Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The Different Types of Ink

This may be your first time stamping, or maybe you're interested in learning how to emboss, but did you know that ink just isn't ink?

Did you know that ink is used for heat embossing?
Which ink would be the best on paper?
Is there an ink I can use on leather?

Not all ink pads are the same and we will explain the different types of ink pads we have available at our Bonney Lake store.

Dye Inks

ColorBox®, Adirondack®, and Memento® Ink Pads.

Dye inks, such as ColorBox, Ranger Adirondack, and Memento, dry fast and can be used with watercolor techniques. This is the most popular ink for basic stamping. Dye inks are much stronger inks and can produce more color of a given density, but they are not recommended for printing on paper.

ColorBox also produces a washable dye ink for kids called My First ColorBox.

Pigment Inks

ColorBox® and Brilliance Pigment Stamp Pads.

Pigment inks, such as ColorBox and Brilliance, stay wet longer allowing for blending and heat embossing.  This type of ink can also be heat set with a heat tool or craft iron. Pigment inks work very well when printing on paper.  
Chalk Inks

Hero Hues™ Chalk Ink Pad.

Chalk inks are a combination of dye inks and pigment inks. Chalk inks, like Hero Arts Hero Hues, produce soft subdued hues, dry quickly, and can be blended with other chalk inks.

Solvent Inks


Solvent inks, like StazOn, are designed for decorating non-porous and semi-porous surfaces, such as metal, shrink plastic, acrylic, cellophane, aluminum foil, leather and some glass surfaces.

Need more assistance? Remember, you can call into our store and Joy, our Paper and Ink Diva, would be more than happy to provide more information about ink pads, rubber stamping, and more!

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