GUIDE TO RUBBER STAMPING INK PADS - PIGMENT OR DYE ?

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Crafters undoubtedly have an increased appreciation of the versatility available to them for adding colour in their rubber stamping projects! One of the simplest ways of achieving this is with rubber stamping ink pads BUT there are so many different brands and types of ink pads!?!? How do we know where to start? I hope this simple guide that addresses just the basics of Dye or Pigment? will be able to help you choose what initially suits your needs and your projects best!


RULE 1:
This is rule simply because it applies whether the pad is dye or pigment based or of any other persuasion besides (lol...) -

BE SURE THAT THE PAD SURFACE IS RAISED (that it sits above the case in which it is held!) YOU MAY ALSO WANT TO CONSIDER PADS WITH REMOVABLE LIDS ABOVE THOSE WITH HINGED LIDS!

Why? Making these two considerations the top of your list when choosing your stamp pads ensures that they can be used with stamps of all sizes as you will be able to move the stamp over the pad to achieve full coverage. (This wouldn't be possible if the pad sits down or within it's packaging)

Not as crucial, but it's a good idea to try to get the larger pads which are usually the easiest to use.

Hampton Art does a dye based ink pad range measuring 2.5" x 3.5" called Memories. Get an amazing multi-offer in shop now.






Right, let's get into it!

DYE BASED INK PADS - These are also sometimes known as water based ink pads. In general, all ink pads available today should be acid free and non toxic but it doesn't hurt to read the packaging to be sure!

Two of the biggest benefits of dye based inked pads is that they are quick drying and can be used on most porous surfaces.

DO NOT USE ON GLOSSY, COATED OR OTHER NON-POROUS SURFACES AS THEY INK MAY NOT FULLY DRY AND COULD VERY WELL SMUDGE.

Dye based inks are widely, and economically available in a large range of colours but as the actual colour itself can be quite 'thin bodied' you may find that lighter shades tend to give quite a subtle, pastel effect whilst the stronger colours will result in quite a bright effect.

Whilst, if used on a porous surfaces, these inks are considered permanent they are not water-proof! Stamped images can run if they get wet and do not colour your stamped image with any water based markers or water-colours. When using dye based ink pads it is most appropriate to colour your stamped projects with chalks, colour pencils, DRY water-colour pencils, crayons.

Because the 'setting' of a dye based image is based on the ink being absorbed  into the fibres of the porous material, whatever it may be, you should always leave the image to dry (this should only take a few minutes..)

Because of how quickly the ink dries it is not suitable for embossing.

BIG BONUS: As the ink is water based it is quite easily cleaned from your stamps with a damp paper cloth or an alcohol and perfume free baby wipe.

ALSO

You can play around with creating water-colour or 'marble-effect' backgrounds by first lightly spritzing your paper or cardstock with water which will then cause the image lines to 'bleed' or if you stamp colour straight onto the paper can cause a colour wash effect.
Practise with scrap paper and your least favourite colours (if you have any) first to get the mix right for achieving the effect you want.



PIGMENT BASED INK PADS -  These are usually glycerin based or some may be resin based. In general, all ink pads available today should be acid free and non toxic but it doesn't hurt to read the packaging to be sure!

Pigment ink pads have the special quality of being slow drying which makes them ideal for use when embossing!

Pigment inks tend to be thicker bodied than dye based inks and dry opaque with a vivid vibrancy and intensity of colour. Because the glycerin based dye is not absorbed, this intensity of colour is achieved with less ink than if it were dye based ink, as they 'sit' on the paper rather than being absorbed.

Pigment inks are suitable for use on porous paper and cardstock and work especially well when it is matte or embossed. It will also work on some non-porous/glossy material but usually only if embossing and being heat set. Sometimes, you may even wish to heat seat on porous paper.

Most metallic, pearlescent and interference colours tend to be pigment based  and are great for embossing, however, for colours use the clear embossing pad.

Pigment based ink is a bit more difficult to remove from your stamps than dye based and will  usually require the use of a rubber stamp cleaner.

SPECIAL MENTION PADS: These are available in our shop!


Ranger Perfect Medium Pad and Reinker
This pad is great to create what Ranger call the 'Perfect Resist' Image. You quite simply stamp your image using the Clear Perfect Medium on Glossy paper. Then brayer over dye based ink and the stamped image 'resists' the ink giving a kind of reverse image.

Perfect Medium and Chalks
This pad can also be used to create what Ranger calls 'Perfect Chalks'.  Stamp your image using Perfect Medium on matte paper. Apply the chalk colours of your choice across the image(s) using sponge applicators for a permanently set, intense colour!
Chalks are pressed cakes of powdered, dry pigments and when you mix them with the Perfect Medium it is changed to paint - clever stuff!


Stewart Superior Palette Stamp and Stick Glue Pad
Strictly speaking, this isn't an ink pad but it's just so 'cool' I had to include it! It is a clear, heat-activated, acid-free and archival safe, adhesive solution. It can be used with fine pigments, glitter, metallic leaf, metallic powders and chalk powders to create amazing effects on coated papers.
Stamp your image on glossy paper, heat to activate and your image will then be sticky enough for you to apply the finish of your choice!

                                                                                     

REMEMBER, it was not my intention to cover all the available types of inks out there, only pigment and dye based. However, there is an amazing selection and there offer you great versatility including :-
Solvent based inks which can be used for stamping on acetate or cds
Hybrid Inks which can sometimes also be used for fabric
Chalky Inks and
Perfect Pearls which can be used to create  an amazing array of finishes with the addition just water and/or Perfect Ink refresher including: Shiny Stone, Sparkle Batik, Northern Lights Paper, Textured Stone. (If you purchase Perfect Pearls from our shop just ask and I can include more details on these for you....)


I HOPE YOU'VE FOUND THIS GUIDE HELPFUL - HAPPY CRAFTING FROM ALL OF US AT EZEEPZEESHOPPING
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