Product Review | Jenni Bowlin Inks for Ranger

Have you tried these Jenni Bowlin inks yet? I recently picked up a few, used them on a few projects and have to say, it’s time to spread the word about how awesome they are.

I haven’t purchased new inks in a long time because after I discovered Tim Holtz distress inks a few years ago, I thought I had all the inks I’d ever need. I love my distress inks (and the chalk inks and solvent inks I’ve had for years), but recently I needed a grass green color and none of the inks I owned had the right hue or tone.

Enter Seed Packet. It just happened to be the exact shade of green that I needed. I really liked the results, so I started picking up other colors and I’ve been really happy with all of the Jenni Bowlin colors I’ve collected so far.

I’m not a huge pink fan, but I really like this Chewing Gum color. You gotta love the fun color names, too. I like the yellow shade of Lemon Drops too – it shows up but it’s not too bright.

Here’s my personal opinions on the inks that I have purchased:

The positives

  • The colors are unique. I would call them basic colors whereas the distress inks are more designer colors.
  • These inks give you a deeper saturation the more you ink. But not in a distressed, shabby way. They just get deeper and richer but keep the same even color.
  • They are similar to distress inks in that the ink pad has the same texture and you can use the Ranger Foam Blending Tool. In fact, stock up on refills now because if you start collecting these inks like I am, you’ll want a foam applicator for every color.
  • Three new colors are debuting at CHA this week, including an awesome grey called Weather Vane.

The drawbacks

  • There are a limited number of colors. Ranger just announced that three of the original colors are already retiring.
  • There are refills for the inks, but they are so popular, they are often sold out (especially in the colors I am always looking for).

If you’ve been hesitant to pick these up because you already have every color of ink in the rainbow, just give them a try. I think you’ll be as surprised as I was that these colors do indeed have a place in your ink collection.

If you need more convincing, check out this video from Nichol Magouirk for Two Peas, where she uses these inks and talks about several of the colors.

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great week.


  1. yes, these are my fave! i have them all and i used them ALL the time. I just bought the re-inkers for all of them and i can’t wait for the new colors!!!

    • I’m really excited about the grey one! I don’t have a grey I really like so I’m hoping this one fills the void. Good to hear others loving them too! 🙂

  2. Thanks for the review Tammy. I’ve been wondering about picking some of these up, I know Mary Pat loves them 🙂

    • I’m an equal opportunity ink lover so I’ll try any of them. But another benefit of these….they aren’t that expensive. And with the re-inkers, you just can’t go wrong! 😀

  3. I don’t stamp, but those are pretty neat! Thanks for the review.

    • You’re welcome! Thanks for stopping by.

  4. I need some new inks. Will definitely take a look at these ext time I go shopping.

    • I think you’ll be pleased! 🙂

  5. I’ve seen these used often over at Two Peas and wondered what they were really like. Thanks for the review!

    • You’re welcome! I occasionally need to do my part as an enabler…. 😀

  6. Ooooh nooo! Talk about enabler. 😉
    I have all the Distress Ink colors but have managed to steer clear of the JB Inks so far, though I must admit that I’ve been tempted. Now your great review of these inks got me thinking of buying and trying. I agree that it’s not cool to retire colors already. Didn’t they just release this brand?

    • I know – I resisted them for a long time. I think it was anything I needed – I already have enough. The saturation is really different from the distress inks and they aren’t super expensive. They are great and worth a look!

  7. I LOVES’ me some ink, thanks for the review on these as I haven’t tried them yet!

    • You’re welcome! I hope you give them a chance. 🙂

  8. I have never tried these yet, much less heard about them.
    You would think I live on Mars or something, teehee.


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