Stamping - Which ink to use?

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Posted 6/12/2013 by Ashley Smith in General Scrappin'

Ashley Smith

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Posted: 6/12/2013 1:32:24 AM
I have tons of stamps (mostly clear) that I use for scrapbooking and I am really confused about whether I should use pigment or dye inks.

The only thing I do know is when I want to ink the edge of a page I use a brown chalk ink. That's it! That is the extent of my ink knowledge. LOL

My question is when I am stamping a title or words (usually with black ink) should I use a pigment or dye ink. Which one gives a crisp image? What is your favorite brand?



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Posted: 6/12/2013 1:35:44 AM
I am not sure what type it is but I use Versafine black ink. I find it gives a nice clean image and is easy to clean off the stamp.

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Posted: 6/12/2013 2:50:52 AM
I prefer dye inks. They dry really quickly. Pigment inks take longer to dry. I, too, like Versafine, but I'm also a fan of Hero Arts. Both brands can be found here at Two Peas. Lately I've been crazy in love with the Hero Arts neon pads. The images I've been stamping have come out crisply and cleanly.

It's also a great idea to get a StazOn ink pad if you're planning on stamping on items other than regular paper (such as photos, glossy paper, vellum, etc.). It's my go-to ink when I am not sure whether regular ink will smear on a surface.

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Posted: 6/12/2013 3:34:50 AM
I have always used dye in. To be more specific I have used Colorbox chalk ink. They are perfect. I also have TH distress inks but honestly they just don't do the crisp saying or detailed greetings very well.

I'm trying to get more ink pads and now I am coming across an issue that I didn't think that I would have. I can't figure out what ink pads to get in the has more color ranges that offer great coverage and crisp stamping on sayings/greetings cause I need way more colors. And I am missing some colors from the chalk ones but I need more color choices.

But to answer your question I love the stamping of dye chalk inks.
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Posted: 6/12/2013 5:42:14 AM
Memento Tuxedo Black is my favorite, but it also depends on the paper on which you're stamping. A smooth paper will give you a more crisp title, while a textured one won't be as crisp. If you're using textured cardstock, flip it over and stamp your sentiment on the smoother back side. Good luck!

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Posted: 6/12/2013 6:40:46 AM
I use Stampin up inks as their colour range is great and they stamp really well particularly if you use their paper too. I find more than the inks the stamps need to be of good quality. If you're using cheap acrylic stamps inks don't tend to work well no matter what the ink is. I also like memento ink.

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Posted: 6/12/2013 7:41:31 AM
I recently did a review/overview of all of my favorite inks it's called Let's Talk Ink!. I think this may help you

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Posted: 6/12/2013 8:41:05 AM
Another fan of Versafine ink for crisp images and it's easy to clean up afterwards.I use mainly clear stamps and this is the best ink I've ever tried.


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Posted: 6/12/2013 8:41:06 AM
I love Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black. The one I have is an Instant Dry Pigment Ink. it dries fast and always nice and clean and crisp. Here is a link below. Tsukineko Versafine

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Posted: 6/12/2013 10:19:36 AM
For black, I use Versafine as well. For colors, I like the Prima edgers chalk inks. They work really good in my opinion.


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Posted: 6/12/2013 10:50:01 AM
I always have versafine on hand and I LOVE all the colors from Close to my Heart. Their ink is a dye ink and it works wonderfully. They also have pigment inks if you find you want those instead.

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Posted: 6/12/2013 10:59:47 AM
I really like chalk ink right now. I would just buy an ink pad or two from several brands and see what you like best.

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Posted: 6/12/2013 12:02:47 PM
Thanks everyone!


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Posted: 6/12/2013 12:20:10 PM
All the recommendations here are good. As you can see, it's a personal choice -- kinda like which paper towel or shampoo brand you like. What techniques you're using them for also matter. Are you coloring your images (and with what type of medium) or just looking for a crisp clean text image? If its the latter, I prefer versafine. If you like brown, try their vintage sepia; it's really nice. As for Stazon, it needs to be cleaned off your stamps with Stazon stamp cleaner right away or it will ruin your stamps. But it is a staple in my craft room


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Posted: 6/12/2013 1:41:07 PM
I love the Hero Arts colors but find the inks do not give crisp, non-blotchy images. I think the reality is that I'm a pigment ink kind of girl. I wouldn't be caught dead without my Versafine Black or my Cocoa Daisy hybrid black (if I'm using my inktense pencils).


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Posted: 6/12/2013 3:58:17 PM
Right now my favorite ink pad is Hero Arts Mid-Tone in Navy. I also just got Mint Julep. LOVE


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Posted: 6/12/2013 5:05:54 PM
thekatsmeow - thanks for that link, I loved that you showed us samples using the same stamps with the different inks.

to answer op - I'm another for Memento Tuxedo Black ink , and love Stampin Up for just about everything else. I've misplaced my Creamy Caramel and am at a bit of a loss. (it was discontinued)

A trick, I recently learned, for a crisp image is to put something with a li'l 'give' under your paper. I get a cheap foam sheet and cut it in half. I used to have a real problem with only part of an image stamping, and this has really helped me out

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Posted: 6/12/2013 5:49:40 PM
Ashley, check out the "Thinking Inking" video series that former GG Jennifer McGuire did here for 2 Peas. They are a fabulous resource and will give you many more idea on the things you can do with various kinds of inks and stamping products. There were 2 different sets of classes, and they were free!

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Posted: 6/12/2013 7:40:31 PM
I prefer pigment inks but if I choose to use a dye (like the Tim Holtz) then I usually ink it with versamark first then the dye ink before stamping. Especially with clear stamps.

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