4 Ways: Mutli-Color Inking

Welcome! I have felt very inspired by the rainbow creations in our Online Card Classes Rainbow Maker class, so I thought I would share a video showing 4 ways of multi-color inking.

[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 mannnnny ways to do multi-inking, but today I share my top four favorites.


The easiest way to stamp an image with multiple colors is with markers. I do find it best to double stamp images to make them more crisp, and that is very easy with a MISTI… but can be done with an acrylic block. For this examples, I used the Lil Inker Designs Be the Reason Someone Smiles Today Stamp and Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens. (I also recommend Tombow Markers or any other water-based marker.) Using a marker to ink portions of a stamp allows great control,

I added a bit of gold glitter DCWV Metallics Glitter And Foil Washi 6×6 Stack Paper and a notecard impressed with the Lil Inker Designs Quilted Stitched Basket Weave Die.

You can also use markers to ink a stamp for a blended look. Here, I used the same Lil Inker Designs Be the Reason Someone Smiles Today Stamps with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens… but allowed the colors to overlap. (Oh and check out the matching envelope I created with the Lil Inker Designs Quilted Stitched Basket Weave Die impressed on the flap!)


If you are looking for “perfect” results, I recommend using ink pads with masking. In my video I share a tip for masking with a MISTI – be sure to watch it. (It is tough to explain here!) This Lil Inker Designs You Will Never Regret Being Kind Stamp stamp is AMAZING. That sentiment is sooooooo my favorite!

I kept this card simple outside of the stamping.. . just adding a few Lucy’s Cards Clear Iridescent Jewels and a bit of glitter paper. I really like the look of each of the words being a different color. So clean and fresh.


You can also use ink pads to create a blended multi-color look. This is a common technique with stampers… and the results are so pretty. If you are sure to ink up only part of a stamp but overlap with the last color, the blending is easy.

I again used the Lil Inker Designs You Will Never Regret Being Kind Stamp. You can compare this card to the last card. One this one, there is blending across the whole image. The last card has specific colors for specific parts of the stamp. Just two different looks!


Another way to get a mutli-colored image is with colored embossing powders. Although this would have looked great on white cardstock, like the other examples… I decided to use black cardstock. The look is very dramatic! And, because you can’t see through these embossing powders, I am able to use a colored carrdstock.

I chose to use the embossing powders for a blended look. However you can easily make each word a different color by applying different powders to different areas. For this card I used the Lil Inker Designers Lovely and Sweet Stamp.

I finished this card off with a bit of gold foil DCWV Metallics Glitter And Foil Washi 6×6 Stack Paper, Lucy’s Cards Rainbow Jewels, and a notecard impressed with the Lil Inker Designs Quilted Stitched Basket Weave Die. And, again, I used the die to decorate the envelope’s flap.

I hope these inspire you to grab a large image and ink it up!


Want to find 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. Thank you! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those from Lil Inker. As always, this post was NOT asked for, paid, or sponsored.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), etc.

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40 thoughts on “4 Ways: Mutli-Color Inking”

  1. Hi Jennifer ~ These large phrases from Lil Inkers are right up my alley. I love the sentiments and really don’t have very many bold sentiments like this. Sometimes that’s all you need. You’ve showcased the stamps beautifully with each style and I especially love the multi-color embossing on the black paper. Absolutely stunning. Thanks so much for sharing and I hope your weekend is fabulous. ~HUGS~

  2. Hello, Jennifer
    As usual, I can’t pick a favorite. One card is more inspiring than the next in both color and sentiment. Thank you so very much for showcasing the products like you do. Your posts are informative and helpful. I look forward to your projects and am never disappointed. The time and effort you invest is truly appreciated.

  3. Such beautiful stamps! I like all four techniques but I think the ink blending would be the one I would use most often.

  4. Beautiful cards. The Ranger embossing powders you used are fabulous colors; nice and vibrant. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I love your cards and the techniques you used. I love the embossing powder rainbow–really nice. Thanks for sharing.

