Which ink to use with Stampin’ Blends

One of the most common colouring questions I get is which inks can be used Stampin’ Blends, which are Stampin’ Up!’s alcohol-based markers.

In today’s YouTube video, I put Memento Tuxedo Black head-to-head with Basic Grey Classic ink. The hippo on the left (a free item in the upcoming Sale-a-Bration promotion starting July 1) was stamped in Memento, and the hippo on the right was done in classic ink. Both were coloured with Crumb Cake, SU 1000 neutrals blends, and Balmy Blue.

The sentiment was stamped with the same inks and Crumb Cake was over top.

The image on the left is crisp and the ink didn’t bleed at all. The one on the right had a little big of bleeding, and the stamp lines are a little thicker. You can also see by the sentiment that the Stampin’ Blends causes the classic ink to pull a little bit. So, the bottom line: you can use the classic ink in a pinch, but for best results, stick to Memento.

Each type of ink has its own unique properties, and lends itself to different coloring methods and techniques.

Check out the chart for a full list of Stampin’ Up! inks, and their best use. Click for a downloadable version.

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