SPECIALIST PADS AND INKS
Opalite – these are ‘interference’ ink pads which means that as the image is moved in the light the colours will change. They work best on dark card.
Archival – these are fade resistant but are also useful for scrapbooking when the materials used are important to prevent damage to your precious photos.
Jaquard’s Castaway Ink Pad (a re-inker is also available) I have not personlly used this so this is the manufacturer’s write up about it:
“Castaway is a truly unique stamp pad! When the stamped image is heated with an iron, the color of the paper is magically altered. Instead of adding color to the surface of the paper, the color of the paper itself is transformed! the result is a marbled or dappled antique look which is similar to batik fabric. See the exciting results Castaway has on different papers, as each will be unique.”
Pearlex – this is another range that I have not tried but must say that the write up sounds interesting…..this is what they say on the Stamping Mad website:
“The stamp pads are water-soluble, acid free, archival, light fast and wash fast. They are designed for use on many surfaces including paper, card, fabric, shrink plastic, clay, glass, wood and others. Clean stamps with water immediately after use.
Manufacturer’s note – these inks are very permanent on most surfaces without any need for setting. On some surfaces, such as clothing that will be washed repeatedly, heat setting may be required. To set on fabric let the ink dry and then iron using a dry iron set appropriately for the type of fabric.”
They come in a range of colours that include two tones of the same shade on one pad (e.g. two tone red), metallic colours and interference colours.
Fabrico - as the name suggests, this can be used on fabric. It is water soluble so mistakes can be washed out with soap and water if done quickly and is ‘cured’ to make it permanent and washable by ironing it on both sides.
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Tim Holts Distress – designed for use with the Tim Holtz Distress embossing powders.
Distress by Tim Holtz. Distress inks are dye inks with a slower drying time that have been specifically designed to make giving an aged or distressed look to paper and card easy but can also be used to stamp and/or colour and image. They are ideal if you enjoy creating ‘vintage’ art.
Alcohol Inks – Tim Holtz, Posh Impressions.
These only come in bottles and not ink pads and are not designed for stamping with. In fact, they are pretty much a tutorial to themselves.
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These ink pads give a beautiful, soft, matt finish and come in a wide range of colours. Again, they are fade resistant and won’t ‘bleed’ if they come into contact with water although they can give a fuzzy outline when used on a very porous surface. They work very well with glossy card.
PENS. Quite a few of the ink pad ranges also do a pen version and there are many other types of brush pens that have been designed with rubber stampers in mind. They can be used for directly colouring the rubber stamp and are ideal if you want to be able to use several different colours in specific places on a stamp and also for colouring in a stamped image.
Versamark – in my opinion, this is something that should be in every stamper’s stash, both the pad (which comes in two sizes) and the pen. It is very sticky so takes embossing powder and dry chalks well. It is also a watermark pad/pen and can be used to create lovely backgrounds as the ink dries to one shade darker that the card stock used – dark card is especially effective with this technique.
Emboss (tinted & Clear) these pads again contain glycerine and are intended for use with embossing powders but can also be used with dry chalks.
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Pigment ink pads can also be used just as they are and some will dry to a PIGMENT
These ink pads come in a huge range of colours including metallic. They contain glycerine which means they will remain wet and slightly sticky for a while and this allows them to be used with embossing powders. Embossing powders give a lovely raised edge or other effect to an image and are very popular – we will cover their use in another tutorial.
nice sheen but most need to be given time to dry or be dried with a heat gun. They do not give as crisp an image as dye ink pads, but can still be very effective. Also, because of the stickiness of the glycerine, the colours can be enhanced and even changed using dry chalks.