Tuesday’s Tip #5

Hi everyone!

Welcome to today’s Tuesday’s Tip. These posts are tips about different products, crafting and also ways of stretching the supplies that you already may have. I alternate Tuesday’s Tip and Technique Tuesday just to change things up a bit.

Today I want to share with you some of the different kinds of ink used for stamping. Inks are one of the main supplies needed by every stamper ~ you can’t stamp without ink of some sort.  Not only can you find every color imaginable but there is also a varied selection of different kinds of inks.  It gets confusing trying to figure which ink does what and which inks you really do need for your paper crafting.

*Please note: The ink pads pictured are the kinds that I have in my collection but there are many, many more different colors, shapes and sizes of all the different ink pads other than what is shown below.

#1} Dye ~ this is the most common type of ink which comes in many different colors. Most of them are not waterproof which means you can’t color the stamped images with markers or water colors as the ink will run. But colored pencils will work.



#2}Water-based dye ~ These inks are great for stamping on card stock and will generally not stamp well on other surfaces. They work best on light colored card stocks and most colors will not show up well on dark card stock. They dry quite quickly so they are not good for embossing.



#3}Chalk ~ these are a pigment ink which have a matte and almost powdery finish to them once dry.  With their matte and chalky finish, they look really nice on dark card stocks.



#4}Distress ~ are water based dye inks but do dry slower than other water based dye inks. This means that it is possible to emboss with them, although the application and heating of embossing powder must be done quickly. Distress inks react with water which makes them perfect for water coloring because they blend well together. To give a vintage or aged look to a project, sponge some distress ink around the edges.



#5}Pigment ~ are thicker than dye inks. The colors are bright and fade resistant. Because it doesn’t soak into paper like a dye ink does, it takes a little longer to dry on regular paper but the colors will be nice and rich looking.  Also, it will not dry on glossy paper so you need to heat set it with an heat tool for it to dry properly.  However, because a pigment ink stays wet for so long, that means it’s perfect for heat embossing images.



#6}Embossing ~ VersaMark ink is a clear and very sticky ink which makes it ideal for heat embossing because the embossing powder will stick to it. Also, because it is clear, you can add any color of embossing powder to it and get wonderful results. As well, it creates a “watermark” look on paper which results in excellent background designs. Embossing pens are available with both fine and chisel ends ~ ideal for tiny areas/images to be embossed.



#7}Hybrid ~ these inks are are basically a combination of dye and pigment inks and they contain characteristics of both. They stamp well on all types of paper but some papers such as glossy or photo require heat setting to completely dry the ink. Hybrid inks dry just as fast as dye inks so for this reason they are not good for embossing.



#8}Archival/Permanent ~ when a stamped image needs to be permanent {for example, for coloring} a archival or permanent ink is required.  StazOn is the ultimate permanent ink although I do not have that brand. These inks do take a few minutes to dry thoroughly but if you are in a hurry, you may use a heat tool to heat set it. Once dry, it does not smudge, streak or smear which makes it ideal for coloring techniques, such as water coloring or markers.


A few tips for caring for your ink pads:

*Always be sure to replace the lid tightly after using.

*Clean stamps thoroughly after using them. Please feel free to check out this post about stamp cleaning:


*Most  ink pads have matching re-inkers available to purchase. When it seems like the ink pad is getting a bit dry, just squeeze a few drops of the re-inker over the surface of the pad and use the back of a spoon to push the ink into the pad. Stamp an image to see if enough has been added. If you end up putting too much re-inker on the pad, gently blot the ink pad with a paper towel or piece of paper.

*It is best to store ink pads upside down as this will keep the ink on the surface of the pad.


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Until next time,


The Country Touch

Website: http://www.thecountrytouch.weebly.com

Email: ctrytch@telus.net



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