The Little Paper Tree is proud and excited to introduce Catherine Pooler inks to the UK and Europe. We have been stampers and card makers for about 20 years combined and have used lots of different brands of ink. This is the definitive post to tell you why these inks are so great and all the uses you can have from these inks!
The Catherine Pooler inks are designed in collections. Currently there are two collections, and all the colours within a collection work together so colour coordination is super easy.
The Party Line of inks are vibrant and highly saturated colours. The Life Of The Party is full of bright and vivid colours (think lime green and hot pink). The Spring Fling are still bright party themed colours but in softer more pastel shades (peach and baby blue). All the ink colours in the Party Collection have party themed names – Party Dress, Something Borrowed, Bellini, Garden Party) so are easy to find. And they will all coordinate together!
The Spa collection is softer, lower saturated and more muted shades that you would think you were going to spend a day at the spa. Zen Garden is full of muted shades inspired by spa’s and treatments – Shea Butter is a beautiful soft yellow. With names like Sea Foam, Polished and Spruce these colours are easy to find within the Spa collection. Paradise Found is full of deeper warmer shades – Mandarin Spice, Royal Treatment & Sauna.
The Neutral collection is your basic colours. Icing On The Cake – a chocolate icing shade. Black Jack – a very dark grey and Midnight – a solid dark black.
The ink pads are stackable and easy to label at the base of the lid. What makes these ink pads different is they are on foam pads. Normally foam ink pads are used for pigment ink – these inks are premium dye-based inks. Foam pads release ink very easily. All you need is two or three “love taps” to get a fully inked stamp. A fully inked stamp leads to a fully stamped image! You may need to practice a few times to make sure you don’t flood your stamp and get an inky mess. You may end up with inky fingers – but inky fingers mean a happy stamper! And the inks wash off easily. Remember your new mantra is “Little Love Tap”.
Since these are foam ink pads they may run out of ink quicker than a felt pad. Catherine Pooler Designs recommends getting ink refills at the same time as the ink pad. Especially if you use techniques – such as direct to paper, ink blending/sponging or smooshing. And refills are great for other techniques too! If you do just ‘regular’ stamping you should be okay for a while.
The Little Paper Tree have all the Catherine Pooler inks available to purchase in three options – ink pad only, refill only, and as a bundle of ink pad and refill.
Why do crafters love these inks?
- Colour coordination is so easy! Both collections are made to work together – the Party Collection and the Spa collection. No more guessing which colours will work with which!
- No more splotchy images or half stamped images! Two or three gentle LOVE TAPS are all that are needed to get full coverage on your stamps. A fully inked stamp means a fully stamped image on your cardstock. You may be used to pressing down very hard on your felt or linen ink pads but doing this with foam pads will push ink all over your stamp and make a mess! You may want to practice a bit on scratch paper first. Both Mum and I have found it easy to just use some love taps.
- No more muddy or dirty stamped images. Do you spend ages cleaning your stamp and stamping a new colour onto scrap paper first before going to your project? Not anymore. These inks are amazing and DO NOT transfer any dark ink residue to a lighter colour. I stamped the Something Borrowed ink first, wiped my stamp on a dry rag then stamped in Tutti Frutti ink! See the photograph on Instagram HERE
- These inks are water reactive which makes them great for watercolour lovers and Distress sprayer waterdrop effects.
- Blending or sponging on your card is easy. These inks stay wet for a few seconds, so you have time to blend them together for beautiful backgrounds.
- Also, the inks stay wet for a while, so you can sprinkle on some embossing powder! So, these inks work as coloured embossing ink! All you need is clear embossing powder!
All the Catherine Pooler inks are premium dye inks and are all non-permanent – except for Midnight. The Midnight ink is the black archival ink pad. Archival ink will stain your stamps – so you may need to practise using this ink pad. Because this ink pad is archival it is suitable for using with Zig markers and watercolouring – and can also be used for alcohol marker colouring! As these inks take a few seconds to dry you might have to leave your stamped images for a while (or heat set before using alcohol markers) to make sure they are completely dry.
Storing these inks is so easy. They are stackable (which is always good) and there is space to add a small label, so you can easily find the colour you are after. You don’t need to store them upside down. Foam ink pads have a shelf life of at least two years, but they could last much longer with good care and storage. It is recommended to store them close to room temperature and out of direct sunlight.
If you use a stamp cleaner other than water – also clean your stamp with water to remove any residue that might cling to your stamp.
Both Mum and I are busy playing with these inks and filming videos to show all the techniques you can do with these inks. You can see all these video tutorials HERE.
You can download a free ink colour swatch printout HERE
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Catherine Pooler Inks
Party Collection – Life Of The Party
Party Collection – Spring Fling
Spa Collection – Zen Garden
Spa Collection – Paradise Found
Neutral Collection – /Neutral