The Ins & Outs of Inking

The Ins & Outs of Inking

Are you puzzled by the many options and different uses of stamping inks that are available to crafters?  Rest assured you’re not alone.

Ink Types


Dye inks are great for basic stamping.  Dye inks will penetrate into your cardstock and leave a nice, clean, image.  These inks dry rapidly, which is perfect for when you want to stamp and quickly continue on with your project without having to wait for your ink to dry

Classic Stampin’ Pads

Ink pads

Features: Firm foam pad with flip-top that stores ink upside down to keep the pad moist. Coordinates with exclusive Stampin’ Up! Cardstock, Stampin’ Write Markers, and Classic Stampin’ Ink Refills.  Acid Free, Archival.

Best For: Basic Stamping or tone-on-tone look when stamping on coloured cardstock



Classic Stampin’ ink Refills

ink refills

Features:  Refresh Stampin’ Pads to keep the pad fresh and well-inked or use for various techniques outside of stamping.  Acid Free, Archival.

Best For: Refilling pads, dyeing, spritzing, or colouring

Tips:  To refill pad, put a few drops of ink onto pad and use a bone folder to spread the ink around the surface

Stampin’ Write Markers

Stampin write markers

Features:  Dual-tipped including a .5mm fine point for details and journaling, and a flexible brush tip for colouring and inking stamps.  Acid Free, Archival

Best For:  Writing, and colouring directly on stamps and paper.

Tips:  After colouring on stamps, breathe on it to moisten before stamping.  Store markers horizontally.


Memento Ink


Features:  Fade resistant, alcohol resistant, and fast drying

Best For: Good with fine details and even coverage for bold images

Tip: Keep the ink pad fresh with the Memento Refill




Solvent inks are great for nonporous surfaces such as acetate, glass, metal and glossy cardstock.  Solvent inks dry quickly and do not need to be heat-set

Stazon Ink



Features:  Crisp, permanent ink, Acid Free, Archival

Best For:  Stamping images that you can watercolour or for nonporous surfaces like Window Sheets

Tips:  Clean stamps with StazOn Cleaner


Pigment inks are also great for basic stamping applications.  Pigment inks have a thicker consistency and tend to sit more on the surface of cardstock.  Because of these attributes, these inks take longer to dry.  Pigment inks are great to sue for heat embossing, because they stay wet long enough for you to add an embossing powder.  Pigment ink used with a clear embossing powder creates a great, ridged design with stamped images.

Craft Stampin’ Ink

craft ink


Features:  Rich, permanent pigment, Acid Free, Archival

Best For: Embossing or to create an opaque look on dark cardstock.  If heatset, you can use to stamp on cloth

Tips:  Allow plenty of time to dry before continuing with project


watermark ink has no colour and leaves a subtle tone-on-tone image when stamped on darker cardstock.  This ink is great to use for creating a nice subtle stamped background for your projects.  Like Pigment inks, watermark ink can be used for heat embossing.

Versamark Ink



Features:  Versatile clear ink, Acid Free, Archival

Best For: Embossing or creating tone-on-tone or watermark effects

Tips:  Use with a Heat Tool to adhere embossing powder to stamped images



Don’t let the mystery of inks intimidate you.  Just have fun and enjoy experimenting with different types of inks and techniques.  You’ll be creating beautiful, perfectly inked projects in no time!

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