Stamp Pad Comparison | VersaFine vs. Memento

My two favorite black stamp pads are VersaFine Pigment Ink for Fine Details and Memento Fade-Resistant Dye Ink. I use both on a daily basis, depending on my project. If you're trying to decide on a stamp pad, check out my comparison below!

VersaFine PROS (+):

  • Dark, solid ink coverage on almost all surfaces, including matte paper, card stock, watercolor paper, muslin bags, and more.
  • Works great for detailed and "inverted" designs (solid shapes that have text or designs subtracted from them).
  • Firm pad makes for a relatively neat process. (The squishy foam pads typical of other pigment inks tend to get ink on parts of your stamp that shouldn't be inked.)

VersaFine CONS (-):

  • More expensive ($9-10).
  • Slightly sticky - you have to be a little more careful using this pad.
  • Ink may be harder to get off if you don't clean your stamp after each use.

Memento PROS (+):

  • A great everyday stamp pad. Best for smooth, matte paper and card stock. I use this pad for stamping shipping labels.
  • Firm pad makes for a quick and neat process.
  • Easily washes off clear photopolymer and rubber stamps.

Memento CONS (-):

  • Coverage is not completely solid and tiny details may be lose definition. (If you want a vintage, textured look, this obviously isn't a con.)
  • Ink will bleed on porous surfaces like fabric and wood.
  • Tuxedo Black has a slightly faded quality to it. (This isn't noticeable unless you compare it directly with the Onyx Black of VersaFine.)


Notice the solid vs. textured appearance? Both are great - just depends on what you want!


The texture of the paper comes through even more with Memento ink in this example.


VersaFine tends to fill those tiny cracks more...making for a darker, more precise impression.


Which stamp works best for muslin bags?

When it comes to stamping something super textured like a muslin bag, VersaFine is my fave. You really can't beat that impression!

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