I’ve got some Neenah Classic Crest cardstock on order, after hearing it so highly praised by several stampers who recommended it here. In the meantime, I’m still playing around with the white cardstock/paper I’ve got on hand.
Forrestwife mentioned in a comment that type of ink can make a difference in how an image stamps on a particular paper and this is a fair point. So I decided to try using one stamp (this time from Gotcha Images) to stamp on three different papers: Kromecoat glossy coated cardstock, Strathmore Premium Cover cardstock (Ultimate White) and Canson Cold Press Watercolor paper.
The inks I used included: Ancient Page archival ink, ColorBox pigment ink, Distress Ink, ColorBox Fluid Chalk ink, StazOn solvent ink, VersaFine archival pigment ink, Brilliance archival pigment ink, Antiquities pigment ink and Ranger Archival ink. I didn’t have black ink in all of these colors (and black isn’t the only type of ink we use anyway!) so this time, the ink I used is mostly red, pink or plum.
All of the inks stamped well on the Strathmore Premium Cover (Ultimate White 80#) cardstock. I was surprised to find that the Brilliance archival pigment ink (Coffee Bean) gave me the best detail of all of these inks. (Check out the hair.) Ranger’s Antiquities did pretty well too. The other inks filled in some of the detail in the hair to various degrees, but still are not bad impressions. The hair stamped with Distress Ink is a bit blotchy, but that’s more the nature of the ink; it’s supposed to look distressed after all.
On the other hand, I didn’t like the Brilliance ink as much on the Kromecoat glossy cardstock; it is a blotchier impression, although the sheen of the ink color on the glossy surface is nice; you can’t see it in this scan, but it actually looks coppery. Used with the right image, it could be very cool. The StazOn, Distress Inks and VersaFine also got a bit blotchy in the hair details. On this surface I liked the Ancient Page, ColorBox Fluid Chalk and Ranger Archival inks best. I didn’t stamp with regular pigment ink on this surface because it won’t dry here without embossing. Some of the other specialty pigment inks will dry if heat-set.
And here are the same inks on Canson cold press watercolor paper (80#). On this surface, I liked the Brilliance ink, the Ranger Antiquities and the Ancient Page the best. The StazOn filled in the details quite a bit. Although the amount of detail varied, none of the inks were horrible on this surface though.
Now this was not a scientific comparison. None of these inkpads are brand new, although they are all well-inked. And obviously, they are not all exactly the same color, which can skew impressions of how things look. I stamped them all at the same time, under the same environmental conditions, but I’m a human being, so it is completely possible that I pressed harder or lighter on the stamp with various inks, which can change the results.
But still, this exercise is interesting. There are so many variables that go into getting a good impression from a stamp. The surface that you are stamping on is one factor and the ink you are using to stamp with is another. Unless you try them out in different combinations, you’ll never know for sure how they will work. My experiment used up three sheets of paper, but it will inform my future decision making when I reach for an inkpad to stamp with on with a specific paper. When the Neenah Classic Crest cardstock I ordered arrives, I’ll try this experiment with that to see what inks it favors. I’m likely to forget some of the details over time, so I’ll hang onto my test stampings for future reference.