Stamp Layering With One Ink Color + GIVEAWAY

Hello. Today’s video shares how to do stamp layering with one ink color. Stamp layering is when you stamp several images on top of each other to create a realistic look. Unfortunately, you usually need several colors/shades of ink to achieve this. Until now! In my video I share a way to use one color of ink along with a tool you most likely already own.


[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

There are a couple ways you can use stamp layering stamp sets with one color/shade of ink. One option is to stamp the first layer once. Then double stamp the second layer to get a slightly darker shade. And triple stamp the third layer for even darker. However, sometimes this isn’t very effective and the image just looks flat. I have had much more success with today’s trick and am hoping it works for you, too.

For this technique, you need one color dye ink pad. That’s it! You will also need one tool to use with it – a good white pigment ink. You could argue that that is another “color” of ink, but I really look at as a tool here. 🙂 And you can team it up with any color of ink.


For the flowers, I stamped the first layer images of the WPlus9 Freehand Florals using a color dye ink. (Colors are listed in the thumbnails below.) I then stamped the same images directly on top using white pigment ink… and the white pigment mutes the color underneath… leaving a beautiful velvet look. I then stamped the next layer with the color ink followed by another layer of white. Finally, I finished with the last stamp layer with color.

So basically, I’m stamping that solid image using white pigment ink between each layer image. This allows you to lighten each layer of color that you put down so the next layer of color will look even darker.


I finished off the cards by stamping the large sentiment from the Honey Bee Bless Your Heart Stamps using Black VersaFine and clear heat embossing it. (I have to say that this stamp set is by far my favorite of 2016 so far. I just love it!) Since I made several cards of the same design, I used my Mini Misti Stamping Tool to stamp all the greetings.


I added some Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush Marker to the flowers and die-cut the panel using a frame die from the Mama Elephant Dotted Details Dies. I also wanted to add splatter to my card but I have control issues. (Who’s with me!? lol) Instead, I used the Distressed Patterns Stamp Set by My Favorite Things and stamped the splatters using a silver metallic ombre ink pad from Hero Arts. This way I don’t have to panic on where the splatters land. Isn’t that shine fun?


This technique will work with a variety of stamps. I chose to stamp a few of my cards using some new sets from Memory Box/Poppy Stamps. I also switched up the finishing touches in a few examples and used Nuvo drops as an accent. They come in a variety of colors and create drops similar to enamel dots. I like white the best! This card features the Memory Box Flourish Blooms Stamps


And this one uses the Memory Box Ornamental Butterflies Stamps


And here is the card I did weeks ago that I used as an inspiration for today’s cards. Sometimes when I am stumped on a design, I “lift” something I made in the past. It works!


A white pigment ink pad is such a great tool to have in your crafty stash. There are so many techniques you can do with it, like this one. I hope you give it a try!


How would you like to win the fabulous Honey Bee Bless Your Heart Stamp Set? For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 6/29/16 telling me your favorite color of ink. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected, emailed and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)


Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those with an asterisk. As always, this post was NOT sponsored.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Amazon (AZ), etc.

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695 thoughts on “Stamp Layering With One Ink Color + GIVEAWAY”

  1. What a clever idea, especially for someone who might have limited colors on hand! I especially love the design using the butterflies. They’re all fabulous!

  2. Thank you for the chance to win this amazing stamp set! These are such great sentiments and would be a blessing to create with and bless others with. It is so hard to pick a favourite colour, but I would have to say that Hero Arts Unicorn is my favourite, for the same reason you showed in this video. It has the ability to give any ink colour a softer feel and extends the usage of your current stash – while looking amazing on its own on coloured paper.

  3. I enjoyed this video, can’t wait to to try it. I like all colors. Depends on my mood, what I am making and for whom. Thank you for the wonderful video.

  4. I love the simple elegance of these cards! My favorite ink colors to use are any of the blues that look like the sea, such as hero arts pool tide. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  5. Jennifer, I just love your cards, and what a great technique! Thank you so much for showing us different ways we can use stamps and supplies for different effects and to save money. It’s so hard to pick a favorite ink color, but I’d say Picked Raspberry has become a favorite. And oh, would I love to win this great sentiment stamp set! Thanks so much for the chance! As always, I so enjoy your videos and appreciate that you take the time to put your heart into them and share them with us.

  6. Thank you for the video. I don’t have many inks on hand so this technique will come in handy. My favorite color of ink would be blues and greens.

  7. I love this technique. I need to get a new white pigment ink pad to try this. My current favorite ink colors are Altenew’s Frosty Pink and Hero Art’s Mint Julep.

  8. You always have the best techniques–thanks so much. I really don’t have a favorite ink color, but do tend to go to the blue tones.

  9. Beautiful cards! Thanks for another great video. I’ll definitely be trying this technique as it not only will allow me to use some inks for color layering that I couldn’t use before and it will also remove some of the guesswork as to which colors will work together. As for a favorite color of ink, I love blues, especially those that remind me of the sea or sky so any ink that gives me that color gets used often.

