What is a Dye Ink Pad?

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Here’s the question you’ve wondered, but didn’t want to ask:  “What is a Dye Ink Pad?”.  Today’s video is going to answer that question for you…but first,

We just released our newest class:

Technique Toolbox: creative uses for dye ink pads”

yesterday (and we’ve had TWICE as many sign ups as we usually have on a release day, btw! YAY!), so I thought it would be appropriate to answer the question:

What is a Dye Ink Pad!?  Find out in this video… 

Here is a peek at the cardstock that I stamped on so you can get a good look.  Do you have a favorite?

What is a Dye Ink Pad

In my opinion, Dye Ink Pads are very similar.  They are not the SAME, but to an “untrained eye” so to speak, the results you get when you stamp are almost unnoticeable.

Here is a run-down of the different inks I used here:

Stampin’ Up Classic Ink Pads – water-based, acid-free, nontoxic, will fade over time, not waterproof, dries quickly.

Hero Arts Shadow Ink- acid-free, archival and fade resistant, waterproof for watercolors and markers, dries permanently and quickly on most papers, goes on splotchy, but as it dries, the color evens out and gives great coverage.

Papertrey Ink- acid-free, quick drying, not waterproof.

Ranger Distress Ink – acid-free, non toxic, fade-resistant, not waterproof, blends like a dream however, regular stamping is not this ink’s strong point.

Memento Dye Ink – acid-free, water-based, fade-resistant, fast drying, great for detailed images

 

Some of the biggest differences I find are:

  • Hero Arts inks dry to an excellent coverage, yet the border or outer edge of the stamped image is not as crisp as some of the others
  • Distress Inks blend more easily than the other inks (view a video on that here)
  • Hero Arts Shadow Ink is water-proof.  Good if you want to stamp and image and color it (Think:  no line watercoloring, a technique we cover in our new class), but if you want to do other watercolor techniques, splatter, etc…they won’t work as well

 

Note:  The Dye Inks I used here are not the ONLY Dye Inks on the market.  They were just the ones I have in my craft room.

Leave a note below and let me know what YOUR favorite Dye Ink Pads are!

 

What is a Dye Ink Pad

If you’d like to learn more about a miriade of techniques and ways to use Dye Ink Pads, you’ll want to sign up for our newest class!

Click here to learn more!

See you in the classroom!

  • Christine Smith February 19, 2015, 7:30 pm

    Fab video, thank you! xxx

  • Linda Wilkinson February 19, 2015, 11:28 pm

    Fantastic video, love the comparisons thanks !

  • SueC. February 20, 2015, 5:50 am

    Thanks so much for a great video! There are so many dye ink pads on the market that it gets so confusing. I really like the side by side comparison. You mentioned the new Lawn Fawn ink pads. I just ordered some of them so I’ll let you know how they are!
    Thanks again, Catherine!

  • Cyndy February 20, 2015, 9:20 am

    Thank you for this comparative ink pad video. I realize it’s impossible to compare all ink pads and I appreciate your views on these five pads. I am looking forward to viewing all the installments in this Technique Toolbox.

  • Andrea Friedell June 7, 2015, 11:49 am

    The water-based inks are great for watercolor effects, but I really like the waterproof ones because I often use stamps in paintings. Which is your favorite of those? (I’m betting Stazon.)

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