It wasn’t until I created this gift card set that I realized each brand of dye ink performs differently when it comes to “stamping off”, also known as “second generation stamping”. It’s when you ink a stamp, stamp it onto the paper, then stamp it again on paper without re-inking the stamp.
I decided to try out a variety of ink pads for comparison purposes. I used mostly dye inks but did do a couple of pigment inks to see what would happen. I used Stampin’ Up! paper with Stampin’ Up! inks and Neenah paper for all others. I did try other inks on Stampin’ Up! paper but got the same results as with the Neenah. I used a solid photopolymer stamp. I also noted the approximate age of each ink pad, none of which have ever been reinked.
The first two are dye inks: Hero Art Shadow ink (11 months old) and Simon Says Stamp ink (6 months old). These inks are known to have the same properties. That is, they absorb into the paper more evenly over time. Here are the results:
As you can see, the second stamp is a little splotchy for both of them. There are white spots mixed in with the color. I waited at least 15 minutes before taking the photos, so the ink had a chance to absorb. I think the colors of the two Hero Arts images complement each other, but the second stamping of the Simon Says Stamp ink seems a lot more purple than the first.
The next two inks are also dye inks, Ranger Adirondack (1 year old) and Memento (1 year old):
For some reason, the Adirondack did not fully cover my stamp when I inked it (see the middle of the flower?). That could have been user error. But in any event, the second stamp actually looks really good. Not splotchy. A nice, lighter shade of the first stamp. I like it.
I was kind of disappointed with the Memento. Both images are kind of splotchy.
Next up are the inks that did the best in my Dye Ink Comparison: Hero Hues (1 year old) and Stampin’ Up (4 years old). (Note: The Dye Ink Comparison used a non-photopolymer stamp for testing).
Wow, the Hero Hues first stamp is amazing. Clearly the best of all of them. But then the second stamp… odd. It’s very faded and the outline is not clear. I guess it used all its power in the first stamp. The Stampin’ Up! result is very similar to the Adirondack – very solid and sharp. However, I think the Stampin’ Up! first image is better than the Adirondack first image.
I went ahead and tried a few pigment inks. First up is Memento Luxe (both 1 year old). I did two examples because my Rose Bud pad was a little dry. The Blue Danube was extremely juicy.
These results are just different. The second stamps have a clearly defined outline, I think because the ink was pushed to the edge of the stamp on the first image (keep in mind that pigment inks go on like paint). The drier pad had a more faded second image, and it was also a little more uneven. I kind of like the outline though.
One more just to have a pigment ink comparison to the Memento Luxe – Avery Elle Raspberry (11 months old).
This pad was a little dry also. It gave results mostly consistent with the Memento Luxe, although it didn’t have as much of an outline. Again, could be the dryness.
In summary, I would say that Ranger Adirondack and Stampin’ Up! came out on top. I would put the pigment inks in a far second, over the other dye inks.
Hope you enjoyed my little analysis. Have a great weekend.