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The Perfect Reason Stamp of Approval Blog Hop Day 2: Stencil Techniques video

Welcome to day TWO of the Perfect Reason Stamp of Approval blog hop!!!  I have several cards and a video to share with you today featuring a few items from the collection!

Laurel Beard The Perfect Reason Stamp of Approval

There are three days total and different designers are hopping along on each day! And there are prizes! More on that in a bit.  All the hoppers participating in todays hop are linked at the end of this post.  The The Perfect Reason Stamp of Approval collection will be available on the 8th. Just two days from now!!!

To recap for those that may not know – Stamp of Approval is a quarterly hand picked, exclusive collection of products that were designed just for the box. The stamps and dies in the Stamp of Approval Collections  won’t be released for individual sale for several months over at the Catherine Pooler store.    Be sure to subscribe to the Wait List so you will be emailed the purchase link when the collection goes on sale on the 8th! 

In the video, I will be focusing on various stenciling techniques using the FANTASTIC stencil that comes in the collection. I got a little over excited, lol! You can watch the video right here on the blog or on my youtube channel in HD by clicking  HERE.

Let’s take a close up look at each card in the video. Since this is a blog hop and you have lots to see and since I made a video, I won’t go into detail about how I made each card. Under each photo, I’ll highlight the products I used from the Perfect Reason collection, which goes on sale on the 8th! The inks are available now in the shop.

Laurel Beard The Perfect Reason Stamp of Approval

Textured Stenciling:  Perfect Reason Stamp Set, Mod Squared Stencil, White Embossing Paste, Catherine Pooler Inks (Party Dress, Tiara, Orange  Twist)

Laurel Beard The Perfect Reason Stamp of Approval

Ombre Stenciling:  Perfect Reason Stamp Set, Perfect Vines Die, Mod Squared Stencil, Catherine Pooler Ink (Aquatini, Midnight)

Laurel Beard The Perfect Reason Stamp of Approval

Watercolor Stenciling:  You Did It stamp set, Mod Squared Stencil, Catherine Pooler Inks (Aquatini, Flirty Fuchsia, Tiara, Orange Twist, Midnight)

Laurel Beard The Perfect Reason Stamp of Approval

Ink Blending Stenciling:  You Did It stamp set, Mod Squared Stencil, Catherine Pooler Inks (Aquatini, Flirty Fuchsia, Tiara, Orange Twist, Midnight)

Laurel Beard The Perfect Reason Stamp of Approval

Ink Blending Stenciling on Kraft:  You Did It stamp set, Mod Squared Stencil, Catherine Pooler Inks (Aquatini, Flirty Fuchsia, Tiara, Orange Twist, Something Borrowed)

Laurel Beard The Perfect Reason Stamp of Approval


Comment to win Stamp of Approval

PRIZE: One winner will be chosen at random from each day’s comments and will be announced on February 9 on Catherine’s blog.  The winners will win the entire collection! (If you already purchased the collection, you will receive a refund).

Stamp of Approval the Perfect Reason Collection

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  1. Beautiful backgrounds and cards! Excited to watch your video later today – I need a stenciling lesson! 🙂

  2. Fabulous backgrounds, thanks for all the inspiration and ideas using that great stencil!

  3. Alma D says:

    Beautiful cards!, Laurel! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Nancy Kamrowski says:

    Thanks for the video…I don’t blend often enough….thanks for the inspiration.!

  5. KathyP says:

    I love how you “slap” color on!

  6. Laura Manning says:

    I can tell you had fun with these backgrounds. The flower is my favorite. So different from what I’ve seen so far. Such a fun collection.

  7. Michele Zinser says:

    LOVE THE sentiments. PRETTY!!! cards

  8. Vickie says:

    Thanks for showing the stencil techniques! Fabulous cards

  9. Laurel, your videos always out a smile on my face! Great tip for taping cardstock to stencils – tape from the back?! What!! That’s genius!! I’m ALWAYS tearing my paper but not any more thanks to you 🙂 ❤️ your cards especially that first one – so simple and yet so pretty!

  10. Leanne in Cali says:

    Beautiful cards! Your backgrounds are wonderful. Can’t wait to get this collection. Thanks for sharing on the blog hop!!

