Hi friends! Dana Tatar here today sharing how I used the new ColorBox® 3-Color and Petal Point ink pads in my planner. I’m a big fan of the beautiful ombre and gradient effects that I can create with the multi-color ink pads and Petal Point collections. Furthermore, being able to grab one perfectly coordinated ink pad, rather than hunting through my studio looking for several shades of the same type of ink, saves me a lot of time and also helps take some of the stress out of designing.
I paired the new ink with some of the new Clearsnap® Wood Mount Stamps. As shown above (candle stamp), they’re smaller than the previously released 3-inch Wood Mount Stamps and they fit the 3-color ink pads perfectly! In addition to the Wood Mount Stamps, I used a couple of My First ColorBox® Mini Stamps.
The My First ColorBox® Mini Stamps are fun for kids and adults, and I have to confess that I use them all the time! The designs are super cute and the mini size works great for planners and journals.
First, I used one of my favorite techniques for the first page of my planner–an ombre watercolor background. Start by pressing a 3-color ink pad onto a stamp block or other slick surface. Next, pick up the color with a wet paintbrush and paint the color onto the page. Lastly, blend and layer the color to achieve the desired effect and then dry the page with a heat tool.
The Jack London quote I copied onto the page reads:
Keep a notebook. Travel with it, eat with it, sleep with it. Slap into it every stray thought that flutters up into your brain. Cheap paper is less perishable that gray matter, and lead pencil markings endure longer than memory.
I absolutely love this quote! As is evident from the blank pages of my planner, I don’t like to have too much structure. For the most part, I’m more of a list maker and note taker. I find the unlined and non-dated pages of my planner refreshing. I know that I’m not able to keep a daily account of my life, so this free-form planner style helps take off some of the pressure.
Second, I used the new ColorBox® Envy Petal Point Ink Pad to create a set of ombre birthday candles for this planner page. My sister and two sisters-in-law have birthdays in September. I chose to use blue for this spread because the birthstone for September is the sapphire. Once I stamped the candles and “sapphire” onto the journal page, I then sealed the ink with ColorBox® Clear Embossing Powder for a glossy finish. I left plenty of room to add notes about their birthday gifts. (I didn’t want to ruin the surprise by sharing too much information here!)
ColorBox® Petal Point Ink Pads contain eight petal-shaped pads in an appealing palette designed to create ombre projects. The petal-shaped pads are perfect for reaching hard-to-get spots and the individual “petals” slide out for stamping, cleaning and re-inking.
Finally, I took a departure from the ombre theme of the first two pages for this back-to-school spread. To mark the occasion, I used the new ColorBox® Red Pearl Metallic Pigment Ink, which has a fantastic subtle shimmer. I selected the apple stamp from the My First ColorBox® School Mini Stamps and stamped down the left-hand side of the page to highlight the important school events for September. At this point I only have three dates, but I’m sure I’ll be adding to this list!
I hope I have inspired you today! No matter what your planner style, we have the ink and stamps to help keep you organized! We’d love to see how you use Clearsnap® products in your planners and journals. Share your method with us in the I Heart Clearsnap Facebook group.
Clearsnap Supplies for Making Ombre Planner Pages:
- ColorBox® 3-Color Pigment Ink: Escape
- My First ColorBox® Mini Stamp Sets: School, Boho
- Teresa Collins Wood Mount Stamp: Diamond
- ColorBox® Petal Point Pigment Ink: Envy
- Clearsnap® 3-inch Wood Mount Stamp: School Bus
- ColorBox® Metallic Pigment Ink: Red Pearl
- Clearsnap® Skinny Wood Mount Stamp: Candle
- ColorBox® Embossing Powder: Clear