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PeaNut 537,092
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Posted: 5/7/2013 12:50:39 PM
i've noticed that the Garden Girls seem to all use the same brands of ink. i'm seeing lots of versamark and hero arts in their videos. are these two brands better than others? what do you use?


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Posted: 5/7/2013 2:14:36 PM
I'm not sure but it may be because it is sold in the 2 peas store.

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Posted: 5/7/2013 2:56:17 PM
I mostly use SU!

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Posted: 5/7/2013 3:16:34 PM
It has to be because that is what is carried at twopeas. They prompt what is available for purchase at the store.

I love the ink pads that I got years ago because of KW. And so it doesn't make sense for me to go and buy another set of inks when I love the ones that I have and I have them in almost every color that I would use.
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June 2004
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Posted: 5/7/2013 8:15:13 PM
I like the Palette ink pads for a nice crisp image

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December 2008
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Posted: 5/7/2013 9:01:38 PM
Jen Gallacher actually uses a lot of Stampin Up inks but she tries hard to not show that on the video.
I use stampin Up because they are the best inks I have ever used in 9 years of scrapping and stamping. Now I sell them because I love them so much.

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PeaNut 347,059
November 2007
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Posted: 5/7/2013 11:56:01 PM
I'm another stampin' up ink pad user myself


PeaNut 489,208
November 2010
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Posted: 5/8/2013 12:15:27 AM
I've tried all sorts of inks. I used the Jenni Bowlin inks for awhile, but when I started using more "solid" stamps it didn't do a good job. I use Hero inks now because I get good coverage and I can get them at a LSS. I use Momento as well. I've tried CTMH and SU which I prefer SU between those two, but didn't feel they were worth the trouble of finding a consultant and ordering them.


PeaNut 332,062
August 2007
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Posted: 5/8/2013 12:22:27 AM
...always late for the party.... I totally missed the Jenni Bowlin stamp pads and now will always regret it, lol!



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Posted: 5/8/2013 12:24:07 AM
I really like the Chox by Clearsnap.
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Posted: 5/8/2013 1:34:00 AM
Another fan of Stampin' Up.

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December 2011
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Posted: 5/8/2013 1:51:27 AM
I have ink pads from SU, Ranger Ink, Tsukineko (StazOn) and Jenni Bowlin. The StazOns are waterresistant, that is the reason I use them most of the time.

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Posted: 5/8/2013 4:01:05 AM
yep im a fan too


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Posted: 5/8/2013 6:42:04 AM
For the most part, I think it comes down to the color you prefer...most inks behave similarly.

But I do love my distress inks. They are cool...

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Posted: 5/8/2013 8:44:58 AM
I like to use the Ranger distress ink pads. I just bought 10 of the Memento pads. I've only used the black. I really like the coverage so I decided to buy more.


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PeaNut 167,510
September 2004
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Posted: 5/8/2013 8:53:15 AM
I feel there is a different ink for every type of project...I like momento for coloring with my copics, I like Hero Arts shadow inks for solid backgrounds, I love my Ranger distress inks for blending and edging my projects, I also love Papertrey ink, CTMH, Jenni Bowlin, and Adirondak inks for general stamping especially with my clear stamps, I have a few SU inks, but I find they work best with rubber stamps.

There use to be a thread on the Stamping board about all the inks and their uses. The Peas on that board are amazing wealth of info when it comes to stamping and inks and techniques!!



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March 2010
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Posted: 5/8/2013 9:46:54 AM
I use a whole range depending on what I am doing. But my stash includes:
Distress Ink
Versa Fine

Brilliance Impress
Ranger Archival Ink
Color Box Chalk Inks

The ones I use most are in BOLD

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PeaNut 404,013
December 2008
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Posted: 5/8/2013 9:57:28 AM
I have tried different ones too... and prefer the SU ink pads. I have a bunch of Jenni Bowlin ones, and I'm thinking of getting rid of them.
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PeaNut 268,201
July 2006
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Posted: 5/8/2013 10:18:33 AM
Have you check out both of the free Thinking Inking classes here at 2 Peas? They were done a few yrs ago by (then) Garden Girl Jennifer McGuire. She shows you how to do many kinds of techniques and shows which ones work best for which purpose.

Those Hero Arts shadow and "mid-tone" inks work great for when you have a stamp with a solid (negative) space. They stamp a little blotchy but dry smooth.

I've used SU inks a good bit and they are fine - lots of colors, but if I wanted to have brand with a great range of colors they would be distress inks - simply because of the endless techniques you can do with them! They even work for routine stamping. If I need a more crisp image, I ink my stamp up with Versamark first, next ink it up with the Distress Ink - then stamp it. Using the "versamark trick" helps the distress coat the stamp evenly.

For very fine, detailed stamps - IMHO Versafine is the best ink around. Just like with Distress Inks, you can also heat emboss with it if you add the powder quickly after stamping. It takes a few seconds to dry. If you think about it, you can get more bang for your $ if you buy inks that will let you heat emboss too. You can buy clear embossing powder and then use it with red ink for a red embossed look, blue for blue embossing - and so on. NO need to buy colored embossing powders!

Finally, for techniques where you want to use some water based technique on your image, or stamp on a non-pourous surface - Stazon Ink is amazing. It won't bleed or smear with markers/water colors etc.

So basically, I'm in the camp that you choose your inks based on what you intend to do with them because there IS a difference. That's why I recommend those 2 Thinking Inking courses! hths


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Posted: 5/8/2013 10:19:54 AM
I should add that the best ink I've ever used for detail stamping (black ink) is versafine. I've never gotten as clear and detailed stamping with any other ink. Otherwise I stick to SU

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January 2012
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Posted: 5/8/2013 11:36:43 AM
I do think that Versafine is one of the very best inks on the market. It is very black and stamps really well with any type of stamp.

I also have a lot of luck stamping with the Hero Arts Shadow inks with the cheap acrylic stamps, in addition to their great qualities for stamps with negative space.

I have a lot of inks, and I often also use Archival ink (especially when watercoloring), colorbox chalk inks (also good with cheap clear stamps) and distress inks for blending with the foam applicator or when I want a distressed look with my stamps. Brilliance inks are good with vellum or for heat embossing over.

In the stamping forum there is a great thread on inks and how they are different. Inks, Inks and More Inks

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January 2012
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Posted: 5/8/2013 6:51:45 PM
wow! so much information! this is so helpful. thanks everyone!


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Posted: 5/8/2013 11:10:28 PM
I agree. The Jenni Bowlin ink pads are not that good. I have 4 and they do not work well at all. I use the clear Versafine for embossing - love it. I have the pen also. For color I use the new Hero Arts (just got the mid tone Navy - gorgeous!!!!) or Color Box Chalks.

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Posted: 5/9/2013 6:04:10 AM
I am still using Colorbox inks I bought in the 90s! Without refills. If you want a pigment ink they are fantastic. I also like Versafine onyx, Versamark and Brilliance metallics.

I just started trying dye inks in the past few years. I like Memento, Jenni Bowlin and the bright Distress Inks.

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Posted: 5/9/2013 7:46:57 AM
I've used most inks that are listed but I prefer the SU. Next would be stazon, ranger adirondack(I love the pitch black)and Tim holtz distress inks.
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Posted: 5/9/2013 11:08:01 AM
Do the new SU design work well with clear stamps??
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