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Old 11-17-2012, 08:42 AM   #1
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I've been using WHITE STAZON but I'm really not happy with it I've reinked it and I'm just not getting the bold white I'm looking for. I love using the white on Kraft and Black paper

What brand have you used with good results?

Should I give up on in and try using white embossing power? I just have such a hard time getting good results with embossing powders

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I too was on a quest to find a 'good' white ink pad. Tried Staz On, Brilliance 'Moonlight White', the JoAnn brand and Versa Magic 'White Cloud' none gave a consistent white impression.

I am now trying Ranger Adirondack 'Snow Cap' pigment ink pad. It seems to be the best for me so far. My problem is I don't use the white ink often (mostly holiday season) so I think the pad dries out. Even adding reinker doesn't seem to help. My first Staz On white pad dried stuck to the clear plastice inner cover.

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I've been pretty pleased with Colorbox's Frost White and SU's Craft White. I also like to use Tim Holtz's Picket Fence Distress Stain and the Snow Cap White Acrylic Paint Dabber.

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Another vote for the ColorBox Frost White, followed by the Brilliance. To get an even stronger impression I'll sometimes use a stamp-a-ma-jig and stamp twice. Not a fan of white EP, me!!
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I've used the Brilliance Moonlight White, most of the time. Then I emboss with clear embossing powder most of the time.
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The best opaque white ink I've found so far - one that actually dries and gives good coverage - is the little cheapy Studio G ink cubes from Michaels. I've tried most of all the other brands mentioned and either gave them away or tossed them because they don't work. I recommend at least trying it. For the price, even if you don't like it, you're not out of pocket a whole lot. I think all together I spent over $50 or $60 trying to find a white ink and the best one I found was only $1.50. I have some pictures on my blog showing how well it works if you want to see it on black cardstock: Cat Scrap Fever: A Couple Cards & a Product Review
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I use the colorbox frost white as well, but for a bolder white I usually still heat emboss it with clear or white powder. Good luck with the search!
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Brilliance works pretty well, and I've found if you heat set it right away it kind of keeps the ink from sinking into the paper. Also, if the stamp is not terribly detailed, I have used my stamp positioner to stamp over twice in the same spot.

Nothing will equal white embossing powder for opaque white. An acrylic paint will come closer (think that's what Picket Fence is, it's different from the rest of the stains). But sometimes you don't want that look, you want something softer.

That said, what kind of difficulty are you having with embossing powders? Maybe if that got sorted out, you'd be able to emboss and reliably get the crisp white look you are after.
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Thanks for all of the feedback ladies. I'm going to head out tomorrow and get the Colorbox & Studio G pads I'll let ya know how they work out!
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I've tried a number of different white inks, including most of the ones mentioned here, and was never satisfied with the results. The one I've been happiest with is the Hero Hues Snow. It's actually a chalk ink. Another crafting friend of mine, who has tried almost everything available, has also become a fan of this ink. I own three other whites that I use only for embossing.

Keep in mind that your results, with any ink, will always depend in part on the paper you're using. Some papers absorb more ink.

