A couple of months ago, on my post about some Stamped Embellishments, I promised that I’d do a review of the Avery Elle Pigment Ink Pads (I was just waiting to get hold of the ‘Cherry’ colour which I really wanted). So here we are!
I decided late last year that I prefer Pigment Ink to Dye Ink pads. For a good comparison video of Pigment vs Dye Inks check out Jennifer McGuire’s video HERE. Basically as I understand it, dye ink sinks into the paper to dye it, and dries really fast, but pigment ink has pigments that sit on top of the paper and dries more slowly.
I have tried Hero Arts Shadow Dye Ink Pads, and the Studio Calico Color Theory Dye Ink Pads, and while they all do work I find that I’m always drawn to my pigment inks. I like how juicy and spongy the pads are, and how you can tell straight away if you’ve made a good print or not (dye inks often need to be left for a couple of minutes for the colour to even out). So I sold my Colour Theory ink pads to allow me to buy lots of pigment ink pads instead!
Here are the Avery Elle Ink Pad colours I bought – from top to bottom, left to right, they are: Fog, Cherry, Sapphire, Lemon Grass, Fizz, Aquamarine, Kraft, and Conch Shell:
I chose these colours to fit in with some American Crafts Pigment Ink Pads that I already own (Grapefruit, Leaf, Mustard, and Wave), plus my favourite black ink to stamp with (VersaMagic Midnight Black Chalk Ink):
Here’s the Avery Elle Ink Pad Colours all stamped with a solid kite image:
And a close up of the Sapphire one to show the coverage:
One thing to note with Pigment Inks is because they take longer to dry you need to be really careful not to smudge them! Below shows how I rubbed my finger across a kite stamped with the Fog ink – this was 15 minutes after I stamped it and the colour still smudged a little:
Here are the colours again, this time stamped with a sentiment that has thin lines:
They came out really clearly!
I thought I’d try the inks out on a few different surfaces too. I started with a selection of white / light papers, stamping the Fog ink with a triangle stamp. The ‘Cheap White Cardstock (Matte)’ is what all the samples above are stamped on too:
And then I tried it out on a few other more unusual surfaces – cork, linen, grey chipboard, a feather, a wood veneer shape, and a kraft chipboard shape, this time using the Cherry Ink Pad and a chevron stamp:
I am loving the feather!
I also made a quick card, overlapping stamped images to check whether the inks would blend / smudge where they were layered up:
They didn’t smudge or bleed into each other at all, so that was awesome! I did wait for 30 seconds or so before layering one stamped image on top of another, but that was it. It was a quick way to make a nice colourful card!
One last thing to point out is that you might not always get a good stamped image, but this is often because of the quality of the stamp rather than the ink. On the card above you can see that the flowers and the sentiment are not quite as crisp as my other images – these stamps feel more bouncy or wobbly when I’m stamping them, which I guess is down to the manufacturing process. I still like to use them, but I am aware my images might not be so perfect with them.
I really like the Avery Elle Pigment Ink Pads, and I want more colours now – especially Sugar Plum as that looks like a nice deep purple.
What do you think? Do you have a favourite brand or type of ink pad to stamp with? If you have any questions let me know!
I’ll see you again soon,