Getting Inky with Our New Hybrid Formula Pt. 2

A couple of weeks ago, Kimberly shared her thoughts about the new Hybrid Inks, as well as some examples of how the inks work on different surfaces. We’ve had some inquiries into how the new inks compare with the Premium Dye Inks you already have in your collection so today, we have a wonderfully descriptive video from Amy as well as some visuals from Barbara to show how the two correlate. PrintHere are my thoughts on the NEW MFT Hybrid inks that were just released this month! I’ve been playing with them quite a bit. See my stamped and colored samples on my blog. If you watch the video, you can tell how much I love these inks. I’m really excited to have TWO options for every MFT color (well soon to be every color!) depending on my mood and what I am trying to achieve with my creation.

Print Hi there, Barbara here to tell you a little more about MFT’s new Hybrid Inks. First, a little background information about inks. Dye inks are just that – they dye the paper when you stamp with them and in doing so, are soaked up by the paper. They dry fast – almost instantly. Pigment inks on the other hand, are made of tiny particles that sit on top of the paper and take longer to dry. Because of this, they are great for heat embossing with powders. Hybrid inks are a combination of the two, ink and pigment, possessing properties of both. The first thing I’m going to show you is how the new hybrid inks work with various coloring techniques. The big question is “will they work with Copic markers?” I can tell you emphatically that they do. I’m going to compare the stamping quality with that of one of the conventional inks used for Copic coloring, Memento – specifically Tuxedo Black.


Here I’ve stamped the Pure Innocence Sunny Thoughts on X-Press It Blending Card. I’ve used Memento Tuxedo Black on the left and Black Licorice Hybrid Ink on the right. You’ll notice the sample stamped with Black Licorice Hybrid Ink is much sharper and richer.


Here is the same image stamped with Black Licorice Hybrid Ink on water color paper. As you can see, this ink stamps crisply and cleanly on each of these paper options.


So, now I’d like to show you how the ink holds up to Copic coloring. Let’s examine each one closely. First, the X-Press It Blending Card. You’ll notice there’s no bleeding of the Black Licorice Hybrid Ink whatsoever. I tend to blend pretty heavily, so if it was going to bleed, it would have for me.


I rarely watercolor (and it shows!) but I wanted to show you how waterproof the new hybrid ink is. I used a waterbrush, and at times my paper got pretty wet. Even with the saturation, there wasn’t a speck of bleeding from the hybrid ink. This ink is definitely waterproof.


Finally, on this image I used colored pencils and blended with odorless mineral spirits. Obviously I’m not a pro at this either, but if you’ve ever colored with pencils, you know you have to do a bit of rubbing with the blending stump. Again, no bleeding from the hybrid ink at all.


So there you have it! MFT’s new hybrid ink is your go-to ink for any of your coloring needs. It’s compatible with Copic markers, is waterproof, and it stands up to odorless mineral spirits. Next I have a color chart I created to show you how the new hybrid inks compare to the premium dye inks, color-wise. Due to the different process used to formulate the inks in each line, there can be a very slight variation in the hues. I’m using the twelve colors released in April for this comparison and both Sweet Tooth Card Stock and Smooth White Card Stock. barbinkchart

I am loving these new inks and find myself reaching for them more and more as I see how well they stamp, both in coverage and sharpness. I can’t wait for more colors, now!