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Old 04-26-2012, 11:40 AM   #1
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Default Please recommend an ink for heat embossing

I'm looking for a good brand of ink pad that stays wet enough for sprinkling with clear embossing powder and heat embossing. Something to replace the soon-to-disappear Stampin Up craft inks. Any suggestions? Thanks!
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Old 04-26-2012, 11:42 AM   #2
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VersaMark is always a great option.
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Distress Ink or pigment ink
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I really like Ranger's embossing ink. It holds the powder well, doesn't stick to my stamps (the Versamark pad usually comes up with my stamp after inking) and smells like cinnamon.
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You can still use your SU! craft pads, especially if you have the reinkers.
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If you stamp your image in versamark first then into dye ink and then stamp it will hold the clear EP long enough to emboss. Make sense? I use this method all the time. It is slightly lighter but not much.
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Don't forget Versafine inks for finely detailed images. I have a black and Sepia Brown and I use them all the time. In general you want a pigment type ink instead of standard permanent inks because the are made to stay wet longer.
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Colorbox pigment inks are available in 83 colors...
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Thank you to everyone who replied. I'm glad to have some options to try out!
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I use both Ranger Embossing ink and Versmark. Both are great...Ranger's works great for me as it stays wet awhile (as do the distress ink...)
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A|MUSE Studio ink is great for embossing!
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I emboss almost all of my images and I prefer the Versafine Inks with clear detail embossing powder Clean, crisp images and the ink stays wet long enough to take a bit of time in case you have to do any clean up with stray embossing powder.
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Does it ruin your ink pads if you are stamping in Versamark then onto your classic ink pad? I have been wondering about doing this. Once or twice may not be a problem but during stamp club I would have a lot more at one time. I just wondered if the ink would do anything to ruin my classic pads.
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i use a few different brands but the one i've found the best in coloured inkpads is versacolor.
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Does it ruin your ink pads if you are stamping in Versamark then onto your classic ink pad? I have been wondering about doing this. Once or twice may not be a problem but during stamp club I would have a lot more at one time. I just wondered if the ink would do anything to ruin my classic pads.
I have the same question, but I am also worried about whether it harms the Versamark pad? I have used mine and then must not have cleaned the stamp well enough before a second stamping, so my Versamark pad has some black stamp marks on it. I keep thinking I should buy a second Versamark pad and make sure I use each pad for only one technique.
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Versafine is the best I've found for heat embossing.. And I was about ready to give all my clear stamps away until my daughter told me to switch to Versafine.. problem solved!
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I have several different brands - VersaFine, Colorbox, and Memento, and I find that the Colorbox stays very wet for quite awhile (I usually have to put those cards aside and let them dry a long time before touching them or they smudge). I use that ink for my heat embossing. On the opposite end, Memento dries SUPER fast and works extremely well with my Copics. VersaFine dries fast but I find it bleeds a bit with the Copics.
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I primarily use Versamark but I also have the Ranger embossing ink (same size as the Distress Inks). The Ranger is pretty wet so it doesn't work well for detailed stamps.

I also have used Adirondack dye inks and they work well. I like to use them when I want to add glitter. I use the coloured ink and then the glitter embossing powder on top. The background colours shows through.
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I've heard that Versamark conditions your stamps. If you are having trouble with classic ink on a solid stamp, stamp with Versamark first then the ink to get smoother coverage.
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Another vote for Colorbox. It does stay wet for a long time and the embossing powder clings beautifully to it.
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I'm voting for ColorBox too - I love the range of colours and it heat embosses beautifully. But if I have a very fine line image and want to capture the detail, I like Versafine (but I only have black and brown in that line so am limited - and can't afford more ink pads!).
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I've used Colorbox for years and always had good results with it.
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