What Type of Ink Pad Do I Use?

Tuesday, 17 May 2016  |  Admin

We very often get asked "What type of ink pad do I use?"                 

Well, here at Two Cats Crafts we have the answers so read on.....  There are so many types of ink pads available which can sometimes be confusing so we have put together a blog post all about them.

When would I use Dye-based Ink Pads?

Dye-based ink pads such as Adirondacks are permanent and dries quickly. perfect for all types of paper.  The ink is not waterproof so if you tried to colour your stamped images with paint, pens or other water-based mediums the ink will run together, for perfect results use colouring pencils. This ink will also tend to bleed on very absorbent paper such as mulberry paper.   Most dye-based ink pads are acid free but fade with sunlight and time.  

When would I use Pigment Ink Pads?

Pigment Ink Pads such as Archival  have a thicker and richer consistency than Dye-based pads.  The ink is fade resistant and will not soak into the paper but dries on top which means it takes a little longer to dry on regular paper and can be used for heat embossing. It also means it will not dry on glossy paper unless it is heat set with a heat gun.  As long as the ink is thoroughly dry stamped images can be coloured with paint and pens etc.

Why would I choose StazOn Ink Pads?

StazOn Ink Pads can be used on paper and card but can also be used on non-porous surfaces such as metal, plastic / acetate, leather, glass, glossy paper and ceramic.   The ink is acid free, fast drying and archival, it only takes approximately 3 - 5 minutes to dry on a non-porous surface.

Why Distress Ink Pads?

Distress Ink Pads come in two sizes the larger ones are 2" x 2" square and the smaller mini ones are 1" x 1" square. These are very different from other ink pads as they stay wet longer than other dye-based ink pads allowing you to blend them, tap onto paper and spritz with water to see the colours spread.  You can also use these to paint with by tapping onto a while tile or not stick mat, use a water brush or paint brush to pick up the colour. If you would like a metallic look, mix in a little bit of mica powder.  Distress Ink Pads are favourites of ours as they are so versatile and such a wide range of soft colours.

Which Embossing Ink?

Embossing ink pads can be clear or tinted and used to stamp and image before heat embossing.

Hints and Tips

Always put the lid back on your ink pad even if you are going to use it again in a few minutes, if you crafting space is like ours and slightly cluttered it is easy for something else to be put on top and we don't want that happening to our latest project, also the doorbell or phone rings, life takes over and you return to a dry ink pad which is not good. 

If you ink pad become contaminated with another colour try tapping it off with a paper towel.

When using a re-inker to revive you dry pad just gently squeeze a few drops over the entire surface of the pad, use the back of a spoon or a brayer to push ink the ink into the pad (don't press too hard).  Before adding more, test it to see if enough has been added. If you do put too much on gently dab a paper towel to take up some of the excess.

Store most of your ink pads upside down to keep the ink on the surface of the pad, do not do this with pigment inks because they are quite juicy and it will result in a very inky mess. 

Hopefully this answers quite a few of your questions but if you have some that we haven't answered here then please feel free to email us  sales@twocatscrafts.co.uk or give us a call on 01440 706041 and we will be happy to answer them

Now you know which ones are best to use for the project you are working on, all that is left is to choose from the gorgeous colours available. We will leave you with those thoughts so until next time................

Happy crafting xx