Colorful Hip Hearts

I was so excited to receive Catherine Pooler Designs’ new Date Nights ink collection and Hip Hearts stamp-die set! The inks are absolutely luscious and juicy, making them perfect for so many different kinds of applications.

I love that you can stamp with them and use them for embossing, but they also make for a wonderful watercoloring medium. And, they are superb for gel plate printing! They provide the vibrancy of acrylics without the mess.

So, I decided to use this new collection of inks in all these various ways to make a wonky, fun, “hip” card and I recorded a process video.

This video will always remain special to me because I not only used my new Arkon Mount but also my new Blue Yeti microphone to record the voiceover. Please let me know what you think the production quality of this video — I intend to produce a lot more free videos this year, so your feedback is critical!

Here are some stills as well that I shot on my new Ink and Elm Grunge Storm backdrop. I like the neutral gray against my riot of colors. This card is available for purchase as part of my Paying it Forward initiative for 2021…pay what you can and I’ll donate the funds to Friends of Animals.

I made another quick card with the hearts I die cut from this panel. They were so vibrant, full of energy and movement, and just so fun that I decided to adhere them on to a plain black background. I propped the middle heart up with multiple paper strips (instead of foam tape) and them added dots on the black background with a black glaze pen. This card is also available for purchase as part of the same “paying it forward” initiative.

This was such a fun project for me and I love that these hearts can be used for just about any occasion, or even a “just because” card. And why limit it to cards?

As I was looking at these funky hearts, I decided to try making a candle with them! “Wait, what?” you say? That’s going to be a whole other post in and of itself and featuring a process video from my almost-seven-year old with her own new branding!

If you’d like to add these gorgeous inks, stamps and dies to your stash, scroll down and shop. These are affiliate links that may generate a small amount of money for me at no cost to you.

Published by mansimakes

Hi there, I am Mansi, a self-taught artist based in Silicon Valley. I was a full-time communications professional for two decades, with a desk job and a six-figure salary until I decided to become a mom. Motherhood, as many will attest, can be extremely exhausting, especially in those first years. Art became my quiet place. It restored my sense of self. It gave me renewed energy. It helped me become a better mom. I was led down the path of creation by instinct and “discovered“ in early 2019 by a fellow kindred spirit at one of my art pop-ups who asked me to join her entrepreneurial venture. While I immersed myself full time in the role of CFO and co-founder of this women-led venture supporting local women makers, I missed experimenting with mixed-media. So, in 2021, I've decided to focus my energies full time in finessing my craft, producing more online tutorials and offering in-person art workshops for both adults and children. Thank you for joining me on this adventure as I experiment, learn and continue creating custom pieces of joy.

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