Crafty Adventure Series: Inks (+ Giveaway)

Hello friends! Welcome to part nine of the Crafty Adventure Series. If you missed out, here are earlier links: #1 Personal Development#2 Planning & Journaling#3 Handlettering, #4 Stamps, #5 Dies#6 Organization Methods, #7 Tools, and #8 Paper Products.

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In today’s post, I will cover some of my favorite ink pads. This is not a review about which inks are best. There are some really amazing ink pad lines out there, but I cannot afford to hoard them all in my little room. 🙂 I will just discuss some of the ink pads I’ve used in my projects. I would love to know your own experiences about ink pads!

*My most-used inks will have an asterisk.


Tsukineko Memento Dye Ink – Available in 36 colors in full-size ink pads, mini dew drops, markers, and reinkers. These dye inks are water-based, fade-resistant, and acid free. Great for using with alcohol-based markers and color pencils because they will not smear. I use Tuxedo Black when I need to color with Copic markers.

*The Ton Caviar Hybrid Ink – Copic-friendly black ink pad.

*Tsukineko VersaFine Pigment Ink – Fast-drying, archival, fade-resistant, oil-based pigment ink. It is ideal for fine details. It can be used for embossing. Once dry, it is also waterproof for use with watercolors. Available in 12 colors. I use Onyx Black in combination with clear embossing powder.

Hero Arts Dye Ink – Water-based, archival, acid-free, fade-resistant inks. Good for watercolors and markers. I use Black for everyday stamping.

My Favorite Things Hybrid Ink – Archival, acid-free, fade-resistant ink. You can heat set on glass, fabric, wood, plastic, metal, and clay. They are waterproof, fast-drying, and cannot be used for embossing. I use Black Licorice for everyday stamping.

*Ranger Archival Ink – Acid-free, non-toxic, waterproof inks. Available in 24 colors, permanent on matte and glossy papers. Air dries on matte surfaces and heat set on glossy surfaces. I use Jet Black for watercoloring and for stamping sentiments since it stamps really crisp.


*Tsukineko VersaMark Clear Pigment Ink – Oil-based, archival ink great for embossing. Use with other inks, powders, and chalks for resist techniques. Takes about 5-10 minutes to dry on uncoated paper. You can use on color cardstock for two-toned effect. You can use on lightweight paper to create a watermark. Always use powder tool on paper before using VersaMark and make sure stamps are free of dirt, dust, or lint. Available in full-size ink pad, mini ink pad, marker, and reinker.


Mama Elephant Creative Color – Available in 28 gorgeous colors, pigment-based, acid-free, non-toxic, and embossable. They are not fast-drying. Store them upside-down for juiciest pads.

Avery Elle carries pigment inks, too, but I have never tried them.


Ranger / Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Available in 61 colors in full-size and mini ink pads, markers, and reinkers. Acid-free, non-toxic, fade-resistant, water-based inks that are great for vintage, stained, aged effects in projects. I use Antique Linen for no-line Copic or watercoloring. 🙂

*Altenew – Available in 24 colors, with 12 more being released soon. Water-based inks that provide a smooth coverage and vibrant impression. They are fast-drying and great for water-based techniques. Available in full-size inks or 4-cube sets, in light-to-dark shades that are perfect for layering stamps.

*The Ton – Available in 9 light/medium/dark color collections (27 colors), perfect for layering stamps. Also available is the very first Rose Gold Pigment Ink, two black inks and white pigment ink. Colors are either in dye or hybrid format (both are fast-drying). Hybrid was used for some colors to achieve perfect shades for layering combinations. More colors coming soon! The colors are gorgeous and coverage evens out quickly. Great for stamping sentiments as well.

Rubeena - Ink Pads
Rubeena - Ink Pads

WPlus9 – Available in 31 colors. Their Dye inks are acid-free, archival, and fade-resistant. They are waterproof for watercolors and markers, dry permanently and quickly on most paper. Great vibrant even coverage! Some of the shades are GORGEOUS and unique. One of my favorites is Old Gold.

Papertrey Ink – Available in 44 colors, these inks are quick-drying. In my own experience, they tend to stamp a bit splotchy and sometimes even out. I love the colors, but I wasn’t always getting the most best overall coverage so I decided to sell mine. Great for small stamps and sentiments, but not my preference for larger solid images.

Hero Arts – Great inks! Similar to Simon Says Stamp formula. Available in Shadow, Mid-Tone, and Neon colors. They are water-based, acid-free, archival, and fade-resistant.


My Favorite Things – Available in lots of colors! MFT Stamps has an amazing color collection. 🙂 As mentioned earlier, these are pigment-based inks that dry like dye inks and are permanent on paper surfaces. They are acid-free, archival, fade-resistant, fast-drying, and waterproof.


Here is how I store my ink swatches 🙂

Rubeena - Ink Pads
Rubeena - Ink Pads
You can see my post about ink combinations for layering inks. It definitely needs to be updated again. 🙂

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  1. craftmommy

    February 27, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    orchid crush and blue emerald are my favorite colors for my paper crafting project.

  2. Michelle C

    February 27, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    I love adding bold and bright colours in my card to brighten up someone’s day. My go-to colours are yellow, orange, pink and teal.

  3. conil

    February 27, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Yellow, Aqua, etc. Basically Easter egg pastels which work well this time of year.

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