Why Catherine Pooler inks?

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The Little Paper Tree is proud and excited to introduce Catherine Pooler inks & refills 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!


What are all the ways I can use these inks and refills?

We have a YouTube playlist full of ways to use the Catherine Pooler Designs ink pads and refills. From straight-up stamping, to watercolouring and other techniques.  Don’t forget to search the tutorial blog for cards using Catherine Pooler Designs ink colours too.


Three Collections

The Catherine Pooler inks are designed in collections.  Currently, there are three collections, and all the colours within a collection work together so colour coordination is super easy.  We sell them in bundles of ink pad & refill or individually ink pad or refill.


Party Collection

The Party Line of inks are vibrant and highly saturated colours.

  • The Foundation set is four primary colours in bright vivid colours.
  • The Life Of The Party is full of bright and vivid colours (lime green and hot pink).
  • The Spring Fling are still bright party-themed colours but in softer more pastel shades (peach and baby blue).
  • The Carnivale collection is bright and vibrant ink colours.


The Carnivale colours are also available as Color Burst by Ken Oliver!


Don’t these colours just make you want to party?

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!


Spa Collection

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.
  • Paradise Found is full of deeper warmer shades – Mandarin Spice, Royal Treatment & Sauna. With names like Sea Foam, Polished and Spruce these colours are easy to find within the Spa collection.
  • Urban Oasis is gorgeously soft, muted colours to definitely soothe any mood.


Neutral Collection

The Neutral collection is your basic colours.

  • Three shades of black/grey – Twilight – a soft light grey, Black Jack – a very dark grey and Midnight – a solid dark black.
  • With three shades of natural kraft colours – Sand Castle, Over Coffee and Icing on The Cake.



CP Minis

The Party Collection is also available in mini size, and in the full sets of ink colours.


Inside The Ink Pad

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?

Choosing Colours

  • 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.

Ink left on your stamps? Not anymore

  • 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


Blending, Watercolouring & Heat Embossing

  • 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!


Premium Dye Inks

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



Catherine Pooler Designs Inks

Party Collection


Life Of The Party

Spring Fling


Foundation Mini

Life Of The Party Mini

Spring Fling Mini

Carnivale Mini


Spa Collection

Zen Garden

Paradise Found

Urban Oasis


Neutral Collection


Midnight Mini 

Icing On The Cake Mini


6 Responses

  1. Richard Catling
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    I am looking for someone who stocks Catherine Pooler in pads so i can buy some as a present for my wife whose birthday next week

    Do you have any in stock?


    • Jeni
      | Reply

      Hi Richard, We have ever colour of Catherine Pooler ink pads and refills in stock.
      Sorry if Milly’s barking was too loud on the phone.

  2. Tracy
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    Do you sell Catherine Pooler stamp sets please?

  3. Heather England
    | Reply

    Heather .
    How much are the ink sets.

    • Jeni
      | Reply

      Hi Heather,

      The individual Mini inks (Midnight and Black Jack) are £4.50
      The Mini Ink Sets are £16.95 for the Foundation set (four colours) and £32.95 for the Life Of The Party, Spring Fling and Carnival set.

      The full sized ink pads are £6.50 each
      The refills are £4.50 each
      The bundle of full sized ink pad and refill are £10 each.

      They can all be found HERE

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