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Black Ink pads: Which is best? The ultimate guide

Here at Get Stamped we stock a wide range of colourful ink pads to suit your crafting needs, however, when it comes to providing a clear, bold print with no messing around, black is the obvious choice, standing out on most surfaces and colours. So that got us thinking – what is the best black ink pad out there? 

Not long after, we gathered all the black ink pads we could find – a whopping total of 22 – to run the ultimate test of which is best!

Ink pads tested

We swatched the following 22 ink pads, using a stamp we designed and created, on thick white paper.

Key

  1. Q-Connect in Black
  2. Trodat Classic 9053
  3. StazOn in Jet Black
  4. VersaFine Clair in Nocturne
  5. Ranger Pigment Ink Pad in Black Tie
  6. 5 Star Office in Black
  7. Crystal Craft Black
  8. VersaColor in Black
  9. VersaFine in Onyx Black
  10. Ranger Distress Oxide in Black Soot
  11. Colop Micro2 in Black
  12. Dovecraft Black
  13. VersaCraft in Real Black
  14. StazOn Pigment in Piano Black
  15. Finesse by SpectrumNoir in Noir Black
  16. Fabric Ink n Real Black
  17. Memento in Tuxedo Black
  18. Memento Luxe in Tuxedo Black
  19. Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
  20. Hero Arts in Intense Black
  21. VersaMagic in Midnight Black
  22. Brilliance Archival Ink Pad in Graphite Black

We then rated the ink pads based on the clarity of the print, and the boldness of the print/colour.

Results

After testing out all of the ink pads, we found most of them to give decent results, although a few stood out as either particularly good and bad. We found pads 2, 8 and 9 – the Trodat Classic; VersaColor and VersaFine, respectively – for example, to give the clearest prints.

These three pads also had good colour payoff, along with ink pads 7, 12, 16 and 18, however as you can see some of these ink pads suffered on the clarity side, showing evidence of bleeding or fading over time.

So, what was the conclusion?

Well, by and large we found that number 9, the Versafine Onyx Black, offered the most consistency across both clarity and colour payoff, printing each detail of the stamp clearly whilst also providing a rich black colour without bleeding or smudging. We’re pretty pleased with these results although not wholly surprised as this just so happens to be our flagship black ink pad that we recommend for most applications. You can’t go far wrong with a Versafine Onyx Black – A worthy champion!

In future blogs, we’ll be testing these ink pads on fabrics and other materials, testing how quick they dry as well as finding out which skin-safe ink pads are best for event stamps.

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Looking to get in on the stamping action but don’t have a logo? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with our newly relaunched stamp designer.

If you have a company logo ready to go then getting a custom rubber stamp has always been the cheapest and easiest way to brand packaging and generally get your product noticed. Getting that logo in the first place however isn’t quite so easy. Graphic designers can charge pretty crazy prices. Computer design software like photoshop can be equally silly money not to mention having one hell of a steep learning curve. So, we’ve done the hard work for you and created the most comprehensive and easy to use online stamp maker available.

Our stamp designer was built from the ground up to give you the tools and jumping off points to effortlessly make professional looking designs. There is over a hundred unique clipart designs so you’re likely to find something that works elegantly in a logo stamp for your company. It doesn’t stop there though, We’ve also loaded it up with beautiful drawings and striking clipart that’s great for wedding stamps, address stamps and stamps for many more events and occasions.

In the photo on this blog post you can see a set of examples of different personalised stamps created in our rubber stamp maker which can give you an idea of the scope of possibilities or can be used as the seed to creating your own design. Steal the designs completely if you like! We don’t mind.

A rule I have learnt when designing rubber stamps and when designing in general for that matter is to try and strip back unnecessary elements and keep it simple. Simple text in a great font of which we have loads of stylish and memorable options to choose from is the best starting point. Often this is perfect in itself. You may however find, adding a border, partial border or some beautiful hand drawn clipart can create something spectacular.

If you don’t manage to find the perfect clipart or accompanying design element for your personalised stamp you can always upload your own images or elements from which to build your design from. This gives you complete control over your rubber stamp giving you limitless possibilities on how it looks. Just remember, less if often more with stamping.

Another great feature in the custom stamp designer is the curved text feature. Find this in the box that appears by the text by clicking on it once you have inputted it. This can be easily used on its own or with the partial borders, shapes and curves to create stunning round stamps.

We hope you enjoy playing with the stamp designer as much as we have and that you manage to create a stamp design that that you would be proud to represent your business or that would impress your friends at any occasion.