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Old 08-11-2012, 03:18 AM   #1
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I have a stamp that has very fine detail, and last night when I tried it, I hated the way it looks. I used my Momento tuxedo black ink, which is usually my go to for everything, and it looked dull and flat. Then, I tried my black soot distress ink, and it was too black and muddled. Help, please!
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Old 08-11-2012, 03:28 AM   #2
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Try VERSA FINE...it does come in other colors besides Black, but it's great for those fine detailed stamps. I can't live without mine.
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I second VersaFine for detailed stamps!
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Now I would like to try Versafine. I read that you can watercolour over it, and that it is an oil-based pigment ink.
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Will it work with Copics??
I mean, it also says I can "marker over" it, but is that water-based markers AND alcohol-based markers??
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I think Memento is best for Copics. I don't tink VersaFine is the right ink for Copics.
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Okay, thanks Arlene. I might still try them for watercolours.
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I think Memento is best for Copics. I don't tink VersaFine is the right ink for Copics.
I know everyone says Memento is best for Copics, but I sure do not like the dull black color it stamps, and the detail is lacking, too.

I usually just use my Versafine Onyx, which I love, love. I let it dry thoroughly before I try to color my image. Also I am a very careful colorer, and try to just color up to the lines, and not over them. It takes a little more time, but the ink doesn't smear and I'm happy with my images.
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Another vote for Versafine here. Especially good for detail and solid stamps. And Sophie, it works wonderfully for watercoloring.
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If you are just stamping a detailed stamp, would use Versafine, or Adirondack inks. I use them for my Thomas Kincade stamps and they work great. I do not use Copics to color the image in though...If I want to add color, I use pencils.
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Another vote for Versafine; it's the only ink I use for detail stamps. I had several stamps that I never could get to stamp clearly until I used Versafine. I have all the colors and love them!
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Now I would like to try Versafine. I read that you can watercolour over it, and that it is an oil-based pigment ink.
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Will it work with Copics??
I mean, it also says I can "marker over" it, but is that water-based markers AND alcohol-based markers??
Oh Sophie, you'll love Versafine, it's fab for watercolouring. It stamps well on watercolour paper, too . I know it depends a bit on the stamp too, but I'm always amazed at how perfectly the fine detail of the Stampavie stamps come out. I use the Sepia and the Smokey Grey quite a lot as well as the Onyx Black.
As other's have mentioned, it's not recommended for Copics, but if Bugga can work it I'm sure you could too. I'd agree that Memento isn't as vibrant a black at all.
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I'd vote for Versafine too - it works well with the Kinkade stamps, which means it will work well with just about any level of detail a stamp might have! I have Onyx Black and Vintage Sepia in the full size pads and the other colours in the little cubes - it's a really long lasting ink with great coverage so the little pads are perfect for the colours you won't use as much.

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Now I would like to try Versafine. I read that you can watercolour over it, and that it is an oil-based pigment ink.
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Will it work with Copics??
I mean, it also says I can "marker over" it, but is that water-based markers AND alcohol-based markers??
It's great for watercolouring Sophie and it works beautifully with the Crafty Secrets stamps I know you love. It's really not great for Copics though. If you're really careful and use a light touch without going right up to the stamped lines you can just about get away with it but that's too much hassle for me, I want to enjoy my colouring rather than being twitchy about where the lines are all the time! The solvent-based marker ink is basically going to attack the oil-based stamping ink and you risk transfer to your marker nibs.
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I love my Versafine, too, but can't find a re-inker anywhere; Does anyone have a suggestion as to where to get one?
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Thanks everyone! I'll definitely buy one then, only for watercolouring, the next time I order from Oozak.

Kamstutz, I googled versafine re-inkers and got these:
ONYX BLACK - Versafine Reinker Ink Bottle - $4.99 : Monkey House Hobby and Home
$4.99 but I've never heard of them. I tried to find shipping info, but it's not entered yet: Shipping and Returns : Monkey House Hobby and Home

VersaFine Reinkers - refill Black or Sepia VersaFine ink pads
$9 but I've heard of blockhead stamps before. They offer free shipping over $100.
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I love my Versafine, too, but can't find a re-inker anywhere; Does anyone have a suggestion as to where to get one?
My LSS (well, 70 miles away is as local as it gets) says it isn't available. I would love to know if anyone has a source for it, as I have some for detail stamps, but seldom use it as I can't reink it.
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Kamstutz, I googled versafine re-inkers and got these:
ONYX BLACK - Versafine Reinker Ink Bottle - $4.99 : Monkey House Hobby and Home
$4.99 but I've never heard of them.
Monkey House trade on eBay. I've never used them (I recognised the name because they've turned up in some searches I've done) but they have 100% positive feedback there on over 13,000 transactions so they're presumably OK to deal with! Interestingly their eBay price on the Versafine reinker is over $7.


