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Old 11-03-2005, 06:45 PM   #1  
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I have a friend who is new to stamping. She is ordering A Greeting for all Reasons and I suggesteed the Craft Spots since she only has two ink pads. I suggested the Craft Spots since they are on sale and such a good deal. Should I have suggested the Classic Spots instead? She doesn't do any scrapping, and really only wants to do Christmas cards, for now. I think she is better off getting the spots, so she can try out the whole color family without buying all the pads. But I am not sure if she should get the Craft or Classic. I'd hate for her to get the Craft and then not like them. I have almost all the Classic pads(full-size) but I am getting 2 color families in the Craft Spots, mostly to try out Craft ink. If these are going to be her primary ink pads, is she better off with Craft or Classic? Seems silly to pay more for Classic than Craft. TIA
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I prefer pigment (craft) ink over dye (classic) ink anyday. I just can't get into the Classic ink. I don't like the way it absorbs into the paper. Plus, it's not lightfast and will fade over time, which is a real problem if you use it in a scrapbook. The only time I think it's useful is for stamping on glossy paper. I have tons of Colorbox pigments inks and some of their Pagecraft pads, which I'm assuming are very similar to SU's Craft inks. I'll be buying a set to find out! (Yeah, I need another ink pad like I need another hole in my head.) Hey, if she doesn't like them, she can always trade them here!
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Anyone else have an opinion?
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I would want the classic spots for my first set. I have no patience, and as a beginner, I would not want to wait for the ink to dry. I also would not want to waste my time with the heat gun. Since she is going to do Christmas cards, and she is a beginner, I would guess that dealing with the drying time would be just enough to drive her insane after about 25-50 cards.

Having said that, I am going to order all four sets of craft spots. I've convinced myself this is a "buy three get the fourth set free" promotion! I sure hope I like these craft inks.
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I have to agree with bonbonstamps. I have all the classic spots and 2 craft ink pads. I very rarely use the craft ink. It takes SOOOO long to dry and unless I have to have white ink for something, I avoid it. For a beginner, I would suggest the Classic spots and maybe the white craft pad. Then if she likes the craft ink, go for all the spots.
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I am always confused about ink choices. The only "spots" I can find in the catty are the classic. Is craft ink only in the regular size pads?

I too am wondering about getting more of the spots during the special. I have one set -Bold Brights, and am not sure how much I will use more colors, and if it is really better to get a set of 12 or to get a few full sized pads in the colors I would expect to use most often.
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I would suggest the classic pads also, especially if she is going to be using the inks to mass produce something (christmas cards). The drying time drives me nuts. I only have the white pad in the craft ink and I rarely use it b/c it takes so long to dry. If she was going to be using the inks to scrapbook then I could understand the craft a little more but if it is just for cards and she is just starting I would go with classic b/c htey are less likely to smear etc. Even though they cost more right now it might be worth it to keep her from being discouraged.
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Jennifer~ I think you should have listed the differences and advantages/disadvantages of each one for her and let her make the decision.

Personally...As a beginner I would have preferred the classics.
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I guess it's a matter of what's important to you. I started buying the classic pads (I have about 25 of them) and I bought 2 sets of craft spots and I like the craft ink much better. Yes, it takes longer to dry, but the result just looks better to me. But if someone doesn't have the time or patience to wait for it to dry, the classic would be a better option I guess. Oh, and one thing I've noticed is that the craft spots aren't nearly as goopy as the white craft ink pad, so they are a little easier to work with.
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Well, I called her and suggested she might want the classic spots first. I had already explained the pros and cons of both. But I may have been more enthusiastic about the craft, since they are on sale. I think, as a new stamper, she might get frustrated with the drying time for craft ink and give up on stamping. Since she doesn't scrapbook, or emboss, I think she will be happier with Classic ink. I feel much better now. I was really worried she would be unhappy with the craft and not want to stamp anymore. I didn't want her to blame me for encouraging her to buy something she didn't like. And she was happy I was looking out for her. Now, I just hope she likes the Classic or I'm in trouble. LOL
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I suggested the Craft Spots since they are on sale and such a good deal.
On sale as in discounted? Did I miss something?
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Another vote for classic! Just much easier to work with, especially for someone new to stamping (I have been stamping for 5 years and still can't get craft to look good!).
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On sale as in discounted? Did I miss something?
All four color familes of Craft Spots are 25% off for the month of November. In the US, they are $18.71.
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