Are you confused about stamping Inks?? What kind to use, what do each kind do??...Dye Inks, Chalk Inks, Pigment Inks, VersaFine, Versamark, and now VersaMagic???? So many choices so what do we do...
Well since this all confused me as a new stamper, I decided to do some research on this and here is a brief description that may help you decide what ink to use...
PIGMENT INKS <<click here: Pigment inks are oil based inks, but unlike dye ink they have little particals of color that leave a bright impression making them fade resistant. These inks usually smell some, stain and are flammable. These inks take longer to dry and actually need to be heat embossed when placing them on glossy papers. They are ideal for all types of embossing becasue of there known longer drying time. They are not ideal for water coloring, but If you choose to water color with these inks make sure they are heat embossed first so they do not smear when wetted with water. Ink Pads included in this section are Versamark, Versafine, Versamagic - but read your labels becasue inks are always clearly marked by type (Pigment-or- Hybrid -or- Dye Ink)
(*great for embossing, okay for prismacolor Pencils/gamsol, not ideal for watercolors or copic markers unless heat embossed)
DYE INKS <<click here: Dye base inks are usually less expensive then pigment inks and are also water based as well, but they are acid-free, non toxic and washable. They dissolve in water very quickly and have a very fast drying time. Due to there fast drying time they are not suitable for embossing of any kind. It does leaves a fresh crisp image for detailed stamps. Dye inks also have a tendency to fade over time unlike pigment inks, but this is the ink of choice for me when using copics and my prismacolor pencils/gamsol. Inks like Memento Tuxedo Black fall in this type of ink category as well as Stampin' Up Classic ink pads and ink spots.
(*great for copic markers and prismacolor pencils/gamsol, not ideal for embossing)
CRAFT INKS <<click here: Craft inks are Acrylic based, and water soluable until they are dry or heat set as well. These inks are not sutible for water coloring unless they are heat embossed first. They can be used used for embossing as well as on fabric, wood, paper mache, foam, leather and a variety of other surfaces outside of paper. Stampin' up Craft ink pads and ink spots fall under this.
(* I don't own these but it seems they aren't the most ideal for just card making and made for more general crafting on other surfaces).
HYBRID INKS <<click here: The new Palette Hybrid ink pad represents the latest in stamping ink. It's the best of both worlds of Dye ink and Pigment ink combined. It eliminates all the confusion over which ink to use for what surface, because it works on everything. It does not smell bad and it’s nonflammable. It dries instantly on paper and porous surfaces and requires a heat-set on glossy surfaces and fabrics. I usually use this ink when I watercolor. Pallette Noir falls under this section and Chalk Inks.
(* great for water coloring, not sure on embossing I believe they may dry too fast - I will test this and get back on this but I beleive it can be).
Different inks give you different shades of black and different image impression textures. The best way to know what is best for you is to purchase a small ink dew drop, cat's eye, ink spot of the different inks and test them all out and see what works for you :) Hope this is actually helpful to some of you.