Last week I picked up some Hero Arts inks. I’ve heard these inks come up as weekly picks on the Paperclipping Roundtable, but each large pad retails for about $6.50. As a lover of color, I cannot possibly decide on just one color to try them out. And at that price I can’t pick up the five colors I want to try. So I was super excited when Scrapbook.com stocked these inks in sets of four small cubes for $9.99. Such a deal! I picked up two sets and got to work, experimenting.
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I do love my Distress Inks from Tim Holtz, but I am always looking for new, fresh and fun colors. Hero Arts has expanded their ink palette and brought in some fun colors. I tried the Field Notes set and the Quiet Morning set. My favorite colors are Soft Pool, Pale Tomato and Charcoal.
Both sets have a good range of colors, from light, like Soft Pool and Passion Flower to deep like Cup O’ Joe and Charcoal. I stamped each color above on a plain, smooth, medium weight white cardstock.
The first thing I noticed about these stamps is how juicy they are. These small pads are really saturated with ink and it was not hard at all to get good coverage on a large background stamp.
I tried these inks out on several cling back and clear polymer stamps. I also picked up some Hero Arts Frame Cuts in the Geometric Shapes and I really like how easily these dies cut out my stamped images. I think there are stamps that match, but these shapes are general enough that I didn’t feel I needed specific stamps. I can use whatever background I want — either pattern paper or something I stamped.
And here are some images I stamped on Ranger’s Specialty Stamping Paper. I wasn’t as pleased with the images that have large solid backgrounds – like the butterfly and the flowers. The Specialty Stamping Paper is coated so with a saturated stamp with a larger solid surface area, the ink blotted a bit. But the images turned out nicer with the stamps with the smaller solid areas like the scroll and the zigzag.
Here’s a close up of just how crisp and clean that zigzag image is on the stamping paper.
Finally, I made this card using the Charcoal color on my Antique Brocade cling stamp.
I won’t be giving up my Distress Inks anytime soon, but there is certainly room for different types of inks in my collection. I’m dying to try the mid-tone navy color next. (I am so into navy right now!) I just wish it was available as a color in one of the cube sets so I didn’t have to get a big one. But I like these stamps enough that for the colors I really want, I know now that it will be worth it to pick up the big stamp pad.
If you ever see these in your local store, give them a try. I think you’ll be as plesantly surprised as I was.
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