This depends on the project… below I cover a few ink types and which brands I use most frequently.
Dye Inks: For stamping, this type of ink is my favorite. The brands I love working with the Altenew Crisp, Hero Arts and the Simon Says Stamp dye inks. These are four that I personally buy and use; there are many companies that sell dye inks such as My Favorite Things and Lawn Fawn, but I have not tried these yet.
Pigment Inks: I do not use pigment inks very often, but I have used the Clearsnap pigment inks in the past and they were very nice to work with, but not something I used very often simply because of my style.
Distress Inks: These would technically be considered dye inks, but they have such unique properties that I feel they should be in a class of their own. Distress inks are reactive with water and can be used for a wide variety of techniques, from watercoloring, stamping, ink blending, ink smooshing and more. I have an entire YouTube playlist dedicated to Distress inks, which you can find over on my channel HERE.
Yes! Copics are my most favorite medium to work with, and I have a YouTube playlist dedicated to Copic markers. You can find it here: Copic YouTube Playlist.
I also have taught classes about working with Copic markers. You can find them here:
Tried & True Card Designs (hosted by Craft with May)
Creating with Copics (hosted by Big Picture Classes)
I prefer two types of inks for coloring in stamped images:
Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink: This is a perfect, true black ink that stamps crisply and will not bleed when coloring with Copic markers. It is also waterproof and great for watercoloring!
Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink: The Memento ink stamps a bit lighter than the Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink, but is another great option for coloring with Copics. The impressions are always clean with the Memento ink and the Copics do not make the ink bleed either.
My color choices vary from project to project, but here are some of my favorite 3-4 color combos:
Red: R22, R46, R59, R89
Orange: YR20, YR12, YR07
Yellow: Y0000, Y00, Y02, Y08
Light Green: YG01, YG03, YG25, G14
Forest Green: YG61, YG63, YG97, G99
Blue: B00, BG01, B02
Turquoise: BG34, BG15, BG49
Blue Violet: BV0000, BV31, BV01, BV02
Violet: RV52, RV63, V15
Pink: R81, R83, R85
Brown: E35, E47, E49
Skin Tones: E0000, E50, E42
Gray: warm grays
For most supplies, including stamps, dies, stencils, paper, inks and more, I shop at Simon Says Stamp; they are fabulous and the people who work there are among the nicest in the business! They carry products from many of the most popular stamping and papercrafting suppliers AND they ship worldwide! Awesome, right?
For Copic markers and refills, I like to shop at the MerriArtist. As an artist who works on a budget, saving a little money here and there on tools helps me purchase more stamps, dies, etc. from individual stamping companies. The Merri Artist carries high quality, artist grade paints, watercolors, markers, paper and more at discounted prices and shipping is fast.
That’s so hard to choose! I love working with products from many different companies throughout the papercrafting industry. Because I am a designer for Simon Says Stamp, you will see me using a lot of their products.
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