  11. Love them all Laurel!

  12. Jean Mervine says:

    Beautiful cards. Lots of good ideas for stenciling.

  13. beastybunny says:

    Wow! Love the kraft card!

  14. So much versatility. Can’t wait to create.

  15. Ellen C says:

    Love your cards. Your video is very inspiring, so thank you for showcasing how versatile this stencil is.

  16. Fran Weinberg says:

    You’re cards are so pretty! Thank you for sharing all of these great stencil ideas!

  17. Bonnie Sanche says:

    First, your video is inspirational. And then, VELLUM FLOWERS!!! Oh my. So much wonderfulness!

  18. Melinda Lowry says:

    I love all the examples of how to use that background stamp. It’s a must have!

  19. Beautiful cards! Love the vibrant colors.
    thanks for the video 🙂

  20. ANN GREENE says:

    Gorgeous cards, as usual. The one on craft would be perfect for a masculine card. Thanks for sharing.

  21. Loved the video showing the different ways of using the mod stencil. Can’t wait until the collection goes on sale!

  22. Kathy Serrahn says:

    Awesome cards

  23. SO colorful my friend! Love them all. 🙂

  24. Robin Monsos says:

    These are great Laurel. You crack me up with your commentary too!

  25. Love the colors you’ve used in your collection of cards! Love the stencil!

  26. Linda Ford says:

    I love your stenciled backgrounds and cards, Aquatini is my favorite colour as well

  27. Love the variety of backgrounds using that awesome stencil! I especially love the embossing paste with the vellum flowers – very creative…

  28. Colleen Balija says:

    Hi Laurel! Hope you’re enjoying the snowy weather! First, what a good idea to tape the back of the card rather than the front! I tear my cards too. So thanks for that idea! You do a great job with backgrounds, and Catherine’s inks really do blend nicely. I really loved how you embossed the flowers and used the leaves as a stem for them. Clever idea and it worked beautifully!

  29. Lorie Brunner says:

    Your stencil backgrounds are awesome!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  30. Ann Celino says:

    Looks like a barrel of fun! Love those vellum flowers.

  31. 743linda says:

    Amazing backgrounds and cards!!! Thank you for sharing!

  32. Wendy Kasper says:

    Laurel you have certainly made 5 gorgeous cards. TFS

  33. Love your cards! That stencil is to die for!

  34. I am loving this collection. I love the use of a stencil and this one is the Bomb.

  35. mlrmlr50 says:

    So creative! Wonderful cards, love the colors!

  36. Lee Owens says:

    Great video, I never quite know what to do with my stencils , after watching your video I am going to give a try here at home

  37. Gorgeous cards!!! Love their background!!!

  38. Pamela F. says:

    Love your cards. The giggle card is gorgeous!

  39. Betty McDougal says:

    OK, I’m inspired. Cannot wait for the SOA Kit.

  40. Susan Wareham says:

    You were a very busy crafter to make so many cards. Great Ideas I especially like your idea of taping you stencil to the back geez that is so simple but I never thought of it. Thanks

  41. I loved that first one with the vine, so pretty and simple.

  42. A wonderful selection of cards, Laurel. I think the one with the embossing paste and the vellum is my favourite of the bunch. Hope you’ll feel better soon!

  43. Colleen Pepper says:

    Such fun cards. And so many ways to use 1 stencil.

  44. gailsnotes says:

    Beautifully designed cards Laurel.

  45. Brenda G. says:

    Beautiful backgrounds! Thanks for the video!!!

  46. Susan King says:

    Love how wonderful your backgrounds are! No two are alike!

  47. Lorieann says:

    You’re right – they are happy!! Love all of your cards/backgrounds.

  48. Diane Martin says:

    Great cards Laurel. Thanks so much for having a video and showing us the how!

  49. I love all your stenciled backgrounds! Thanks for showing so many options and techniques. They make amazing cards!

  50. OH MY…. I am squealing with delight!!! Your cards are so beautiful!!!

  51. Thanks for sharing all of these backgrounds and cards made with this stencil. Love the one with the vellum flowers.

  52. janellegr says:

    Nice stenciling. Love the Congrats card. ☺

  53. Vicki Smith says:

    Love the video using stencils. Great cards!

  54. Tasha Dawson says:

    Love the idea of using Vellum and embossing powder.

  55. Sarah greber says:

    I really like how you showed so many technique options for using the stencil. Very cool!

  56. Vivian says:

    The flower card is too cute! The vellum is a perfect choice!

  57. canadiancaroline says:

    I love watching your technique videos. Partly because of your approach–no stress, mistakes happen and you just deal! But also because of your results. I liked seeing all the ways to use that one stencil. You ended up with a great bunch of cards!

  58. trawnick2015 says:

    Thanks Laurel. I really loved your video. That stencil has got to be my favorite item in the collection I’ve seen so far. And so many cards!! You totally rocked it!! Thanks again. 🙂

  59. Joanne Guarino says:

    Great background cards! Great explanation on the videos!

  60. Kim Smith says:

    I love your cards there always brite and happy.

  61. Lucie Aspirot says:

    Great cards, I just love this collection.

  62. Peggy Pride says:

    You went crazy! Great collection

  63. mjmarmo says:

    Gorgeous cards! Very fun!

  64. nancy y says:

    these cards look so great, I’ll have to come back later today to watch the whole video! The blending on kraft really looks neat.

  65. tinstar05 says:

    Laurel you’re seriously rocking that stencilr

  66. Carla Hundley says:

    Awesome background
    stenciling and love the
    colors and designs.
    Carla from Utah

  67. Tara Powell says:

    Fabulous cards!

  68. Suzanne T. says:

    Hey Just love what you did with the background and vellum flower. Awesomeness.

  69. Love the background & all the cards you made.

  70. Loved you video, Laurel! Thank you for showing how versatile the mod square stencil is!

  71. Tonya Kockx says:

    Thank you for the inspiration!

  72. mary nelson says:

    Love all the different background options! Thanks for the variety of inspiration!

  73. Look at you girl, rockin’ that Mod Squares stencil! What a beautiful set of cards!

  74. June Sefscik says:

    I don’t know which background I love more….guess I’m going to have to try them all…thanks so much for sharing these ideas…beautiful

  75. Wow! so many different ways of using that stencil. Everyone is just as great as the next. Your cards are great.

  76. Sherry says:

    Loved your cards… and love that stencil! Thank you for showcasing it!

  77. Patti B. says:

    What great cards and I love your videos.

  78. Wonderful cards, as always. Love that stencil you used. All the colors are just perfect together, and those vellum flowers were the perfect choice. I really like how you made that card. Thanks so much for sharing. Always a joy to watch.

  79. MichelleW says:

    You know how to work a stencil Laurel! Love your cards and thanks for the “tape on the back” tip.

  80. Dee Earnshaw says:

    Gorgeous cards and great inspiration:)

  81. Elizabeth G says:

    Wow, great cards, i must get my stencils in my craft room out and use them more.

  82. Kay Roose says:

    Thanks for all the stenciling ideas. Can’t wait to get my SOA box.

  83. Liz McAllister says:

    Thanks for the video! So many options!

  84. Wow I love the video so many stencil ideas, where to start! I have to say I simply love the stencil on craft cardstock I am really loving craft cards at present so this is perfect. Thanks

  85. suemcrae says:

    There’s so many possibilities with this stencil. Thanks for sharing a video!

  86. Linda Coley says:

    Great cards! Thanks for showing so many ways to use the stencil.

  87. What a treat! A great video and so many lovely cards. Thank you for sharing!

  88. Oh, how stinkin’ CUTE!!! I love all the whimsy here, and your cards are so amazing. I really like what you have done with those beautiful colors!!! Looks like a great box of goodies!!!

  89. Bethany Koubsky says:

    I can tell this stencil is going to be so fun to work with!! I am loving this collection!

  90. Shelley Banghart says:

    Love the different ways you used this stencil.

  91. JanetB says:

    Your stenciled backgrounds are all terrific.

