Catherine Pooler Techniques

Video Foundations Box Blog Hop: Box for every stamper’s craft room – 5 one layer cards snd GIVEAWAY

Foundations Box Laurel Beard One Layer Cards

Welcome!  Allow me to introduce you to the The Foundations Box  by Catherine Pooler. The Foundations Box includes 3 stamp sets, 5 ink pads (CATHERINE POOLER INK DEBUT – there are 12 colors in the Party Collection and the Foundations Box includes the first 5), a round clear acrylic block and a pack of CP Designs cardstock, precut and scored and ready to go! This box retails for $67 and includes everything every new stamper needs to create custom handmade cards!!!! The products in this box are also staple products for every stampers’ craft room! To see the video Catherine made announcing The Foundations Box, click HERE!

The Foundations Box goes on sale tomorrow at 9AM Eastern Time! If you are a Catherine Pooler newsletter subscriber, you will receive an email with the link.  If you aren’t a subscriber, join here – you’ll get a free project guide, too!).  StampNation Members will get the link one hour early.

I thought it would be helpful to list the exact contents of this box:

  • 5 dye ink pads (Grass Skirt, Rockin’ Red, Fiesta Blue, Orange Twist, and Midnight) – These ink pads are very juicy! Midnight (black) is permanent and works well with Alcohol markers such as: Copics, Spectrum Noir, etc).
  • 3 clear stamp sets (For Everything, Spot On, Amazing Floral)
  • Round acrylic block
  • (30) Pre-cut/Pre-scored card stock

I am part of a blog hop today where each hopper will a few  one layer cards using just the items in this box and a few cards where we could step up our design a bit so to speak and add twine or sequins or do some fancy cutting with scissors!!! Let’s take a look at the 5 cards I made today. I’ll start off with the super duper easy one and then work my way up to the “difficulty” level – which in all honesty – maybe measures at a 1, lol!!! Ok. The first:

For this card, I took a piece of the card stock that came in the box and lined it up diagonally across the middle of the card. I grabbed some of the Fiesta Blue ink and a sponge (not included but you could use a blending tool or just a little make up wedge sponge) and gently blending on some of the blue ink. These inks blend fabulously. Use a LIGHT HAND when blending with these inks and you will get perfection every time.

Then I took one of the smaller floral images and stamped it repeatedly in Midnight ink along the “line” of the ink. Finished off the card by stamping the large happy circular image with Grass Skirt ink (the ink stamps so evenly and solid) and then the “everything” with the Midnight ink.

Moving on to my second card. I grabbed some scissors and cut a half circle shape with the card stock included in the box and lined up the negative space on the front of the card, leaving the exposed half circle for me to work with. I blended all of the inks in the box using a blending tool (again, you can use a make up sponge or any kind of blending tool). I blended Rockin’ Red, Orange Twist, Grass Skirt and Fiesta Blue together and then removed the cut card stock to reveal the rainbow half circle! 🙂 If you follow me, you know I love adding water flicks! Well guess what?

To finish off this card, I spritzed some water into my hand and flicked it onto the inked are and magic! Look at how the inks reacted with the water. I let the water sit for about 10 seconds and then blotted it away with a paper towel.   I stamped the sentiment and geometric circles with the Midnight black ink!

And lastly, and probably my favorite of the three cards today…. I have a video that shows how I made this card. Scroll down to the end of this post to get it!  How about those steamed hearts? LOL!

To finish off this card, I wrapped some twine around the top of the card and tied a bow (twine not included in the Foundation box). Bow tying people – it isn’t my forte…. Lucky I can lace my shoelaces.

Originally, I was only going to share the three cards above. But I made two more and a video!  So let’s check those out!

