Of all the crafty supplies that I’ve acquired and hoarded over the years, there is one that I never get rid of: inks. I love them. They come in so many different shapes, colors, and formulations. There are pigment, distress, hybrid, shadow, and archival inks, just to name a few. Over the past seven plus years of crafting, I feel like I’ve tried them all.
After all that trial (and some error), I have to say that Tsukineko’s Memento brand inks are in general among some of my top performance inks. They provide a lasting and crisp inking to almost any stamp, and I find that their inks resist fading as some other inks tend to do.
So when I got the chance to write the Memento Luxe Ink review for Craft Critique, I just had to find out if these inks lived up to their brand name. I couldn’t wait to try them, and share my results!
This pigment ink is designed for mixed media applications. It can be applied to any porous surface, according to Tsukineko, and is permanent when heat set on fabric. It is available in a 24 color palette of full-sized ink pads.
To really test out new inks, I like to make mini cards. They are super adorable, compact, quick, and easy. I also like to make one layer cards so I can see how inks lay on top of each other. These inks stamped perfectly and the colors were so saturated with just one inking and impression of the stamp.
This beautiful color is Morocco. It’s a lovely orange although it’s coming off more as coral in the pictures. It was stamped only once with this beautiful color payoff. The gorgeous gray I used is called Gray Flannel. I love the gray so much because it is a true gray. I’ve purchased other inks in the past where the gray stamped as black, but not so in this case.
The Pear Tart and Bahama Blue are so vivid in color I just love the contrast next to the rich black ink of the sentiment.
I did use a white ink on this card called Wedding Dress. I stamped it on top of the Gray Flannel. It did not show up very well at all (you can just barely see it in the gray circle on the bottom right). I also tried it on darker card stock and I found it to be alright on that surface. It gave more of a ghosting affect rather than a true white. However, true white inks are very hard to come by so this isn’t a surprising result.
- Beautiful ink saturation with a single impression.
- Layers beautifully with other pigment inks.
- Crisp impressions.
- You will need to tap into your ink pad a bit heavily to get the ink to really cover your stamp.
- The white ink provided only a bit of ghosting rather than a true white image.