Hello, Hollowers!

We are ALMOST through Inktoberfest! One more day left, I’ll admit that I’m a bit sad this event is nearly over. We’ve had some amazing collaborations with guest designers, our own Design Team Members have gone above and beyond in creating extra posts, and I know I’ve been learning so much from everyone’s tutorials. Tomorrow will be a bittersweet day when we say goodbye to Inktoberfest 2018. However, Inktoberfest will be back and better than ever next year! We can’t wait to share new inks on the market, as well as revisit some old favorites!

Speaking of old favorites, today we’re talking about black inks. Every crafter has their favorite black ink pad, but there are SO MANY out there on the market. If you’re a new crafter it can be daunting to choose. If you’re an established crafter, how frequently do you try a different ink out?

Many crafters tend to use alcohol ink markers to color their images with, and finding a black ink that works with alcohol based markers can be troublesome, especially if you’re just starting out. But don’t fret! Slightly over a year ago, I spoke about this exact issue, and today we’re re-sharing the video, and photos, with you!

I know this is a heated subject so I thought I would cover a large section of what is out there, we in fact look at 10 options and why some of them don’t work!

Let’s take a look at the video and I will walk you through some of the images…


The biggest thing I hope you can take away from this is:

Always use opposite inks vs coloring medium

Dye/Water Based Ink: Alcohol/Solvent coloring

Solvent Based Ink: Water based coloring

Mr HH did make one error, he forgot to photograph the umbrella ink and momento pieces, it wasn’t intentional to leave them out! It is worth talking about them though, they are great basic inks and if you don’t marker color often enough to need a specific ink or you are just starting out then these are perfect.  Now I want to show you two inks NOT to use, they are alcohol based so will react with your alcohol marker.

Now onto good options, first of all pigment ink; more specifically Versafine and Adirondack.  These need to either been completely heat set or preferably add clear embossing powder and then heat for a steadfast line.

My two preferred options are either versa mark with any color of embossing powder, be warned you will color the set powder if you color over it.  We will show you a trick with that in a later video.  Plus MFT Hybrid, if you watch my videos regularly you know I LOVE this ink and you can use it with any coloring medium.  You can even switch back and forth on the same image!

Last of all, I wanted to look at the Lawn Fawn offerings, the black licorice is a staple in my ink drawer. (I like variety!)  The jet black is excellent as it’s built to work with alcohol markers; however, I still recommend heat setting.

Thank you so much for following along with me today! Don’t forget to check back tomorrow when we finish up our Inktoberfest series AND we may have something fun to announce!

In celebration for today’s Inktoberfest post, Tonic is providing YOU with a coupon! Use code INK20 for 20% off of paper and ink! Can not be combined with any other offer and good for 24 hours only.

We also have a bonus coupon for 10% off at Ellen Hutson; use code inktober18 for 10% off everything in the store (except the BCRF set & Mama Elephant new in the last 90 days). The code is valid until 10/31.  Click here to hop on over to her store and save!

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