  10. Superb technique! I shall dust off my white pigment ink pad and see if it is still juicy!!!! I hardly have any dye ink pads, so this is a wonderful way to utilise them!! Yay!!!! Merci!!!! My fav colour is red but my fav stamping colour?…whatever I have although I love rich colours . I would just stamp anything in red for the fun of it if I could!!!!

  11. Great technique. My favorite color of ink is usually in the blue/green family. I love coastal colors if I am not going all out bright.

  12. I am really enjoying my Altenew cube inks – I know that is not one colour (you know I can never pick one), but they are so wonderful to stamp and layer with :), and great coverage. Really loved your cards Jennifer, those white dots look amazing and I loved the silver splatters too. Gorgeous 🙂

  13. Beautiful cards & what a great technique! There are so many gorgeous colors of inks, but lately I’ve been using a lot of blues (and purples & greens)!

  14. Beautiful cards Jennifer and yet another great technique to try. My favorite colors are purple and blue. I typically use black for the sentiment. Thank you for another great video.

  15. Great tip on stamp layering with limited supplies. Love your cards. Blue is my favorite color so I love the color Fish Tank. TFS

  16. Hero Arts Pale Tomato is a fantastic color for me when I use only one color to layer stamping. Please know that I think you are a great teacher and quite inspirational. I appreciate all the tips you show as well. Thank you very much.

  17. Wonderful tutorial! Now I can do those multi stamped images without having to buy a bunch of other color inks! This may sound strange, but my favorite color ink is black, since I use it on pretty much every card I make! Thanks for the chance!

  18. Great cards Jennifer! I watched your video and had to try the technique for myself. I LOVE it!!! My favorite color ink is blue, any and all shades.

  19. I’m pretty partial to teals and bright greens. But . . . I love that Pale Tomato and I’ve been having fun lately with white pigment ink. LOVE these cards.

  20. Clever use of white pigment ink! I’m loving the multi level stamps…thanks for a new way to use them. My favorite color is the pale tomato.

  21. Hi Jennifer. Love your cards – so inventive and colorful. My current favourite ink colour is Stampin’ Up!s Island Indigo – a beautiful, rich blue color that reminds me of the sea.

  22. Thank you sooo much for the wonderful tutorial! I am one to love all colors, so it would be hard to choose just one. However, I seem to lean more toward autumn colors the most. 🙂

  23. My favorite go-to color is all shades of green. I will try the technique featured in your wonderful video. Thanks.

  24. I love your video and beautiful cards!!! My favorite color of ink is blue, any and all shades!!! Thank you!

  25. It NEVER occurred to me that I could stretch my ink colors using this little trick…pure genius!! I have that rose set from w+9 and now can’t wait to play with it! And seriously, that sentiment set is soooo perfect. I’ve never heard of Honey Bee and will definitely searching them out! As fo0r my favorite ink color, wow, what a hard choice!! I LOVE all of my Hero Arts Shadow Inks…too hard to pick just one!! Right now I’m really “feeling” Butter Bar. Next week…well, that could change, lol!

  26. My favorite ink color at the moment is red. I tend to like bright colors.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  27. I love any shade of purple. This technique is wonderful! Thank you for showing me how to do layer stamping without having to have numerous ink colors.

  28. My favorite color is PINK. It seems like you can never have too much PINK on a card. It always seems to brighten up my day and adds cheer and joy to all my projects. Thanks for the chance to win! Love your videos and keep up the good work!

  29. Love the cards. I need more “big scripty sayings” stamps!
    My favorite color right now is the mint green crayon I have from Faber Castell. LOVE IT!

  30. My favorite ink color is anything in the pink/purple family. This technique blows my mind. I am so grateful to be able to do the multi layer stamping without having to purchase so much ink. I love the stamp sets you used. Thanks so much for the video.

  31. Thanks so much for showing me how to use layering stamps with one ink color. I’ve invested in a couple of stamp sets, but my ink colors are limited. As for my favorite color, I love yellow, but purple is a close second.

  32. I love the sky’s at twilight with all the different blues. Love how you did your cards. I’m going to give it a try.

  33. What beautiful cards! My absolute favorite color for anything and everything is PURPLE! Every and any shade of PURPLE.

  34. Thanks so much Jennifer for this great video and this GREAT trick ! I’ll try it for sure ! My favorite color is BLUE ! Every kind of blue ! It’s even hard sometimes to make a card with another color, my mind is always thinking first blue, blue…. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win.

  35. I love all of your videos. They are so professional and fun ! My favorite ink color is Tim Holtz Picked Rasberries, but I have recently started using Simon Says Stamp hybrid cubes. Thistle is fast becoming a favorite !

  36. Great video! What a great idea! I have been leaning towards purples and shades of blue lately. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

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