Foundations Box Laurel Beard Ink Swiping

A little ink swiping with the ink pads! I swiped Orange Twist, Fiesta Blue and Grass Skirt onto the Catherine Pooler Cardstock and then stamped the sentiment and floral images from Amazing Floral in the Midnight Black ink. And up! You can use the ink to add some paint flicks too! 🙂

Foundations Box Laurel Beard Ink Swiping

And lastly, and maybe my new favorite card, PLAID! I took one of the border images from the For Everything stamp set  and stamped it multiple times. I inked up the image with Rockin’ Red and stamped  and then stamped again without reinking. Then I stamped the images again in Orange twist and Fiesta Blue.

Foundations Box Laurel Beard Plaid

Finished it off by stamping one of the large images from Spot  by inking the stamp up with both Rockin’ Red and Orange Twist. And of course, a couple of flicks of the black ink just because, lol!

Foundations Box Laurel Beard Plaid

VIDEO TIME! I have a video that shows you everything inside the Foundations Box and I also make a card! You can watch it right here on the blog or over on my youtube channel in HD!

See how easy it is to create very fun and simple one layer cards using these “staple” stamping items provided in the Foundations box?

The ink line is debuting with the Foundations box so you can get your hands on 5 of the colors early!  The inks will be available for individual sale in January over at the Catherine Pooler store.



How about an entire Foundations Box just for you?  That’s right! We are giving one box away to a random commenter who comments on ALL OF THE HOPPERS blogs! So be sure to stop by each one of the talented designers on this hop and drop them a little line of cheer! You’ve got 24 hours to leave comments! Winner will be announced on Catherine’s blog.

Thanks so much for hanging out with me today!

Foundations Box

You may also like...

Popular Articles...


  1. littlemight says:

    Love the cards. Can’t wait to try the inks.

  2. Catharine Colclasure says:

    WOW, love your ideas! Thank you for stretching the experience today…..makes me even more excited to have these inks!

  3. I love the plaid that you made. All of these are great. Especially the little cup.

  4. ctobas77 says:

    I love each and every one of these cards. The ink swiping one – wow, just wow… You are so smart! 🙂

  5. Hi Laurel, cute cards and I love how they react with water and blend as well. I love the plaid card so much I may have to borrow your idea.

  6. Janette Jepson says:

    Great cards Laurel the variety of cards you can make is amazing, love it!

  7. Jean Mercine says:

    These cards are so pretty! I love the abstract design with the ink on paper technique.

  8. Barbara Unger says:

    Looking forward to using the inks.

  9. Nancy Kamrowski says:

    Thanks for sharing! I will definately be trying the plaid!

  10. Jennifer S. says:

    So many fantastic techniques! Love it!

  11. ANN GREENE says:

    So many ideas, so little time. I love how you made the plaid and the paint flicks.

  12. Colleen Balija says:

    Very nice, Laurel. I like the plaid and the ink swiping cards!

  13. Charlene says:

    Enjoyed all the cards,but that plaid card was outstanding!

  14. mlrmlr50 says:

    Wow! You are so creative, the cards are wonderful!

  15. Linda Gorman says:

    Love your cards as always!!! The plaid is great!

  16. Diane Martin says:

    Love your cards and video! In love with the plaid!!!!

  17. Janet Kohler says:

    I am enjoying this blog hop so much. The one layer cards are just awesome!

  18. You are so creative !! Love them all

  19. Love, love, love the plaid!!! Can’t wait to try that!!

  20. Love, love, love your cards!!!!

  21. Love it all – especially the plaid!

  22. Leanne in Cali says:

    Great cards and that plaid is so fun! Thanks for sharing your creations on this awesome blog hop!!

  23. Melissa Friedrich says:

    Beautiful cards, love how the ink blending and ink swiping as well as the stamping works so well with these inks! Cute steamer hearts and LOVE the plaid you made!

  24. mjmarmo says:

    Such fun cards. Love the many different styles.

  25. Laurel!! Your little cup card is adorable!! You make it look soooo easy! Yes I think my niece is getting this box for Christmas. She’s going to love watching all the videos and all the card samples. Your cards are perfect!