I'd like to try the Brilliance, since I like their inks, but in the meantime the Hero Hues remains my go-to white ink.
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I heard from a couple of talented Ustreamers that the very inexpensive ( the one that cost about $1.00) little Studio G white is really good. I actually bought one, but have yet to use it, so I cant really tell you what I think LOL.
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I swear by white on white embossing. Nothing is more striking on dark papers. I ink with white SU craft ink then heat emboss with white powder. I think un-embossed white ink is too subtle.
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My favorites are the JoAnn's brand and the Studio G. I usually emboss white ink with white e.p.; but when I'm in a hurry, I use these brands.
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I had a play with White on black a while ago, and did a little piece on my blog here , along with some samples. The best result I got was with Versamark clear, and White embossing powder.
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The absolute best I have found is Fresh Snow by Papertrey Ink. I just used this ink on kraft cardstock - it doesn't fade into the background and doesn't give you the stark white as if you had used embossing powder. I bought the 1" cube first to see if I liked it, and I loved it so I bought the larger pad.
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I had a play with White on black a while ago, and did a little piece on my blog here , along with some samples. The best result I got was with Versamark clear, and White embossing powder.
I'm in a black/white card swap here on SCS and you're blog article was so helpful !! And I love your card, too, and now I am off to Hobby Lobby to get webbing spray - that really added awesome texture and design. YOU ROCK
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Queen of Inkland- thanks you just made my day! I'm glad it was helpful to you. To keep the spacing even, I trimmed a few thin slivers of card on my paper trimmer, then use those between the images. I found I was hopeless at 'eyeballing' it, what looked equal at the time, looked wonky later on . Tip for the webbing spray, because it works best if sprayed in the air and allowed to fall onto the card. Get a large cardboard box to lay your card in, and spray over that. I'm still trying to figure out how to get it off a radiator,
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I have a CTMH white ink pad...I don't know if it's the current one though, didn't they change them all over the summer? Anyway, it works pretty well, though on dark colors you get more of the elegant thin lines look than solid blocks of bright white.
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I've tried loads and finally found a crisp white ink that is a bright white not a kind of creamy white.
It's Hero Hues chalk ink, 'Snow'.
(Will try the Studio G too if I can find it).
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I use acrylic craft paint and wash it off, it has not harmed my stamps, and works better
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To be more clear, I put the acrylic paint on top of one of the worthless white ink pads brayed it in evenly and then used it on dark paper, the results vary with experience
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I have a CTMH white ink pad...I don't know if it's the current one though, didn't they change them all over the summer? Anyway, it works pretty well, though on dark colors you get more of the elegant thin lines look than solid blocks of bright white.
I have a VERY old CTMH white dye ink pad that I love. However, they don't make a white dye ink any more, and I don't always want to use a pigment ink. I have found that Memories white does the trick, if you want dye, not pigment.
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QUOTE: "The absolute best I have found is Fresh Snow by Papertrey Ink. I just used this ink on kraft cardstock - it doesn't fade into the background and doesn't give you the stark white as if you had used embossing powder. I bought the 1" cube first to see if I liked it, and I loved it so I bought the larger pad.
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I have been looking for this ink pad for quite some time because a friend recommended it. I was told by an email from Papertrey Ink, that they no longer sell it. They do have a white ink pad called New Canvas, but every time I check their website it is out of stock. Is there another company that sells this product?
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I like the SU! white pigment ink for a softer white image, but if I want something a bit stronger without heat embossing I too like using acrylic craft paint. I even tried gesso once when I was trying to stamp on parchment paper (the kitchen variety) and while it gave me the 'weathered' look I was going for, I was terrified of it drying on my stamps so I kept a dish of water beside me and immediately put my stamps in it after using them. Luckily it washed off ok. To easily apply the acrylic paint, I use those firm foam makeup sponges. I like using lots of different colours of acrylic paint on my stamps this way- the opacity of the paint means you can layer images of ligher colours on top of darker colours, which you can't really do with ink. Plus, acrylic craft paint comes in soooo many colours and is irresistably cheap Compared to ink pads, that is...
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I found the only white that was juicy and a beautiful white is Memories Milky White pigment ink pad by Stewart Superior. My choice over SU and StazonOn white. hth!!
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QUOTE: "The absolute best I have found is Fresh Snow by Papertrey Ink. I just used this ink on kraft cardstock - it doesn't fade into the background and doesn't give you the stark white as if you had used embossing powder. I bought the 1" cube first to see if I liked it, and I loved it so I bought the larger pad.
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I have been looking for this ink pad for quite some time because a friend recommended it. I was told by an email from Papertrey Ink, that they no longer sell it. They do have a white ink pad called New Canvas, but every time I check their website it is out of stock. Is there another company that sells this product?
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Stewart Superior has a line of hybrid inks called Palette and they have a white inkpad called New Canvas. It is a lovely inkpad to work with and the white is white like milk.
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Linda, here is the link to the ink on PTI's website, and as of the time I posted this, it is in stock: https://www.papertreyink.com/pm-ink/...h-snow-inkpad/

That link takes you to the larger ink pad, but if you want the smaller one, just type "Fresh Snow" in the search box and you will find links to the 1" cube and the reinker.

