Thursday, September 12, 2013

Let's Ink About This

I need some advice.  You know I love to stamp with my über fun Fresh Squeezed Stamps, especially those bold, solid images like in this set called String Me Along, but I'm finding that I'm not in love with the results I get with the ink I'm using, or is it my technique, or???

String Me Along

Is there something special I should be doing or an ink you highly recommend just for these types of images?  My ink often seems to puddle or leave a mottled look.  Ugh.

I've been dying to try the Hero Arts Shadow Inks in the new Mid-Tone colors, especially this one:


So, what is your favorite ink for stamping crisp, clean images with solid or larger stamps?  Better yet, let us know what ink you like best for all the special tasks stampers love to do!  Leave a comment below -- we'd all appreciate the helpful advice!

Have a wonderful day...


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17 comments:

  1. I love my PTI inks, and I really love my shades ink spots from SweetStamps.com... I use them on everything I stamp with color... my basic go tos are my tuxedo black by memento and their cocoa too! Hope this helps!

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    1. Hi Lisa -- I use Memento's Tuxedo Black and Rich Cocoa all the time for my open line stamping, especially if I'm going to use Copics to color. Love 'em! I'll have to check out the SweetStamps.com inks. I have some of the older PTI hybrid inks and I find that they stain my photopolymer clear stamps. Thanks for the advice -- I appreciate it!

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  2. with solid stamps i use my fiskars stamp press. kristina werner had a video about it but i cant seem to find it. When i am not using the press and have a solid image i stick to the hero arts chalk inks more then the mid-tone or shadow inks ;)

    my goto for outlines is versafine if not using copics and for all my sentiments and memento for copics

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    1. Thanks Jenn -- I agree with you about the Versafine (just discovered that one) and the Memento for Copic use. I'll have to give the Hero Arts chalk inks a try, too. I just purchased a Fiskars Stamp Press, so I'll be sure and try it with the solid images, too. If you find that video someday, send me the link. Thanks for your suggestions!!

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  3. My go-to black & brown are memento, otherwise I primarily use Impress' Fresh Inks. I do love my Hero Arts Neon inks too:)

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    1. Hey Amy -- I just purchased the pink and blue Hero Arts Neon inks and that's how I discovered their great solid image coverage. Can't wait to get my hands on the HA shadow inks and love the mid-tone colors, for sure. I've heard you speak highly of the Impress Fresh Inks before...maybe I need to plan a trip to Seattle to pick up some of those! Is that a legit business expense?! :-)

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  4. It may not be your ink, it could be the stamps. Are those stamps clear polymer stamps? I have found I get mottled looks with clear stamps regardless of the ink. Good old red rubber just takes the ink much better and leaves a much better impression than clear stamps. If you want to try new inks, though, my favorites include Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Versafine, Memento, Ranger Archival Ink, Colorbox Chalk Ink, and Stampin Up dye ink.

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    1. Thanks for your input Kristen! I happen to believe the clear stamps I'm using, Fresh Squeezed Stamps, are the best on the market so I tend to think my ink choice and stamping technique are what I need to explore. I love your suggestions for ink -- I've heard that the Ranger Archival inks are really good, and well, Memento is my go-to for open line images. I appreciate your suggestions and thanks for stopping by!! :-)

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  5. I am no help here but I've heard some swear by PTI inks and Hero Arts.

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    1. Hey there Katie -- thanks for your two cents, as they say. I'm really glad you stopped by, and hey, we all might take away some great advice here! :-)

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  6. I love Memento inks for most of my stamping but also use Colorbox chalks and Ranger Archival inks for variety. My current dilema is finding a really good white ink, any suggestions?

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    1. Hi Chris -- you've got a great standard ink choice in Memento! Do you ever find it leaves a blotchy or mottled look when using a fairly large or solid clear stamp image? The Colorbox chalk inks stained the heck out of my clear stamps, but did stamp pretty well. As for a good white ink, I've used Versa Magic and found it to be pretty good. You might try embossing with VersaMark and white embossing powder for a really cool white effect. Thanks for your input...it's much appreciated, old buddy! :-)

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  7. From reading around I've found several factors that could effect solid stamping. My favorite ink recently is the Memento Luxe inks that are so yummy for solid stamps...con is the dry time. The other factor is quality of paper and lastly using a stamp pad/thick foam sheet to stamp on. Hope this helps...Happy stamping!

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    1. Aloha Niki! I've only just heard about the new Memento Luxe inks, so I'll have to give one a try! Do you heat set the inked image to help the drying time? I have found that I do get a better image using a solid stamp when I put a magazine or foam pad under my paper when stamping. I try to always use Neenah Classic Crest in Solar White for stamping -- how about you? Mahalo!! :-)

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  8. If you are not getting a crisp, clean image, it could be the stamp, especially if it is new. Try gently sanding it, I use my distressing tool from We R or rubbing it with an eraser. This creates more surface area to pick up more ink. I also use Memento for my dark colors.

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    1. Great idea Michelle! I have tried that and sometimes it does help. Using the magazine or foam pad underneath is also a good trick. But I'm still on the look-out for the perfect ink...much like that elusive perfect wave, dude! :-)

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  9. I'm really late to this party (picked up your blog on the coffee blog hop this morning), but Hero Arts and Simon Says Stemp (and one other "house" brand) are all manufactured by the same company and have the same properties, including evening out in solid images as they dry. Sometimes pressing too hard is the problem with clear stamps, as they have more give than rubber. I usually "erase" them with a white eraser before I use them and test stamp a few times. Using the wrong ink remover will also damage them. Definitely not StazOn or solvent-based removers. Most will stain with anything but Distress Ink (which isn't supposed to give a smooth solid image). If it doesn't wash off your hands with water, it will probably stain your stamp.

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