This ink is a TRUE BLACK ink. It isn't a dark gray or blue/black but a fabulous black color that you sometimes want. It holds up to watercolor without smearing and stamps a crisp image, like the other Umbrella Crafts Inks.
I gave it a 4 because it is not great for alcohol markers. I tried drying it over night and with a heat gun but it still smeared with the alcohol markers.
That said, I have different types of ink in my collection for different purposes. I will be keeping this to use when I just want a nice, clearly stamped sentiment or when I am using watercolors. It is a really nice ink.
I am new to card making I was using other ink pads and I was not happy with outcome then I happened to see your site and have ordered most of the ink pads and refills. I am so happy with them. I was going to give it up,thinking that I was no good at it, then I used your ink pads and I love love them. I would recommend these to anyone they work great and this goes for all the colours.
I love the rich black ink color. It is beautiful on watercolor paper and works perfectly with watercolor pencils, gelatos, ZIG - Clean Color - Real Brush Markers, and traditional watercolor sets. If you want to use it with Copic markers be sure to emboss your image first.
This is my favorite black ink! It's true black, it stamps neatly every time and the ink pad is so juicy, it's been that way since I got it. I worked in a marketing campaign for Umbrella Crafts a couple of years ago and since then I haven't stopped using it for every single stamping job that requires black. It is AMAZING! (I would recommend you heat set this awesome ink before you start coloring your images!) Much love Umbrella Crafts! -Gracie.
I bought several colors when they were on sale. They are good quality, maybe not as good as some other brands I use, but good enough that I find myself reaching for them often enough that I feel they were worth the purchase. The colors are beautiful!