  92. Jane Cordell says:

    Love all the colors and the stenciling…fabulous

  93. Sharon Lyons says:

    I’m really liking the stencil and your choice of colors. TFS

  94. Love your use of the stencil. Loved seeing all the different ways the stencil could be used to create a variety of looks.

  95. Jean Purpura says:

    Thanks for all the suggestions using the stencil…..You always give me some ideas to try. Great cards…

  96. Theresa Robinson says:

    Love all the different looks from the same background stencil!

  97. Susan White says:

    Great set of cards!!

  98. Jodi Lick says:

    Great video! Love the stencil

  99. The Savvy Me says:

    Just love the different ways you were able to create your background without any thought. Thank you for sharing!

  100. Mary Reiner says:

    Love all of your cards…so much inspiration in one spot. Thanks!!

  101. Veronica L Hunt says:

    Thank you for sharing those beautiful backgrounds. Love what you did with them.

  102. jlingraham says:

    Love your set. Such different looks from that background. Gorgeous.

  103. Beautiful cards, love the mod background stencil! It looks awesome with everything!

  104. Karen K. says:

    Beautiful backgrounds! Thanks for showing so many ways to use the stencil!

  105. Kathy Doyle says:

    So many ways to use one stencil for so many different looks! Love this stencil even more after watching your video!

  106. DGolly says:

    Love the soft colors you chose. Makes your designs different from the brights eveyone else is using.

  107. Marjorie King says:

    Thanks for sharing love the different blends. Watching on of these videos from Catherine’s Stamp of approval got me to start blending. Really appreciate all work everyone puts into these.

  108. Love your cards and color choices!

  109. Love your use of the stencil. I don’t use them often enough.

  110. Love your backgrounds! Thanks for sharing your expertise!

  111. Love the stencil inspiration!! I can’t wait to try it out. Wonderful cards!

  112. Missy Strickland says:

    Your videos are very lively! Great card designs

  113. Beth L says:

    I love all the techniques you used on the stencil. Gorgeous cards!!

  114. Yvette Sexton says:

    Those are great cards. Love the different techniques you did with the stencil!

  115. Debbie R says:

    Love that you showed such a variety of color combos & layouts with the same stencil. They are all gorgeous!

  116. Michelle Collins says:

    Love all these cards & the backgrounds!!

  117. Beverly Roachell says:

    Wow!! So many options. Love the mod background and the leaves!!

  118. Love the stencils.

  119. Cati Ballard says:

    Great job! Love the background and the stencil used!

  120. Claudia M. says:

    I love the comparison between the white and the craft paper. The colors on the craft paper look beautiful, totally different look. Thanks for sharing!

  121. Laura Miller says:

    WOW — you were very productive. Thanks for ALL the ideas.

  122. Barbara Spiegel says:

    Laurel, I just love your videos – you are so upbeat and happy with what you are doing! Thanks for showing such an assortment of backgrounds using the same inks and stencil, but with such different looks. I love them all.

  123. That stencil is a big hit with me. I love how you showed different ways to use it. Your cards are super, Laurel! 🙂

  124. Lois John says:

    Great blending! I love this stencil!

  125. Adorable cards. Love the colors you used.

  126. Joyce M says:

    Thanks for sharing all the stencil techniques…..I really need to use mine more.

  127. Can’t wait to try this stencil – your inspiration has bitten me, Laurel!

  128. Samantha says:

    Cool technique

  129. I ADORE the vellum flower! That looks fantastic!

  130. Maggie B says:

    Hi Laurel ~ I love your cards and the diverse use you’ve gotten with that stencil (after all, you ARE the stencil queen!!). That stencil, along with the “Worry less, giggle more” sentiment, are two of my favorites from this collection. Can’t wait to get my hands on this collection too….I think CP outdoes herself with each new release!! Hope all is well and you finally get to feeling better!! ~HUGS~

  131. Thanks for the great video and tips, Laurel! I can hardly wait to try them out with this new stencil. I love the design!!

  132. Christy Borfitz says:

    Gorgeous cards! I love the stenciled background!

  133. Trina Chaska says:

    Thanks for all the inspiration. This collection is great.

  134. Lovely designs!

  135. Denise Bryant says:

    Love all your pretty backgrounds! Beautiful cards!

