Businessman using ink stamps

There has been an explosion in the number of stamping products for paper crafts in the last few years. Ink is one of the most essential consumables for every stamper, and the variety of ink stamps available in the market is just as vast. There is a lot of information to go through when trying to figure out what kind of ink stamps you need and whether you really need a choice of colors at all. Here are some of the most common ink stamps used that can become your reference.

Dye Inks

One of the most popular ink stamps on the market is dye. Every color conceivable is available, as well as full-size and smaller ink pads that allow you to experiment with more colors for less money.

While dye inks typically use linen pads, other options including firm felt and sponge-type pads are available. Linen is the most popular material for dye ink pads. There are a number of distinct “types” of dye inks under the dye ink category.

Water-Based Dye Inks

With a water basis and translucent color, these used to be the typical ink stamps, which means that the ink could “bleed” over other water-based media. They’re normally acid-free, but they’ll fade with time since they’re not light-resistant. Therefore, we do not recommend it for scrapbookers use.

Watercoloring is possible with these inks by placing the pads into a nonporous surface and then swiping the wet brush over the ink. You can stamp on card stock with these inks but they won’t work well on some surfaces. Most colors don’t start showing up well on dark-colored card material because of the translucent nature of these hues. They are not suitable for embossing since they dry fast.

Distress Inks

These are water-based dye inks, yet distress ink stamps have distinct characteristics that make them worthy of their own category. You can emboss with them even though they are water-based since they dry slower than some other water-based dye ink. They may also be used in a variety of ways since they react with water. They mix easily and generate a variety of effects when combined with water.

Waterproof Dye Inks

These varieties of ink stamps have such a different structure, which means that after they’re dry, you may color and paint over them without worrying about them bleeding or smearing, unlike regular ink.

Line pictures that you wish to color in are ideal for using these inks, and they are likely to be more colorfast than their traditional dye ink equivalents. These inks are more difficult to remove from your stamps and may need the use of a professional cleaner to completely remove the ink from your stamps.

Pigment Inks

Unlike dye inks, pigment ink stamps are much more viscous and are usually made of glycerine. Pigment inks are thick and opaque, while dye inks are much more liquid and translucent. In order to make it easier for the stamp to take up the pigment ink, these ink stamps are nearly typically packaged with a spongy pad. Using thicker inks means that these pads need to be renewed more often than dye-based ones.

It is possible to stamp lighter colors on darker card boards and have the ink color show through, which makes them ideal for stamping on card stock. Pigment ink is ideal for embossing since it likes to “sit” on top of the card stock and takes time to dry. Pigment ink stamps have a long shelf life, making them ideal for crafts such as scrapbooking. When applied to nonporous surfaces they may need a hot setting to dry completely.
Not all inks are the same. Depending on the work at hand, you may pick from a number of stamping inks. The information in this article will help you learn more about the many kinds of ink stamps available and which ones are most suited to your purposes.