Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Stamping Basics

Here is a rundown of the basic types of ink pads and their best uses, plus tips for selecting the perfect ink type for your needs.


This type of ink dries quickly on all types of paper, and most dye inks are great for children as they are non-toxic and washable. With the exception of archival dye ink pads, dye inks are not permanent and will fade over time. Use dye ink with detailed stamps or for stamping on glossy paper or vellum. Don't use dyes inks for embossing, as it dries too quickly, and don't use non-permanent dye ink with markers and watercolors, as this may cause smearing.


Pigment ink is thicker than dye ink, and it's slow-drying, which makes it great for embossing. Pigment ink colors are vivid and fade-resistant, and many are made especially for stamping on surfaces like wood, fabric or glass. Use pigment ink for embossing and for richer color. Most pigment inks won't dry on glossy paper or vellum unless you emboss them.


This ink is opaque and quick drying, and it works great on slick surfaces like plastic and glossy paper. It's also great for home decor stamping, including surfaces like walls, glass and furniture. Permanent ink will stain clothing and is not available in as many colors as other inks.


Specifically designed for embossing, this ink is often lightly-colored and very slow drying. Embossing ink is available in ink pads and ink pens. Although not as versatile as other inks, this ink is most ideal for embossing.


sophiesmama said...

Good job...very informative!