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Memento Luxe Ink Review

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!

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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.

OHMGEEMiniCardAlwaysAngellaThis 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.

ThisPackageMiniCardAlwaysAngellaThe Pear Tart and Bahama Blue are so vivid in color I just love the contrast next to the rich black ink of the sentiment.
YouareLovedMiniCardAlwaysAngellaI 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.

Pros:

  • Beautiful ink saturation with a single impression.
  • Layers beautifully with other pigment inks.
  • Crisp impressions.

Cons:

  • 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.

Memento Luxe inks have an MSRP of $6.99 and are available at Amazon.com and Scrapbook.com.

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Angela Butler-Carter

Iʼ’m the girl who always carries a pencil pouch with 20 different colors of pens, highlighters, mechanical pencils, and a large eraser. Ever since middle school I've been fascinated with creating things with my hands. My 7 year old Christmas wish list included a diary, new tap shoes, a pink glitter tutu, and a Barbie dream house. Since those days of Ballet, Jazz, and Tap dance lessons, voice lessons, and piano lessons, I've fallen in love with memory keeping. I have boxes and boxes of “memories” that my grandmother collected over the years that have been passed down to me from my mom. Taking pictures is what our family does but they never went beyond that. We had photo albums but none of the stories that went along with those stories. 6 years ago I became obsessed with YouTube. I've learned so many things from how to apply makeup to how to knit. The one thing that changed my life was paper crafting. After watching my first card making video tutorial I was hooked and I've never looked back. As I searched for more and more information about paper crafts I was introduced to mini albums from Marion Smith, scrapbooking from Shimelle Lain, and Project Life from Ali Edwards. That has been my focus for the last 3 years. Preserving my familyʼ’s history and my new adventures of being a newlywed has fulfilled me in so many ways. It has become my creative outlet. It inspires me to live life to the fullest and appreciate the people that surround me with love and encouragement.
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2 Responses to Memento Luxe Ink Review

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    Lorri June 11, 2014 at 1:15 pm #

    Memento Luxe ink is now my go to ink, for about 3 months now. I have always loved the drops so when I saw the Luxe I had to try them and loved them from first use!

    Great review!

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    Janet Castle June 11, 2014 at 2:26 pm #

    I only have the black so far, but am very happy with it. Memento is my choice for Copics…think I will have to invest some more in the Luxe! TFS…good review!
    Jan