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Old 09-12-2008, 02:05 PM   #41  
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Originally Posted by purpleflowersView Post
May have been covered in other replies (sorry, didn't read them all) but check out the PDF in post #6 of this thread for a characteristics of different inks. It is a little old (won't have the new memento ink on it) but it still has a ton of good info on different types of inks, what they work/don't work on, etc.

Sadly The RubberStamper, which originally published this chart, is no more. Maybe someone could suggest that Crafts'NThings (the bought out The RubberStamper) create an updated version and include it in a future release.
check my post above.. it's an updated list with momento inks
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Old 09-12-2008, 02:31 PM   #42  
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Originally Posted by eplercsView Post
I have to tell you that VersaFine black ROCKS! (That's me shouting in excitement caps, not screaming, btw). It was the first non-SU ink I ever got and it ROCKS (did I mention that already?). Beautiful crisp images, good feel to the inking-up, works well on clear and rubber stamps....ahhhhh.
OH my GAWD!! I so agree!! I have recently discovered VersaFine and I will NEVER use anything else for my images!! it has made my stamping (and coloring) so much easier, and no more smudges!!

I highly recommend it! as for all my "color" stamps, My SU! pads all the way - I've had them for about 5 years and haven't replaced one yet! (for those who mentioned the centers of their pads were "dipped" - some of mine are too, but I've never had a problem inking up the stamps.. maybe you can refill the ink in that spot so that it puffs up again? ..maybe it will help?)

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Old 09-17-2008, 01:31 AM   #43  
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I understand your delimma. I didn't have a budget issue but I found I was buying lots of different brands of ink depending on where I went shopping. Then as I learned I needed pigment inks for embossing and that dye inks were quick drying and waterproof inks for painting and coloring and distressed inks have great blending properties I quickly realized I don't have enough space for so many different brands. I read another thread on this forum that helped me to understand the differences and decided to narrow down my supply. I got some full size Stampin UP classic dye ink pads for my main stamping in my favorite colors and then the SU pigment inks in the spots in all colors available. This gives me a wonderful variety of colors and capability. Then I picked up a waterproof black and some stazon solvent based ink in black & brown and I can use my pencils, markers or paints to color. Anything else I get will be in the small spots so I can fit them into my storage drawer. I love my SU inkpads and have not had any of the above mentioned problems. It's really difficult if not impossible to stick with just one brand of ink pads. But you can get the spots for very reasonal prices and they work well. The also allow you to cover the stamp area selectively. You don't have to color in the entire stamp the same color if you use spots and markers.
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