These ink pads are gaining in popularity. They produce a crisper image than standard pigment ink pads and often have unique properties of their own.
The Brilliance range can be used with embossing powders and many of the colours have a pearleacent finish. Unlike other pigment inks they will also dry on non-porous surfaces such as acetate and glossy card etc. The Versafine pads dry very quickly on porous surfaces and give a crisp, permanent, fade resistant finish that’s perfect for colouring with any medium. However, it won’t dry on non-porous surfaces unless you use a heat gun or embossing powder. Unlike most of the other ranges, you won’t find re-inkers for versafine – the manufacturers claim that these pads are so juicy that you will never need one, and I have to say that the black one that I’ve been using for the past 5 years still seems to be as juicy as the day I bought it!
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.