  26. Great collections of cards—thank for sharing!!!!!

  27. I love how simple yet amazing these cards are!! I especially love the Awesome card with the swipes of color!! TFS!

  28. Jane Sprando says:

    “You’re amazing”!!!! Love this card. Now I need to know how you did the ink swiping without getting a lot of ink on the card. Video on this, please!

  29. Nana Griffin says:

    All your cards are great!

  30. cheryl fisher says:

    Love the congratulations card.

  31. Ellen C says:

    I love your cards Laurel. Thanks for sharing.

  32. trawnick2015 says:

    Love your cards. I think the plaid one is my favorite one too. Can’t wait for the new Foundations Box release tomorrow.

  33. Carla Hundley says:

    This kit has it all!
    Great ways to use
    the stamps and inks
    on your fabulous
    cards. Love the
    plaid one.
    Carla from Utah

  34. Wow! Beautiful cards!!!

  35. Jo Ann Lovell says:

    Can’t wait to get the box! Love your cards!!!

  36. Great cards, Laurel! I think my favorite stamp from the 3 sets has to be that little coffee cup! Can’t wait to try those inks, too!

  37. Beth Duell says:

    Beautiful cards. I can’t wait until I get my hands on this amazing box.

  38. Wonderful card designs using this kit.

  39. Amy Ames says:

    Laurel your cards are amazing!! Love all the different looks you were able to get from this one kit!! It’s such a great kit!!

  40. Beth Karschnick says:

    Laurel, It’s so amazing…such a simple, basic set of stamps and inks and the must be about a million ways to combine them into lovely cards. I have yet to see any two cards exactly alike. Gotta have it!!! I’m in LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  41. Marie Krueger says:

    I love the plaid card. What a clever idea and pretty colors.

  42. Me too…love the plaid. Also admire your CAS card with the diagonal flowers.

  43. terrie rodrigue says:

    Just saw your video and your cards are just awesome…the colors are beautiful on each cards….tfs

  44. This set looks great for a beginner and so versatile!

  45. I’ve been intrigued by the sneak peeks over the last few weeks and am not disappointed at the reveal. Looks a great kit, and am loving all the great cards and inspiration.

  46. Alanna Sumner says:

    Interested in the new inks! Love the circle set. Do we know how the inks will interact with copics?

  47. Great one layer cards!

  48. Lots of fabulous inspiration…love the plaid card.

  49. Sarah Greber says:

    Very cool ideas! I love how you get started and then you can’t stop. Seems like an exciting kit to have!

  50. Very cute cards! Can’t wait to order the Foundations box and start playing…

  51. So many unique cards and techniques created from the Foundations Box! Amazing!

  52. Nancy-Anne Rockwell says:

    Can’t wait to do the ink swipes. They look so pretty!

  53. The swipes and the plaid are my favorites! Thanks for sharing!

  54. Karen Lindsay says:

    Beautiful cards! Love that plaid especially, but love all your cards.

  55. Kim Goodmanson says:

    WOW – fabulous cards, just when I think I’ve picked a favorite stamp set from the group, you’ve given me so many more ideas, with the other sets. Thanks!!!

  56. Oh, I love that plaid!

  57. Janice Spaulding says:

    Gorgeous cards! Especially love the plaid! Thanks for sharing!

  58. Renee Hanlon says:

    Love your cards! I cannot WAIT to try these inks! They look fabulous!

  59. Oooh! i LOVE your ink-blending experiments, Laurel. I wouldn’t have expected to see such subtle shades and seamless blending with those vibrant colours. You are making those new ink pads look more desirable all the time! Very fun cards, BTW.

  60. Sebrina Bendel says:

    I love your cards. So beautiful.

  61. Karen Roberts says:

    Can not wait for these awesome colors. Love the one layer cards. During this busy time of the year the are awesome.

