Ink survey results are in!

Turns out that Zoomerang only lets you view 100 responses to the free surveys — have to join them ($600!) to see any more than that! So here’s the results! Feel free to add comments!

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1. What kind of stamper are you? Number of
Beginning 3 3%
Intermediate 39 40%
Advanced 56 57%
2. What type of ink do you reach for again and again? Number of
Pigment 27 28
Dye 54 56%
Chalk 29 30%
Distress 11 11%
Waterproof 33 34%
Shadow 2 2%
Other: Staz-on (2), Memories, Tinted embossing, Versamark, VersaFine (2), Brilliance (3), CTMH dye ink, Clear embossing 13 13%
3. What techniques do you use on a regular basis? Number of
Simple stamping 66 68%
Layering one color ink on top of another 33 34%
Heat embossing 54 56%
Watercoloring stamped images 51 53%
Shadow/backgrond stamping 45 46%
Masking 18 19%
Direct to paper 55 57%
Brayering 11 11%
Stamping on hard surfaces such as glass, shrink plastic, or buttons 19 20%
Stamping on fabric 5 5%
Misting with water 25 26%
Other: resist, bleaching, a little bit of everything, ironing out embossing – kinda like faux batik, layering/embellishments, watercolor directly on stamp, overstamping with stamp positioner 7 7%
4. How important is it to you that ink dries quickly? Number of
Response Ratio
Not important 6 6%
Somewhat important 44 45%
Very important 48 48%
5. Do you try to purchase a re-inker (refill ink) for each ink pad that you own? Number of
Response Ratio
Yes 53% 55%
No 44 45%
6. How important is it that ink pads are stackable? Number of
Response Ratio
Not important 36 36%
Somewhat important 40 41%
Very important 22 22%
7. What size ink pad do you prefer? Number of
Response Ratio
Cube sized 18 19%
Full sized 79 81%
9. What characteristics do you consider when purchasing a new ink pad? Number of
Response Ratio
Techniques it can be used for 55 57%
Color 86 89%
Already own ink by the same manufacturer 31 32%
Type of ink pad 38 38%
Other: ancient page is really good, quality and availability of reinkers, raised so you can use cube on a larger image, which stamps I can use it on (bold, detailed), something truly unique that I can’t get from other, I buy full lines of an ink pad at a time, waterproof 7 7%
9. What do you tell new stampers about all the different kinds of inks out there? If you’re a new stamper, what have you learned about ink? (62 responses)
1 I advise them to get Stazon black for their main black inkpad. It works on all surfaces, is waterproof on paper, and is really black. When they’re starting out, it’s good to get the Colorbox petal pads so that you get a coordinated selection of colors for less than buying full pads.
2 that there is many different kinds out there. and which ones does what like pigment, dye and so forth.
3 pigment vs dye, importance of permanent ink if they want to watercolor inside, alcohol for polished stome a favorite of mine, etc.
4 No. 1 bit of advice: Buy a basic black ink that you can use with markers, etc. that won’t smear. I’m quite fond of Memories black. The new VersaFine inks are quite versatile also.
5 Never come up as a topic
6 use the right ink for the job
7 I tell them to go to the different web sites to learn about them, there are too many for me to explain.
8 That it’s confusing.
9 Buy a permanent black first. Then a Versamark so you can emboss, then start with your colors.
10 Start with one type of ink and slowly expand as you feel comfortable
11 the new inks are better than the old ones–more versatile!
12 You rarely need pigment ink because Versamark under dye ink does the same thing. Go for SU or Adirondack for quality.
13 #1 thing I think they need to know is the differences between dye and pigment inks.
14 Go to the Stampassion, Latham, NY website and read about inks. Basically get different blacks/reinkers first and then branch out. Look for archival inks if you don’t want your images to fade. Take classes.
15 Learn which inks will dry on which papers. Don’t use pigment ink on glossy paper unless you plan to use embossing powder.
16 I explain the difference between pigment and dye inks and the uses for each.
17 -the difference between dye and pigment ink -start with cube sized inkpads -have at least one waterproof inkpad
18 dye inks dry quickly, and have sheer color. pigment inks dry slowly and have dense color chalk inks have dense color, but dry quicker
