This is my first purchase of Altenew inks. These inks are so easy to open. Having arthritis in my hands plus the fact my hands are small it is difficult for me to open a lot of the inks on the market. However, the shape of these pads fit into my hand perfectly, (see photo), but because the lid is so loose, I wonder if the pad will dry out more quickly than other pads where the lid fits very snugly. I love the way they stack. They take up much less space than other pads. I haven't done any blending on a project, but my sample has dried a little patchy, as did my sample stamping. However, the latter could be because I used a solid stamp, and it was new. Because of this, I have given it 4 stars. Now to the colors. Oh, my goodness, they are so beautiful, and, as you would expect from a set, work together amazingly. The Water Hyacinth is so pale, that I couldn't tell if the pad was dry, but, when I put my finger on it, there seemed to be plenty of ink on it. They are perfect for layering stencils and stamps and give so much depth to the finish project. I would absolutely recommend these inks and will be purchasing more.
I am a little biased since blue is my favorite color but as with all Altenew inks, Alpine Aster Fresh Dye Ink covers nicely and dries to a smooth finish. See my swatching in the photo, I attempted to show the color stamped 1 to 4 times to show the color change using the same ink.
Beautiful Blues that have more of a purple hint to them. Blend beautifully. The round ink pads are great.
I love these inks and the colors. Unfortunately, one of the ink pads was mostly dried out when it arrived.
Thank you for leaving a review and I am sorry to hear about the dried ink pad.
Please send us an email with the color swatch and order number so we can sort it out for you.
You can never have too many shades of blue, these are lovely.
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