So today my hope is to shed some light on the subject of "black ink pads"
Basically Stampin' Up! sells three black inks, all of which are totally different! Each one has it's own specific purpose. Here is the info:
1. Memento Black Ink- This is my all time favorite and my "go to" black ink. I use it for everyday stamping. This is a dye ink that is water based. This means that it will run if you use water based mediums. Memento is fade resistant. It will not run when used with alcohol based products like Blendabilities markers!
2. Stazon Black Ink-This is a solvent based ink and it is not water soluble. This is a great ink for stamping on metal and other non- porous surfaces such as transparencies and photos. This is a fast drying permanent ink that does just what the name says- it stays on! Use this for water coloring....just make sure the ink is completely dry before you begin water coloring....I like to hit my stamped image with a heat tool to make sure. Never use this ink with your Blendabilities.
3. Stampin Up! Black Ink Pad- This is a dye based ink. It is water based and will run with water based mediums. Currently there are issues with the ink formulation. I do not use this ink at this time and do not recommend it. Use Memento Black ink in its place.