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Exploring the World of Ink Pads

 Among the many tools at your disposal, ink pads offer a palette of possibilities to enhance your creations.

Our guest scrapbooker for this month has used ink on more than one of her creations.  In this one using swooshes across the page – there’s more to come in future layouts, see if you can spot all the techniques over the next few weeks.

This week, let’s get back to basics and look at the diverse landscape of ink pads, learning how to select the perfect one for every project.


  • Pigment Ink Pads
Pigment ink pads are the masters of vibrancy and versatility. With their rich, opaque colours, they work wonders on dark or coloured papers, making every stroke pop with intensity.
Their slow drying nature allows for embossing techniques, adding a touch of elegance to your designs. Whether you're stamping intricate patterns or creating bold backgrounds, pigment ink pads are your go-to choice for vivid expression.
  • Dye Ink Pads
For a seamless, watercolour like effect, look no further than dye ink pads. These translucent inks blend effortlessly, lending a soft, ethereal quality to your projects.
Ideal for stamping intricate images or achieving subtle gradients, dye ink pads are a staple for creating delicate embellishments and backgrounds.
Their quick drying formula ensures crisp results without smudging, making them perfect for high volume projects.
  • Chalk Ink Pads
Bring a touch of vintage charm to your scrapbook with chalk ink pads. With their muted, matte finish, these pads give a soft, antiqued look reminiscent of bygone eras.
They excel on light-coloured papers, adding a hint of nostalgia to your designs. Whether you're distressing edges or adding subtle accents, chalk ink pads provide a velvety texture that evoke warmth and sophistication.
  • Solvent Ink Pads

When it comes to stamping on nonporous surfaces like plastic or metal, solvent ink pads reign supreme. For scrapbookers, their attraction is their fast drying, waterproof formula ensuring durable results that are resistant to smudging and fading over time.


  • Hybrid Ink Pads
With their fast drying, fade resistant formula, they provide the vibrancy of pigment inks and the blend ability of dye inks, making them ideal for a wide range of applications.
Whether you're stamping on paper, fabric, or other surfaces, hybrid ink pads offer versatility, ensuring stunning results every time.


Choosing the Right Ink Pad

Selecting the right ink pad for your project is essential for achieving the desired effect. Think about the following factors when making your decision:

  • Surface: Determine whether your project requires stamping on porous or nonporous surfaces, as certain ink pads are specifically formulated for different materials. 
  • Colour Intensity: Depending on the level of vibrancy you desire, choose between pigment, dye, or hybrid ink pads to achieve the perfect hue for your design.
  • Technique: Consider the techniques you'll be using, such as embossing, blending, or watercolour effects, and select an ink pad that complements your chosen method.
  • Longevity: If longevity is a concern, opt for solvent ink pads, which offer permanent, waterproof results. Particularly suitable for scrapbook archival projects.


By understanding the unique properties of each type of ink pad and selecting the right one for your project, you can unlock new opportunities for creativity!