Type of ink to stamp on paper napkins?
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Memoir Design

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Posted: 1/8/2009 10:28:17 AM
I would like to stamp an image on the (paper) napkins we'll use for a baby shower I'm hosting this weekend.

Just wondering what kind of ink to use. Will the juicy, embossing kind ever dry? Is there another, quick drying kind? Will either one bleed once used/dampened?

Another Pea suggested using Versamark, which could look really nice on the colored napkins.

If you've done this, any tips on how to keep it neat and quick?

Seems like I've seen this trick in bridal magazines, but can't find the articles now that I need them!



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Posted: 1/8/2009 12:36:43 PM
I didn't want to read and run but I have not ever thought of doing this and am anxiously watching this thread to find out how

The Craft Curmudgeon

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Posted: 1/8/2009 3:16:31 PM
Dye inks will probably blur. I'd avoid them. Pigment inks will dry on paper, but they are very juicy & easy to over-ink. VersaMark sounds good & StazOn is a definite "Yes". Don't know if alcohol inks would work, but might be worth a try.

Also... The quality of the paper is a big matter--just like any paper we stamp on. The better the paper; the easier to stamp.

Let us know how they turn out, please.

Daniel R. Boone


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Posted: 1/15/2009 11:10:13 AM
We do heat thermography on the napkins through our printshop so the ink won't come off when you use them.... Haven't personally found a home method to reproduce the look that I've been happy with.


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Posted: 1/15/2009 3:28:51 PM
I would be worried that the ink might get on peoples' skin and clothing.

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Posted: 1/21/2009 2:48:11 AM
Hi. I've used VersaFine, a drier pigment ink, on paper napkins for a baby shower with good results. To be safe, I hit each with a heat gun for a few seconds to set the color. The only drawback with VersaFine is a rather limited color selection. No problem with ink smear when the napkins were used, but then it wasn't much of a test since the food was mainly snacks. Nothing very greasy. The ink didn't bleed with wet punch stains though, thank heavens. The other hostess & I also took a paper cup apart to trace a pattern. We stamped the same images on thin cardstock, cut out the patterns, and mod podged them to the cups. It took awhile, but we stamped verything to match, from invitations to party favors. Got lots of raves & it was a fun shower! MzLin


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Posted: 1/21/2009 10:55:40 AM
Last year for my daughters birthday party I stamped some napkins and I used my stampin classic pad and it worked fine. I played with a few and dropped water on them and wiped my hands and face with them and got no ink on me. I did them a week or two in advance so maybe they had plenty of time to drive.
Hope this helps.

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