Ink Experiment

shrinky dinks

We got big into making shrinking dinks yesterday in my house as my two munchkins had a PA day. We used some different inks for our creations so I thought I would share what we discovered with all of you!

For the most part we used the Jet Black Stazon ink pad as it is a permanent ink and dries quickly. Also because of the nature of the surface we were stamping on (plastic shrinky dink sheets) this is a great option. A few months ago when I stamped on a mug at a team meeting we also used Stazon ink.


Tuxedo Black Memento ink is another option that could possibly work and while it would have been easier to wipe off when we made mistakes it would have easily smudged. As I found was the case when I experimented with some of the Classic Ink pads to attempt to give a few of the images some colour.

ink pads

Unfortunately a couple of images ended up smudged before I could bake them. The ones I was able to get into the oven successfully turned out great, however it was definitely trickier to cut them out in a way that wouldn’t smudge them. I’m thinking that if you used a Heat Tool to help set the ink this may reduce the smudge factor. (I may have to test out this theory)

To add colour to the other images, we coloured using the Stampin’ Blends which worked out great. You do need to be careful not to colour over the lines of the images though otherwise they will disappear as my littlest munchkin found out.


Here’s a picture of some of my completed shrinky dinks…

Shrinky Dinks wm

Stampin’ Up! has such a great selection of ink types as well as colours for whatever projects you are working on. Here’s a summary of the different ink types that Stampin’ Up! offers so you can make sure you have the right ink for your project. (I haven’t included the new Delicata Metallic ink pads from the Holiday catalogue, but if they carry over I will look at adding them)

Stampin’ Up! Ink Types

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