Catherine Pooler, Ellen Hutson, Hero Arts, Trinity Stamps

Succulent with a Bokeh Background

Flower sunday

Recently the lovely designer Julie Ebersole demonstrated how to make a bokeh background on the Ellen Hutson blog here. She created a video here. I was so enamored with the look that I had to try it as well with the Trinity Stamps succulent banner stamp set.  Julie does such a wonderful  job explaining how to make the background, that I will only briefly describe it.

  1. Stamp the succulent banner, and create a mask to place over the image.  Place the mask over the image.
  2. I used Catherine Pooler inks: Tiara, Be Mine & Coral Cabana (but you can use whatever inks you have) with the Trinity Blendability Brushes onto Neenah Solar White cardstock.  Make any pattern you want, best is as random as possible.
  3. Using different circle stamps (or even an adhesive circle), stamp lightly all over with Hero Arts uniform white ink.  Overlap circles and use at least 2 sizes. (I also made a panel with vellum as shown below in the photo).
  4. blue vellum
  5. I splattered gold paint over the entire panel before removing the mask.
  6. Let dry for several hours or use a heat gun to dry it completely.
  7. I used some copics (R20 & R30) for the flowers and painted over the succulents with Catherine Pooler ink

blue vellum2

Thank you for stopping by- I hope that you will give this method a try!

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Catherine Pooler

Storing Catherine Pooler Mini Inks

I have difficulty using a product if I can’t physically see it from my desk- I tend to forget about it!  I wanted to figure out a better way to physically contain these adorable inks so that I would be sure to use them.  I don’t tend to swatch my inks unless I use them a lot (like distress oxides), but I do love the properties of the Catherine Pooler Inks and was impressed by how easy it was to stamp an image perfectly in one try.

I used business card protector pages- which fit the inks snuggly (they will not fall out) and then placed the swatch in the neighboring slots.  Using a binder ring to contain all the pages will allow me to keep them together easily.  Finally I made a mini swatch for each ink that might even be more helpful than the larger swatches I made and labeled each swatch with the Brother label maker.

Thanks for stopping by- I hope this was helpful!

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