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Ink Basics

Ink Pads – Quick Drying

Memento is an example of this kind of inkpad and can be used with Alcohol pens such as Spectrum Noirs. These are water based and can be used on most paper surfaces but are not really suitable for embossing because they dry to quickly. Dye inks often stamp brighter than they appear on the pad and you will get much more depth of colour on glossy card than on plain card – they are prone to fading if exposed to direct sunlight.

Permanent Inks

Solvent based inkpads such as Stazon dry by evaporation rather than absorption and are perfect for stamping on non-porous surfaces such as shrink plastic, glass and wood. They are also good if you are using watercolours as they are not water soluble and therefore won’t bleed.

Archival inks are oil based and are an all good rounder for stamping on all surfaces.

Slow Drying Inks

Versamark is a sticky, slow drying (medium) clear inkpad which is brilliant with heat embossing as it gives you plenty of time to get the embossing powder on before the ink dries. it can also be used as a resist ink if left to dry naturally. it can also be used to create watermarks on coloured card and will dry a shade or so darker than the card used.

Versacolor inkpads are suitable for using with embossing powders and will dry on uncoated card. Only use glossy card if you are going to emboss it.

Versafine is a fine ink and gives a more defined image, it can be used for heat embossing and if heat set or with clear embossing powder can be used with Spectrum Noirs.

Distress Inks are water based, slow drying dye inks which gives a slightly patchy look. These are perfect for backgrounds as well as overstamping. They will dry on uncoated card but not glossy.

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