Stampin’ Up! offers 3 kinds of Black Ink Pads: Basic Black Archival Ink, Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, and Jet Black StazOn ink. So which one do you use?
Stampin’ Up!’s Basic Black Archival Ink pad was introduced in September 2015 and it’s a fabulous “firm foam” pad that gives you crisp, clean images in a sharp black color. The Archival ink is a permanent, fast drying, acid free ink and makes it perfect for watercoloring. Like the Stampin’ Up! Classic Ink Pads, this pad has a flip top for upside-down storage, which means the pad stays inked during storage. Bonus? It also comes in Basic Gray for those times when you want a slightly lighter look for your stamped project.
- use when you want a stamped image in a rich, dark black
- use when you want to watercolor an image
- use when you want to use water-based markers (e.g., Stampin’ Write markers) — no smearing!
- will stain your photopolymer stamps
- not the best with alcohol-based markers
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
This fast-drying, dye ink is perfect for most stamping projects. It is a dye-based ink on a linen pad. It plays nicely with both alcohol-based markers and Blender Pens.
- best ink pad for photopolymer stamps if you don’t like your stamps stained
- best ink pad for alcohol-based markers
- not as deep & rich a black as the other 2 ink pads (will be slightly more gray)
- not recommended for watercoloring (although it will work if you use on good quality paper and let ink dry before adding water)
This is a solvent-based ink on a linen pad. It should be used with StazOn Cleaner to remove ink from stamps. Perfect for nonporous sufaces like window sheets & cellophane bags.
- perfect for watercoloring – since it’s a solvent-based ink, it can handle a lot of water without running or smearing
- perfect for non-paper stamping, such as stamping on glass, wood, plastic, etc.
- is a deep, rich black color when stamped
- badly stains your stamps, not recommended for photopolymer stamps
- needs to be reinked often as the solvent-based inks dry quickly
- do not use with alcohol-based markers as the alcohol will make the ink smear
While there is a different use in your crafting arsenal for all 3 ink pads, if you only want to purchase one, here’s a good rule of thumb:
- if you predominantly use photopolymer stamps, I recommend the Tuxedo Black Memento ink pad
- if you like to color with markers and don’t mind a bit of staining on your photopolymer stamps, I recommmend the Basic Black Archival ink pad
- if you like to watercolor & stamp on items other than paper (and predominantly use rubber stamps), I recommend the Jet Black StazOn ink pad
And…..no matter which ink pad you decide on, always buy an ink refill at the same time you purchase your ink pad. This will allow you to use your ink pad for a long, long time! *Ü*