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Posted 5/3/2013 by scrappinvero in General Stamping
 

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Posted: 5/3/2013 12:40:05 PM
Hello all,

I'm more of a scrapbooker then stamper, but I received some nice dies and stamps to go with them. I tried using some of the ink pads that I have and they seem to be dried out .
What ink pads do you all recommend and where do you store them? I'm over whelmed and I don't know where to begin? Do I buy pigment ink, dye ink etc.?

Thanks

howdyheidi
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Posted: 5/3/2013 1:15:21 PM
Do you plan on coloring your stamps and if so what will you be coloring with? If you plan on using alcohol markers, you need to use a memento ink pad. If you want to use water based colors you need a waterproof ink.

I think a very good black ink pad is Versafine. It is very black and stamps well with all kinds of stamps.

I would also then look for dye inks. Hero Arts inks are very good, you can google videos on both their regular dye inks and the shadow inks. Archival inks are also really good.

I sometimes use the Colorbox Chalk inks, but have had some of mine dry out.

There is a thread about inks I will come back and link to. I think most people use dye inks more than pigment, especially if you don't stamp a lot since pigments inks can smear easily.

I store my ink pads in a plastic drawer thing from steralite.


~~Heidi~~

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Posted: 5/3/2013 1:16:28 PM


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Posted: 5/3/2013 6:47:29 PM
Thank you Heidi for the link I will check it out.

I think I do want to color in my images after I stamp them, but the question is what look am I looking for. You have asked me some great question that I should look up when it come to the different colors.

Thanks

Veronica

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Posted: 5/4/2013 7:26:32 AM
I like Hero Arts too.
I've noticed that when I lived up north the pads lasted longer than when I living in the south. I'm assuming its the high temperatures making the pads dry out faster, so I purchase the reindeers whenever possible.




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Inkyfingers47
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Posted: 5/10/2013 8:59:21 PM
I am using Momento ink pad. I love the prisma colors and I can blend immediately without the solution (gamsol or mineral spirits) smearing the black ink.

Colorbox pigment inks are for embossing. They stay wet alilttle longer.

Dye ink pads dry really fast. So you can stamp something in bold and keep going.

Hobby Lobby has a sale sometimes on ink pads.

Staz on dries fast too. But it smears with gamsol or mineral spirits.

Versamark acts as a watermark. If you use versamark and stamp on blue, it will give you a deeper shade of blue on your paper and it looks like ink that actually matches the paper. Same with any color. Pink, red, orange, it's pretty cool really.

Hope this helps. If not, just reply here and I'll try to help you some more.

lylacfey
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Posted: 5/11/2013 3:23:07 AM
My favorites are

Versafine- It's a fast drying pigment ink. I use it for all my line art stamping. I use it with all my watercolor tools from markers to paints. I also use it with my color pencils.

Memento- This ink I have a love/hate relationship with. I use it for all my stamping that I will be coloring with alcohol base markers- Copics, Prisma's, Sharpies, Bics, etc... Why I have a love/hate relationship with Memento is that I have found the colors to be a bit faded, especially the black. I have complained about this often on other stamping forums. The weather in my area has been odd this year with cooler temps. The last time I used my Memento black it was a dark rich black. My area is usually high humidity and high temps. I am thinking Memento has weather issues.

Staz-On- I use this ink to stamp on surfaces such as acetate, plastic, shell and anything non-pourous. Staz-On smells, it's hard to clean off stamps. I do love Staz-On since I work with a variety of materials.

Brilliance- Oh, I love this inkpad. I am a bling girl. Brilliance has beautiufl shimmery inks. This ink is perfect to stamp vellum with.

The above are all the black ink pads I use.

Color ink pads I use are Stampin Up. SU is my favorite dye base ink because I really love the colors. I do like how big the stamp pads are. There are so many beautiful dye ink pads out from Jenni Bowlin to SU it's hard to pick favorites.

"Clear" Ink Pads. I use Versamark you can watermark, emboss, & use as a resist.

I also have a plain pad I add glycerin too for embossing. A lot of people say that Versamark is the same as a plain old glycerin pad. It might be but I have better luck with Versamark for my other techniques like watermarking, tone-on-tone and resist. I keep both type of inks in my toolbox.

Pigment Ink- I usually make my own pigment ink pads by mixing reinkers or gouache with glycerin. I also do the "load" technique of inking my stamp pad with glycerin or Versamark then inking with my dye ink pad.

Chalk Inks- I make my own with gouache. Lindsey of the Frugal Crafter has a great video on how to make your own ink- How to make Pigment & Chalk Ink

I have used her method for years. Lindsey & I tend to think alike or something, ROFL! Hi Lindsey if your peeking in. !

How do I store my ink pads. Most of my ink pads are stored upside down. I keep all my blacks in a box with all my stamp tools. My SU pads I recently made a shelf to keep them on. I store my chalk and pigment inks right side up. I have read to keep chalk and pigment inks right side up because they leak. I know they do. I have seen this happen with my own ink pads.

Another small tip about stamping. If you get serious into buying ink pads buy the reinkers. It will save you so much money in the long run and you can do lots of things with reinkers like make your own spray mists.

Hope that helps.


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Posted: 5/11/2013 12:07:50 PM
Don't wish to add to your 'overwhelm', but...

If you plan to stamp on scrap pages, you may want to use inks that are archival--acid-free & fade resistant.

The tech of mfring dye inks has greatly improved, but some will still tend to fade with time--even when not exposed to light.

An LOL to Lyla... I love the smell of StazOn in the morning. It's right up there with a brand new Sharpie for fragrance. And I don't find StazOn difficult to remove from my stamps. 'Course I use polish remover that contains acetone (another of my fave parfums)

Hope you have fun stampin, 'Scrappin''!


Daniel R. Boone

lylacfey
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Posted: 5/12/2013 3:47:59 AM
Wow Daniel Sharpies & Staz-On in the mornings! That is a combination, ROFL! Then you had to throw in acetone.

I don't really mind the Staz-On smell. One of my friends says it smells like walnuts. I know some with respiratory problems have stated it aggravates them. I have asthma and never had a problem with Staz-On.

My rubbing alcohol cleaning and your acetone cleaning of stamps does get the side eye in the stamping world, ROFL! I am not changing it. My stamps don't hate me yet. They are really clean too.


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howdyheidi
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Posted: 5/12/2013 8:42:29 AM
I think staz on smells like almond extract. It surprises me every time I open it. Then again, I don't open it often...


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