|Each column is a type of ink. Each row is a type of cardstock.|
The inks I used are represented by column. Column 1 is Memories Soft Gold; Column 2 is Brilliance Galaxy Gold; Column 3 is Delicata Golden Glitz; Column 4 is Colorbox Gold Pigment (from my Tuscany Petal Point); and Column 5 is StazOn Metallic Gold.
|Row B is matte black cardstock.|
All of the inks performed well on the black matte cardstock. Delicata (3) placed first for shimmer and crisp definition, followed by StazOn (5), Brilliance (2) and then Memories (1) and Colorbox (4).
|Row C is white glossy cardstock.|
All of the inks dried on white glossy, although I had to heat set the Colorbox Gold (4). I was surprised at how quickly the Delicata (3) dried on the white glossy, as it is not really meant for glossy cardstock use. Delicata (3) won this heat, as well, but I think StazOn (5) finished a close second. The drawback with it is that the thickness of coverage blurs the definition a tad. The yellow is a bit deep, too, whereas the Delicata is a brighter gold. Brilliance (2) came in third, but had a bit of a rough grainy texture. Colorbox was fine except for the need for heat-setting and the greyness, and Memories (1) came in dead last. The ink seemed to bead up and splotch on the white glossy cardstock.
|Row D is black glossy cardstock.|
Last up we have black glossy cardstock. Delicata (3) looked great but refused to dry, even with heat setting, so it's out of the race. The other four dried, but Brilliance (2) is not permanent - it rubs off easily. In this case, StazOn Metallic (5) is the clear winner, with Colorbox (4) a close second. Memories (1) was doing the same weird splotchy thing so it's a very distant third.
|StazOn Metallic Gold on black glossy cardstock.|
I was startled at the almost sage-grey-green tone of the Memories and Colorbox inks, even though I had re-inked both of them prior to use. I wonder if this is the tarnishing that Delicata promises to not fall prey to?
So final tally: in 3 out of 4 paper types, Delicata was the winner. Definitely it is the ink of choice for matte cardstocks. Stick with StazOn for glossy black and test your brand of glossy white to see if Delicata will work as well for you. As I said, I was surprised because this ink is not intended for glossy cardstock. Thanks for reading this far! Hope you found this informative.