You girls are so much faster than I am - LOL! OK, so I have researched the ink pads in depth. Being that I am not one to rely on other people's work I did my own test back in June but just haven't had the time to upload the information I discovered. I guess this foot injury is coming in handy after all! Thank goodness I had all the work done, I even had my test sheet scanned - LOL! So here are the answers to the long awaited ink pad questions.
Each one of these butterflies was stamped in the same manner, but I used different ink pads. The name of each ink pad is listed next to the image. The wings on the left side of the butterfly were colored before heat setting - those on the right were heat set before coloring. Following are the differences from wing to wing:
- top left wing - Sketch markers only,
- bottom left wing - Sketch markers and Colorless Blender,
- bottom right wing - Sketch markers and Colorless Blender after heat setting,
- top right wing - Colorless Blender only after heat setting
My favorite ink results are as follows:
- Tsukineko Brilliance (if patient you can wait for it to dry and color without heat setting - this is the method I used in my testing. Typically though I am rather impatient and therefore I need to heat set my image first Ü). By studying the results to my little experiement I had an aha moment. Lo and behold pigment inks were awesome! (Fabrico Craft is another example of a pigment ink.) It was one of those duh moments! Of course pigment inks will work great - that is why COPIC makes a small multiliner for drawing details that is PIGMENT. SO if you have a pigment pad try it first before running out and buying something new Ü BTW I am working at getting these pens uploaded as well - hopefully in the next couple of days. I have already uploaded the Brilliance Black and Coffee Bean, so if you do not have a pigment pad that you are happy with these will be an awesome addition to your stamping collection.
- Adirondack (this dye ink is AMAZING! I don't know if it is due to the fact that Ranger makes alcohol inks, but I'm LOVING this ink with the COPIC markers.) I can highly recommend it and that is why I have added it to my webstore. It is actually my first choice due to it's quick drying time, but I listed it second being that I don't want to sell you a product that you don't need. If you already have a pigment pad that will work with your COPIC markers you don't need this one (or perhaps maybe you do if you have to have it all - LOL Ü). Being that I don't always like to use a black ink I also added the Espresso for a rich deep brown to use in stamping your images. I feel REALLY good about using this ink with the COPIC markers! Just you watch - pretty soon all my competitors are going to have it in their stores too - LOL!
Sadly, I just can not recommend the Palette ink pads for use with the COPIC markers - the results are always "iffy" at best, sometimes it works and other times it doesn't. If you want consistency you need to either use a pigment ink or the Adirondack. I hope that the document that I have attached above can be viewed in a large enough format so that you can easily see the results for yourself. You will notice that many of the inks do a "so, so" job without the Colorless Blender, but as soon as the solvent is added you end up with a mess. The Colorless Blender is a tool that is a must have for COPIC users and I will share those reasons in the coming days (and months). Have you heard the term "trust me" - LOL! Well please trust me on this one - it is amazing the techniques that you can use the blender pen for. As time allows I will share more and more with you regarding these fabulous tools.
Again I know that these are expensive markers, but I want you to know that I will not sell a product that I don't believe is a good VALUE for what it is. I believe in the Lifetime aspect of the products I purchase - these markers will be around for your lifetime and therefore I feel good about this investment in color. Thanks again for stopping by AND for your patience with me. It is always my goal to educate, educate, educate - the rest is then up to you Ü