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My LSS (well, 70 miles away is as local as it gets) says it isn't available.
It's not available for the full range of colours but the Onyx Black and Vintage Sepia do have reinkers.

Tsukineko say Versafine lasts 3-5 times longer than regular ink so I guess they don't see the need to do reinkers for most colours. I have two Brilliance pigment ink pads that I've had for seven years that are still fine (I know I've had them that long because I was not a stamper at the time and bought one blue, one pink and a sentiment stamp in readiness for the arrival of a friend's baby and she is now a seven year old little girl!). If Tsukineko are right about Versafine's lifetime that could mean my little Versafine cubes could still be around in 30 years' time!
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The reinkers must be something new. I have had my Versafine onyx black inkpad for over five years and it is still working great.
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Thanks, Everyone, for the Versafine reinker info.
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My vote is Versafine as well. I'm never happy with Memento so just use it for Copics. I have all the Adirondack inks for my all-purpose stamping.
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Another vote for Versafine here! I have a couple of very detailed stamps from Toy Box and Magenta that are gorgeous but I can't really use anything other than Versafine for. It gives a great impression and makes even cheap dollar-bin stamps look pretty darn good! Can't stamp without it. Now, if only they could team up with SU! and make all the colours in versafine, I'd be one happy girl!!
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Another vote for Versafine here! I have a couple of very detailed stamps from Toy Box and Magenta that are gorgeous but I can't really use anything other than Versafine for. It gives a great impression and makes even cheap dollar-bin stamps look pretty darn good! Can't stamp without it. Now, if only they could team up with SU! and make all the colours in versafine, I'd be one happy girl!!
WooHoo!!! I'd vote for that, too!
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My go to for fine stamping is India Ink black for watercolouring by Stewart Superior. Nice black, dries super fast and shows every detail. Had it for almost 8 years and still as juicy as when I first used it.
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If you need gold ink, try Tsukineko's Delicata Pigment Ink Golden Glitz found at Joann's. It dries faster than other gold inks I've tried.
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Sometimes it's nice to know that you've made the best choice, LOL!! I just uploaded a card I made recently with a lot of detail and used -- Versafine Vintage Sepia!!! I was so curious to see if there were other suggestions but it seems to be the all-around favorite.
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My go to for fine stamping is India Ink black for watercolouring by Stewart Superior. Nice black, dries super fast and shows every detail. Had it for almost 8 years and still as juicy as when I first used it.
This sounds interesting - I'll have to look for it!
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I love Versafine ink very much. I can use with it stamps with details which before never gave a good result. I just love Versafine!!
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I followed the link for Monkey House but it turned out to be a dead end! The only place I found the reinker had it listed for some like $7-$9; I can buy a brand new ink pad for about that price at Michael's or Joann's and even for less with a coupon! [love my coupons!] so that's the way I'll go. Still, I love my versafine!
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I've been using Black StazOn for years and I've been really happy with it! It's great for watercoloring and reinker is available too. Good luck!
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Another vote for Versafine.

I bought my reinker at MonkeyHouse Ebay. I was one of those that paid about $7 for it. For me I thought it was a better deal because I will be using it to reink two pads. I have the regular size pad and a smaller ink pad. Reinkers last forever. Versafine is my go to ink.

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Okay, I ordered it yesterday from Oozak. It should be here soon. I'm excited!!
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Anyone know where to get Momento refills? Especially the tuxedo black? Haven't searched for it yet but never saw it in Michaels or Hobby Lobby.
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I love Versafine for fine details - I'm using black and brown, but there are other colors as well.
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I would go to Oozak:
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I've decided just to NOT order refills for my versafine ink pads because buying brand new pads at Joanns or Michaels with a coupon is less expensive than ordering them anywhere; this way I've got a brand new pad, too. I've had my ink pad for at least 6 months, though, and live in the dry desert of the Phoenix, AZ area and have not felt the need to re-ink or replace yet.
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I got my refill for my Momento inks at my local scrapbook store. They're available at all 3 of my local stores.
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When I have a very detailed stamp, such as a Thomas Kinkade stamp (Cornish Heritage Farms), I always ink up a brayer and then brayer the ink all over the stamp. I get much better ink coverage and there's no lines where the edges of the ink pad would have pressed into the stamp.

I can use just about any kind of ink with this method. When using Stazon, however, you have to work fast because that Stazon ink dries very quickly.
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I am a die-hard Versafine stamp pad lover. I only wish they would come up with a version of Versa pad that would work with Copics.

I stamped two pages of a Christmas stamp..... one with Versafine and one with Memento. When my DH saw the pages he actually asked why I stamped the one page fuzzy. You guessed it.... the fuzzy page was stamped with Memento!

I can't for the life of me remember where I purchased my Versafine reinker. Possibly you could ask at your local stamp store, and they will have a source. You may have to convince them that they do make Versafine reinkers. I've had people tell me they don't make them, and I know my reinker is at home in my stash.
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