Hero Arts Simon Says Stamp Ranger Distress Inks


    Hello and welcome back to Part 2 of today’s post!  Earlier today I shared in Part 1 how I create these sets of quick and simple cards for teachers at my children school using the MISTI stamping tool.

    In this Part 2, I will first do a quick overview of the differences between dye inkspigment inks and distress inks.  Then, I will share which of the six ink pads I used here would be great for getting good solid full card coverage stamping. Like with this Hero Arts Design Block FIND THE MAGIC rubber stamp woodblock.   All the supplies are linked at the end of this post.

    Please be advised that the information share in this post is only an opinion of mine based on my experience working with these ink pads.  Although they might work great for me, yours might result differently depending on the type of stamps you use (rubber, clear or woodblock), what type of surface you are stamping on (padded vs not) or with an acrylic block or MISTI (for rubber, clear and cling stamps).
    Ink Pads comparison

    Quick Overview:

    Dye Inks, Pigment Inks & Distress Inks

    Below is a quick overview of some of the cool features of dye inks, pigment inks & distress inks.

    Dye Inks (Hero Arts Shadow Ink Mid-tone, Alternew Crisp Inks, Simon Says Stamp Premium Dye Inks)

    • These ink pads are firm and generally consist of cloth-cover felt.
    • The pad surface raise above the edge of container, making it user-friendly applying ink directly onto paper.
    • inks are much thinner in consistency, transparent and faster to dry than pigment inks.
    • inks dye and absorb into the paper.
    • color come out much lighter than the color of the ink pad when dry.
    • great for general stamping and layer stamping
    Pigment Inks (Ranger Archival Ink & MementoLUXE)
    • ink pads are sponge-like.
    • are opaque, non-toxic waterproof inks.
    • thicker and slow drying than dye inks.    You can heat set to speed up the drying process.
    • inks sit on top of the paper
    • color stays the same once dried
    • need to reinked more often than dye inks
    • great for detail stamping and full coverage
    • permanent on matte and gloss papers
    • air dried on matte surfaces but need to heat set on glossy surfaces

    Ranger Distress Inks

    • are great for background technique! It’s my #1 favorite ink to use for background blending and coloring.
    • slow drying inks. They stay wet longer to allow you to blend, shade and emboss.
    • perfect for distressing paper and photos
    • the color stay the same once dried
    Hero Arts stamps

    Which Ink Pads I’d Recommend For Good Full Solid Coverage Stamping?

    Except for the distress inks and MementoLuxe, I think any one of these ink pads would give great full solid coverage result.   However, my favorite top two would have to be the Hero Arts Shadow Ink Mid-tone and the Simon Says Stamp Premium Dye inks.  As you can see in the photo, they both yield a beautiful full coverage to the entire card with an even smooth finished.  And because they are dye inks, they dry quickly.  Allowing you to mass produce cards with them at a much quicker pace than with pigment inks.
    One thing to take note of is that the Hero Arts Shadow Inks stamped splotchy but even out and smooth once dried.

    Simon Says Stamp Premium Ink Pads

    The third ink pad I would recommend is the Altenew Crisp Ink.  It gives just as good of a coverage as the Hero Arts Shadow inks and Simon Says Stamp Premium inks.  It is also my favorite ink to use for layer stamping because it gives crisp finished images.  It is a dye ink as well.
    The Ranger Archival ink pad turned out not too bad, but as you can see there are some small areas that didn’t get cover well.  However, it is still a good ink pad to have. As it is a pigment ink, it sits on top of the cardstock.  So it gives a vivid vibrant result.

    Altenew crisp ink pads

    The Ranger Distress inks turned out as it should be, with a distress look. But I have expected a great full coverage with the MementoLUXE.  But it didn’t.  However, in this case, both ink pads work beautifully well with this Hero Arts Design Block FIND THE MAGIC rubber stamp woodblock as they give an illusion of a chalkboard look.

    Ranger distress inks

    There you have it!  Six ink pads brands comparison. I hope the information wasn’t too overloading and hopefully you find them useful.  Thanks for joining me today.  Take care and may you have a lovely weekend ahead.

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