Ink stamps are more accessible than ever before. Every stamper needs ink, and there are many colours and varieties of ink stamps to choose from on the market. So, what type of inks stamps are there to choose from and what kind is best for you?

Dye stamps

A dye stamping ink is one of the most widely available ink stamp. They come in any colour you can imagine, and you can get both full-size ink pads and smaller ones, so you can experiment with a wider range of colours without breaking the bank. With dye inks, linen is the most frequent pad surface although there are other firm felt and sponge-like ink pads on the market. There are a number of distinct “types” of dye inks under the dye ink category.

Water dye

Transparent and water-based, these ink stamps were formerly the industry standard for stampers. Attempting to colour over them with anything other than water-based ink caused the ink to “bleed”. They’re normally acid-free, but they’ll fade with time since they’re not light-resistant (therefore not recommended for scrapbookers).

Using a wet brush and pressing the pads into a nonporous surface, these inks may be used to create watercolour effects. Stamping on card paper works best with these inks, since they do not stamp well on other materials. White and light-colored cardstocks are most suited for use with transparent colours; dark-colored cardstocks will not show up well with most colours. They are not suitable for embossing since they dry fast.

Waterproof dye

Ink stamps types

You may paint and watercolour over these ink stamps after they’ve dried, and they won’t bleed or smear. If you wish to colour in line drawings, these inks work well since they are more colorfast than normal dye inks. These inks may be more difficult to remove on stamps and may need the use of a specialised cleaning.

Inks with pigments

Unlike dye ink stamps, pigment inks contain a glycerine base and are thus much thicker. Pigment inks are thick and opaque, while dye inks are more “liquid” and translucent. In order to make it easier for the stamp to take up the pigment ink, these inks are nearly typically packaged with a spongy pad. Because it’s a heavier ink, these pads need to be replenished more often than dye inks.

A fantastic feature of these ink stamps is that you can stamp lighter colours on darker card board and still see the ink colour. Pigment ink is ideal for embossing since it likes to “sit” on top of the card stock and takes longer to dry. Scrapbooking is a wonderful use for pigment inks since they are often fade-resistant. They don’t perform well on nonporous surfaces and may need to be heated to dry completely before they can be used.

Hybrid inks

A cross between pigment and dye ink stamps, hybrid inks have the best of both worlds. The majority of these inks may be used on a wide variety of surfaces (though heat setting may be required for certain surfaces), are simpler to clean up than solvent inks (more on those inks below), and, when heat set, are typically irreversible.

Inks that use solvents

The inks based on solvents may be used on a variety of materials, with the exception of textiles designed to be washed on a regular basis since they do not hold up as well to repeated washing.

Inks made of chalk

Pigment inks are comparable to chalk inks, except the latter have a more “chalky” appearance. In the last few years, they’ve been more difficult to find on the stamping market because of their popularity.