Different Inks for Stamping - Cardmaking 101 Back to the Basics Series

Today I am sharing the next video in my new Cardmaking 101 - Back to the Basics Series on my blog: Each week we will discuss a new item that you will need for card making. If you need a refresher or just starting out this video series is for you. This week we are going to get a little inky; talking about all the different types of Inks.

One of the most important things that you will need starting out is ink! And all inks are different and they all have their place. So, lets dive in and talk about all things ink so, you can figure out which one will be the best for you.

Dye Based Ink Pads:

Classic Stampin' Pads:

Dye Based Ink Pads are filled with Dye based ink. Dye based inks are water based, meaning they clean up easily with water and you can dilute them with water for different effects. These are the most common ink pads and are used for everyday stamping. Dye based ink pads come in many different styles, colors, and pad styles.

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Stampin' Up! carries a ink color that matches each one of our different colors of cardstocks. So you will want to pick the colors you want based on the cardstock colors you have. Above is a picture of the standard size ink pads I also showed them in the video and talked about how to open and close them as well.

Classic Stampin' Spot Assortments:

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Now here we have the Classic Stampin' Spot Assortment (which is my suggestion for you if you are just starting out). Classic Stampin' Ink in smaller size, perfect for starting your ink collection. 1" (2.5 cm) felt pads. 8 colors. The Ink inside these little spots are the same dye based inks in the larger pads. With the Classic Stampin' Spot Assortment you get one of each of the following colors; Basic Gray, Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green, Real Red, Shaded Spruce. Which is why I suggest them to my new stampers; you get to try a variety of colors at a cheaper price.

Stampin' Write Markers:

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Stampin’ Write Markers are a dual-tipped marker that has a broad tip for coloring and achieving unique color effects and a fine tip for writing. Stampin' Write Marker are the same dye based ink as the Classic Ink Pads. They can be used for stamping and well as coloring. Stampin' Write Markers comes in an assortment pack by each color family which includes ten markers. You get 10 markers: 1 each of 10 colors in the Subtles, Brights, Regals, and Neutrals Color Families. In the In Colors you have two different sets one for each set of In Colors with 1 each of the 5 different colors. The Regals, Brights, Neutrals, and Subtles can also be purchased in the Many Marvelous Markers Collection.

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Many Marvelous Markers includes all 40 colors in Stampin' Up!'s color collections plus Basic Black. They come in a sturdy case with extra space to add In Color markers.

Craft White Pigment Ink:


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Whisper White craft ink is rich, permanent pigment ink that is great for embossing or for creating an opaque look on dark cardstock. You can also use it on wood, fabric, and other materials. The Whisper White Craft Stampin’ Pad comes uninked with a Whisper White Craft Ink Refill you can use to ink the pad before use.

Memento Tuxedo Black Ink:


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Every crafter needs a go-to black ink pad. You'll love the coverage the Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad gives. It’s great to use with Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers and as a general-purpose ink pad.

Versamark Ink:


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VersaMark ink appears a few shades darker than the cardstock it's stamped on. That makes it great for creating tone-on-tone or watermark effects. It's also perfect for heat embossing. Use it with embossing powder and a heat tool to heat emboss stamped images.

Stazon Inks:


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The StazOn Ink Pads come in two different colors; Jet Black & Saddle Brown. StazOn is a permanent ink that is great for stamping images you want to watercolor or for stamping on Window Sheets (acetate), cellophane bags, and other nonporous surfaces. Clean stamps with StazOn Cleaner after using StazOn ink. To protect the adhesive on cling stamp labels, rinse cling stamps with water immediately after using StazOn Cleaner.


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Video Tutorial:


There you have it all about inks. I hope you didn't get to inky today. Have a great weekend and I will see you in the next video.















Happy Stampin'

Rick Adkins

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