  62. Fran Weinberg says:

    Your cards are AMAZING, Laurel! Love seeing how these inks can be used for many different techniques. Looks like the colors blend seamlessly. Would love to see video of the Midnight ink splattering and the ink swiping. Pleeeeeease…

  63. Jo Ann DiSalvo says:

    Love all the cards!! Happy Everything is my favorite! I cannot wait to get my hands on these inks!! 🙂

  64. Kathy D says:

    Love them all! Rain here today, so the “warm wishes ” coffee/ tea/ hot chocolate mug wins☔️

  65. Nice intro to box Laurel. Thanks

  66. Love your cards – can’t wait to try these inks.

  67. Nice cards, thanks for sharing.

  68. mary nelson says:

    I’m in looovve!! All of your cards are soo fabulous, but that the plaid one…..LOOVVVEE IT!! I’m having a blast with all these fantastic cards just begging me to CASE them! LOL Amazing job, Laurel!

  69. Wow!! Awesome cards!! I love the half circle with water splatter!!

  70. Wow Laurel, your cards are all so different – great way to show case this Foundation box.

  71. Thanks for inspiring. Love all the cards

  72. Brilliant cards Laurel! I especially love the plaid one 🙂

  73. Valerie Breingan says:

    There’s actually elegance in what you create girl.You and this kit make it so easy.
    Great cards .

  74. Mary Laffin says:

    as always–great cards from you. Really want to watch the video but since I am at work, will have to wait til later.

  75. Elizabeth G says:

    That PLAID! and the ink pad swipe are great, Thanks for sharing and also how you used the Hearts as steam for the mug, how cute is that.

  76. Linda Gorun says:

    I totally agree we need different size (smaller) blocks from Catherine! (Fingers crossed!). Love your plaid card and coffee cup card! Thanks for the video.

  77. Thank you for sharing these great card ideas!

  78. Missy Strickland says:

    I just love that coffee cup

  79. Yes the little steam hearts are super cute but that plaid is just awesomely amazing. I love love love it. You have been a real busy bee and the cards are fab and I’m itching to get my hands on this box.

  80. Love your cards and I must try the ink swiping!

  81. Awesome cards, Laurel! It’s been so much fun being part of this blog hop with you. 🙂

  82. Wendy Kasper says:

    You made some very pretty cards Laurel. TFS

  83. Ruth Paul says:

    Awesome cards! Thanks for sharing!

  84. Lois John says:

    These are all great cards, Laurel, but what I loved the most was the plaid! Inspired!!!

  85. jomiway says:

    Really love the plaid! & all your cards are so fun!

  86. Oh my gosh, Laurel, I love how you somehow managed to come up with a rainbow circle in your happy everything card. It’s just fabulous!! Hugs, Kelly

  87. Great cards! I love the different uses

  88. Ruth Aubertine says:

    Awesome cards, learning new techniques each hop!! Love the ink swipe, never did that before and LOVE the plaid!! Can’t wait to play!!

  89. Awesome cards, Laurel! That plaid is just awesome!

  90. Karen Sturdivant says:

    Love all your cards. Thnaks for the video.

  91. Paula Wolfe says:

    Beautiful cards! Thank you for providing a video. I lllooovvvee videos.

  92. Dee Earnshaw says:

    Wow what a lovely variety of gorgeous cards. Love them all:)

  93. Love the plaid card!

  94. Mary H. says:

    What great cards…just a box of happiness. 🙂

  95. It’s going to be sooo much fun playing with the different stripes for plaids. And I love the effect from the water flicks…..great video.

  96. Lovely cards. It looks so cool with the colours blended and swiped. Giving me lots of ideas

  97. Love your CAS cards and especially the plaid look. Can’t wait to play with those inks…they look delicious. So vibrant. Thanks for sharing. Happy day

  98. Diane Bakehouse says:

    Wow! What a variety of cards. Love that plaid card with the second and third generation stamping.

  99. Marlene says:

    Love your ideas and thanks for the video…..they are always helpful

  100. cszekeres says:

    Your cards are wonderful! I love the ink swiped one particularly!

