Sunday, 12 June 2016

AAA Cards - 2nd Birthday Prize Winners!

Hey there friends I've no card today ... well not yet anyway but this is 
a special post to announce my prize winner and feedback after the

2nd Birthday Blog Hop
at AAA Cards
you may even have spotted this photo around blogland 
So let's get to it ....
My question was: 
What's your go-to ink for stamping and why?
and I was overwhelmed and thrilled by all your responses and it really helped
 my own research and confirmed my suspicions - read on if you'd like to know more!
First up let's have our winner who was chosen using the good old fashioned
'names in a hat' (box) technique drawn by my son!
60 Comments, 60 Names and 60 seconds later ...
Dee Earnshaw (
who said "My go to inks would be Tim Holtz distress inks - they are perfect for a whole range of
 different techniques from water coloring to sponging. LOVE THEM:)"
Congratulations Dee!
Please contact Jane at AAA Cards by email:
 for details on how to claim my prize which is a
£10 gift certificate from Buddly Crafts!

If you'd like to know more about my inky research here goes...
First up I'll tell you my own thoughts and experience
For black I always reach for Memento Tuxedo Black and
 Versafine Onyx or Ranger Archival Black when watercolouring.
(I'm a messy crafter so the Versafine smudges easily but is always crisp)
For Colours I've got most of the Memento dewdrops - for 
cheap and cheerful colours plus easy storage and since owning
a Misti they've come into their own as they repeat stamp brilliantly.
For techniques and watercolouring I LOVE Distress inks and again
cheap and cheerful mini cubes work for me.
My latest addiction though is the Altenew inks! Especially for 
layered stamped images. Cheap and cheerful in the cubes again and
what's more the Jet Black has now become my all time favourite black
although as their inks blend I'm thinking it won't be good for watercolours.
So what did you crafty experts think....
In first place for both colours and particularly Tuxedo black it's the good old Memento 
Dew Drops, followed closely by Versafine Onyx Black then Archival black by Ranger.
The next most popular inks were Distress Inks and Versamark being the only
embossing ink mentioned. Altenew got 3 votes but they are relatively new
with the following inks listed by number of votes ranging from 5 down to 1
Stampin' Up, PTI, Simon Says Stamp, Stazon, MFT Hybrid, Versamagic, 
Ranger Dye Inks & Hero Arts Shadow Inks.
(I have some of both of these last ones and my main issue is they 
stain my stamps terribly and I'm a bit fussy about keeping them clean!)
I hope you enjoyed the research and it proves useful and thanks to everyone
who played along in the challenge and blog hop.
Catch up with you all again soon and thanks for visiting me today.



  1. Oops I must have missed this post on yr blog as I wd have responded: memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up inks, Versa mark for embossing & Encore Gold & Silver best Metallics! Anyhow very interesting reading Sarah x

  2. Great survey. I have just started using the Altenew inks and love them. They only lightly stain my photopolymer stamps and the colors are wonderful. The 4 packs of the cubes work especially well with multi-stamping. Umbrella inks are great with watercoloring but stain horribly.

  3. Thanks for doing this research, I found it really useful. Must treat myself to some Altenew colours I think, they seem to be very popular.

  4. Thank you for the feedback, really helpful x


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