Tuesday, 8 September 2015

All you ever wanted to know about Ink

No I'm not talking about tattoos, of course I mean ink for stamping.

CTMH has 5 different types of ink - ever wonder why?  Each type has a different use and qualities, so you can be sure that you are using the best ink for each project.

So which one should you use - depends on what you are working on... here' are the ABCs of inks...

Exclusive Inks™ stamp pads  
Our Exclusive Inks™ stamp pads, including our Black Exclusive Inks pads, are water-based dye inks. The dye ink absorbs directly into your paper and allows the colors to blend easily with the material. They dry quickly and blend easily. These inks are recommended for most stamping projects, but not for projects where you plan on using watercolors or coloring with alcohol markers after stamping the image.

Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ stamp pad (44751)
Our Archival Black Exclusive Inks™ stamp pad is our archival ink offering. This pad quickly sets an image that you can then color in using watercolor pencils, watercolors, or water-based inks with the blending pen.
Exclusive Inks™ Mini Pigment Pad Sets (WhimsyAdventure, Basics, Enchantment)
Pigment inks behave differently from dye inks, in that they settle on top of your material rather than soaking into it. This allows you to stamp lighter colors on darker materials and to keep the true color of the ink pad when stamping on another color. Though they take longer to dry, when dried, they work well for coloring in with your markers or watercolor inks, as the pigment inks will form a permanent bond and will resist blending when you color over them.

StazOn™ ink pads (Black: Z888 and Brown Z1442)
StazOn™ is specifically formulated for stamping on non-porous materials. Because StazOn is solvent-based, this ink works well when stamping an image that you will later color over with watercolors, but it is not ideal for use with alcohol markers. CTMH sells it in both black and brown.
Memento™ Tuxedo Black ink pad
The Memento™ ink pad gives you another archival quality ink pad that works for any stamping project and can be used with alcohol markers, watercolors, or any of our other coloring options.

Hope you find this helpful.

à bientôt,

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