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Colour Blocking with Ink Pads – with Cathy Caines

Summer has finally arrived on the East Coast of Canada!! Whenever the sun is shining I need to take full advantage so I like quick and simple layouts during the summer months. Typically when I start a scrapbook page, I haul out a 12×12 piece of white cardstock and go from there. Using that as a canvas, I let my imagination take course so that the page and the pictures morph into a piece of art.



After playing with mega blocks with my little girl, I thought about how to incorporate it into my scrapbook pages. Using four Stampin’ Up! ink pads, I turned them face down to create a cool background. Arrange them on the paper before opening your ink pads to get your page organized.


A quick tip is to first apply a thin layer of gesso on your cardstock prior to ‘smashing’ your ink pads. This acts like a primer that will help keep the colour and avoid any saturation.


I kept this layout simple by using some Stampin’ Up! Project Life cards, as well as some stitching around the borders.

Supplies used are Stampin’ Up! unless otherwise stated: Project Life Everyday cards, Pistacho Pudding ink, Bermuda Bay ink, Hello Honey ink, Pool Party ink, 12×12 whisper white cardstock, Project Life Little Moments Accessory kit, Project Life Everyday Accessory kit, Hip Hip Hooray card kit, 12×12 Bermuda Bay cardstock, Staz On, Remember rotary stamp, Basics Hodgepodge Clips, Lullaby Designer Series Paper

Until next time,


Want to see more of Cathy’s work – visit her blog – In The Cat Cave.




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  1. Jackie Reply

    I adore this layout! So smart & simple…wish I had thought of it!

  2. Glenda Thorne Reply

    Very cute and love the new idea to try and incorporate into my layouts,thanks.

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