  101. Terri Mansfield says:

    Can not wait to get my hands on these inks!! Super cards; I especially love the plaid your created…it looks so intricate. I am always inspired by your creations.

  102. Julie M says:

    Your cards are great. I’m new to card making and stamping so this should be a fun creative, adventure for me.

  103. tsurutadesigns1 says:

    Laurel, these are AWESOME.

  104. Raelene Trewhella says:

    Awesome cards! Thank you!

  105. Laurel, you crack me up! Thank you for the chuckles. Your cards are spectacular!

  106. Jean Purpura says:

    Terrific ideas…..Love the Plaid and I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing your ideas with us.

  107. Love the ink swiping that you did with the ink pads – so cool! And the half circle and the plaid and…love them all!

  108. Awesome cards! I especially love the last two. Can’t wait to get this box of awesomeness!

  109. Mary Reiner says:

    I just love your techniques! Super cute cards!

  110. Bonnie Sanche says:

    I am adoring that little mug stamp!

  111. So quick and simple. Love your samples. Can’t wait to get my box!

  112. Cati Ballard says:

    I love how all of the stamps in the set work together nicely and give you a ton of options! Totally in love with the ink pads too! Beaitiful cards!

  113. Kathy Doyle says:

    Great Cards! Love the plaid and the ink swipe You’re Amazing Card! So many ideas from everyone on all the blogs and all are so different!

  114. Jean Bullock says:

    OMGOSH, I love the plaid. I LOVE IT!

  115. Beautiful cards! Love them all!

  116. Patti B. says:

    So much inspiration! Love all these colors and can’t wait to try out the stamp sets.

  117. I love the variety of cards and techniques. I especially liked the plaid your created. FUN!

  118. Julie Edwards-Finley says:

    I love all the cards. Love the way you showed how the inks can be blended. Thanks for sharing

  119. Valra French says:

    I love the Cards! The plaid is awesome!

  120. Michelle VP says:

    Very cool cards! Such great layouts and techniques used. 🙂

  121. I love your plaid card; so vibrant in color.

  122. Love how you played with these stamps and inks! So cool!

  123. Holly King says:

    Love your plaid card. Very cute. Thanks for the video.

  124. Lurdez Castello says:

    Yeap the plaid card wins, the colors are beautiful and crisp.

  125. Karen Kreider says:

    Just love your one layer designs…and I love your videos…you always seem to be having so much fun!

  126. Denise Bryant says:

    Awesome set of cards! I love the plaid and the cute mug!

  127. Christina Lucia says:

    Love the plaid!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  128. Andrea Dulaney says:

    Beautiful cards! So simple, yet so vibrant and cheerful! Really love them.

  129. Cute cards with those stamp sets!

  130. Theresa says:

    You’re cards are so fun! I love all the different techniques you show.

  131. Marjorie King says:

    I love the ink swiping idea with the Your amazing card. I look forward to the ink pads

  132. Your cards are so cute! Can’t wait for tomorrow!

  133. Boy you sure know how to jazz up a CAS card so it doesn’t look so S!! Terrific!

  134. Denise Ferguson says:

    I just love the color variance in those little red hearts! They really look special above the cup. Thanks for sharing!

  135. Laurel fun cards! Love the plaid. Thanks for the inspiration! Can’t wait to try these products!

  136. Diana Bibey says:

    plaid .stylish.

  137. Barbara S says:

    I’m glad you decided to add the “extra” cards. I love the ink pad swipe – I know that each one will be totally different, but I can’t wait to try that. It’s so pretty and soft and such movement – Love it! Have to say all of your cards were great- but that was my favorite!

  138. Really great ideas, you really would believe they were created from a small selection of products. Just hose to show what a clever selection they are.

  139. Laurel, love the ideas you showed in the video with all the products in the Foundation Box. Amazing!

  140. Jean Maxwell says:

    Love the simple card ideas thanks for sharing

  141. Donna Hawkins says:

    Love the ideas and can’t wait to lay me hands on these new stamp pads!

