I was recently lucky enough to get my hands on some of the LaBlanche Specialty Stamping Paper, from Passion 4 Paper of course! Wow this is super smooth, feels silky to the touch and it says guaranteed to give the best results with your LaBlanche stamps. To put this to the test I thought I'd try it out with 3 of my all time favourite ink pads:
- Brilliance Ink
- Ranger Archival Ink
- Versafine Ink
1. The best performer was Rangers' Archival ink,
this is the ink recommended on the LaBlanche site for use with this paper.
The colour was even, the ink adhered evenly to the stamp (no beading), all areas of the image show clearly on the paper, the image is crisp and shows all stamp detail. The only thing to note is that the ink took longer than normal to dry and I ended up drying with my heat gun.
2. The second best performer was the Brilliance ink
The ink colour was fairly even, the ink adhered evenly to the stamp (no beading), most areas of the image show clearly on the paper (there are a few small voids) and the image is crisp and shows all stamp detail.
This ink did have a few draw-backs to note: it MUST be heat set on the LaBlanche paper to dry and even when dry, the colour will run if it comes in contact with water, for example colouring with water based markers or using a water brush to add Distress ink.
The ink had a very hard time adhering to the stamp, it continued to bead on larger areas even after the stamp had been cleaned multiple times and 'roughed' with a pencil eraser. This beading means that larger areas eg: the border stamped very poorly, with patches of ink and 'squish' marks. There were several voids in finely detailed areas and the ink was not an even colour across the image.
So to sum up, the LaBlanche paper really does give an excellent crisp image with LaBlanche stamps and the Ranger Archival ink is the most suitable ink - though the Brilliance when heat set, also produced wonderful crisp images - just don't get it wet!
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