I have the New Canvas ink pad also, and don't like it as well as the Fresh Snow. New Canvas is one of the Palette inks by Stewart Superior and PTI is no longer carrying that line of ink; New Canvas is a duller white than Fresh Snow.

Hope this helps!
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LOVE Papertrey Ink fresh Snow inkpad - another vote here!
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I ended up with the Colorbox and liked it so much that I bought a pink also...lol Love them both!!
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That's is all I use... I don't even bother with white ink anymore.
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That card is amazing!
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This seems to come up around this time every year so I'll share a link comparing ColorBox Frost White to Brilliance Moonlight White (on black cardstock):

White ink!

The rest of the thread can be found here:
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BTW, I recently found that sample and it looks the same (no fading of either inks). Not able to take/share a photo ('coz I no longer know where the sample is) but I was happy to see the inks held up well.

And I also like the white chalk ink from Studio G but have a personal policy of only using ink if I can buy a reinker for it.

I loved reading this thread but haven't checked out all the links yet. Too busy trying to get my cards ready for mailing.

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Help! I just received my PTI fresh snow ink pad and reinker and to my horror the ink on the pad is brown, not white!

I have not opened the clear plastic that seals the pad, but I can see through the clear plastic wrapping and clear plastic lid that the ink on the pad is a muddy brown. The packaging says Fresh Snow. Great, now I get to try to explain this to PTI and hope that they send me a "real" Fresh Snow pad....meanwhile I am unable to try out the ink to see if I like it.

ARG! Is it full moon, by any chance?

I'm hoping that one of you who has this ink will tell me that it is supposed to look brown, not white so I don't have to go though the hassle of an exchange. Sigh ...
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I'm hoping that one of you who has this ink will tell me that it is supposed to look brown, not white so I don't have to go though the hassle of an exchange. Sigh ...

That is exactly it. Just the lid is brown, so that's why the white pad looks brown through the brown plastic.
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That is exactly it. Just the lid is brown, so that's why the white pad looks brown through the brown plastic.
Oh my gosh, you're right! Hallelujah! The lid IS amber, though it doesn't look amber until it's removed. Yippie - now I can use my new Fresh Snow pad! .

Thank you for this very valuable information, Skynacho. This is my first PTI ink pad so I had no idea the see thru top cover was a transparent color rather than the clear top I am used to seeing.

I'm smiling big right now, you made my night!
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Oh my gosh, you're right! Hallelujah! The lid IS amber, though it doesn't look amber until it's removed. Yippie - now I can use my new Fresh Snow pad! .

Thank you for this very valuable information, Skynacho. This is my first PTI ink pad so I had no idea the see thru top cover was a transparent color rather than the clear top I am used to seeing.

I'm smiling big right now, you made my night!
Pretty much everyone who's ever bought that ink pad has had the same moment of panic. But only with the white ink. LOL. No one ever buys a red ink pad for their first and says "gosh, how come my ink pad doesn't look red?"

Anyhow, glad I could help and I hope you like it. It's the only white ink pad I haven't hated.
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Checking back in after my near meltdown yesterday when I thought the PTI Fresh Snow ink pad was brown.

I've had a chance to play with it and all I can say is "WOW!" It is a crisp clean white and doesn't fade into colored card stock like other white inks, it dries much more quickly than a regular pigment ink, it cleans off the stamps easily and it doesn't STINK!!!!! Hands down it is the best white ink I've ever used. Thanks for the fabulous tip!
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Revisiting this since my last post. I've tried a couple of new ones.

My current favorite is Memories Unicorn. It's by Stewart Superior. I got it after I saw Jennifer McGuire use it in a teaching video.

I've also tried WPlus9's white pigment ink, and it's good. But I think I like the Memories better.

Have not tried Fresh Snow. I order from PTI all the time though not their inks (but stamps and paper galore). I tried their dye inks and was not really impressed, so never thought to try the white. Maybe next time I will.

Still, if I want it really white, I emboss. Stampendous Detail White.
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