19 primarily the differences between dye and pigment…and what they are used for.
20 Basics on diffrent types! I tried to emboss with dye ink when first starting as no one told me diffrent.
21 There are a zillion types of inks and they vary somewhat by company. There are what I would consider to be three basic types. Dye which is quick drying pigment which is slower dying and has an opaque quality usually and solvent which are permanent inks that are best used for things like watercoloring and stamping on surfaces that aren’t very porus.
22 The basics: dye vs pigment Buy a few chalk pads and definitely a versamark pad.
23 Each ink has its specific characteristics and it takes a while to get “to know”all the inks. The more you stamo the better you get to know them,
24 First generation inks – dye based ink dries fast, pigment inks are embossable. Second generation inks – Brilliance, Fluid Chalks, etc. – read the label. I use Brilliance Graphite Black and Lightning Black a lot.
25 There are two main types of ink. Quick drying, dyes, and slow drying, pigment. Beyond that there are a world of inks out there, you can find one suitable for anything you want to try.
26 Chose one, try it, Have fun.
27 Buy SU because it matches paper, etc. But, SU black ink is NOT waterproof despite claims!
28 Re dye and pigment, I liken them to watercolor and oil paint
29 It’s all good!
30 the difference between dye inks and pigment inks.
31 First pad should be waterproof black. I explain differences between types and what they are used for.
32 The difference between dye and pigment.
33 Simple terms for beginners: Dye dries. Pigment you emboss.
34 Be selective. Some inks are superior to others. An archival black dye ink is a must!
35 I generally prefer plain ol’ dye ink for general stamping – closely followed by my chalk pads. I like the faast dry time, as well as the “graduated” colors I can get with the multigenerational stamping. That being said, I also consider my Versamark a must have, and also love my pigment inks for stamping light colors on dark paper (even if I do need to wait for it to dry!)
36 my two favorites are Brilliance and Ancient Page-spend the money on better inks because cheap inks just aren’t worth the trouble.
37 You will find your self purchasing every color ink pad out there (hee hee)
38 Store dye inks upside down. Store chalks and Pigments right side up.
39 Start with a good dye ink that dries quickly and is waterproof, for applying other techniques
40 Basically that pigment inks dry slowly. I usually recommend Versafine for basic stamping.
41 Start with black archival and Versamark (ink?) I have dozens I rarely use
42 There are different inks for different types of projects – fabric stamping, stamping on glass, embossing, watercoloring, etc.
43 Keep it simple! Get 1-2 of the different types to see what suits your needs and style.
44 I like variety of colors. I buy better brands, not no-name inexpensive brands.
45 Dye inks dry quicker; while Pigments stay wet longer and blend better. The best way to learn about your ink purchases is to visit the manufacturers websites.
46 I tell them that there are so many inks on the market; but the ones I use frequently are dye inks, pigment inks, metallic inks (which are great to stamp on dark cardstock), and solvent inks.
47 stamping with dye inks are easy. I never have wonderful luck with pigment and heat embossing, too messy
48 That there are basically two types: dye ink which dries immediately, and pigment ink which dries slowly and is used for heat embossing. I point out that there are exceptions and variation on this basic info but this is a start to understanding inks.
49 I don’t tell new stamper’s anything cause I don’t think I know enough to be guiding anyone else. I have learned that if you want to water color you must use permanent ink.
50 I tell new stampers that there are two must have ink pads, a black permanent dye based ink, and a versamark pad.
51 get a great waterproof black stamp pad
52 difference between dye and pigment inks
53 1) keep it simple to start. one good black, one good gold, and one good embossing (versamark is my fav) is plenty to start. 2) cubes are a good way to inexpensively a) try new inks and b) get a large collection of colors inexpensively and will take up less space.
