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Old 12-15-2008, 09:44 AM   #1
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Question difference between dye and pigment ink pads

ok ladies, what's hte difference?????? i know SU has the classic ink pads and of course the craft ink pads, i know the difference with those. i'm in hobby lobby though and i've tried the regular ink pad(the one that's 2.99 w/the clear lid)...but what's the difference w/the pigment ink pad and dye ink pad??
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Old 12-15-2008, 10:04 AM   #2
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Craft pads are Pigment pads. Same thing. Sticky and able to emboss. Dye are like the Classics, good for watercoloring. HTH!
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so i can use the "pigment pads" like versamark(embossing)??? ok, that's like way too cool. watercoloring, now that's one tech i've not even attempted yet, lol go figure huh..... thanks!!!
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this is good information. margie
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so i can use the "pigment pads" like versamark(embossing)??? ok, that's like way too cool. watercoloring, now that's one tech i've not even attempted yet, lol go figure huh..... thanks!!!
Yep, it is way cool to use pigment pads for embossing. When you use clear embossing powder you get your ink color shining through and don't have to worry if your ep is going to be close enough to the color you're stamping with.
Plus, pigment pads work better for me with clear stamps - I like brilliance inks, they have a little shimmer. (Although I also like chalk ink with clear stamps too). Just remember pigment ink takes longer to dry but you can use the heat gun so it won't smear.
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Old 12-30-2008, 01:27 PM   #6
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Dye inks aren't just for watercoloring - they're needed for Copic markers too.
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I attached a chart that was originally published in Rubber Stamper magazine. It's not current as it was published in 2006. But, it still relevant for general information about stamp pads. This may help answer other questons you may have.
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My demo and I were just talking today about the different inks. When I did my Christmas cards, I stamped the outline with pigment ink, and then attemped to color the shape with watercolor. It didn't work. My demo told me that if I had put some clear embossing powder on the black outline, and took the heat gun to it, that this would have caused the outline to raise a bit, thus any watercoloring would have stayed in the lines. Live and Learn, that's my new motto.
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In general, dye inks will sink into the paper, dry very quickly and generally cannot be used for embossing. However I have found with Adirondack inks (if you are very quick) you can also use them for embossing which I like because I get a very crisp impression from them. Pigment inks sit on the surface of the paper, stay wet for longer and so are useful for embossing. Nowadays though, there are a lot of 'hybrid' inks ie pigment inks which dry quickly etc. You will find as you become more experienced which ink works best for which application. This tends to be a matter of experimenting, so don't get upset if something doesn't work with one type of ink, just try it again with a different ink until you get something you are pleased with.
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I attached a chart that was originally published in Rubber Stamper magazine. It's not current as it was published in 2006. But, it still relevant for general information about stamp pads. This may help answer other questons you may have.
Cool chart, thanks!
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Old 12-31-2008, 09:30 AM   #11
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This is a great question and great answers...thanks for both!
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Thanks for linking the chart!
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