Product Review | Hero Arts Ink Pads

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 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.

Thanks for stopping by today.


  1. Thanks for the review! I have been wanting to get that Navy ink also!!

  2. i have a couple of the hero arts ink pads and i sooo love them. my favorite is the black- it is so dark and the coverage is just perfect. soft pool is another favorite of mine!! awesome review

  3. Nice review! I am a complete convert to the Hero Arts stamp pads. I think they ink much more evenly than TH Distress Inks. Those new mid-tone colors are fantastic.

  4. Thank you for the review, Tammy. I haven’t tried Hero Arts but I do love Ranger’s Archival inks. I’ll keep my eye open for these.

  5. Thanks for the review!
    I was wondering about those!
    I love Cat’s eyes by Colorbox, but they are so small.
    And started using the ranger distress inks which are great.
    But these look good as well!

  6. Thanks for the review, love the colors 🙂

  7. great review! i’m in the market for some inks, and those might be just the ticket!

  8. Well, it sounds like I might need to add this to my list of things I want to pick up! :>)

  9. Great review! I really need some more ink pads. I want some big ones as I have a ton of small ones, but they are hard to use roller doodle stamps on, which I’m loving right now! x

  10. great post! and…. now I know what inks to try next 🙂

  11. Thanks for the review Tammy! I was wondering about these 🙂

  12. This ink looks like it has great coverage.
    Beautiful colours


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