Soft Vanilla ink technique!

Hey hey and happy Wednesday! It’s Lisa here with a technique that I stumbled on while working on the Hero Arts 2014 catalog. Have you seen the bird on the cover?

The Littlest Birds by Lisa Spangler for Hero Arts

I’ve had so many questions on how I made this journaling page! I’ve so wanted to share my secrets. But, I no longer had the page as it went to the Hero Arts booth at CHA back in January.

So when my niece had a baby boy over the weekend I just had to use this technique again! It’s just perfect for soft details. Check it out:

A Star Is Born by Lisa Spangler

Find out how to make this card — click for complete supplies and instructions.

The BIG secret? Hero Arts Soft Vanilla ink! Turns out it changes color when you go over it with daubers. :)

For today’s card, I first stamped the BasicGrey Astronomy Background with Soft Vanilla on cream letterpress paper, then die cut it with the new Star Background Fancy Die. It doesn’t look like much at first…

Soft Vanilla ink technique by Lisa Spangler

But when you go over it with daubers the magic happens! Love.


Here I used:

  • Tide Pool Dauber
  • Pastel Blue Dauber
  • Pastel Mint Dauber
  • Pastel Yellow Dauber

And I gotta say that I love the cream letterpress paper — it adds a soft, subtle texture, but it’s smoother than watercolor paper so you can still get a good impression.

A Star Is Born Soft Vanilla ink technique by Lisa Spangler

Then to finish off the card, I white heat embossed A Star is Born on pool paper. Then I did a little trick that I’ve been waiting to try ever since I saw this die: using the leftover stars as embellishments! It’s like a two-for-one kinda thing. I just grabbed some of the stars, colored them with a gold marker, and then added some gold glitter for extra golden goodness. Added some gems and that was that!

Welcome to the world sweet baby Dominic! You are a star in our family already.

Oh and that bird? I just inked the Tiny Flags Background with Soft Yellow and Soft Vanilla, stamped the Bird in black, then traced around the outside with daubers. Easy!

Thanks so much for joining me today, and hope you give this Soft Vanilla ink technique a try!


Tide Pool Ink Dauber (AD010) Pastel Yellow Dauber (AD028) Pastel Mint Dauber (AD030) Pastel Blue Dauber (AD031) Unicorn Pigment Ink Pad (AF249) Soft Vanilla Shadow Ink Pad (AF275)
A Star is Born (C5929) Astronomy Background (CG633) Assorted Crystal Gemstones (CH117) Star Background (DI093) Memories Pigment Ink Reinker in Unicorn (NK026) Snow Layering Paper (PS610)
Pool Mixed Layering Paper (PS640) Letterpress Paper, Cream (PS701) Embossing Powder - White (PW110) Embossing Gun (PW200)

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    Deborah S said:

    What a great technique really softens up the colors I love that sentiment what a great baby card!

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    Mary-Anne V. said:

    Wow that looks amazing.

  3. 20

    Michele F. said:

    Love it, Lisa… but now I’m coveting that bird once again!! =]
    Thanks for sharing your many talents with us all.

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    Linda W. said:

    Love both the journal page and the darling baby card, Lisa! Great technique with that vanilla ink and daubers!!

  5. 22

    pai said:

    that’s just awesome!

  6. 23

    Karen L K said:

    Thanks for sharing your technique! It looks great on that card.

  7. 24

    Lyn Kaufmann said:

    Love this look and the daubers make it fabulous. I’ve never used daubers but you have me really curious to try them out now. Thank you for sharing the technique.

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    Erum said:

    WOW! That IS cool! So next on my list is this ink pad! LOL TFS!

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    Connie Pruitt said:

    great ideas.

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