  136. Thank you so much for showing different ways of using the Stencil. Love all the cards.

  137. How fun–love your cards and great video

  138. Sue Brożek (aka mailboxmoments) Loved all your cards. Your tutorials are always so entertaining. You make me laugh every time. Thanks!

  139. Beth Karschnick says:

    Laurel, your videos are ALWAYS so much fun!! I’m always a bit sad when you don’t have one with your cards. LOVE LOVE LOVE all the ways you used your stencil!!! Your cards are BEAUTIFUL!!
    I also LOVE all the pics you are sharing of you and your family in the snow…they make me SMILE because you all are having SO MUCH FUN! My grandaughter has been here the last few days and yesterday we played in the snow!!! She is almost 2 and is was a beautiful day here in southern, lower Michigan. Now this is a significant BECAUSE, I am a house body and I have had two back surgeries…I like to go out when it is much warmer and NO SNOW BUT…I was inspired to go out by the sunshine, which we haven’t had much of for quite a while, ANYWAYS!! I was inspired by the sun and the fact that my granddaughter was going home that evening. We had SO MUCH FUN!!! The BEST part though was as we were getting ready to go out the door to take her home, I asked her if she had fun, and this child who’s fave word is…wait for it…”NO!!!”, said to me “YEAAHH”!!! It was a PERFECT moment and a PERFECT end to our visit!!
    SORRY I was wordy but I had to share this with you because I was reminded by your pics HOW MUCH FUN it is to play in the snow with my kids!!!!!! Thank you, Laurel, for inspiring me!!!

  140. I can see why it was so easy to get carried away and make a whole bunch of cards. When I get my hands on that stencil…lookout! I’ll be a cardmaking machine 🙂

  141. Also hope you feel better soon, it’s a nasty bug,
    My daughter just had it, ugh

  142. I love the simple card with great techniques on each one. I love the diversity from using similar stamps. I really want one of these boxes. Thanks for including a video.

  143. Stamp Of Approval boxes look like so much fun!! And I love your blog with videos are the bestest ever!

  144. Jayney says:

    The more I see cards made using that stencil, I love it. So many different ways to use it. This collection rocks. Thank you for sharing. Happy day.

  145. Brandi R says:

    Beautiful collection of cards. Love the colors and what a great kit ♥

  146. Heather P says:

    Great cards and backgrounds! Loved the vellum flowers!

  147. Wow! So many possibilities from one product! Thanks for the great video. Love the stencil and all the cards you made from it! This kit is really rocking!

  148. dawnnz says:

    stunning backgrounds Laurel. That stencil makes getting the set worth while on it’s own.

  149. Laurel I love all your cards!! It always fascinates me when I see the many ways these products can be used!! TFS!!?

  150. Laurel amazing job. All cards are fantastic.

  151. Good morning,

    Thank you for taking your time to show how to use different products. The personal comments like, putting in a load of clothes while some part of he card is drying, makes it sound neat.

    I look forward to getting your e-mails.

    Have a blessed day.

  152. You were super ambitious Laurel!. Loved them all but my favorite was the giggle card with the flower. I do love stencils!

  153. mjmarmo says:

    Lovely cards!

  154. Linda F says:

    Great collection of cards. Thank you for the video on all the stencilling tips especially about attaching the stencil to the back

  155. I love all the ways you used the stencil. Great tip for attaching on the back. Never would have thought of doing it that way! Beautiful array of cards and I love the sentiments! Thanks for sharing.

  156. Teresa Cherka says:

    Great cards, love the backgrounds and the colors you used. Thanks for sharing.

  157. Carol Midkiff says:

    Wow! Stenciling sure opens up a whole new world of background possibilities!

  158. Thanks for sharing these background stencil techniques Laurel. They look amazing. I love stencils , but I find myself using them the same way every time. Your finished cards look fabulous.

  159. Elaine Weberg says:

    Like how you used that stencil…great job!

  160. Hsin-Yi Chen says:

    Love the backgrounds! They are beautiful!

  161. Awesome backgrounds!!

  162. Love your background and design of these cards!

  163. Oh, wow. Oh, WoW! OH, WOW!! What a lovely batch of cards!! Love the colors and dimension you used!!

  164. Robin Lindgren says:

    I love your use of ink and embossing paste! The look is so soft and beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing such a variety of backgrounds.

