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Inks for Stamping

Hello Friends,

Are you confused about what ink to use when and for what?  You're not alone.  "Which ink do I use when......?" is a common question among stampers.  Today's card made me think of about the ink question once again, because I needed to use two different black inks to complete my card.  Can you guess why?

Ink Rule #1 for Stamping

The rule of opposites.  

Inks for Stamping
Inks for Stamping

Since Card Makers, Scrapbookers and Paper Crafters tend to be visual people, I thought that I would explain the Rule of Opposites with a picture.

Look to the Left.

When watercoloring, as the names suggests, you are using water.  Therefore, using the rule of opposites, you would want to use an alcohol base ink such a Stazon to stamp your outline image.  Hint: If you have a hard time remembering which ink has alcohol, let your sniffer help you decide.  Stazon Ink has a distinct alcohol smell.

Look to the Right.

When coloring with Alcohol Markers, such as Stampin' Blends, use a water based ink, such as Tuxedo Black Momento Ink.  Take a sniff.  The alcohol smell is missing.


When you mix water with water the lines tend to blur or bleed.  And when you mix alcohol with alcohol the lines will also tend to bleed.  Try it!

Ink Rule #2 for Stamping

Consider Your Surface

You're Inspiring Stampin' Up!

Back to my Card

I told you that I used two different black inks, but I only colored with Alcohol Markers (Stampin' Blends).  Why did I need a second black ink?  Hint: Ink Rule #2 for Stamping is Consider your surface.   If you are stamping on paper or card stock both water based inks and alcohol ink will work fine.  But when you are stamping on nonporous surfaces such as: wood, metal, plastic, vellum, use alcohol based inks (Stazon).

Floral Romance Designer Paper Stampin' Up!

For today's Card, I used a piece of gorgeous printed vellum from the Floral Romance Designer Series Paper, so I used Jet black Stazon Ink to stamp on my vellum.

Hope that clears up any confusion on which ink to use when stamping.  For a complete list of supplies for making today's card including inks, scroll down.



Have a fabulous day,


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