Stamps, Paper & Ink #1

 Over the last few weeks I have been doing Facebook Lives called Stamps, Paper & Ink #1. The first in the series has now been Up Loaded to YouTube.

Over the coming weeks we will continue to look at Stampin’ Up!® products and how best to use them. I hope you will find these videos helpful to you and share them with others.

Please remember I am new to FB Lives and I am still learning, they will get better as we go along.

Any questions about Catalogues and products please contact me.




Why two Black Ink Pads?

Why are there two Black ink pads, is one better than the other?

Good question and I know that many of you who are new to stamping are asking  this question.

The two Black Stamp pads that Stampin’ Up! retail are StazOn Jet Black and Memento Tuxedo. Both are very different and are used for different techniques.


Let’s start with Stazon Jet Black 101406 and Refill 102566 this is a permanent archival ink, and is for stamping images which are coloured using watercolour techniques.


StazOn can be used on many different surfaces such as..Plastic, metal, shrink plastic, rubber, leather, polymer clay, laminated paper, coated paper, uncoated paper, photo, glass, porcelain, terracotta, cellophane.and works well on the Stampin’ Up! Window sheets…I always recommend doing a test before using on anything new.

The drying time when using Stazon is 3 seconds for porous surfaces – 5 minutes  for non porous surfaces. Drying time varies based on surface / material, humidity, etc.

Stazon is a ‘Solvent Ink’ which means it is not made from a water base. Solvent inks are permanent and don’t require heat setting to achieve permanency. Most solvent inks are acid-free and archival. 

Hints and Tips…

  • Replace inner plastic cover and cover immediately after use. Exposure to air will cause the ink in the pad to dry out. I put a Glue dot on the lid to hold the inner plastic in place so I don’t get inky fingers when taking it on and off.
  • Clean stamps immediately after use with StazOn Cleaner 109196. It can stain your stamps. StazOn cleaner is not recommended to use on your Photopolymer stamps as it may damage the polymer. Clean your Photopolymer with Stampin’ Mist Stamp Cleaner 102394 the stazOn will stain the stamp…but its still usable.


So what about the Memento Tuxedo Black 132708 and Refill 133456. Memento is a water-based, acid free ink and fade-resistant.

Memento Ink is required when using Stampin’ Blends. It is also a good general ink pad for all other stamping as you will get a good clear image.


It can be used on coated paper, vellum, uncoated paper, printer paper. As before I always recommend doing a test before using on anything new.

Drying time is 3 to 5 seconds on coated paper. Virtually instant on uncoated papers. Varies based on surface / material, humidity, etc.

Memento is easy to clean from your stamps using the Stampin Scrub 126200 and Stampin’ Mist Stamp Cleaner 102394 or with the NEW Simply Shammy 147042


So back to our question –

Why two Black Stamp pads?

There are two Black stamp pads because they are for two separate techniques..Watercolour and Alcohol markers-Blends.

Its a case of opposites attract….

Watercolour + StazOn (Solvent ink)

Stampin’ Blends (Alcohol Markers) + Memento (waterbase)

Is one better than the other?

This is a very simple answer I think….NO.

Sometimes when someone says they like one over the other its a personal preference. Yes they look different but that’s because they are too different inks and have two very different qualities.

Should you buy both, again simple answer …YES.

Especially if you want to do both watercolour and use the Stampin’ Blends


Please note that some of the information obtained above comes from the manufacturer and other web pages.

Thanks for taking the time to read my Blog post. I hope this helps you when deciding on what Black Ink you require when going through your Stampin’ Up! Catalogue. If you have any questions just leave me a message below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.






Do I buy Wooden, Clear or Photopolymer?

Do I buy Wooden, Clear or Photopolymer?

Sometimes it can be confusing…Wood- mount, Clear-mount, Photopolymer? Which do I buy?

But, you know its really not that hard!

It all boils down to …. Do you like the image?

Rubber or Photopolymer?

Because if its between Red Rubber or Photopolmer then the designs don’t cross over. I have had a few people say they would only buy one or the other, but if you do that you miss out on all the other great designs available. What you can purchase in the photopolymer you just can’t get in the red rubber.

Photopolymer are transparent so you can see where you are stamping and is a real advantage when doing 3 step-stamping or multiple images. But that is where the Stamparatus comes in handy and that’s another story for another time or if you go back a few posts you will find why the Stamparatus is my favorite tool.

Clear- Mount or Wood-mount?

This is personal chose…I like Clear and this just means I use ‘Clear Blocks’..Why? I need the blocks for the potopolymer so I have them. The storage is smaller… don’t need the larger box so I have more room to buy more stamps before my shelf is full…LOL!

Some people just love the traditional feel of the wooden block.

When you purchase, you just need to make sure you have a clear block to match and best way around that is to buy all the blocks….great Bundle price on that too…

Clear Block Bundle 118491

 These high-quality acrylic blocks are grooved for easy gripping. Save 10 percent on clear blocks when you buy them in a bundle. This Clear Block Bundle includes all of our block sizes. Buy the bundle and always have the blocks you need on hand.


The image below was taken from Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue and shows/explains the differences between the stamps really well.

Handy Tips……

  • Store your stamps in the boxes they come in
  • Keep your Clear-mount blocks clean for better cling – wash in soapy water after use to remove ink residue and oils from your hands
  • If your photopolymer  stops sticking to the block give them a gentle wash with mild detergent, rinse well and air dry…will be as good as new.
  • Photopolymer does stain…don’t worry as long as you clean well to remove ink then the colour does not transfer to other projects

Have fun enjoy your stamping!

#Keep on stampin

Take your Pick Tool

Take your Pick Tool……

Have you seen it….its wonderful, its great….I LOVE it!

Take Your Pick Tool a must have for any paper crafter…the Stampin’ Up! multi-purpose pick-up and precision tool that simplifies those meticulous tasks.

You have to have one in your ‘Tool Kit’

I always use a blade to pick up the pearls or jewels to place on my card…but I always worry that I could cut myself or worse still someone else cut themselves. But this tool has a spatula to pick up those small embellishments for you and no more sequence every where with the putty tool…

The end with the spatula is interchangeable with a stylus, and small and large stylus. The tool is fits nicely into your hand and is so easy to use…just loving mine.

Take your Pick 144107

Take Your Pick Putty Refill 150006

Here’s a video by Stampin” Up! to tell you more…