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Posted 3/28/2014 by bonprof in General Stamping
 

bonprof
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Posted: 3/28/2014 7:31:53 PM
I am very new at stamping. Please tell me which ink to buy. All I have is distress ink. Thanks for your help!
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Posted: 3/28/2014 7:47:56 PM
Can't go wrong using memento tuxedo black I love memento stamp pads

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Posted: 3/28/2014 8:29:03 PM
I actually think Versafine stamps better than Memento, especially with clear stamps. But I don't know if you can use Versafine with alcohol based markers, like Copics. And because Memento is a dye ink, it is better if you are going to do water coloring. I actually have both in my stash.

If you plan on doing heat embossing, Versamark is a must have. You can also use it to create watermark effects on colored cardstock.

Is there anything in particular you are looking to do with your inks and stamping?




bonprof
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Posted: 3/29/2014 7:33:05 AM
I will use my stamps on 12 x 12 layouts. Thanks for help.
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Posted: 3/29/2014 10:03:41 AM
Most of us use many different types and brands of ink. That is because inks are made to stamp best on specific surfaces and/or with other coloring products.

For instance I love my distress inks because how I can easily blend the colors and all the techniques I can do with them. I know the colors are fade resistant so the colors will hold fairly well over time if not in direct sunlight. But I also know the color will ALWAYS react to water no matter how many times I heat it. I have no problem with that because I don't expect my cards to last for decades and I feel comfortable in making a replacement one if a glass of water gets tipped over. However if you are making layout you could have entirely different thoughts about when you take those chances.

I would encourage you to read the post on the different types of ink in the Welcome thread at the top of the page. Here is a link to the thread. Ink companies usually also provide a detailed description of each line of ink on their website. A little research before spending your $$ is a good investment of minimal time.
Happy inking!


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Posted: 3/29/2014 10:14:08 AM
I've thought about this a while and I think that beginners should consider Colorbox Fluid Chalk inks in the small cat's eye or sets. They work well on every type of stamp and getting the mini pads you can get a lot of bang for your buck.

I also really like Versafine for black.


~~Heidi~~

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Posted: 3/29/2014 1:41:09 PM
Unless you plan on doing a lot of techniques on your pages, a nice basic black would probably be all you need. But in case you're looking for more of a variety, here are my favorites. (I didn't list Distress ink pads since you said you already own those.)

For basic black:

Memento Ink Tuxedo Black - if you use copic markers for coloring images. This ink will not bleed when coloring.

Versafine Onyx Black - great for very detailed stamps.

Hero Hues - this one I LOVE. The color is darker than the other ink pads above. A true, crisp black ink.

For colored ink:

Mama Elephant for pigment inks (these stay wet longer than dye ink)

Hero Arts Mid Tone Shadow ink is great for dye inks. They do appear blotchy at first, but even out nicely.

And a Versamark ink pad if you plan on embossing.

Good luck! I know it can be overwhelming with so many choices.


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Posted: 3/29/2014 5:21:08 PM
There are different types of ink and under those types, different brands of ink.

If you are using the inks for 12x12 scrapbooking layouts and are concerned about staying acid free I would avoid ColorBox Fluid Chalk Inks, because they are not acid free.

What kind of stamps are you using? Clear or rubber? Certain inks work better with clear, whereas with rubber all inks work great as far as I have found.

I think the best advice I can offer you is to NOT start with a huge collection of one type of ink with a vast assortment of colors. While this is incredibly tempting, it's best I've found to start with a few of the smaller pads of different types of ink to see what suits you best and then start collecting what you really end up loving.

I've found dye inks much easier to clean up (diaper wipes work great) but they can stain the fingers a bit. Pigment inks take more work and sometimes a smelly ink cleaner to clean up, but they don't stain your hands. Dye inks dry quickly, while pigment inks take longer. Dye ink soaks into the paper, while pigment inks lay on top, which sometimes means a more saturated color.

I think as a beginner I would start with dye ink. Next I would figure out what kind? As you are going to use them for 12x12 layouts are you considered with acid free/archival. If you are there is great line called "Archival Ink" by Ranger. If not there are lots of choices.

I tend to stick to the 3 companies I like best. Ranger, ClearSnap, and Tsukineko for all of my inks.

Ranger makes a terrific dye ink I have myself called "Adirondack"-it comes in earthtones, brights, and lights.

For Pigment ink I started collecting ClearSnap Colorbox Ink Pads and Cats Eyes Ink Pads years ago. They are still nice and juicy many years later.

Tsukineko Versafine is an amazing ink. It's a wonderful ink pad for really detailed stamps, and I've heard it's great for clear stamps too. It's a pigment ink, but easy to work with and loved by many Peas.

Tsukineko Versamark is also a special ink pad that every one should have in their stash. It makes a "watermark" effect, like a shadow on paper all by itself, but if you want to, you can also use it to add embossing powder once you have stamped it on the paper, then use a heat gun and you have a wonderful embossed image.

I hope that helps with some of the mystery.

Debbie in MD.


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Posted: 3/30/2014 4:18:20 PM
Looks like I may have been wrong about ClearSnap's Chalk Ink when I said it wasn't acid free. Here's the thing. On the back of the ink pad itself it says it is acid free.

But according to an amazing 4 page ink chart in an issue of Rubber Stamper magazine (true the magazine is dated June 2006) they say it is not acid free. I have another issue of this magazine dated May/June 2007 that says this ink it is acid free when dry.

I guess if you are concerned about using acid free products in your scrapbooks just don't put the layouts in there until you are sure your pages using chalk ink is dry, and you'll be all set.

I'm sorry for the confusion. Personally I believe. Rubber Stamper magazine. What a fantastic magazine it was. It is truly missed in this house.

Debbie in MD.

howdyheidi
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Posted: 4/4/2014 1:02:04 PM
I'm not sure if you are coming back to check this thread, but another REALLY good option is to get a set of stamping markers (water based markers from Tombow, memento, tim holtz, etc) and use them to color onto your stamp, then huff on the stamp and stamp on your paper. These are also useful if you color the marker on a plastic block and to use a waterbrush, paintbrush or blender pen to pick up the ink and color in images.

You actually can color in images with a lot of ink pads too, but markers are probably cheaper and are smaller to store than ink pads.

If you are really strapped for cash, just buy a set of crayola markers.


~~Heidi~~

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Posted: 4/6/2014 11:21:51 PM
Heidi, I really like the marker idea. In the last year I bought the full line of stampin up markers and I love to use them like you suggest! I remember when I used to sit and stare at stamped images in multiple colors and wonder how they made it look so professional!
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