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.
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!