Dye and Distress Ink pad comparison with Catherine Pooler

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A couple months ago, I did a comparison between Stampin’ Up Dye Inks and Ranger’s Distress Inks with a watercoloring technique.

Today’s video tutorial will show you Sponging and Splattering Techniques with Distress, Hero Art’s Shadow Inks and Stampin’ Up Dye Inks.

One the ink had a while to dry (not really sure how long…I noticed this the next morning, but I’m sure it wasn’t hours), the Hero Arts Shadow ink (in the center) dried and lightened a LOT.  The water splotches are now barely noticeable.

distress and dye inks

So what is the difference between these three types of inks?

Dye Inks are permanent, though the color will fade over time.  Dye inks are not waterproof.  They are very easy to use and are great for most general stamping.

Shadow Inks and Distress Inks are both a type of Dye Ink.

Shadow Inks give you a soft wash of color.  The actual pad appears to be much darker than what the real ink color is.  When you stamp your image, it may appear to be blotchy at first.  As it dries, you will get a beautiful, smooth, and lighter image.  Shadow Inks dry quickly and are permanent.

Distress Inks are water-based and fade-resistent.  They are not waterproof.  Distress inks blend beautifully and are fun to use with a variety of paper crafting projects.

I hope you found this useful!  Please leave me a comment below and let me know what other questions you have about Ink Pads, and before you go, hit one of those social media buttons to share with your friends.  THANK YOU!

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  • Sandi January 29, 2015, 5:37 pm

    Thank you for doing a comparison between the different inks. Very helpful. I use different inks for different effects. Thank you again. Love your blog and videos.

  • Christine Smith January 29, 2015, 7:07 pm

    Cool video, very informative- thank you! xxx

  • Ann Hall January 30, 2015, 12:14 am

    It’s nice to know the effects of different inks. I would love to do more stamping than I do.

  • Janice H. January 30, 2015, 5:50 pm

    VERY helpful! I wasn’t sure at all until I watched you take us step-by-step through the different inks. Especially Stampin Up as those are the stamp pads I have right now. I love the idea it will nicely take a bit of spritzing. Your blog and videos continue to help me be more and more confident in this fabulous craft. (I call it a therapy!) Lol Thank you so much.

  • Jane Schroeder January 30, 2015, 11:15 pm

    Who makes shadow inks? I bought Momento inks and Momento Lux ink. When do I use them. I also have Versamark color inks and Mama Elephant inks. How are they different and when do I use them? Thank you for your time.

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