Monday, March 31, 2014

Paper Comparison - Archival Ink

The first test I put all of the papers to was to stamp on them using Archival Ink with a variety of stamps.  I wanted to be fair so I pulled a variety of stamps to use for this initial comparison.  I used a fine line rubber stamp (flowers - Deep Red Stamps), bold rubber stamp (poison bottle - Inkadinkado); fine line acrylic/clear stamp (wonderful - Avery Elle) and a bold acrylic/clear stamp (gear - Inkadinkado) all pictured below.

Next I just inked each stamp up and stamped it on the papers just as I would any other time.  Here is what they look like....  You can click on any to make the photo larger to see the details.

Bazzill Basics Card Shoppe CS - o.k. impressions - the bold images had a grainy look to them.

Canson MM CS - Not very good impressions with the bold image stamps...paper is very rough so it made it difficult.

CC Designs - Great impressions 

Copic Xpress It - Great impressions.

Crafters Companion - Average impressions - lighter color impression compared to other papers.

Georgia Pacific - Average impressions.

HP Photo Paper - Glossy Side - Amazing impressions! All of the stamps stuck to the paper when stamped.

HP Photo Paper - Matte Side - Average impressions. Notice how much lighter the ink is than other types of paper.

JudiKins MatteKote - Great Impressions - a bit of puckering on the bold images.

La Blanche - VERY slippery - you have to be extremely careful because the cardstock is so slick.  You can see on the wonderful image where it skidded a bit when I stamped it.  All of the stamps stuck to the cardstock.  When you supersize the photo you can see that when I lifted the bold image stamps off of the cardstock there was an issue with the ink creating veins when it was peeled away.  Long dry time.

Neenah CC - Great impressions.

Neenah EI - Great impressions 

Ranger Specialty - Extremely similar results to La Blanche (see above) - Nice impressions but very difficult to stamp on due to the slick feel of the cardstock.  This didn't have as much of an issue with the ink veining/puckering when the stamp was lifted from the paper though.  Very long dry time.

Simon Says Stamp - super clean impressions.  The best by far.

Strathmore - better impressions than the Canson Mixed Media paper but this paper is also very rough so good impressions would be difficult.

Tomorrow I will be back with the results using Memento Dye Ink.
See you then!


  1. Roni, The posts today are so helpful. Thanks you for taking the time to do all of this work for us. I usually use Neenah Solar White for stamping but think I need to look at Simon Says Stamp papers. And I have some of the Ranger and LaBlanche Specialty Papers which I find are slippery like you stated so I don't often use them with the Archival inks. I use Archival inks a lot because I like to watercolor images and I like the colors. Lately I've been using Hero Arts inks and I always use Distress inks. I'm really curious to see how these papers work with different inks, too. Can't wait to see what else you've discovered. Anne, yourmainestamper

  2. Thanks so much for this insight!...learned a lot, by your hard work...smiles

  3. It's great to see what the same ink looks like on different papers. I thought about changing to a different stamping paper after I read some reviews other places but it's nice to just see the differences and judge for myself.

    Thanks -


  4. Thank you for sharing all the info. Personally what I find with the specialty paper is to use a magazine or a drawing pad underneath to create a soft place for the raised areas of the stamp to sink into. I get a much better impression. I use Archival coffee and black, I also like Memento, and Versa Fine. I use the specialty paper for detailed images that I need a really definite print of an image. Thank you for sharing today.
    Jacquelene L


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