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White Ink in Multi-Step Stamping

White Butterflies

Hi All!

Using white in the middle of multi-step stamps adds two perfectly coordinating shades of the ink color you’re using. In this card, I have the dark Pacific Point butterfly outline, the white center, then a lighter Pacific Point inside. On kraft paper (or in my case, Crumb Cake), the butterflies really stand out. Here is a close-up:

White Butterflies

Try this with one of your other multi-step stamps – it eliminates the need to find a coordinating lighter shade, and the results are so pretty!

I also incorporated some of my new Zentangle skills with some drawing for the border. No straight lines necessary!

It’s the same sentiment I threwback yesterday. Love it. Enjoy the video and have a great weekend!



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.

Garden in Bloom
Garden in Bloom
Simon Says Stamp Striped Greetings
SSS Striped Greetings
Pacific Point
Pacific Point Ink
Stampin' Up! Pacific Point Marker (part of Brights set)
Pacific Point Marker
Stampin' Up! White Ink
Stampin’ Up! White Ink
Gansai Tambi Watercolors
Gansai Tambi Watercolors
Uniball White Gel Pen
White Gel Pen
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
Hero Arts
Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake Cardstock
Crumb Cake Cardstock
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on May 13th, 2016 at 8:08 am


    Hi Darlene, This is a lovely stamp set and I’m glad you are using it a few times. I really feel like I’m getting my money’s worth from a stamp set when you do this. I also like that you included the zentangle design on each side. It makes the card just that little bit more special.

  2. wrote on May 13th, 2016 at 12:14 pm


    Great card Darlene. Have you tried the Tim Holtz splatter brush?

    • wrote on May 14th, 2016 at 7:05 am


      I’m not darlene (smile) but just wanted to pop up to say that the splatter brush by Tim Holtz makes splattering so much fun and a lot easier. You get amazing effects. It would work perfectly on this card.

    • wrote on May 17th, 2016 at 4:17 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Jan. No, I haven’t tried the brush. I’ve been pretty happy with just using a plain old brush to be honest.

  3. wrote on May 13th, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Lesley S

    I’m quite intrigued by using the white pigment ink as the middle stamping layer.
    Have you tried it both ways: stamping the top layer while the white pigment ink is still wet; or allowing the white pigment to completely dry before stamping the top layer?
    If so, was there much difference between the results?
    Thanks for another great card idea.

    • wrote on May 17th, 2016 at 4:19 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Hi Lesley. For this card, I stamped while it was wet. However, on previous cards, I have waited for it to dry and got similar results.

  4. wrote on May 13th, 2016 at 2:07 pm


    Love the card. And I have everything you used. I’m so happy I can just CASE.

  5. wrote on May 13th, 2016 at 2:56 pm


    Another wowie zowie card.
    Thank you Darlene!

  6. wrote on May 13th, 2016 at 3:43 pm


    Great card, Darlene! Love your basically monochromatic color scheme. Neat idea to use the white as the second layer. I think that makes it more economical, since you don’t then need 3 colors of ink for the stamping, AND you can do it on colored cardstock! Thanks for sharing this. 🙂 ~ Andrea

  7. wrote on May 13th, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    Carol B

    Love, love, love this card, the Pacific Point with the white reallocated the butterflies stand out. Love your Zentangle coloring, cool look.

  8. wrote on May 13th, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    Carol B

    Really make, lol

  9. wrote on May 13th, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    Jenny Chilton

    Darlene I really love this card. I also love the simplicity of it. I’ve seen this stamp set used quite a few times and it only secures my belief that I have to have it. Thank you for sharing. ?

  10. wrote on May 13th, 2016 at 7:07 pm


    Thank you, Darlene! This is a very lovely card! And it really did look fairly easy and fun to do!!

  11. wrote on May 13th, 2016 at 9:34 pm


    Darlene, this is a beautiful card. Simple and elegant. I love the color combination. Thanks so much.

  12. wrote on May 14th, 2016 at 6:16 am


    Love the white layer. A great way for a monochromatic look without having to stamp off the different layers. Thanks again for more inspiration.

  13. wrote on May 14th, 2016 at 7:04 am


    How long do you typically allow your white pigment ink to dry? I have let mine sit for 24 hours and it still smears. This is a lovely card. I love that Pacific Point Blue. Thanks for sharing!!

    • wrote on May 17th, 2016 at 10:11 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      That’s kind of strange. I usually let mine sit for no longer than 30 minutes and it doesn’t smear after that. What brand are you using?

      • wrote on May 18th, 2016 at 7:21 am


        I’ve been using Hero Arts Unicorn White, but I’ll try Stampin’ Up.

  14. wrote on May 14th, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Jennifer Stark

    I love this card!!! I own this stamp set and haven’t used it yet!! Today’s the day!!

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