Fitting In {Adding New Ink To Your Collection}

Saturday, January 25, 2014

On a recent trip to Michael's I saw these new Heidi Swapp inks.
I love her Color Shine sprays, but I wasn't sure if I really needed these ink colors.  I have so many already and there's no way of knowing just by the label if they will fit in to my existing collection or not.  The next time I went to Michael's, yesterday, I was still thinking about those inks.
Armed with a coupon and a gift card from Christmas I bought them all.  I didn't buy the black or brown because I have so many already, but thought if I loved the formulation I could pick those up later.

I do have a few other inks from brands like Memento and Hero Arts, but the bulk of my inks are from Papertrey Ink, so that's what I used for my comparison.
The Blues:
1. PTI Aqua Mist
2. HS Mint
3. PTI Ocean Tides
4. PTI Hawaiian Shores
5. HS Teal
6. PTI Enchanted Evening
7. HS Navy

The Pinks:
1. PTI Sweet Blush
2. PTI Hibiscus Burst
3. HS Pink
4. PTI Raspberry Fizz

The Yellows/Oranges:
1. PTI Lemon Tart
2. PTI Harvest Gold
3. HS Mustard
4. PTI Summer Sunrise
5. HS Coral
6. PTI Orange Zest
I know there are many pros and cons to each kind of ink. 
I'm sure you've tried them all and have a favorite too.
I personally love dye inks. I love that they {typically} don't stain my stamps and they dry quickly. 
The HS inks do stain more than the PTI, but not so much that they make it difficult to see through the stamp so I'm OK with that.  They stamp beautifully and I love the colors.  They actually fit in quite nicely and fill in a few color gaps.  I think Mint is my favorite or maybe Teal.  Have I ever mentioned I love blue?  Only a few times ;)
They retail for $5.99, but with the endless coupons for Michael's you can collect them quickly for much less!
Bottom line.....Love 'em!

Stamps: Paper Smooches Positive Strokes


  1. Oooh, thanks so much for this, Kara!!! I have been looking to expand some of my inks and thought that online shopping might be the only way. So glad that I can pick up a few at Michaels. I have to head there and pick up loom bands anyway. Thanks a bunch!

  2. These look amazing! Now i need some and those stamps too!! :)

  3. Thanks for sharing and showing the difference if the colors. I'll have to check these out next time I go to Michael's.

  4. It's always nice to be able to pick up some ink in the perfect color without having to wait for the mailman. So glad you shared this with us Kara!

  5. THANKS for sharing these fab color comparisons! I saw these the other day and was wondering how they'd fit with my PTI inks.

  6. I have one of these on their way to me! I can't wait to try it out! Thanks for the comparison charts, I love seeing visuals like this!

  7. Kara thank you so much for this post--I love seeing the comparisons. I am like you, I have most PTI inks and I do care about staining. That is the OCD in me though. LOL

  8. I have never tried these inks. Love your comparisons, and I think I will gather up some coupons and add to my collection too.

  9. I love it!
    Thank you for sharing these comparisons...
    I'm always looking for inks to fill in color gaps and I favor dye inks too so my next trip to Michael's will see me scooping some up! :)

  10. I think I'm going to get some! They stamp beautifully!

  11. Thank you so much for this! I eyed them last time I made it to a Michael's store (since we moved to Wyoming, our nearest one is 3 hours sad!) - now I have a little more to go on! So helpful!

  12. Thank you for the review! Very helpful

  13. I can't even tell you how excited I am to see this post! Yay!!! I really appreciate the color comparison. I'm definitely going to snatch these up. Thanks for the review, Kara!

  14. Love this! Thanks for sharing Kara!

  15. TFS! Love seeing these comparisons and will be checking out these inks. I'm with you about avoiding inks that stain. I've even gone back to using cleaner. I love the new Hero Arts mid-tones but they stain more than my Memento. Just love knowing I can remove most traces of ink!

  16. TFS Kara! I really appreciate your photos and the comparisons to the PTI ink. It seems that the HS inks fill in the gap quite nicely! There are no Michaels here so I'll have to look online for them. :)

  17. Oh YAY! I hadn't notice M's started carrying her inks. I will probably buy some to fill in gaps, like you! I wonder if her pink is the same as PTI Mellon Berry? Thanks so much for the alert, and for posting the comparisons.

  18. I'm not sure whether to thank you or to curse you, lol! I love your swatches, Kara. I know I have some colour gaps in my ink collection, and I'm always interested in finding ways to fill them. ;-)

  19. Love what you did with the ink swatches and thanks for the product info. I may have to get some too. Although, I did just but a bunch of Palette inks to fill in between PTI. Guess I've gotta get em all out and start comparing!

  20. I haven't been to Michael's in forever and didn't know Heidi Swapp had ink. Looks like some pretty colors. THanks for the comparison!

  21. Thanks so much for sharing this, Kara! I think I might need to add these to my collection....

  22. OH. My. Gosh!!!! You're killing me with this awesome post! Never knew I needed these inks...what a fabulous comparison! Thanks for sharing this!

  23. I was worried about the ink formula for these ones. Saw them at Michaels too and sooo tempted to buy a few. Maybe I will get some... the colours are beautiful!


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