Video – Comparing Three Black Ink Pads

During my February stamp camp, I realized that I needed to order another black ink pad.   While this seems like a simple task, I quickly realized that I needed to do a little homework to select the right ink for my purposes.

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Here is my first video — it’s about 6 minutes and it compares StazOn Jet Black, Stampin’ Up! Archival Basic Black and Memento Tuxedo Black ink pads.  All three ink pads were brand new, just out of the wrapper.

Click here to see the video.

These days, the Stampin’ Up! catalog offers three different black inks because the different black ink formulas offer unique advantages which better support our crafting needs.  Here is a quick summary of what I learned about the advantages of each type of black ink pad:

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Basic Black is rich bright ink, while Memento has a softer gray tone.  Note:  the Memento Ink started to bleed when water was applied with an AquaPainter.

Basic Black Archival Ink

  • Special solvent-based ink formulation that is acid-free, archival-safe and water-proof
  • Permanent  Ink (so while it will stain your stamps, this does not affect their performance)
  • Works amazingly well with both photopolymer stamps and red rubber stamps
  • Recommended when using embossing powder
  • Heat setting is recommended or allow a little extra time to air dry
  • Recommended for water-based techniques like water coloring, and when using AquaPainter, Stampin’ Write markers or other dye, water-based markers
  • Easy clean up using Stampin’ Scrub and Stampin’ Mist
  • Of the 3 black ink pads, this is the most bright, true black color
  • Not recommended for Copic or other alcohol-based markers because the colors will bleed

StazOn Jet Black Permanent Ink

  • Solvent-based ink when stamped, shows the fine details of a stamped image 
  • Permanent ink (so while it will stain your stamps, this does not affect their performance
  • Acid-free, archival-safe and water-proof
  • Perfect to stamp on designer paper and cardstock (it is absorbed into the paper)
  • Works great on non-porous surfaces like:  glossy papers, Window Sheets/acetate, glass, metal, vellum, wood, plastic, laminated paper, cellophane bags, polymer clay, terracotta, ceramics, buttons, foils, leather, etc.
  • Heat setting is recommended as the drying time may vary based on the stamping surface and the humidity.  The manufacturer suggests air drying stamped paper for 3 minutes or other surfaces for 5 minutes to avoid smearing the wet ink)
  • Recommended for water coloring with AquaPainter, Blender Pen or watercolor brush
  • Needs to be re-inked more often as solvent-based formula tends to evaporate quickly (this is why the stamp pads have an inside plastic liner)
  • Requires a special StazOn cleaner.  Because the cleaner is oil-based, it is best to wipe off the cleaner with paper towel and then clean your stamp with your Stampin’ Scrub and Stampin’ Mist Cleaner to remove any oily residue and to protect and condition your stamps
  • Not recommended for photopolymer stamps
  • Not recommended for Copic or other alcohol-based markers because the colors will bleed

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

  • Water-based dye ink that is perfect for most stamping projects
  • Great for sentiments and images
  • Recommended when working with Blender pens, Copic markers or other alcohol-based markers
  • Fade resistance and acid-free
  • Fast drying ink
  • Easier to use with the Stamp-a-ma-jig positioning tool
  • Easy to clean using Stampin’ Scrub and Stampin’ Mist
  • Not recommended for water coloring (not water-proof)

Bottom Line:  Eventually, you probably will want to own all three ink pads because of the extra flexibility in your crafting.   However, if you only want to purchase one at a time, here are some quick tips to help you prioritize your purchases:

  • Purchase the Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad if you mostly use photopolymer stamps
  • Purchase the Basic Black Archival ink pad if you like to color with your Stampin’ Write markers
  • Purchase the StazOn Jet Black ink pad if you like to watercolor.

And…..no matter which ink pad you decide to purchase, it is always best to purchase a matching ink refill at the same time.

I hope you enjoyed the video.  Until next time, happy crafting!

Lisa

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