Cardmaking Tips: Using White Inks

Today I have some cardmaking tips for you on using white inks.  I was helping a customer with an order over the phone the other day, and she asked me which white ink I thought she should use on Night of Navy card stock.  I was having a hard time describing the differences for her, so I sat down at my craft table and created samples.

Whenever anyone asks me a paper crafting question, I always imagine there are more people out there who would like to know and just haven’t asked.  So I decided to make the samples into a blog post.

My customer, Bernice, was wondering about Whisper White Craft Ink versus White StazOn.  Both give a fairly subtle image, as you can see with these snowflakes:

Whisper White Craft Ink vs. White StazOn Ink

With both of these inks, you’ll need to re-ink the pads before using them.  The Whisper White Craft Ink came out a little clearer than the StazOn, but that could be a matter of how much ink was on each pad.  They both require some drying time, and to be safe, I like to heat set the Craft Ink so it doesn’t smudge.

One advantage of the StazOn is that it’s designed for use on non-porous surfaces, such as Window Sheets, glass, and metal.  I stamped the same image on a piece of Window Sheet, and took the photo with it on top of a piece of Navy card stock:

White StazOn Ink on Window Sheet from Stampin' Up!

Whisper White Craft Ink Pad from Stampin' Up!White StazOn Ink Pad from Stampin' Up!

Whisper White Craft In #101731    White StazOn #106960

Another option is the Illuminate Glimmer Pad.  It’s even lighter than the other inks, but has a nice touch of shimmer.  My pad was fairly juicy when I stamped the image below.  I think this ink works better with an image with lines that aren’t so fine as the snowflake.  It is considered a watermark ink, so you’re not going to get a bright image.


Illuminate Glimmer Watermark Ink Pad from Stampin' Up!

Illuminate Glimmer Pad #126857

Any of the three inks I’ve shown you work well if you’re looking for something subtle that you could use as a background.  If you want a white image on dark card stock that will be bold and bright, then the best option is to heat emboss using VersaMark Ink with White Embossing Powder:

White Embossing Powder on navy card stock

VersaMark Watermark Ink Pad from Stampin' Up!    White Embossing Powder from Stampin' Up!

VersaMark Pad #102283         White Embossing Powder #109132

I hope this answers your question, Bernice, and that you can see from the photos which white ink you need.  To order any of the products shown above, just click on the image of the item you’re interested in.  Or use this button to go to my Online Stampin’ Up! Store:

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With holiday preparations in full swing, you’ll want to be sure to have some white ink and/or embossing powder for some of your paper crafting projects.  Order yours today! These cardmaking tips on using white inks will help you choose the right product for the effect you want!

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