Inkspots says…

Ink Question

I am a LONG time stamper, although I've been out of the loop for several years now--the clear stamps were just getting popular when I quit following the craft. Anyway, I notice several are using the Staz-on for their clear stamps. I had always been unde



  1. Inkspots
    Inkspots says…

    I am a LONG time stamper, although I've been out of the loop for several years now--the clear stamps were just getting popular when I quit following the craft. Anyway, I notice several are using the Staz-on for their clear stamps. I had always been under the impression (ha-ha) that this ink was bad for this type of stamp. Is that no longer the case? Is there a way to keep the stamps like new if I use Staz-on? I actually love the ink, but have only ever used it on non-paper items. I'm really looking forward to getting my stamps out again, hoping that my inks are still working since I have NO idea where my refills are--I think they're in storage, whatever was I thinking? Curious about these "new" inks I've seen mentioned here.

  2. scrapally
    scrapally says…

    Staz On will stain your stamps... period. But I don't care, so I use it. The stamp still works like new (actually, StazOn primes the stamp - so staining it makes the stamp work BETTER than new).

    Regardless, I prefer Memento and Versafine inks.

  3. Inkspots
    Inkspots says…

    I'm not worried about staining, I understand that. I thought the ink ate the material the stamps were made of, or at least that's what I thought I heard so many years ago.

  4. sweetie
    sweetie says…

    I asked this same question awhile back ... Let me see if I can find the link. I wanted to stain my clear stamps for easier ID purposes!

  5. Sasha
    Sasha says…

    i don't worry about staining, but I also do not like stazon very much. most of the time I use Versafine (onyx black - you can find that in the shop here). I really love the image I get with versafine inks. They work very well with detailed stamps as well. FTW! :) Cannot recommend versafine enough. My only complaint - wish they have more colors (teal, yellow,light gray comes to mind)

  6. qingmei (Studio Calico Creative Team Member)
    qingmei says…

    I prefer Versafine Onyx Black for crisp images in black over Stazon...although I do use Stazon when necessary for slick surfaces.

  7. lilash
    lilash says…

    You're right, staz on is bad for clear stamps. Staining is the problem most people talk about, but the actuality is, that staz on is a solvent based ink, and that solvent reacts with the polymer over time. It dehydrates the rubber and over time your clear stamps will warp and crumble. It's a slow process, and the one-off use of staz on won't really be a problem, but continued use and poor maintenance over time will really effect the integrity of your stamps.

    Most clear stamp manufacturers have a warning on their websites telling you that their stamps are not recommended to be used with solvent inks.

    The solvent ink cleaner is not recommended for the same reason - it is also solvent based.

    I speak from experience, btw, earlier this year I had to junk a whole bunch of my clear stamp sets from back when they started coming out because they'd warped and crumbled over the years from staz on use, as that was my only ink of choice back then.

  8. Inkspots
    Inkspots says…

    Ok, at least I didn't think I was remembering wrong. I went on to do a search, but didn't find exactly what I was looking for. The posts I found mentioned that the solvent cleaner wasn't good for the stamps, but seemed to miss the fact that the ink is solvent based too. I thought I'd ask in case something had changed over time with either the ink or the stamps, as I do like how black the staz-on black is. I was messing with my ink pads this evening, though, and found that my Momento pad worked the best--of what I had. I've not tried Versafine before. Does it dry as quickly as the Brilliance does?

    We have a big hobby show here in Tokyo at the end of April, can't wait to hit up the Tsukineko booth to look for some more inks. Boy it's been a long time since I've stamped!

  9. Inkspots
    Inkspots says…

    Forsara, that sounds like a good idea. I just got my first clear stamps from ebay and didn't realize just how "clear" they are when not on their id cards. I can't wait to get my first SC stamps! (one of the reasons I signed up for the Day by Day class)

  10. scrapally
    scrapally says…

    Versafine does not dry as quickly as Memento and memento works equally well. I don't worry about the staz on issue because I use it when a solvent ink is needed not as the every day use. I think lilash makes the point that S a one off ink it is not a problem.

  11. Buffyfan
    Buffyfan says…

    See, I'm a creature of habit. I use Stampin' Up! for the most part, which is good. I use Versamark for embossing, and Stazon only for smooth surfaces (overlays, e.e.). I've never had problems with ink or stamps.

    I love the colors for jenni Bowlin, but I tend to use them on paper inking, not stamping.

  12. Jen_Jockisch
    Jen_Jockisch says…

    I had no idea staz on was bad for stamps. Learn something new every day!

  13. Dani
    Dani says…

    I have used StazOn with my stamps and they are fine! Slightly stained, but unharmed, as far as I know. lol

    p.s. There is a StazOn stamp cleaner...found it at AC Moore.

  14. Characterfan
    Characterfan says…

    I've never had a problem with StazOn ink, but I lost 3 sets of stamps to the StazOn cleaner. Now I just use baby wipes. Yes my stamps are stained, but they are still great.

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