  165. Kim Goodmanson says:

    Wow, thanks for sharing your background ideas with the stencil, I’m sure I NEED it!! Can’t wait!! You always make great cards, look forward to seeing more!!

  166. Thanks for sharing your beautiful color combinations.

  167. Carol Hardie says:

    Laurel …. your stencil techniques blew me away. WOW Really liked how you showed the ink transfer idea and then watercoloring thru the stencil. Just Fabulous!! Enjoyed your video style as well. Thank you for the inspiration!! Looking forward to ordering this collection.

  168. I love the backgrounds and then the finished cards – what inspiration! Can’t wait to get my collection.

  169. Idolina says:

    So many wonderful ideas! Loved every card!

  170. Sabrina Fioretti says:

    Love your beautiful card!

  171. Denise Mlady says:

    Love all the different ideas on how to use the stencil. I have a few that I never use and you have inspired me to get them out and have some fun. Thanks.

  172. I am 84 yrs. old and am trying my hand at making cards. I want to copy your FABULOUS cards and hopefully they will resemble yours. You really inspire me to keep trying to make beautiful cards. Thank you for sharing your God given talent with the crafting world.

  173. Your cards are awesome! I loved watching you make all those backgrounds, so much fun!

  174. Great cards, Laurel! You did an absolutely amazing job showcasing all the different ways to use the stencil!!

  175. Thank you for the video showing all of the ways that you used the stencil. Gave me ideas! Beautiful cards – especially the one using the vellum. Stunning!

  176. Diane Durbin says:

    Appreciate the demonstration of different ways to apply the color.

  177. Maureen Peterson says:

    Love this stencil!! Great cards. Thank you for sharing the techniques and the video 🙂

  178. Beautiful as always with those soft tones!

  179. Barbara B says:

    I love how you used the stencil in so many different ways, thank you for the inspiration!

  180. This is such a fun stencil. Thanks for sharing so many great ways to use this stenci.

  181. Rose W says:

    Beautiful has just been kicked up a notch. Your cards are awesome.

  182. I am loving the new stencil

  183. Vicenta Ghylin says:

    Fantastic cards. Thank you for making the video sharing your ideas and techniques.

  184. Awesome cards. I like it when you use stencils.

  185. Beverly Jordan says:

    Such beautiful cards and love the backgounds of each one of them!! Gorgeously done!!

  186. Sara Killian says:

    I’ve got to get me some CP inks!! Love the embossing paste one! That technique is one of my favorites!! Love the cards

  187. Erin M says:

    Love how versatile that stencil is!

  188. Jackie P. says:

    Beautiful! When I saw that stencil I thought I’d like it but after seeing what you’ve done with it I am loving it!! Seems so versatile!

  189. Gorgeous cards!!! Love!

  190. Z Sullivan says:

    I love stencils, and I love what you did with this one. Thanks for the video and inspiration.

  191. THANK YOU for also posting a video! Your instruction was so clear and made me feel like I could do it, too. Thanks!

  192. Wow Laurel! You went all out for these cards, and they turned out beautifully! I love the colors you used, and the washed out effect on a couple of the cards is just so pretty! I love that you used the stencil on all of them, because I just cannot get enough of that beautiful stencil! Cannot WAIT to get my hands on this box! 🙂

  193. mariannebrinkley says:

    Thank you for the great video! I enjoyed seeing all of the different ways you did your stenciling. The one with the texture paste really turned into a beautiful card! Just turning three stencil the little bit you did, added a fun little twist too.

  194. Jan Barrie says:

    The cards in the video are so neat. Can’t wait to get my hands on that stencil.

  195. Cheryl Jones says:


    I like all your cards but my favorite is the one with texture paste and the velum flowers. Hope you feel better soon.

  196. Deepa Lakshman says:

    Thanks for the wonderful ways you showed on using a stencil.

  197. Cristina M. says:

    Hooray! Thank you for the inspiration!

  198. Great video. Makes me want to give all of these methods a try. I am inspired.

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