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Old 10-10-2012, 03:52 AM   #1
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I live in Pakistan, and unfortunately we don't have any scrap stores over here, its very saddening for people like me as I love scrapbooking and card making. I started working as a scrapper almost an year back and slowly I had been collecting this and that, relatives in different places had been a great help but I need some guidence so that I dont end up buying wrong things for my craft room. I have someone coming to meet me next month from USA and I want to stock ink pads. I had previously used Papermania pigment inks. I dont have a lot of Rubber stamps. I have more of clear stamps in the stash. Papermania is okay... Recommend me something that goes well with clear stamps! i love using sentiments in my cards, recommend me to any good stamps you might have worked with. Also let me know if there is a store where I could do a good buy on these things on a good price.

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Lots of people like to use chalk inks with their clear stamps (so Versamagic or the Chalk inks by Colorbox for example) and find they get good results. Personally, I find Versafine is the best all-round ink and gives fantastic results with any kind of stamp. Its only real limitation is that it's not good if you're going to use alcohol markers (such as Copics) for colouring but if that's not an issue then I'd recommend them wholeheartedly. It's possible to buy small cube ones as well as full size pads - all my colours are the cubes, I only have full size for the Onyx Black and Vintage Sepia. Tsukineko claim that they last four times longer than regular ink and from experience I have to say that they do last and last.

You can see the range of Versafine colours on the Tsukineko web site here .

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I completely agree with Angelnorth. I use both chalk inks by colorbox and Versafine. Just keep in mind that the chalk inks do not give you a crisp image because they are chalk inks. It's a softer look. Good luck!
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Lots of people like to use chalk inks with their clear stamps (so Versamagic or the Chalk inks by Colorbox for example) and find they get good results. Personally, I find Versafine is the best all-round ink and gives fantastic results with any kind of stamp. Its only real limitation is that it's not good if you're going to use alcohol markers (such as Copics) for colouring but if that's not an issue then I'd recommend them wholeheartedly.
okay then I would go for versafine! but one question is would they work with water based markers like crayola?! and any suggestions on embossing powders that would go well with versafine?

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Yes, Versafine is perfect with any water-based colouring medium (markers, inks, paints, water soluble crayons etc). It's an oil-based pigment ink so the oil means it resists water just fine.

Any embossing powder will stick to Versafine as far as I know. I tend to use detail embossing powder as it gives a smoother finish and works well with just about any stamp. Ranger is a good brand and if your friend is shopping for you in US it should be easily available.

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Depending on the kind of stamping you are doing, I love the Tim Holtz Distress pads and other than that I only use Stampin Up inkpads. Also, Ranger's Archival Inks are fabulous if you do a lot of coloring as they are permanent and won't bleed.
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Depending on the kind of stamping you are doing, I love the Tim Holtz Distress pads and other than that I only use Stampin Up inkpads. Also, Ranger's Archival Inks are fabulous if you do a lot of coloring as they are permanent and won't bleed.
Distress inks are indeed lovely, I use mine loads. They're not a great choice as a stamping ink with clear stamps, however - many clear stamps don't do well with dye-based ink as it tends to bead up on the surface of the stamp and give a blotchy impression. If the OP has a limited budget and wants to stamp mostly with clear stamps, Distress inks wouldn't be a great choice.

Ranger Archival inks are another example of an oil-based ink which means they're great if you're colouring with water-based media. I confess I've always got a cleaner and more detailed impression with Versafine and find the Onyx Black is hands down the blackest, most opaque coverage when compared with Archival Jet Black, though.
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Have to agree completely with Angelnorth, of all the blacks for clear stamps, Versafine comes out best. We recently had a new product launched over here, via Chocolate Baroque, called 'Clearly Better' inkpads, a blend of dye & pigment ink,designed to be used with clear stamps. I ordered a black one, and gave it a try out, and posted the results on my blog, here .
I found it as good as, but no better, than Versafine. I tried it against most of the well-known black inpads, and have posted up the images from each. So for a good all-rounder, definitely go with the Versafine. I also know that in the USA, its possible to get a bottle of refill ink for the Onyx Black, although they DO indeed last for ages- mine must be four years old & still going strong. But worth getting one in view of where you live, and replacing supplies.
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Old 10-14-2012, 12:47 AM   #9
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thank you for the help everybody!
I will definitely gonna try versafine! have also wrote a refill of it in the wishlist. hope it works well for me. I hate inks that sink in and are not enough black! last one i used was papermania and it was Grey instead of black but I think versafine would do good
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Wow shazsilverwolf I am in love with your blog! And the inks experimenting really helps thanks a ton
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Wow shazsilverwolf I am in love with your blog! And the inks experimenting really helps thanks a ton
Thank You!!
Glad this helped- its so hard with new products to decide what really is a 'must-have' because its so good, and what is really no better than anything else we already own!
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