What types of inks do Stampin' Up! offer?

Stampin' Up! offers different types of inks, whose characteristics lend themselves to specific tasks and techniques, stamping surfaces, cleaning requirements and suitability for scrapbooking.  Below is a listing of the inks you can purchase through Stampin' Up!, including a guide to their use.

 

DYE INK

Description:

Water-based dye ink

Stampin' Up! Products:

Classic Stampin' Pads and Ink Refills
Stampin' Write Markers
Memento Ink Pad and Ink Refills (Tuxedo Black)

Advantages:

Water-based.
Fast drying.
Water-soluble.

Main Uses:

For stamping on glossy or matte finish card stock or paper.
For use as a water-coloring medium (not for stamping the outline as it will bleed).

Cleaning:

Use a water-based cleaning product like Stampin' Scrub and Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner.  You can also clean stamps by gently using wet wipes and patting dry.

Scrapbooking Suitability:

Acid free, pH-balanced.

PERMANENT
DYE INK

Description:

Permanent water-based dye ink

Stampin' Up! Products:

Archival Stampin' Pads and Ink Refills (Basic Black and Basic Gray)

Advantages:

Water-based.
Fast drying.
Water-soluble.

Main Uses:

For stamping on glossy or matte finish card stock or paper.
Great for stamping an image outline for water-colouring, as it is permanent and will not bleed.

Cleaning:

Can stain rubber and photopolymer stamps, but does not harm them.  Use a water-based cleaning product like Stampin' Scrub and Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner.  You can also clean stamps by gently using wet wipes and patting dry.

Scrapbooking Suitability:

Acid free, pH-balanced.

PIGMENT
INK

Description:

Permanent non-bleeding pigment ink

Stampin' Up! Products:

Craft Stampin' Pads and Ink Refills (Whisper White)

Advantages:

Water-based.
Slow drying, which is great for heat embossing.
Water-soluble.
Thick emollients and rich pigments (colour) that resist bleeding when dry.

Main Uses:

For stamping on absorbent surfaces.  Heat set or heat emboss if used on glossy or coated paper or nonporous surfaces.  Has an opaque look on coloured card stock.
For using with Stampin' Emboss Powder and heat embossing.

Cleaning:

This is a thick, viscous ink.  Use a water-based cleaning product like Stampin' Scrub and Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner.  You can also clean stamps by gently using wet wipes and patting dry.

Scrapbooking Suitability:

Acid free, fade-resistant, non-toxic, pH-balanced.

WATERMARK
INK

Description:

Watermark or tone-on-tone stamping ink

Stampin' Up! Products:

VersaMark® Ink Pad and Ink Refill

Advantages:

Water-based.
Slow drying, which is great for heat embossing.

Main Uses:

For stamping on glossy or matte finish card stock or paper.
Great for a watermark or tone-on-tone effect.
For using with Stampin' Emboss Powder and heat embossing.

Cleaning:

This is quite a sticky ink.  Use a water-based cleaning product like Stampin' Scrub and Stampin' Mist Stamp Cleaner.  You can also clean stamps by gently using wet wipes and patting dry.

Scrapbooking Suitability:

Acid free.