Sunday, July 12, 2015

quick Ink comparisons and a cheap alternative

There are a lot of products on the market for paper crafters to choose from and knowing which ink pad to use with what medium can be confusing.  I thought I'd show you a few pictures of several common inks plus a very thrifty alternative if you use a lot of Black ink like I do.  Lindsay over at the Frugal  Crafter gives a very in depth comparison of inks. Lindsay however doesn't demonstrate my thrifty find!


First Memento ink , Second Archival and Third in the make your own ink pad by dylusions


Printer ink!

A few years ago I went on a hunt for good quality low pricing for refills for my black ink pads. (BTW this is fabulous in your printer for printing digitals!)  Spending 6.00 om 1/2 oz of ink is just crazy!!   So I tried printer refill ink, why not, it works great in my ink jet printer!  This ink is sold by cartridge pool on ebay for about 19.00 a liter!!( this is not a paid for or sponsored advertisement - just a great product at a great price- with customer service to match)  Just so that you know, I did spend a lot of time trying find an ink that stated it was water proof and fade resistant.  I read a lot of ink listings and tried this product.  You can use any kind of ink jet printer ink - but you will have varying results' I have about 5 other brands  of ink to prove it.    I prefer the "pigment inks" they are not the same as our syrupy pigment inks for stamping, they are not emboss-able, but they work beautifully for traditional stamping.






These were my testers
Spectrum Noir alcohol ink - yellow
Spectrum Aqua - orange
Distress - pink



First test, Memento Ink:
Good - Alcohol
Bad -Aqua
Good - Distress





Second test with the Ranger Archival

Good for alcohol and aqua pens
Not good for distress pens


Third test: 
Good -distress 
Good- alcohol
Fair- Aqua 




Printer ink pad with a text stamp:



Printer ink pad with detail image stamp:


I would love to have one pad I could use with everything, but that is not going to happen.  That is because of the natures of the inks and the mediums.
At least I have been able to narrow things down however to two for paper: - printer ink for everything except water coloring, for that I use Archival.  


I thought I'd leave you with these to play with today


Tomorrow I will show you how I juiced up my Distress Markers!
Thank for stopping by,
Ginny M



4 comments:

  1. So interesting! Very useful if you use a lot of ink or have old dried up pads! I haven't seen bottles of printer ink before..... there you go, another thing discovered!!!! The digi images are gorgeous! Merci!

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  2. Interesting comparison and very helpful to know!!! Thanks Ginny!
    Paper Hugs,
    Jan

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  3. Ah very interesting sis, must confess my very most favourite ink is Versafine jet black pigment ink, then Archival. I have Memento and Stazon, and rarely use them.
    I have yet to have my Versafine dry out, it lasts longer than any pad I know. Love embossing stamps,mother. You can use any sort of ink with it. Have tree shades of it now, the deep blue is magnificent.
    Shaz in Oz,x

    {Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

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  4. Oops no idea what "mother" was auto corrected from!!!! :) hugs, sis.

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