Basic Black Archival vs Memento Tuxedo Black Ink both serves two purposes when stamping.  While they both seem to be permanent ink they both meet different needs.  I hope that the following information can help you when you are deciding which ink you need to use.

There are two black ink pads that Stampin’ Up! sells currently.

Basic Black Archival

Basic Black Archival Ink

  • Permanent  Ink
  • Takes a while to dry
  • Can Emboss with embossing powder
  • After your stamped image is dry you can watercolor  – with waterbased markers (not alcohol)
    **if you stamp on vellum, photo, acetate it will take a long time to dry so lightly heat with low setting on heat tool

Black Archival – item #140931
Black ink refill – item #140928

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

  • You can use alcohol to color after your stamped image is dry. *if you have the Stampin’ Blends this is the one ink to use!!!
  • Fade resistance
  • Dries Fast – makes sure it is dry before coloring
  • Great for stamping on glossy paper

Memento Tuxedo Black – item #132708
Memento Tuxedo Black – item #133456

I highly recommend that when you purchase an ink pad that you get the ink refills as soon as possible.  You won’t know that you need to re-ink until you are in the middle of project (which in my case sometimes is at 10 PM) and it is too late!  If you are not sure if you need to re-ink your pad go ahead and add some refill.  Test on a scrap piece of paper and then when you realize how much nicer your image now looks you will realize it was time!

I keep a plastic spoon in my craft room.  I prefer to add drops of the ink refills to all of my pads then use the spoon to smear the ink around evenly.  Sometimes the ink just sits on top of the pad and by using the spoon helps get the ink into the pads.

Sharon Armstrong Stampin Up Website

Happy Stamping Y’all!

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