I’ve tried many non-Silhouette Mint brand inks with the Silhouette Mint stamps and have had mixed results. The great news is that are are definitely some other brands of ink that work well with Mint stamps, and in this video I’m testing Distress Oxide ink to see how it works with the Mint stamps.
In a past video, I tested regular Distress Inks (both an inkpad and a reinker) with the Mint stamps and had decent results. The results with a Distress Ink reinker were better than the results with a Distress inkpad. Not fantastic, but not terrible, either. The Distress Oxide inks are different than regular Distress inks because the oxide inks are a water reactive dye & pigment ink hybrid, and you can get some pretty cool and unique results because of this unique formulation. Regular Distress inks are water based dye inks, so the formulation is more straightforward.
When Distress Oxide inks were first released, they were only available as inkpads, but reinkers are now available, and that’s what I tested with because the reinkers are applied to the Mint stamps in the same way as the Silhouette Mint brand inks. I figured we’d have the best chance at great results using the reinker.
I was pretty happy with the results and was able to get at least a dozen consistently good stamped impressions in a row with the Distress Oxide ink and the Silhouette Mint stamp after I stamped off the excess ink and before the ink started to dry out.
TIPS : The Distress Oxide ink absorbs into the Mint stamps very quickly, so I recommend leaving the ink to absorb after the stamp is full inked for only about 2 to 3 minutes, instead of the 8 to 10 minutes that I usually allow the Mint stamps to sit and absorb the Mint brand inks. Also, I don’t recommend wiping or blotting off the excess ink from the stamps before starting to stamp because, when I did this, even the first stamped impressions were on the lighter side. Just leave the excess ink on the stamp and start stamping onto cardstock, paper, etc. You should be able to stamp off the excess ink within 10 impressions, and then you’ll get consistently clean and crisp stamped impressions for about a dozen or so impressions before the ink starts to dry out.
You can spritz the stamp after the ink dries out to reactivate any ink that remains in the stamp, but these stamped impressions will be lighter and will have a watercolor-y look since some of the water will absorb up into the stamp.
Check out the video below to see all of the results:
Supplies Used in This Project
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Classic Wreath Monograms Font (for the stamp design)
Silhouette Mint Custom Stamp Maker
Silhouette Mint Stamp Kits (with the stamp base / block) – I used the 45×45 mm size in the video
Silhouette Mint Stamp Sheet Sets (just stamp sheets)
Neenah Solar White 80lb. Cardstock
Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Reinker, Faded Jeans
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer