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Stamping 101: Which Black Ink To Use

Updated June 2019

Stampin’ Up! offers 2 kinds of Black Ink Pads:  Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and Jet Black StazOn ink.  So which one do you use?

 

Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad

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 and cleans up nicely with water or regular stamp cleaner.  It plays nicely with both alcohol-based markers and Blender Pens.

Pro’s

Con’s

  • not as deep & rich as Stayzon (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)

Stamping 101:  Which Black Ink To Use 1StazOn Jet Black Ink

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.

Pro’s

  • 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
  • best ink pad for Watercolor Pencils used with your Aqua Painter

Con’s

  • 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

BOTTOM LINE?

While there is a different use in your crafting arsenal for both 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 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*

Barb Brimhall, Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, The BZBStamper

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Comments

  1. Thanks for getting to the point and not rambling on and on. Short and sweet. Sometimes the inks pads can be confusing. You made it very simple.

  2. In the beginning knowing which ink to use can be very confusing, even to some of us that have been in for awhile. It’s so easy to stick with one when something else would have been better if you understood the character of the ink. Thanks for making it understandable.

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