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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Ink Pads

Hello and welcome to another Quick Tip Tuesday!
Today I really do have a quick one. My best friend and I have been doing research on different types of ink pads and I came across this information. I found it really helpful and I hope you do too! 

Chalk Inks

Chalk inks are archival, acid-free, and fast-drying, and they give a soft look. You can use them on wood, leather, paper, and more! You can heat-set chalk inks to enhance the permanence. These are great for distressing your papers and using background stamps along with regular stamping. The inking surface is usually a sponge. Brands include:

Colorbox Fluid Chalk

VersaMagic Chalk Ink

Dye Inks

Dye inks are water-based and are permanent once they are stamped on papers. This is a great general-purpose ink that can be used on all types of papers and is great for everyday stamping and scrapbooking. Dye-base inks will fade over time. These are harder to use for embossing because they dry quite fast; however, Ranger Distress Inks and Nick Bantock inks tend to dry a bit slower so they may be used for embossing. These are great for distressing your papers, and I love to use them when I color with my Copic markers or Prismacolor pencils. The inking surface is usually raised felt. Brands include:

Ranger Distress Ink 

Pigment Inks

Pigment inks are wonderful to use on clay, mica, wood, paper, shrink plastic, and more. Pigment inks are thick and fade-resistant. The inking surface is usually a sponge because it is thicker and distributed better over a sponge. They are also archival and acid-free, and are perfect for embossing! Pigment ink will not dry on coated papers unless you emboss the image. Brands include:

Tsukineko Brilliance Pigment Ink

Adirondack Pigment Ink 


StazOn inks are acid-free, archival, and dry within three to five minutes. StazOn is perfect for surfaces such as transparencies, vellum, glass, tile, metal, plastic, and more! StazOn will stain your stamps so you will need to get a StazOn specific cleaner.



VersaMark is a clear pigment ink, and is great for watermarking or embossing. I also love to use it with my dye inks. I ink up my stamp with VersaMark first, and then I can use dye inks with it to emboss. This method works beautifully.


I came across this information via Scrapjazz, you can visit their original post HERE
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  1. Wonderful ink info. They all smell different. VersaMark is a fav of mine for heat embossing.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  2. Thank you for the timely ink tutorial. Great job explaining the types of ink and the use of each one.

  3. Terrific information. Thank you.

  4. Thank you for this!! I have bookmarked this post for future reference!!!

  5. Great information. I can never remember what each is used for. Thank you for putting it all together in one place!


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