Getting Inky with Our New Hybrid Formula

We’ve talked about our new Hybrid Inks and the characteristics that make them unique. Now that they’re showing up in your homes and studios though, we can begin to explore all of the different ways that they can be used in your crafting and memory keeping projects. We have one of our very talented Creative Team members, Kimberly, here today to share her experience with the inks so far.


Hello! Kimberly here and today, I am so excited to share project ideas with you using the new line of Hybrid Inks from MFT!  I am already a huge fan of the bright, vivid colors and the moment I received the new inks, I took them out and started playing. Today I am going to share a few of those ideas with you, but stay tuned, because I have so many more ideas to share soon!

ink with copics

First, the basic use, the big question, the one we are all asking, can we use the Hybrid inks with Copic Markers? Yes! I stamped my Pure Innocence image with Black Licorice Hybrid Ink on the Blending Card. It works perfectly with Copics!

ink with watercolors

The Black Licorice Hybrid ink works for watercoloring too. I used Smooth White Card Stock and stamped the same image, but this time, I used a waterbrush and regular ink to color the image. No bleeding from the Hybrid Ink – none at all.

watercolor over ink

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Then I really started experimenting. For this example, I stamped the flowers in Black Licorice Hybrid Ink, along with the sentiment. I washed over the top with watered-down inks and a paintbrush. No bleeding of the black Hybrid ink. And it kept its original intensity of color!

blending in on background

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Using a cosmetic sponge, I applied Blu Raspberry Hybrid Ink and Sour Apple Hybrid Ink to Smooth White Card Stock. Then I stamped the Sheet Music Background with Blu Raspberry Hybrid Ink on top. My final step was to stamp the flowers and sentiment in Black Licorice Hybrid Ink. Pure happiness from me! The layering is beautiful with the vibrant colors, but the black stamped solid.

ink on vellum

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Then I moved on to stamping on come different surfaces. Vellum worked well. I inked the image with Sour Apple Hybrid Ink and Grapesicle Hybrid Ink, then stamped the vellum. Several of the flower stems were stamped second-generation, meaning I didn’t re-ink between impressions.  The color stayed vivid and held up well on the vellum. Because of the surface texture of the vellum, the Hybrid Inks need to be heat set with a heating tool. A few seconds worked fine. I could easily see the Hybrid Ink appearance change from wet to dry.

ink on wood

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Next I tried wood veneer paper. This paper comes in sheets, but the wood veneer shapes we all have in our stashes would take the Hybrid Ink in the same manner. Strong, bright, vivid, and not much bleed. If you notice on the right hand flower, I used two colors of Hybrid Ink: Red Hot and Orange Fizz. I think the colors blended well together and will make the rock and roll technique very viable with these inks.

ink on acetate

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Acetate took the ink well. I applied the ink pad directly to the clear piece of plastic. Then, because of the slick surface, I heat set the inks. Finally, I stamped the flower and sentiment in Black Licorice. I am impressed with both the color and the detail that still remained in the sentiment.

ink on glassine bag

How about a glassine bag? How fun to stamp a pattern onto one using the On the Diagonal Background. You’ll definitely want to zap it with some heat to set it but once you do, awesome! So many fun possibilities with this technique.

ink on canvas

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This is a piece of canvas, sticky-back canvas to be precise. I started by applying Blu Raspberry Hybrid Ink and Sour Apple Hybrid Ink to the surface with a sponge. It went on very smoothly. I was also able to layer the colors, adding more depth where I wanted. These two colors also blended well where they met. Once heat set, I stamped the flowers and sentiment in Black Licorice Hybrid Ink. Again, I achieved crisp images and super detail.

ink on fabric

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Being curious about other fabric possibilities, I grabbed a white baby onesie and stamped it. I used Blu Raspberry Hybrid Ink to stamp the elephant and Lemon Drop Hybrid Ink for the stars. I heat set the ink before washing and drying the shirt. I love the results! The ink showed up well and stayed in place. Again the key is to heat set.

I have to say that I am very impressed with these inks! They have wonderful color and staying power on whatever surface you stamp on, provided you heat set them as required by the material. I know that I will enjoy discovering new ways to use these inks. Who else is ready for more colors? I am!



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18 Responses to Getting Inky with Our New Hybrid Formula

  1. 1
    Joy Taylor says:

    Great review Kimberly, now I need these inks, love that they work on so many different surfaces, especially the Copics…love it!

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    Gabby says:

    Thanks for showing the new Hybrid ink, stamped on various mediums, Kimberly. I appreciate it! Especially like your vellum sample. I am impressed with how good it “stayed” on the acetate. :)

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    Kristy Hansen says:

    This is great information. Looks like this ink is great to have in the craft room. I have several of the other MFT inks–could you do a comparison of the 2. Since I don’t have a lot of either- I would like to know which ones to buy to build up the colors of MFT. Thank you.

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    Betty Meyskens says:

    Love this blog post – thank you for showing us the various possibilities. I just bought the whole line of ink pads and can’t wait to try them out. We just had a onesie making party and I wish I would have had these ink pads for that.

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    Marilynn Ellsworth says:

    I would also like a comparison of the two inks. I have some of the MFT inks and was going to add more colors. Thank you for the information.

  6. 6

    Awesome ideas!! Everything looks great…what type of paper did you use for the Copic colored image and for the watercolored background?

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    Patt H. says:

    Great review! Thanks for sharing. I love all the projects. Those cards are just awesome!!

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    Kelley_R says:

    Now that you have shown the possibilities, I know I need them in my stash. Don’t tell my husband! ;)

  9. 9

    Kristie-I used the Blending Card for the Copic and Smooth White for the watercolor. :D

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    Michelle K says:

    Excellent review! They sound incredibly versatile!!!

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    Gigi Escalante says:

    Kimberly, thank you for taking time to share the ideas using the hybrid inks; they’re so helpful.

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    Carol Mc says:

    Great review of the inks.

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    Lagene says:

    Your samples make the new hybrid inks look very promising!

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    Aide says:

    Great Ideas and review, I already order my set of this awesome inks….i have a question, can you tell me if can we mix the hybrid ink refills with mix-ables sheer shimmer mist to create a background. Thank you

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    Kenny says:

    GREAT post – can’t wait to try these new inks! Where did you get the wood veneer paper? Thanks! :o)

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    sandi says:

    thanks for the demo on all types of surfaces. that black licorice looks very promising for me!

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    Diana says:

    WOW…all of the comparisons and techniques…

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    love the techniques and cant wait to get some black licorice ink.