Learn how to use White Craft Ink pad by Stampin’ Up! Whisper White craft ink is a rich, permanent pigment ink that is great for embossing or for creating an opaque look on dark cardstock. You can also use it on wood, fabric, and other materials.
The Whisper White Craft ink pad by Stampin’ Up! comes uninked with a Whisper White Craft Ink Refill you can use to ink the pad before use. This is important because pigment ink can dry out quickly and by having it’s own ink refill, you’re assured bright opaque coverage on everything you stamp. In fact, I re-ink my Whisper White ink pad every time I use it!
Unlike our other ink pads (which are a dye, water-based ink), the White Craft ink is thick and takes awhile to dry. I have found that if you can leave it out to dry naturally, it’ll stay whiter, but if you’re in a hurry, a quick zap with our Heat Tool will dry it quickly.
Stampin’ Up! also carries the Whisper White ink refill separately so your pad will last you for almost forever!
There are several techniques featuring the Whisper White Craft ink and I’ll share them in the future, but my favorite technique is basic stamping on darker cardstock. If you follow the next few steps, you’ll have a gorgeous opaque white image without having to heat emboss with Embossing Powder:
- Ink your White Craft ink pad with the Ink Refill.
To do this, gently squeeze the ink refill bottle so that drops of the ink go onto your pad. The ink is thick so about 10-12 drops of ink should do it. Use the nozzle of the ink refill to “smoosh” the ink into your pad and gently spread the ink with the nozzle. I tend to lightly ink my pad each time I use it, rather than over-ink the first time. I find you get better images that way.
- Decide what cardstock you want to use.
I prefer dark cardstock (Basic Black will give you an almost chalkboard look) but I stay away from any “coated” cardstock such as Basic White or Very Vanilla as the coating keeps craft ink from drying.
- Ink up your stamp by gently tapping your stamp into the ink pad several times.
Do not “push” the stamp into the pad or you’ll have a mess. I have found that red rubber stamps give a more crisp image with White Craft ink than photopolymer stamps, but they both will work. Set the cardstock aside to dry.
- After you’ve stamped your image(s), clean your stamp immediately with water and/or stamp cleaner. If it’s a red rubber stamp, I clean with water and a child’s toothbrush to get all the ink out of the stamp crevices. If it’s a photopolymer stamp, I tend to use a stamp cleaner, along with the toothbrush.
- If you want your ink to be permanent, heat set it with your Heat Tool.
In the image below, featuring the Hippo Happiness Stamp Set, the small flower stamped on the Smoky Slate cardstock really stamps out, thanks to stamping in the White Craft ink. Super simple stamping with fabulous results! You can check out more samples made with White Craft ink here.
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