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In a previous post we discussed stamping basics. Stamps are a wonderful addition to any crafters tool kit. They can be used in a variety of projects to add a special touch. The same stamps can be used in scrapbooking, cardmaking, journaling, on fabrics, tags, bookmarks and even with clay! You can use more than just inks with your stamps. Some crafters will use markers, chalk and paints to apply color to projects. This week we will be focusing on the different types of inks that can be used with your stamps.
Did you know that not all ink pads are created equal? Different types of ink pads have different properties that can be used for a variety of projects. The three main types of ink pads are dye based, pigment based and solvent based. Be sure to look for inks that are archival quality that will not fade over time. Additionally some ink pads can be re-inked. This means that you can re- use the same stamp pad over and over!
Dye based inks are fast drying and have a thin consistency. This is the ink that is used in most self-inking stamps. Dye inks absorb into paper with slight bleeding. The color you see in the stamp pad may look different on paper, depending on the paper used because of the tinkl consistency. Dye inks are typically easier to use and less expensive than their pigment inks. It can be used with alcohol based coloring mediums. Dye inks must be used with caution. The ink is water based and will bleed if you use it with watercolors. It is also bad for embossing because the ink seeps into paper and dries quickly.
Pigment inks are made with a glycerin base and come in a variety of vibrant colors. They are richly colored because of the finely ground particles of color that are suspended in the liquid medium. Pigment inks are slow drying. The ink actually sits on top of the paper. Drying can be sped up with a heat tool. Some inks require heat setting. It can also be used with alcohol based coloring mediums. Pigment inks are ideal for use on dark colored cardstock because of their opacity. They are also better for embossing because they dry slowly and sit on top of the paper.
Solvent inks are a quick-drying, permanent ink. They are made for semi- to nonporous surfaces, like plastic, metal, glass, ceramic, laminated paper, coated paper and leather. This ink is also completely waterproof. Most solvent inks are transparent. Solvent ink does not clean off with soap and water, so you will need to use a solvent-based cleaner. This ink evaporates very quickly. Solvent inks can be used on top of glossy cardstock.
There are many different brands of ink pads that can be used with your projects. Be sure to read the label to ensure that the ink pad is suitable for your project. Country Craft Creations has a wide selection of ink pads and re-inkers for all of your crafting needs.