  142. Wow your cards are awesome. This kit looks great to have.

  143. stamperjoyce says:

    I have so many stamps and supplies and usually make time-consuming multi-layered cards, but I still can’t wait to get my fingers on these new inks and those jam-packed stamp sets. I may turn out to be a CAS stamper after all! 🙂

  144. I dig the ink swipes card! That looks great!

  145. Jane G. says:

    loved the cards; the simplicity of them and how quickly they can be made.

  146. Rose T. says:

    Nice easy cards!

  147. Kerryn M says:

    Love you cards. Can’t wait to try out the inks. Thanks for the video showing all the goods and your ideas

  148. karenladd says:

    LOVE the plaid!!! I’m going to look through all my border stamps now to see if I can make some plaid. Looks like a fun kit with lots of possiblities

  149. My favorite is the little cup too but I love that plaid! It is so cool. Man, these inks blend beautifully.

  150. Carol Hardie says:

    The little mug with heart steam, seriously, do adorable. I may not be able to sleep tonight thinking about ordering this box of goodness!!

  151. Dawn Kloman says:

    So creative. I’m blown away and you guys make it look so easy.

  152. I love these cards. really like the plaid!

  153. Becky Rohwer says:

    Love all your samples. So many great ideas. Can’t wait to get my box.

  154. Shirley says:

    Great box and love your cards!

  155. Looks like you were having great fun trying out these fab new products!

  156. Amazing what you can do with this one box! Love your cards, especially the ink swiping and PLAID! haha
    Sooo pretty

  157. Lovely cards!

  158. Gorgeous cards Laurel. Love all the techniques you used, especially ink ink swiping. It looks really cool. These ink pads seem amazing. I can’t wait to try them out.

  159. As a distress Inks junkie, I’m excited to see the awesome properties of these inks and can’t wait to get them in my hands!
    Awesome and amazing cards Laurel!

  160. Becky Reynolds says:

    Awesome and simple. I do wish you had demonstrated the plaid though.

  161. Debbie R says:

    Love the plaid-can’t wait to get the set!

  162. Laura Miller says:

    Thanks for the inspiration. I do like the steam hears from the cup and the plaid card is great too.

  163. Teresa Cherka says:

    Sweet! Thanks for sharing.

  164. jayell1 says:

    Love your cards!

  165. Bonnie Nolan says:

    very nice cards….love the ink swiping….can’t wait to try

  166. trawnick2015 says:

    Second time around watching. LOVE all the products and all those single layer cards. My favorite is the plaid.

  167. Super simple cards, love that!

  168. You are amazeballs, Laurel! Love the little steam hearts!!!

  169. hobbitnoll says:

    These cards are FABULOUS!!!

  170. Love the cards, being a newbie, you make it look so simple and easy to do!

  171. Susan Christman says:

    These are terrific what a great way you have shown how to use the pad in different ways (the swiping). Love the plaid one. I think its my favourite

  172. Cute cards. Really love your plaid.

  173. Diane Durbin says:

    Amazing stamps and cards.

  174. Kathleen Reilly says:

    Beautiful cards


  175. Elaine Weberg says:

    Love the cards you made….simple and sweet!

  176. Glenda S Wooldridge says:

    Love the set. So versatile and beautiful ink colors.

  177. Nancy-Anne Rockwell says:

    I’m so excited to play with the inks and stamps!!! Can’t wait!

  178. Darby Whittier says:

    YOU are amazing! I love your creative take on this set.

  179. I love the plaid that you made. All of these are great. Especially the little cup.

  180. Wow! Amazing work! I always love seeing one layer cards. LOVE the plaid!

  181. Laurel, your cards are always inspiring. I love the easy and simple ways to put a quick card together, that always look great. Thanks so much for sharing!

  182. Heather Nelson says:

    Gorgeous cards! I love the stamps and those beautiful inks. Thanks!!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.