Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Fresh Inks - a product review

You know when you find something you love and makes your crafting even more fun?  Yup, well inks make me happy and pretty colours inspire me to create.
image from Impress Rubber Stamps
Now, don't get me wrong - I still love my Jenni Bowlin die inks (check out my post here for a product review about those) but when I want pigment inks, Fresh Inks are now my go to choice.  I purchased them from Impress Rubber Stamps and they have the full selection.  And when I mean full selection, I mean every single colour of the rainbow ....   41 GORGEOUS shades!!  Here is a pdf of all their colours.

Fresh Inks have vibrant colours and dry fast.  Excellent coverage for clear stamps and very little staining (more just a light tint and only with the darker colours).  I know most people say that staining simply shows that your stamps are well loved but after a traumatic experience with a beloved Papertrey floral stamp and Colorbox chalk ink, I have been slightly scarred! :-o

I have made colour swatches of the Fresh Inks I have so far and here they are:
Mmm ... I just love them all lined up!  I bought these when there was a sale at Impress.  Every once in a while, they have coupon codes and usually post them on their Facebook page as well. 
As for shipping, the great thing about this company is that they will ship to Canada and simply charge you the exact amount of shipping and it is very economical.  Score, right?

Oh, and btw, I am not getting any free product from the company for writing this ... just wanted to share a good find! :)

 Here are a few cards I've made using these inks:

 So what inks do you like and why?  Feel free to leave a comment ...


Jeannie said...

I have just started using these inks and LOVE the mango color. Check it out! Thanks for this post - nice to see them stamped out. I gotta get 'slate'. You are such an enabler!

Sarah said...

Ooh - nice post. I really like dye inks but maybe I should look into pigment ones? Memento dye inks are soooo nice.

Aussie Jane said...

Hmmm ... you have me rethinking my use of black ink pretty much exclusively! :)

Holly Saveur said...

The colors look so great!
I like some of the PTI inks ..(not all some are not good)..but the Versamagic Chalk ink are so great LOVE them they dry quicker then
Colorbox and I love the Versamagic colors..such sweet and happy full and rich colors(great said not?)
Versafine is great too..always thought it was dye ink..but now saw its Pigment Ink(learned something today)
Other inks I like but they are dye inks are Vivid and Memento.

Gayatri said...

Nice post, Cara! I love the Amuse pigmant ink but they are soft when dry even though I bought the summer collection. Thats one reason I also like dye ink. I like crisp bright image. So I go for SU inks and I make sure they are all nice n juicy. How are the colours of Fresh Inks? Are they bright and crisp?
I also have Hero Arts mid tone shadow inks and like them. I need some brighter colours though. Never tried Jenni Bowlin inks. Will have try that out too. Gosh! I have so many inks in different colours, different companies but still unsatisfied lol!

Lori H said...

How do these colors match up with the PTI cardstock? I really don't like the new PTI ink pad shape, and am on the hunt for coordinating inks. Thanks for a great post!

cards by cara said...

Gayatri - depending on the colour, they can be quite vibrant. Like the red I bought ... Jenni Bowlin inks are fabulous as well ...

Maria said...

I am definitely purchasing some of these. Thanks for the product review!