54 Colorbox chalks are my favorites, Versafine is great for heat embossing, Memories Shadow inks are great for muted hues, Foltz distress inks are great for DTP and spritzing, Opalites are great on black or deep blue paper!!!
55 you don’t need every kind of ink on the market!
56 experment!! You just have to play around and see what you like. Pick a project and go from there.
57 the difference between waterproof and non
58 I think it’s important to have a good, fast-drying, waterproof black ink. A resist ink like Versamark is great, too. After that, I’d suggest dye inks for most basic stamping and chalk inks for a softer look and more muted colors. I probably use pigment ink the least these days.
59 Mainly the difference between pigment and dye inks.
60 Choose an ink based on the results you want. If you are in a hurry, always choose dye based inks. And, always clean your stamps after you use a solvent type ink. Never be without a versa mark pad.
61 Don’t go crazy. Many companies have the same types. Be aware of this so you don’t duplicate.
62 Use only waterproof ink if you are going to use watercolors. Stampin’Up has ink pads and car
10. Anything else you’d like to share? (28 responses)
1 you can make homemade inks also with rit dyes also. another way of saving money also.
2 Ink is cool
3 always buy a reinker with a pad- you never know if the company will discontinue right after your investment.
4 I own all of the SU inks and most of the Marveys. Then the Brilliance… lots of those colors also. I prefer to stamp in color than coloring an image with pencils or markers.
5 I have a whole Iris cart full of ink pads–dye, pigment, metallics, etc (probably over 100 different pads) and probably use 10 of them on a regular basis!
6 SU has the best basic color line, Adirondack has the best deep tones, use Brillance Black for your basic black. Rainbow pads are fun. Blender pens are awesome with your ink pads. You can paint with reinkers like Brilliance and never need to buy the pad.
7 I have zillions of ink pads by all kinds of manufacturers, but reach for the same 2 or 3 all the time. It’s way too easy to buy way more than you really need!
8 It can be fun to have matching pens, pencils, patterned paper, and cardstock to coordinate easily. Experiment with different inks and just have fun.
9 love to paint with my ink and watercolor brush
10 Lately I have been using mostly chalk inks,
11 You can’t have too many ink pads!
12 colored pigment inks are great to use with clear embossing powder and for blending colors
13 I love all kinds of inks for all kinds of reasons and purposes.
14 If possible, I recommend playing with other people’s inks before investing in your own. While one person may love a certain line, another may think it’s completely worthless. And if it’s a new line, only buy one color instead of the whole kaboodle – they may have some kinks to work out with the formula!
15 I Love Lisa’s Blog!
16 Under size I really like the size of the old Marvy pads and I love the chalk cat’s eyes.
17 I like to have ink that matches the cardstock that I’m working with .
18 Whatever strikes your fancy. You can’t have too many stamping supplies. :)
19 I LOVE your blog!!
20 Don’t allow ink types to inhibit or intimidate you. Like anything else, learning to use them is fun!
21 Keep it simple, I own lots of supplies but enjoy stamping with dye inks and brush markers. Your cost will stay down if you don’t jump on the bandwagon for every kind of ink and technique. AT picturetrail my gallery is presently under the name Check out my latest creations, dye ink,no layering.
22 I just wish that ink was more affordable.
23 I own way more stamp pads than I need, and often many just sit idle.
24 If I could only have two, I’d have Brilliance black, and Versamark!
25 Favorite inks memories black, versamark, pallette pads, marvy, and tintz.
26 Thanks for the survey!
27 i wish manufacters would give more info on their ink pads ie long drying vs quick drying what the ink can be used for ie stampin up can be used to color besides stampin.
28 Store ink pad upside down

3 Replies to “Ink survey results are in!”

  1. As always, I enjoy what you are up to, Lisa! ;^) Fascinating survey and love your most recent creations posted!

  2. I’m surprised pigment ink didn’t get a higher percentage.

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