  6. You just gave me an idea! I’ve been stamping for over 25 years, and recently I realized that I COLLECTED so many different colors of EP! And some goes “BAD” , meaning, it doesn’t “emboss” much anymore after many years. I’m gonna try this multi color inking BY EPs, to make beautiful cards, and use them up!! lol 🙂 Now I have to find the right stamps to get the great result, from my stamp stash. Thank you!

  7. Hello! I just watched your video on youtube and also wanted to comment here in case you don’t see my comment there on YT. I have just recently been introduced to crafting in general, but even more recently, card making and Mixed media. I didn’t even know how to emboss with a die until yesterday lol, and many of the other videos are for a more seasoned artist, meaning I didn’t even understand the lingo i.e. “DT” I thought was DOLLAR TREE 🤡 Who knew it was design team? Everyone but me, that’s who lol! I can’t wait to start creating, thanks for showing us how to do what you do!

  8. All your cards are beautiful. I love all the sentiments and all the cards . Thank you for sharing the great technique with us. I didn,t know you could embossed like that with all the different colours. Thank you

  9. Following the rainbow online card as well and loving it .

    I was wondering if you could add a link to the way you store those little jewels that i am addicted too 😉

    Please continue your wonderful and awesome job .

  10. Gorgeous cards! Excellent video shows exactly what to do step-by-step to make these beauties. Thanks for sharing your expertise.

  11. One card more stunning than the next. I actually did something like this before the MISTI, and let me tell you, it was not easy at all. That’s probably why I only did it once. Now that you’ve highlighted this technique so beautifully, I’ll pull out that word stamp and go at it.

  12. Jennifer, These new larger word sayings are beautiful and I just love the sayings. They are perfect for friends and family. I like how you give us several ways to multicolor these sayings and how simple these cards are with just some small jewels to embellish them. I’m really enjoying your tutorials. Thank You.

  13. Jennifer! What great color techniques you have shared! I love these ideas and can’t wait to start trying these out! Thank you so much for sharing! You rock girl!

  14. You know Jennifer there isn’t a card that you do that I don’t like. I wish I had some of the stamps and dies you have to create some of your cards. I think anything you do it so amazing and so professional. Thank you for sharing your talent.

  15. Beautiful cards- in creativity and in words!! Such encouraging and truthful words. I love a rainbow so these cards are just perfect, in my opinion. I haven’t heard of L’il Inkers before but I’ll definitely be checking them out!

  16. Thank you for sharing these techniques and I LOVE those stamps! I put them on my wish list along with the sand eraser for those little oops moments. Thank you for taking the time to create the video – it really helped me learn the techniques. And it’s good to know those brush tip markers will work for this!

  17. These are beautiful Jennifer, we can never have enough rainbows in our lives can we! I don’t have too many big sentiments, but the techniques transfer well to solid images aswell. And I will definitely try my zigs on them as its a fab way of stretching their use. Thanks for all the inspiration and your video, Lisa xx

  18. All the cards are great! I have been wanting to get some of those Zig markers & now I have another reason to buy them 🙂

  19. Okay, I just want to be you for a day. Could I, huh, could I? LOL These cards are so colorful, so amazing and so me! You used plenty of yellow which is my favorite color and that first sentiment is a stamp I have to have. I love Be The Reason That Someone Smiles Today. I try to do that everyday. I do have my days like we all do but I am someone who always holds a door open for someone or smiles at babies who always smile back (babies and children love me) or help someone out if I can. I am going to put this post in my crafts folder and watch the video later. I want to try making some of them and I want that stamp!

  20. The technique with the post-it note where you fold over flaps is really inventive! Never would have thought of it, how clever. I love watching your videos and I love how clearly you explain everything.
    I also wanted to take my first ever comment on your blog, despite watching your videos for years, as an opportunity to say Thank You. Thank you for your promotion of kindness, for believing in people, for being an example, for encouraging other content creators (guests on your blog), for sharing entertaining stories occasionally, but also for keeping the focus of your videos firmly on card making. (And showing of products useful for it, I love those product close-up videos) Your videos are an inspiration, a pick-me-up after a bad day and lovely to listen to. So thank you.

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