You are going to be head over heels in love with these ink pads! They may be different than what you are used to (as in the RESULTS as well as HOW TO use them!!), so be sure to read all the info here so you get the most out of your ink pads.
I wanted to solve a few problems that I was having with ink. Check out the video and I’ll explain why I love these, then show you best practices for using them.
What is great about these inks?
- Color coordination is a snap! Our first collection, the Party Collection is made up of all vibrant, saturated colors that will go together perfectly. No more guessing which color goes with which!
- No more splotchy images! Two or three gentle LOVE TAPS are all you need to get full coverage on your stamp which transfers beautifully to your cardstock.
- No more muddy, dirty stamped images when residue from a dark ink gets picked up by a light color! Be sure to view the video above, you’ve gotta see for yourself, it’s unbelievable! I had to show this to Randall about 15 times with different stamps and ink colors before he believed it. #truestory
How do CP Designs foam pads ink up clear stamps much more nicely than linen topped felt pads?? Foam transfers ink better to the stamps, and a well inked stamp produces a better quality image.
Simple as that.
Felt pads also usually end up getting a “depression” in the middle of the pad which makes it more difficult to ink stamps evenly, an issue that you will not experience with foam pads.
Foam pads release ink very easily on anything you touch, so experiment and play with them to get used to this amazing pad! Sometimes I end up with some pretty inky fingers after stamping, but they wash up pretty well…and hey! Inky fingers are the sign of a happy stamper! I wear them as a badge of honor.
INK REFILLS: Since our foam pads transfer ink so well, we recommend purchasing the ink refills when you purchase the pads so you’re never caught with a dry pad. With “regular” stamping, you should be ok for a while, but if you do techniques, direct to paper, sponging, etc…your pad may dry out more quickly.
So how do you reink an ink pad? Watch the video to see how.
Catherine Pooler Designs are premium dye inks and they are all non-permanent, except for Midnight.
Midnight is an archival dye ink, is permanent and is safe for watercoloring and for using alcohol ink markers. Midnight will stain your stamps – so press lightly so the ink only gets on the positive of the stamp and not in the nooks and crannies.
If you are looking for a dark grey ink that doesn’t stain your stamps like Midnight, try our Black Jack ink.
EMBOSSING INK! These ink pads do not dry immediately…you have about 5 seconds if you want to sprinkle on some embossing powder. Yep! That means these ink pads work as COLORED embossing ink!
Since they do not dry immediately, they sponge nicely onto card stock with a light hand.
STAMPING BEST PRACTICES: For best results we recommend lightly tapping your stamp to the pad several times (or the pad to the stamp if it’s a larger one) and checking to make sure it’s fully covered. You can see through clear stamps to make sure.
There will always be some variation between stamped images since the stamping process itself is not precise and so many variables come into play.
You may want to stamp first (and sometimes twice) on scratch paper and reink in between so you aren’t starting with a completely clean stamp when you stamp on your projects.
Our inks were also made to stamp beautifully on our card stock which you can find here.
You know I love them, but what are others saying about these inks?
“I am IN LOVE with CP ink! I, personally, never buy new ink because unless it does something my old ink doesn’t do, there is no point in adding to my collection. These inks are so unique – from their vibrancy, the way they stamp solid images, how they don’t contaminate from dark to light…the list goes on and on! So even if you have a ton of ink already, make room for these ones because they are AWESOME!” Justine Hovey
“I admit it took me a while to get used to them. They are much different than any other inks I have. I get frustrated with other inks that I have to stamp multiple times with the MISTI. Then there’s so much ink that it seeps through. One layer cards are easy with these inks. I’ve never been able to just stamp right on the card base before without it bleeding through. So nice to only have to stamp once for a crisp image and also love that it doesn’t bleed through the card stock. I think you hit a home run!” Lisa Harrolle
“Your new inks are amazing. They are becoming my go-to inks. Excited for more colors.” Megan M.
“The colours are amazing ……they are my go-to, especially for 2nd generation stamping.” Lydia Evans
“I can tell these will be our GO TO inks in the future – they do it all. I especially like the vibrant colors, and the clean even coverage!” Barbara S.
“Dye inks that don’t transfer color, they blend, can be used to emboss, and react with water! I’m giddy with joy.” Leslie
“Catherine!!!! Oh my gosh! I am so impressed with these stamp pads! The colors are amazing. But most important of all, they work in the ways we all need for our crafting. You have thought of everything. I can’t wait! Thank you for all the time, thought, experimentation, energy… all that you have put into this line of stamp pads.” Nina H.
You all have had amazing questions, so I’ve compiled them here for easy reference.
Q: Will you have ink refills?
A: YES! Foam pads need to be re-inked more often than linen pads so ink refills are available.
Q: Will you offer ink cubes?
A: We do not plan to offer ink cubes at this time, but it may be something we look at in the future.
Q: How does your new ink stamp when you have a very intricately patterned stamp?
A: Your new mantra with these pads is “Little Love Tap”. As long as you don’t over ink your stamp and press down too hard when stamping, you should get a beautiful, detailed image. You may be used to pressing down very hard on your ink pads, but doing this with foam pads will push ink into the nooks and crannies of your stamp and may make a mess. You may want to practice a bit on scratch paper first.
Q: How many collections will there be?
A: Right now we have two collections planned.
Q: Are you going to sell them as a collection, individually, or both.
A: Probably all of the above! We always work to help you stretch your dollars, so we offer bundles at a reduced prices (YES!!!)
Q: Do you store them upside down or right side up?
A: It is not necessary to store them upside down. So right side up it is!
Q: I have some foam ink pads that have disintegrated. How will yours hold up?
A: The shelf life of our dye ink pads is at least 2 years, but they could last much longer with good care and storage. We recommend storing them at close to room temperature (no extremes) and out of direct sunlight. We also recommend that if you use stamp cleaners other than water that you also clean them with water to remove any residue that might be clinging to you stamp.
Q: I just wanted to know how the inks behave when using a brand new, not yet seasoned stamp?
A: They will work great! If you do get any splotchiness at all, just ink and stamp several times on scratch paper and you should be good to go!
Q: Can’t wait to try your new ink pads! They sound so versatile. But I’m curious how well the sponge base will hold up if I get over anxious and stamp down too hard.
A: The pad itself will be fine, but you may find a bit of an inky mess! You will also find that linen pads will get a dip in the middle after use, but foam pads do not tend to do that. Do be gentle with your pad, though, since it’s foam if you are rough with them, they may tear.
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