PaperCrafting 101

Ink Pad update

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Doesn’t it seem to you that every time you turn around there are more ink pads on the shelves? What’s a crafter to do? How do you choose which one you need? Luckily, there a various articles to help you in this dilemma. I found these ideas recently. As of this writing there are 12 types of ink pads. I won’t go into the fine detail on each but I have to say –

  1. Archival: can be used on matte and glossy papers. Fast drying but must be heat set on glossy papers.
  2. Chalk: Pigment-based ink that dries with a chalk-based finish (hence its name). Dries fairly fast.
  3. Distress: Water-based ink that adds a weathered look to projects. Blendable and fade-resistant.
  4. Dye-Based: Original ink that is Permanent. Can be used on glossy surfaces, foil and polymer clay as well as matte paper. Dries quickly.
  5. Embossing: Use specifically with embossing powder although you can use it with chalk and pearl powders too.
  6. Kaledacolor: Dye-based ink that combines different colors on its palette.
  7. Metallic: Slow-drying ink best used on dark papers.
  8. Ombre: Newest addition that features multiple shades of the same color or a range of complementary colors. Colors are next to each other on the pad making it easier for you to create a one-of-a-kind card.
  9. Pigment-Based: Slow drying and one of the originals. Available in almost every color and used primarily in embossing.
  10. Staz-on: Solvent based and fast drying ink that is also permanent. Great on glossy and acetate.
  11. Versa Fine: Fast drying oil based ink that is waterproof and fade resistant.
  12. Versa Mark: Clear and slow drying ink used primarily for embossing but can also be used to apply glitter, chalk and pearl powder.

5 Tips for ink pads:

  1. use an ink refresher
  2. Clean your stamps immediately after use.
  3. If they are drying out, turn pads upside down.

Having “said” that mouthful, I bid you adieu!

~Happy Crafting,