing was cool, I used a mini ink blending tool to sponge Shea Butter over the entire piece. After achieving the level of color I wanted, I die cut the panel using the scalloped rectangle from the Tags, Etc. Dies which was part of the Counting Blessings SOA.

Mel's Card Corner | All That Jazz Blog Hop

For the sentiment, I die cut the tag from the Tags, Etc. Dies from white card stock. The tag was a bit longer than I needed, so I trimmed 3/4″ from the bottom then rounded the corners using my Corner Chomper. I stamped the small floral spray from the Grateful Heart stamp set along the bottom using Midnight ink then color them using my ColourTint pencils from Crafter’s Companion then used a Clear Overlay Sparkle Pen to blend the color. Finally, I stamped one of the sentiments from the Grateful Heart stamp set using VersaMark then heat embossed it in gold.

To assemble the card, I created a top-folding card base from the new Sand Dune card stock. I adhered the scalloped rectangle using liquid glue. After finishing the tag off with a bit of pink shimmer ribbon and gold twine from my stash, I adhered the tag to the card at an angle using foam adhesive.

Mel's Card Corner | All That Jazz Blog Hop

For my second card, I decided to turn my attention to the awesome new Black Tie Gala Patterned Paper. It’s a collection of gorgeous black & white graphic designs. This nice thing about this paper is it’s heavy enough to also stand up to inking technique. In this case, I used an ink blending tool and applied Party Dress ink over the entire panel. I applied more ink near the top and then lightened my pressure as I went down the panel to create a slight ombre effect. I then matted the panel on a piece of Midnight card stock and adhered it to a top-folding card base created from white card stock.

Mel's Card Corner | All That Jazz Blog Hop

For the sentiment, I used one from the Good Things stamp set which was part of the Counting Blessings SOA collection. I stamped it using Catherine’s Midnight ink. I stamped it using my MISTI so I could double stamp it to ensure I got nice ink coverage on the thicker solid images. To complete the card, I wrapped a bit of black and white baker’s twine around the top of the card. It gives a fairly simple card a nice finishing touch and helps fill in the large white space in the upper right corner of the card.

That’s it for me today. Next up, you’ll be heading over to Jenny’s blog for more awesome inspiration!

Comment to Win!

Be sure to hop along with us for all three days and leave comments at all the stops on our hops. Five (5) randomly selected winners from all the commenters will each receive two (2) free Catherine Pooler Designs ink pads and free shipping. Winners will be announced on Catherine’s blog on Friday, March 23.

Here’s a list of all the stops for day one of the hop:

I’ll also be participating in the hop tomorrow. Be sure to stop by again for more projects features products from this release.

Until next time …

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  1. Karen K. says:

    These are lovely Melissa! Seeing how you used color on the patterned paper has swayed my decision to make that paper pack part of my purchase this week!! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Mary Holshouser says:

    Love the blue polka dots.
    The Shea Butter looks
    blends with the blue
    so well. thanks
    for sharing some great

  3. Jennifer Colacicco says:

    Fab cards Melissa – the ink blending over the black and white paper is inspired ! It’s such thick good paper I thought about doing it but wimped out. Glad it worked I’m going to totally do it now! Jenny x

  4. Becca Yahrling says:

    Lovely cards! I really love those polka dots. Love the color and the embossing. And the patterned paper is just beautiful! Love how you added color & the ombre effect of same.

  5. Allison Cope says:

    Beautiful cards Melissa! I love the use of the polka dot by stamp and the new black and white patterned papers!

  6. Judith Rogers🌸 says:

    Pretty cards. I like the addition of the baker’s twine on cards but never know how to use it myself.

  7. Michelle Hackett says:

    These are gorgeous Melissa. Adding the clear embossing over the polka dots really brought them to life.

  8. JEWELZB says:

    Beautiful colors, amazing paper, a new CP release!!! WooHoo!!!
    I definitely have to try the 1st technique of embossing after stamping then adding color. Your 2nd card, I’m in LOVE with the pink, absolutely stunning!!

  9. Crystal Williams says:

    Wow! Really like the second card! Thanks for sharing! Love CP products and all the inspiration that flows from everyone!

  10. LilyAnn Kranking says:

    The new Black Tie Gala Patterned Paper is a great new product. I liked the way you inked it with one of Catherine’s inks.. This lends it to so many possibilities using different color inks.

  11. Andrea Hastilow says:

    You’ve given such great examples from this new release, both your cards are very elegant and cheerful, the patterned paper looks very interesting can’t wait to see more of that. Can’t wait to see your next two days projects x

  12. Nana Griffin says:

    Great ideas. I really like the look of a guy card your second card shows. Always find it hard to come up with them.

  13. arlene p. says:

    Two great cards Melissa! I love the tags on the first card and on the second, I never would of thought of inking a black & white print so TFS.

  14. Jnana says:

    Loved the poka dot card, the use of colors (the blue and shea butter really came out great. Great ideas with both cards! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Carolyn S says:

    Both cards are beautiful. I’m glad to see this example of the patterned paper being colored. An entirely different look and shows how versatile this is

  16. Annalisa says:

    Wow! I wouldn’t have guessed Stone Blue as the color under the embossing. How gorgeous is that? And that’s so good to know that the b/w paper pack stands up to some inking, because that is a beautiful look. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us!

  17. Jellie Bran says:

    Double stamping, then Versamark, using the Misti – now, why didn’t I think of that? So simple! And yet, it eluded me. That’s why those of us who are creatively-impaired need you creative people to teach and guide us. Thank you. 🙂

  18. Anna Tracy says:

    The second card would be great for a guy or gal and on the first kind of like how you mix the polka dots with the Florals

  19. Monica Eggleton says:

    Love the technique you used on the Black tie patterned paper, you really brought it to life! I also like to see cards switched up to fold on top. Thanks for the inspiration to use ink differently on printed paper.

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