We (and you) love Catherine Pooler inks. There are so many ways to use these fabulous inks and refills. You can find out more about the ink colours and what makes them different from other inks at this blog post.
The Party Collection of ink colours are available individually as full-size ink pads, refills and as a collection of eight (four for Foundation) mini sized ink pads.
One great way to use the CP inks is with ink blending. I’ve been working on this series of posts for a while and found the best way is to show each collection on its own first. I did try to use every colour in the Party collection (Life Of The Party, Carnival & Foundation) but I found I was getting confused with all the combinations. There are 28 ink colours in the Party collection. So I decide to stay with one collection of colours to get a base ink blend for each colour, then I can see which colours from other collections will work well together.
Three Colour Blends
First up is Spring Fling. I lay out the inks on my desk in rainbow order and picked three that were next to each other. The card I use is Bristol Vellum trimmed to 4.5” x 2” and I use the Life-Changing Blending Brushes for the blending. One brush for each colour.
Yellow – Orange Blends
Melon Ice, Bellini and t’s A Girl
Melon Ice and Bellini (a two colour blend snuck in)
Pink – Orange Blends
It’s A Girl, Sweet Sixteen and Pixie Dust
Bellini, It’s A Girl and Pixie Dust
Bellini, It’s A Girl and Sweet Sixteen
Purple – Green Blends
Pixie Dust, It’s A Boy and Mint To Be
Sweet Sixteen, It’s A Boy and Mint To Be
Blue – Yellow Blends
It’s A Boy, Garden Party and Melon Ice
Mint To Be and Melon (another two colour blend snuck in)
Two Colour Blends
I tried some two colour blends just using the primary colours – It’s A Girl, Melon Ice and It’s A Boy.
I found this a great way to see if any ink pads needed refilling, and it was a great way to test out the Blending Brush Scrubber too.
Brutus Monroe recommends spraying Squeaky Clean Stamp Cleaner onto your brushes then cleaning your brush on the scrubber. We stock the original Squeaky Clean – which contains lavender oil, and it is currently out of stock. You can join the waitlist and will be emailed as soon as we re-stock the Original Squeaky Clean. (Leave a comment if you would like another ‘scent’ of Brutus Monroe stamp cleaner).
I cleaned my brushes before beginning this ink blending mini-series so I could get accurate colours. As my brushes seemed to contain quite a lot of colour, and to not use all my Squeaky Clean, I took my brushes and the scrubber to the kitchen sink. I held the scrubber in one hand, wet the scrubber with water then took the brush to the scrubber. Working in a circular motion – the same as when I ink blend.
The Blending Brush Scrubber is amazing – you can see the colour coming off the brush. It keeps your hands clean* and removes any ink from the bristles. I left the brushes to dry overnight, and the next day they were clean and dry. Ready for some more ink blending.
Leave a comment if you would like these ink blend swatches all together as an A4 printable. I’ll have another post in this mini-series soon featuring more Catherine Pooler Designs ink colour blends.
Spring Fling Collection
*I tend to get quite inky when I do ink blending or clean my brushes. My hands weren’t as stained as they normally are after cleaning my blending brushes.