Choosing the Best Black Ink for the Right Paper & Coloring Medium

I’ve watched other videos that have shown black inks and what they work best with as far as coloring mediums, but I also wanted to find out if the paper made a difference.  So I chose three cardstocks:
Georgia Pacific White 110 lb. card stock $5.48 for 150 sheets at Walmart
Recollections 110 lb white card stock $14.99 for 100 sheets without a coupon at Michaels–this is a Michaels products so should probably only be found there.
Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80 lb. card stock 250 sheets for $36.00 at Amazon Prime
and a watercolor paper, Fabriano Hot Press 140 lb 50 sheets for $24.95 at Amazon, although I bought mine at AC Moore and used a coupon.  Sorry, I don’t know the price I paid.  I stamped on the less textured side of the water color paper fyi.

The colorijng mediums I used were:
Alcohol Markers (aka Copics, Sharpies, Bic Mark It etc.) I used a Sharpie
Water based Markers (aka Crayola, Stampin’ Up, Marvy,  Le Plume, Tombow) I used a Stampin’ Up marker
Koi Watercolor Paint

Below are the inks I tested, the product information on their packaging (limited info), the prices I found them at (without a coupon)  These are in no particular order:

1.Ranger Black Tie (Waterproof, Dye Ink) $4.99 at Simon Says Stamp
2.Memento Tuxedo Black (Fade Resistant, Dye) Joann $6.99
3.Gina K Premium Black Onyx (Waterproof Dye) Gina K Designs $5.95
4.Simon Says Stamp Intense Black (Premium Dye for Solvent Alcohol Markers) Simon Says Stamp $5.99
5.Versafine Onyx Black (Pigment, fast drying) Joann $9.99
6.Tim Holtz Distress Black Soot (Dye Ink, water reactive) not normally used for normal stamping, but I wanted to see how it would work next to other inks Joann $5.99
7.Color Box Wicked Black (archival, dye-permanent ink) Joann $4.49- much softer ink pad than the other inks, easier to stamp on)
8.Ranger Jet Black (Archival, Permanent) Joann $5,99
9.Staz-on Jet Black (solvent, permanent ink) Has a distinct almond scent. Needs to be re-inked more often than the other inks.

Our findings:

Best for Alcohol Markers:
Simon Says Stamp Intense Black
Tim Holtz Distress Black Soot
(after I finished the video and re-examined the inks, I found another ink that also worked with alcohol markers
Hero Arts Intense Black

Water Markers
Ranger Black Tie
After finishing the video and re-examining the results, I found other inks to work with water markers)
Simon Says Stamp on all papers but Georgia Pacific
Color Box Archival
Ranger Jet Black Archival
Staz-On Black

Pure Watercolor Paint
Ranger Jet Black Archival
Ranger Black Tie
SSS Intense Black
Versafine Onyx Black
Distress Black Soot on watercolor paper only
Color Box

Best for embossing:  Versafine Onyx Black

Best for Stamping on other surfaces: Staz-On

Please note that different alcohol markers can react differently to the different inks.  Below are the inks that were consistent between my findings and other web site recommendations:

Alcohol Markers
Simon Says Stamp Intense Black
Hero Arts Intense Black

Ranger Archival




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