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Monday, October 13, 2014

Oct 13 Product Challenge: Ink

It is time for a new challenge.

The Challenge
This week we will be working with ink. Ink is really an essential paper crafting and mixed media supply.  I doubt there is a project that I DON'T use ink on.

Ink comes in so many wonderful types and colors.  It is hard to pick a favorite.  And what ink I use general depends on the project.

I will use my Archival Ink for sentiments for fine detailed stamps.  Chalk and Distressed ink for aging and coloring.  StazOn for glossy surfaces.

I also have found it hard to find grey ink.  So I use my StazOn grey ink for my journaling or line stamps.  I don't like the look of black for those stamps....just too dark, so I use grey. :)

4 Product Challenge
Now for the 4 Product Challenge.  This week I will be working on some Halloween projects.  So I will be working with Halloween paper, metal findings, trim, mixed media stamps and of course ink. :)  Check out the video before to learn more.


My Projects
This week I will be working on the following projects:

  • Halloween Cards
  • Halloween Printer's Tray
  • Project Inspiration ATC

I also decided it might be a good time to review the different types of ink.  I have added a few links below that do a wonderful job of reviewing this topic.  Enjoy. :)

Link to info on inks.
I also add the above links to the My Creative Life Pinterest board.

Happy Crafting,


  1. I have tons of ink & reach for tim’s distress ink often! I love the stazon greys, but wendy vecchi’s watering can archival ink by ranger is by far the best grey I have come across so far!!!

  2. oh....I may have to look at that one. Thanks for sharing. :)

  3. I tried twice to leave this comment early yesterday morning, but for some reason it never showed up so am trying again today using a different browser. Hope it goes through.

    There are a lot of gray inks out there these days. I own a few of the ones listed below, but not all of them. I'm certainly no expert on availability of ink colors, but I came up with these pretty quickly:

    First of all, since you prefer Archival Inks for certain things, there is a designer series of Ranger Archival Inks by Wendy Vecchi that includes a color called "Watering Can" that looks like a nice medium gray on my computer screen. But, I know all monitors vary.

    And then there are these others:

    London Fog
    Gray Flannel

    Stampin’ Up
    Basic Gray
    Smoky Slate

    Hero Arts
    Wet Cement
    Soft Stone
    Soft Granite (not totally sure, but I think this is a
    very pale gray)

    Tim Holtz Distress Ink
    Pumice Stone - and yes, distress inks are for more than just sponging and distressing! I have
    stamped images as well as sentiments with distress inks and have often been very happy with
    the results. As with all other inks, results vary depending on the kind of paper you are using.
    And since they stay wet longer than dye inks you can emboss them, too.

    Ranger Adirondack Dye Inks (not totally sure of exact colors in this group, but these vary from gray to taupe shades) Same colors are also probably available in their pigment inks if you prefer.

    Simon Says Stamp
    Smoke Gray
    Fog Gray

    Studio Calico
    Clean Slate

    Avery Elle

    So, that's just a few gray inks that I am aware of. There are other stamp companies that have their own lines of inks, so I'm sure there are even more gray inks available as well as other companies and lines of inks from the aforementioned companies that I have not listed here. And if there's a brand of ink you like but their gray is too dark, don't forget second generation stamping for a lighter shade. I love second and even third and fourth generation stamping if I can get it because it just makes all the ink colors I already own expand into many more shades. :)

    1. I wish I knew who you were....cuz that was a wealth of info and I would like to say thank you properly. I do use the Distressed Inks for more then just shading and aging, but if that is the effect I want I tend to grab those 1st. :)

      So true about the 2nd generation stamping. Gives your inks a lot more options and colors. Again, thanks so much for sharing. :)