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Guide To Ink Pads
It can be a bit of a minefield when it comes to the many different
ink pads available. Each one is designed for a specific use. For a
beginner this can be quite daunting. Here we explain each type.
PIGMENT INK PADS
Pigment ink pads are probably the most favourite type of ink pad
every stamper has in their craft box. Pigment pads are made of a high
density raised foam pad. Use them to ink any size of rubberstamp; if
the stamp doesn't fit on the pad, ink the stamp by pressing the pad
The most commonly used pigment pads are the economical INK CUBES.
These cubes are 1" square and can ink both large and small stampers.
Pigment ink is a very slow drying ink which is best used for
embossing with (see "how to rubberstamp emboss") You can use it
without embossing but you must use non glossy paper so that it will
dry, drying time can take up to a day but you can actually speed this
up by applying to a heat source. If you plan to stamp on a glossy
type of card you must emboss as the ink will NEVER dry otherwise.
However once you have embossed the image is waterproof thus enabling
you to add watercolours or even brushmarkers to hi-light your work.
The advantages of pigment pads is that they are available in
virtually every colour of the rainbow. Most importantly in METALLIC
colours, no other ink pad is available in metallic colours (yet!) The
larger pigment ink pads are also available in what is known as
RAINBOW PADS, these pads consist from 3 to 10 colours on one ink pad.
More and more combinations are being developed all the time. If you
would like to stamp with a metallic pigment pad but don't want to
wait for it to dry, check out the new range of ENCORE pads available
on the craft market, these single colour metallic and rainbow
metallic pads promise to take virtually no drying time at all.
DYE BASED INK PADS
Dye based ink pads are perfect for glossy papers and card, this type
of paper literally makes the colours of the dye based pads come
alive. Dye based pads are typically made of a compressed fabric and
their surface is raised to enable you to ink any size of stamp. These
are also available in 1" cubes as well as the larger size.
Dye based pads are generally not waterproof which means you can't add
colour from a wet source; for example watercolours or brush markers
as the ink would smudge. That is true of most dye based ink pads with
the exception of the MEMORIES range. These are designed for water
colouring with. Dye based ink pads come in all colours including
rainbow. One particular range of dye based rainbow pads is the
KALIEDACOLOUR brand name, these consist of a snap together palette of
colours which you separate when not in use to prevent them from
bleeding in to each other. Allow dye based inks to dry before adding
colour to them as the ink pads can smudge, again this can be speeded
up by the use of a heat source.
FABRICO INK PADS
Fabrico ink pads were originally intended to stamp onto fabric. You
can also use to stamp upon wood, glass, acetate and shrink plastic.
Simply apply to a heat source to make permanent when you have
stamped. Like pigment pads, fabrico are of a compressed foam texture
which is raised to allow you to ink up any size of stamp. Available
in both 1" cubes and larger sizes. Check out the lovely range of
rainbow ink pads.
PERMANENT INK PADS
As their description suggests permanent ink pads are for stamping
when it needs to be permanent. Use to stamp on shrink plastic, wood,
even glass. As a rule permanent ink pads tend to dry out very
quickly, bearing this in mind it is best to purchase a dry uninked
pad and a bottle of permanent ink. Ink up the pad a little every time
you wish to use it. Only available in black, and to be honest with
the invention of fabrico ink pads these permanent ink pads are
becoming less popular.
EMBOSSING INK PADS
A lightly tinted ink pad which is especially used for embossing with.
The ink dries clear, the main advantage of using an embossing pad is
if you wish to add a clear shiny embossed stamped image to your paper
or card with either clear or glitter embossing powders. The majority
of stampers today tend to use pigment pads for embossing with rather
than embossing pads. We tell you how to emboss further on.
What Color Ink Pads Should I get?
If after that low down on ink pads you are still none the wiser about
which ink pad to choose, check out our guide for recommended basic
beginners color choices:
Pigment Ink Pad Colors: GOLD, SILVER, COPPER, WHITE & BLACK. Plus
Dye Based Ink Pad Colors: BLACK Memories pad plus assorted rainbow
Fabrico Ink Pad Colors: Black and rainbow pads.
Once you have these basic colors you can collect lots of other
colours to suit your stamping themes.