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Video Series: One Stamp, Four Ways – Card #3

One Stamp, Four Ways

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Today is Card #3! In this video series, I am using the Cloudy Skies stamp set in four unique ways. You can still purchase the set and get $5 off your order when you use the code REFRESH at checkout.

I tried to be a little more out-of-the-box with my use of the stamp set today. So, I used one of the clouds (you could use any of them for this technique) as a border stamp. Here is the card:

One Stamp, Four Ways

Before I started, I did a quick test of my black inks to determine which one was the best for full coverage of this solid stamp. I wanted to use a dye ink because dye dries faster and there would be less chance of ink smudging, which I am prone to do in even minimal applications. Here are the results of the test (click to zoom in):

One Stamp, Four Ways

It’s a little hard to tell from the photo, but Hero Arts and Simon Says Stamp were the best, with the SSS just a tad bit better. Enjoy and I’ll see you next Friday for the final installment! 🙂



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Copic colors used: E00, E02, RV00, C6, C9, YG17, YG25

Bear Necessities
Cloudy Skies
The Whole Herd
The Whole Herd
Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers
Simon Says Stamp Black Ink
SSS Black Ink
Stampin' Up! Pool Party Ink
Pool Party Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Black Ink
Copic .05 Liner
Copic .05 Liner
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Whisper White Cardstock
Stampin’ Up! White Cardstock
Scotch Foam Tape
Scotch Foam Tape


  1. wrote on March 18th, 2016 at 6:33 am


    Clever idea to use the cloud stamp as a border and good tip about black inks. I’ve never used black dye ink by Hero Arts or SSS. I would’ve gone for Versafine Onyx Black pigment ink too. So that really is good to know. Thanks, Darlene! As for the Scotch foam tape, it is great if you get down correctly the first time but you cannot pull it up if you don’t. Thought I’d mention this to anyone else who might need a bit of wiggle room like I do. PS: My Cloudy Skies stamp set finally arrived 2 days ago. So I’m now ready to go.

  2. wrote on March 18th, 2016 at 9:26 am


    Thanks for this series, Darlene! I love how creative you are and seeing what ideas you come up with. Will you do another series like this? Maybe make it a regular thing? (hint, hint).

    • wrote on March 23rd, 2016 at 11:17 am

      Darlene DeVries

      I have another one up my sleeve. 🙂

  3. wrote on March 18th, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Sherry W.

    So clever. Never in a million years would I have come up with the idea to use the cloud as border stamp. Now, off to look at my collection to see what might make a good border.

  4. wrote on March 18th, 2016 at 1:36 pm


    Awesome series and card. I would never have thought to use the cloud stamp as a border.

  5. wrote on March 18th, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Brenda L.

    Such a clever idea to use the cloud as a border. I love the way it turned out and I so love those cute cows. Such a cute, cute, cute card. Hugs, Brenda

  6. wrote on March 18th, 2016 at 3:02 pm


    So cute!! I love this idea for multiple ways to use stamps. Thanks for sharing!!!

  7. wrote on March 18th, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    Barb H.

    I will also chime in to say what a clever idea to use this cloud as a border. I never would have thought of it and now I want to look at other stamps to see if they could work in this way. I love seeing the different black inks. I may just need to get a SSS black ink pad.

  8. wrote on March 18th, 2016 at 4:40 pm


    Love your card. I really want that MFT herd stamp set. May have to give that to myself for a birthday gift. I’ve been eyeing it for awhile. Could you do a series with that stamp set?!!!

    • wrote on March 23rd, 2016 at 11:31 am

      Darlene DeVries

      After I came up with the idea for the series, I wanted to do it with this set, but since I had already used it, I wanted to start with something new. I’ve already done three cards with it. You can search “whole herd” in the search box to display all of them, in case you missed one. It really is a great set!

      • wrote on March 23rd, 2016 at 8:24 pm


        Thanks for letting me know u

  9. wrote on March 18th, 2016 at 5:31 pm


    Love this card. Using the cloud stamp as a border is amazing and The Whole Herd stampset is one of my favourite sets. Those cows are gorgeous and the review on the blacks inks was very interesting. Thanks Darlene

  10. wrote on March 18th, 2016 at 8:32 pm


    You are a genius !

  11. wrote on March 18th, 2016 at 8:48 pm


    Cowabunga!!! I love this card!

  12. wrote on March 19th, 2016 at 9:19 am


    The black dye ink results were a surprise because I believed Versifine gave the best imprint. Not so. Good to know. Also using the cloud stamp for the border was genius. I enjoy your series’ and comparisons. Please keep up the good work.

  13. wrote on March 19th, 2016 at 1:19 pm


    There you go again Darlene, taking creativity to a whole new level!!! I adore this card, I am one of those nuts who just absolutely loves cows. What a unique idea for the border, I am going to have to start looking at my stamps in new ways. You are always one of the highlights of my week, Hugs to you

  14. wrote on March 19th, 2016 at 7:47 pm


    Super cute!! As always you come up with creative uses for stamps I would not have thought of! Thanks! Julie L

  15. wrote on March 20th, 2016 at 11:23 am


    To quote my kids, “mind blown!” I would never have thought about using the clouds in that way! It looks amazing, like those sweet cows were meant to go perfectly with that border stamp.

    • wrote on March 23rd, 2016 at 1:50 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Haha – thank you Teresa. Tell your kids Hi from me. 🙂

  16. wrote on March 21st, 2016 at 12:35 pm


    So CUTE!!!!!

  17. wrote on June 24th, 2016 at 11:44 pm


    I love this card and your border stamping is so clever! I need to look at my stamps a bit differently.

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