- Color fast and quick drying
- Good inks for a beginner to use as being fast drying, they are less likely to smudge
- Work particularly well with white and light colored papers and boards
- Will fade in bright lights
- Typically sold with a felt pad
Tip: Store dye based inks upside down so the dye flows to the top of the felt pad.
- Thick, rich slow drying inks
- Color and light fast
- Good for using with embossing powders
- Typically sold with a sponge pad
Tip: For faster drying, use your heat gun.
Permanent Solvent Inks
- Long lasting and permanent
- Fast drying with good colors
- Resilient dye that is suitable for over painting with water colors
- Can be used on a wide variety of surfaces including glass and wood
- Solvent based inks need to be used in a well ventilated room
- May need a special stamp cleaner
Technique Specific Inks
Embossing Ink – these special inks are clear or translucent and are slow drying. These have been designed specifically for embossing.
Q: What is the difference between pigment ink and dye ink?
Q: What about drying time and pigment ink?
Q: Can I use pigment ink on slick surfaces like tile, porcelain, and terra cotta?
- Prewash the fabric.
- Tightly woven and smooth-finished fabrics work best.
- Test a small area of fabric first.
- Heat-set immediately after stamping.
- Wash as normal or hand wash, but air or line dry.
- For best results, re-ink pad frequently.
Q: What are some of the many ways to use VersaMark® Ink?
- Two Step Stampin'
Use the VersaMark pad like you would any of our pigment ink pads in your embossing projects. Because VersaMark is a clear ink, you can use the embossing powder color of your choice without the color of the pigment pad showing through the embossed powder. If you just use clear embossing powder on your colored cardstock, the image will be tone on tone, just a shade darker (and shiny).
- Embossing with Classic pads
Ink and stamp with one of our Classic Stampin' Pads. Clean the stamp and then ink the same image with VersaMark, stamping directly over the image. Apply clear embossing powder and heat with embossing tool. Note: For best results, use the Stamp-a-ma-jig stamp positioner to help line up the image stamped with Classic pads and the embossed image.
- Embossing on Glass
- Poppin' Pastels
- Emboss Resist
Stamp an image with VersaMark ink and emboss with Crystal Clear embossing powder. When the image is cool, sponge one or more colors of Classic ink over and around embossed image. The stamped image will resist the ink.
- Reverse Pastels
Tips for Inking Up Your Rubber Stamp and Stamping Your Image:
To stamp the image, press straight down and hold for a few seconds to ensure good ink transfer. Do not rock or tilt the stamp back and forth...just press down and hold still. Re-ink the stamp with each new impression for a vivid image.
I hope this week's Stampin' 101 lesson helped answer any questions you may have had.