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. Thanks, always, for allowing every one the chance to win. I have to go with the dark purple, my 4 year old granddaughters favorite color. Her purple crayon ia named “Addy’s Purple”.

  2. Recently I’m obsessed with the Lawn Fawn inks. My favorite color is green and my favorite ink pad would have to be “freshly cut grass” by Lawn Fawn. They have amazing colors and cute names too!

  3. My favorite color to stamp in would be Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Mermaid Lagoon. I love how pretty this color is and use it quite a bit.

  4. You inspire me so much Jennifer! Another beautiful card as always. Loved the idea, love your energy! Wishing you the best…

  5. My favorite color? The tomatoe one?, what’s it called?, pink tomatoe I think…. very lovely color. Thanks for sharing. your God given talent with all of us. You’re the best one out there, you really are!

  6. I love cards that express spiritual blessings in the sentiments. I like to ask God to bless the recipient with they knowledge they are most loved!
    My favorite color is blue.

  7. I am definitely a pink girl at heart…I can’t get enough pink. Although my favorite ink color (right now) is Altenew Sea Glass (pale blue). I am in love with this color!

  8. Fab cards I can always use more tips for creating one layer cards I struggle with those the most … I love the pale tomato color ink

  9. I love a soft blue such as hero arts cornflower! I love this technique! Can’t wait to get my hands on this stamp set when back in stock! Thank you for all your inspiration!

  10. I love blue….anything teal or turquoise will be my top picks. Thanks for sharing this technique. I always have difficulty when using layering stamp sets.

  11. These cards are beautiful. In watching the video, I was thinking how brave you are with the white ink. Then I decided no….not brave, but, confident. I sure want to do this , but I am scared to try. Will you come sit beside me? I’m laughing here!

  12. Love your techniques and cards. My favourite ink colours are greens and blues. but my go to choice seemed to be teal/aqua colours….maybe for my grandchildren. who love to swim.

  13. These are gorgeous! Love them. As for favorite color of ink… there such a thing as a favorite? 😀 I love all colors ink, but if I must name 1, I’ll go with the favorite of the day…lol. My favorite today is peachy hues…..hovering on the pink side……so peachy pink ♥

  14. I guess my favorite color of inks are the pinks, ranging from pale pink to hot pink. I loved this video and the tip about using a white pigment ink to soften colors. Fingers are crossed for winning the Bless Your Heart stamp set! I love it!

  15. Thank you for the opportunity to win this stamp set. I was just looking up where to buy it when I read about your give away. I just LOVE these cards! Jeanne

  16. Gosh I got so excited I forgot to list my favorite color right now is Fish Tank Dye Ink by Lawn Fawn. Isn’t that a cute name? And such a pretty color!

  17. I put that stamp on my wish list the minute I saw it in your video! LOVE! Thought it would be a cinch to name my favorite color, then realized it depends on the object- lol!. Clothes…blue. Flowers…Red. Thanks for the trick of using white to extend our colors. Look forward to putting that into use soon! I love the cards you made.

  18. Absolutely love that stamp set, so cute. Favorite ink color is definitely black. I’ve just started making cards so black is all I have! It works for everything! Love your cards, thanks for sharing.

  19. My current favorite color is coral. This video was AMAZING (as usual!) – thanks for the chance to win the beautiful stamp set!

  20. At the moment, I guess my favorite color is the bright green of Mowed Lawn Distress Ink. Thanks for the chance to win!

  21. I love color so it is hard to pick just one. Probably just about any shade of green – but I also like turquoise. Thanks for a chance to win!

  22. I love the pale tomato you used in the video and I’m into hot pink lately too. 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win.

  23. Thanx for the inspiratin. Thanx a lot for including international folks. Yipppeee!!!!!!
    My favorite is light tomato color and pink.

  24. Such lovely cards. Great tip for using the white ink. My favorite ink color is Audrey blue. Audrey is my daughters name and she and I often reach for it when we craft. 🙂

  25. Your cards always make my heart sing and this tip is fabulous for getting more mileage from supplies on hand!! Thanks! My favorite ink color is Tsukineko’s Brilliance Red Rocket Gold… love the golden shine!!

  26. This has to be one of my favorite techniques to date. And I love the underwater theme. Thank you for sharing.

  27. What a great idea! I have some ink colours that I never know what to combine them with for layered stamp sets and I’m not always fond of the stamped off look to get a coordinatingcolour. Will definitely be trying this with some of the summery Hero Arts layering sets!

  28. OMG…I am so excited to have seen this option for color layering with one ink pad. All of the results are beautiful, but my favorite has to be the Pale Tomato. Thank you so much for this information for those of us who do not have a large collection of ink pads – now I’ll be able to duplicate layered stamp images without spending a small fortune on more ink pads.

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