3 Reasons to Love “The White Pen” + Giveaway!

One staple every crafter should have is “The White Pen.” Not just any white pen, but the Uni-ball Signo Broad White Pen. Wanna know why? Here are three reasons…

3 Reasons to Love “The White Pen

Reason #1: It’s great for highlighting stamped images.

I am constantly inspired by how my dear friend Kathy Racoosin uses a white pen. With simple dots here and there, she makes a card come alive. (Check out some good examples here, here and here. In fact, I even love the white pen action on the butterflies in her blog banner!)

So, when I saw the new Calico stamp set from Paper Smooches, I thought it would be fun to trace the flowers with white dots. Now my handiwork isn’t nearly as perfect as Kathy’s, but I was working against time. (I craft during Lila’s naps.) I still do like how it makes the flowers pop off the kraft notecard

As always, I stamped the three flowers using Hero Arts Raspberry Jam Ink in a triangle formation. (Always a triangle – usually two closer together – visually pleasing.) I added little flowers with Bubblegum Ink and leaves with Green Hills. (I love how these inks become so deep when used on a kraft notecard.) Then I used a white pen to “trace” the flowers with dots. I did a fast and sloppy job with the dots, but it still looks ok. (Imagine how awesome it would look if I did a better job – lol.) I used a t-ruler to draw the finishing white lines.

I then added the *awesome* thanks die cut in black and covered it with Glossy Accents. For the flower centers, I used White Enamel Accents

By the way, this flower stamp set is new from Paper Smooches. I was tickled to see that you could either buy it or get it free with a $60 purchase over on the PS site. They released some of fab stamp sets yesterday – you can see them all on their blog. (The stamps are also available at SSS.)

Reason #2: It’s great for bright white coloring.

Obviously, this pen is great for turning things white – very white. But you can get creative with it, too. Here I turned the wood veneer stars and wood veneer fence white. I even added the lights to the trees. Bright white – love it. And so much easier than getting out paint…

Reason #3: It’s perfect for fixing poor white heat embossing.

I will admit it – sometimes when I white heat emboss an image, I doesn’t completely emboss. That is no problem, thanks to the handy white pen. I simply use it to fill in any areas that are missing.

For example, I used a mirrored stamping technique to get the reverse of the fish on this card. The resulting mirrored embossed image wasn’t the best – quite splotchy. I simply filled it in with a white pen and no one will ever know…

There you have it – 3 fun uses for “The White Pen.” Enjoy!


I was telling Kim over at Paper Smooches how much I love the new Calico flower stamp set I used above, and she said I could give one away! For your chance to win, just leave a comment here by 7/9/13. Good luck!


Below are the supplies used for this card. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson, click on EH

Paper Smooches Calico Stamp Set (SSS, PS)


WPlus9 Hooked On You Clear Stamps (SSS|EH)



Impression Obsession Fluff Background Stamp (SSS|EH)


Uniball Signo Broad White Pen (SSS|EH)


Paper Smooches Thanks Word Die (SSS|EH)



Corner Chomper (SSS|EH)


EK Success 1 Inch Circle Punch (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Black Pearls (SSS|EH)


Prima Flowers Houses and Buildings Wood Icons (SSS|EH)


Studio Calico Tiny Stars Wood Veneer (SSS|EH)


Studio Calico Wonderland Wood Veneer Trees (SSS|EH)




Copic Markers (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Raspberry Jam Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Bubble Gum Mid Tone Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Green Hills Mid Tone Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Soft Pool Shadow Ink (SSS|EH)


Versamark (SSS|EH)


White Embossing Powder (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Milwaukee Heat Gun (SSS|EH)


Glossy Accents (SSS|EH)


Black and White Enamel Accents (SSS|EH)


Vagabond Die Cutting Machine (SSS|EH)



Neenah White Cardstock 250 Sheets (SSS|EH)


Neenah White Cardstock 25 Sheets (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts Pool Mixed Layering Papers (SSS|EH)


383 CommentsCards, Die Cutting, Paper Smooches

  1. Rosana

    Love it!!! Thanks for the chance to win :)

  2. Starqueen

    Hi Jennifer,
    I love my white pen, too! Thanks for sharing your great ideas and beautiful cards. Sweet Paper Smooches stamp set too!

  3. Marlene Michelle Hedemand-Grarup

    So very pretty!

  4. Thanks for sharing all these great ideas for the White Signo pen! Mine sits on my desk and well, lately it has been untouched. That will be changing! Love the stamp set as well.

  5. ConnieM

    I love it when you give us new ideas. Thank you!

  6. Jessica Monte

    I love the using my white pen now i am going to try of new things with it. thanks for the give away

  7. Kristen M

    Thanks for the chance to win-what a great stamp!

  8. Teresa

    Great tips Jenn, I’m loving this series you are sharing with us. How I adore your fishy card – it’s brilliant!

  9. Love the look of the white pen. I keep buying them, but they don’t work this way for me, hehehe

  10. Sandy Lewis

    CUTE cards! Love my white pen, too, although I’m not quite as talented as you are using them. I’d sure love to win those stamps and try to make a card like you did. Thank you for the chance to win.

  11. Mai

    Cute cards and great tips! Is there a specific black pen you use?

  12. Jill T.

    Super cute Thanks card! I love the contrast of the white pen and the black letters.

  13. Terri

    Hi Jennifer,
    As always, I love to see your creativity at work!!! Loved the card!!
    Thanks for the giveaway

  14. Wow, what wonderful examples of what you can do with a white pen!

  15. Cindy J

    Hi Jennifer, I love your videos and web site I always learn so much. Thanks for the chance to win.

  16. Mandy Salazar

    Awesome stamps

  17. Melissa Shim

    Wow w

  18. Peggy

    love all three cards. I have the white pen but have only used it sparingly. now will use more often would love to have flower set thanks for chance to win.

  19. Tricia Barber

    I love my white Uniball pen! Thanks for a chance to win!

  20. tammy g

    Love how pretty the flowers looked by adding white dots all around. Such a great idea that’s totally doable for me.

  21. Melissa Smith

    The white dots really make the flowers pop. Would love to win this stamp set.

  22. Gwen

    Help! My white Signo just ran empty….:(! LOVE this pen!

  23. marykay

    great stamp set awesome card samples and thanks for all the tips on using the white pen. very useful. especially the white embossing technique. I always goof embossing

  24. Megan

    I love these examples! I like the uses of the white pen. I am a big fan of PS!

  25. love the white! thanks for the project ideas

  26. Kathy Stacy

    I think I have 5 or 6 of these white pens. I don’t ever want to run out!

  27. Lisa S

    I love the use of the white pen!! It adds such a special touch to the cards!

  28. howdyheidi

    Fantastic cards! I love them all!

  29. Karen T.

    Looks like the pen would come in handy.

  30. Kristen Foreman

    These cards are absolutely adorable! Going to check out PS now!

  31. Kristina

    Awesome! Love it!

  32. Marty

    Love me some white pen- thanks for all your tips!

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