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After my last newsletter we received some more questions regarding inks. Specifically, we were asked which inks work best with different markers. After a bit of research, I think I have found a few answers to help aid in selecting inks for use with different markers.
Susan P. writes: "Which kind of ink won't smear when using water-based markers?"
You're not alone in trying to figure out which inks work best with the different markers on the market, mainly water-based markers and alcohol-based markers. There's nothing worse than stamping a beautiful image and then having it bleed when you start coloring.
First off, make sure you select a proper paper for coloring. A tighter and "harder" paper will allow you to color and blend without bleeding, and the marker ink will not spread. Many people have suggested Neenah Classic Solar White 80 lb. paper and Gina K. brand papers.
For alcohol-ink markers such as Copic®, you want to use a dye ink such as Tsukineko's Memento brand and stay away specifically from solvent-based ink pads such as Staz-On. The alcohol-ink markers will simply reactivate a solvent ink, and it will start to bleed even after the stamped image has dried.
For water-based markers such as Stampin' Up!, you will want to look for a waterproof or permanent dye-based ink pad. The dye-based inks that aren't waterproof will begin to bleed when touched with a water-based marker. Manufacturers such as Stampin' Up! create ink pads that will work with their markers and other water-based markers as well.
Of course, there are other ink brands on the market that will work too. Give what you already have onhand a try before you go out and buy new ink pads. You may already have something in your craft supplies that will work perfectly.
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