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« on: November 22, 2016 12:45:57 AM »

Suggestions needed for which inkpad to buy? I always buy online so looking for inkpad with no/little smell that wont stain my clear stamps. All my inkpads became old and dried out. Looking for a black inkpad also, I see there is more than one type of black color/hue any info on this?
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« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2016 06:27:47 AM »

Depends on what you like to stamp/how you use your stampings.  Do you just want to stamp just for paper crafting?  Are you using your stamps on other materials like acetate, vellum, plastic, metal, polymer clay, fabric, etc.  Are you stamping and then using markers, paint, dyes, etc over it?  Are you heat embossing?

Here are some info links that may be helpful to describe the type of inks out there.


The charts make it easier to see.



I have a variety of pads for various uses - though goodness knows, there are so many brands out there that I have not tried.

I use Staz On (solvent based ink, very scented) or Ranger Archival pads (oil-based, dye) when I want to stamp on an alternate material like metal or glass, and I will use it as a resist for etching - I find they are more scented and will stain your stamps.  Staz On (and likely others) do sell a solvent cleaner, but I am not sure how that would affect your stamps in the long term.  I often try to clean my stamps immediately after using - often with a baby wipe or damp microfiber cloth.  I just picked up a black Momento pad too to see how I would like that also - I think it is Tsukineko's version of the permanent ink pads, but haven't tried it yet to see how much I like it.

I use Distress Ink pads (dye ink) for when I want to stencil, or blend background colours, or do things that are water reactive, such as water stamping.  I don't usually use it for straight stamping - usually in combination for effects.  They blend nicely.

I like Tsukineko VersaFine  (pigment ink) for a couple of reasons - they give nice fine detail, and stamp very evenly, and when dry area also great if you want to use water colour paints or water based dye markers to colour them.  I often will use them for sentiment stamps.  I find it fast drying on papers.  

I also use VersaMark and Perfect Medium pads too for things like heat embossing and using mica powders too.

If I was going to go with one pad for basic stamping on paper, I would probably choose the VersaFine because it is archival, gives nice detail, stamps evenly.  I have never noticed an odour.  It does come in nice colours too - I have a blue, a sepia, a smoky gray, and onyx black (it's a nice dense black) - but that would be for one layer, single stamping, with no blending, etc.

Also, when you buy a pad, see if you can get a reinker too - that will help.  I have found that with the VersaFine, I have only reinked the black one, and I don't think I needed to yet, and I have had the Sepia and Onyx for probably 3 years or so.

If you want to avoid odour, avoid Staz On.

I am sure other's have used other brands and can give you an opinion on others, especially for colours.
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