Monday, September 10, 2012

Memento Inks and Unintended Consequences

I screwed up scheduling this post, so please scroll down for the first post of the day.

Okay, I still haven't heard from Tsukineko about my problems with the new Memento Ink colors. It's really weird how spotty (pun not intended) their performance is. Here are two cards, largely identical except for the colors. The blue one was stamped with old colors, and the green one with new colors. You can see a small but significant difference in the quality of the images.

old colors

new colors

As you can see, the greens aren't terrible, they just aren't great. But honestly, I cannot get even this mediocre level of performance from them consistently. (And yes, I know the big white blotch on the far right of the card is from detritus on the stamp, not the ink. Bad stamper!)

So now for the unintended consequences...

Memento inks have been my go-to inks for a while now, which means I've been neglecting all the other inks I own. And I own a lot of inks. So now that I'm playing around with others (so to speak), I'm falling back in love with them again. The VersaColor cubes, for example, are delightful, and I have almost 45 of them. I do wish VersaColor had pretty oranges, though. Memento oranges are fabulous.

Anyway, you'll be seeing the difference in the next couple of weeks. And I, for one, am heartily glad that this hobby of ours gives us so many wonderful choices. When one thing doesn't work, another is bound to work just fine!

PS Many thanks to all who have supported my new blog, Transforming Common Days. You rock!

stamps: Papertrey Beautiful Blooms, Simple Little Things
ink: Memento
paper: PTI white
accessories: corner rounder, dimensionals


  1. It's easy to see the difference, Susan, and I'll bet it's even more apparent in real life. Frustrating! Hope you get a good answer from the manufacturer, and some satisfaction.

  2. My newest Tsukineko Memento pads are WAY too juicy - and it makes the image quality terrible when I stamp. I don't know what to do! I should contact customer service - thanks for sharing that you were having issues too.

  3. What specific colors are new that seem to be bad? Also, is it the regular pads or the dew drops? I was going to buy a set of dewdrops, but now I'm concerned...

  4. Wow, Susan, there's a big difference in the stamping of the two cards. I hope you get some useful info soon from Memento.

  5. You can easily fill in that white spot with a blender pen and a bit of ink. Works well with SU and PTI pads anyway. Haven't tried it with Memento. Good luck!

  6. True confession: I kind of like the spotty stamping. I know--my style is much different than yours. I enjoy visual texture and some distressing more than blocks of color.

    It occurs to me as I'm looking at this that those Memento inks seem to be behaving like Ranger inks, which are intended to be blendable and have a bit more spread than, say, Stampin Up inks, which give a crisp impression.

    I don't have a lot of brands of inks. Most of mine are Stampin Up or Ranger dye inks.


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