Thursday, May 8, 2014

Why I'm an Archival Ink convert

Karen and I experimented with Ranger Alcohol Inks over Easter.  We did several cards and some backgrounds.  I finished up this background that reminds me of marble the way the colors blend together.  I used some of Archival Ink she bought me for my birthday.  (Thank you, Karen!)  I like the pretty backgrounds we created but haven't decided if I want to invest in the alcohol inks for myself yet.  I think I'll have to have a specific project first.

I LOVE Ranger Archival Ink pads. These are permanent inks.  It is true these will stain your clear stamps.  However, I have no collectible clear stamps like CTMH.  So none of my clear stamps are ever going to have an after market value.  I don't think you can give some of them away on E-bay!

You can clean permanent ink off Stampin' Up! stamps which I do resell sometimes.  So I'm going to go for the permanent Archival ink from now on whenver they have a color that suits my purposes.

The reason is that it stamps so beautifully with any kind of stamp on almost any kind of surface.  I can use it for mixed media and then go over with Mod Podge or paint without worry of smearing.  I can stamp on this glossy cardstock or transparency film.  And of course, I can stamp on plain on cardstock.  I used Stazon for years but Archival Ink from Ranger is just so, so much better.

I won't get rid of my Distress Inks.  They have some fun properties and seem to last a very long time without a refill.

So I'm a convert!  I won't be getting rid of my Stampin' Up! pads either but I probably won't buy anymore ink from them, just cardstock - always lots of cardstock.

What kind of ink is your favorite?


  1. I love the Ranger archival inks too. They make such a great impression (on me and on my projects, LOL!) Love this beautiful card!

  2. Such a gorgeous card, thanks for the ink suggestions!

  3. That card is amazing!
    Thanks for this, I don't stamp or use ink too much so I'm really glad for this tip :D

  4. Glad the ink is working so well for you, Lisa. LOVE the card! Thanks for the mixed media lessons; new works coming soon! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Wow, I just learned something new about this ink! I hate smearing when covering a project with Mod Podge. I am loving that background too!


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