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Posted 12/26/2013 by squeakkistwins in General Stamping


PeaNut 58,659
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Posted: 12/26/2013 4:40:36 PM
I also posted this on the General Scrapping board...but,
I don't post on here much anymore. But always find Twopeas very resourceful in so many ways...but my question is........

I am looking at CTMH pigment inks. What is the difference between CTMH and Tim Holtz? What ones would you recommend to be the most versatile?


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Posted: 12/26/2013 5:09:48 PM
Pigment inks are very different than the Tim holtz distress inks. Distress inks are dye based and those ones are formulated to react with water. Most people do not use them a lot for basic stamping.

If you can find the sticky for thus forum there is a link to a threads that explains the different inks.

I always recommend archival or versafine as a basic black stamping ink.

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Posted: 12/26/2013 11:35:26 PM
Have to agree with Heidi. TH is not a good general stamping ink. When I first started stamping I bought a brown TH stamp pad and could not figure out why my stamped sentiments were not clear. They were always distressed. I personally am not a fan of Ctmh inks even though I do own some. I don't like the way they swivel open and closed. I end up with ink all over me. I do really like stampin up inks though.
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Posted: 12/27/2013 2:19:37 AM
Pigment inks are essentially dye inks with glycerin. The glycerin keeps your inks wet longer so you can heat emboss with them. Glycerin also keeps your inks from fading. Dye inks can fade over time.

Distress Inks do have a tiny bit of glycerin in them. Not enough to be considered a pigment ink. Distress inks are formulated with different additives. I have recreated my own version of Distress inks with Gum Arabic, OxGall,& Watercolor Medium. I don't add all of these at once. I just play until I come up with the right solution for my project to get the look I want. I do own Distress Inks. I also enjoy making my own supplies.
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