I have to admit that I was pretty baffled last spring when I first saw the new 2015-2016 Catalog. There wasn’t any Basic Black or Basic Gray ink in it. Hmmm….I knew that Stampin’ Up! was having troubles with the Basic Black ink but I hadn’t heard anything about Basic Gray. I was curious but after time I kind of forgot about these missing inks. I just used the Black StazOn or the Memento Black ink that were in the catalog.
Then the 2015 Holiday Catalog came out and everything became clear. Stampin’ Up! came out with a Basic Black Archival Ink Pad and a Basic Gray Archival Ink Pad! Have you tried them? They’re WONDERFUL! These ink pads are permanent and acid free. They’re perfect for watercoloring. I’m going to go out on a limb and say I like them better than StazOn. (The two ink pads are basically the same.) The reason I like the Stampin’ Up! pads is that when I’ve stamped with StazOn using the photopolymer stamps the stamps will stick to the card stock and actually tear the paper when you try to remove them. It’s kind of weird but it’s happened.
These archival ink pads ink your stamps nicely and produce a crisp, clean image. Who doesn’t want that when they’re stamping! If you haven’t tried these new pads now is the time. I know that you’ll like them as much as I do.
Have a great day! Take care and Happy Stamping!