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Old 09-09-2006, 12:36 PM   #1  
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Need expert opinions...I am ready to invest in a lot of stampin up ink pads, but don't know which is better, craft or classic. I read the description of each in the catalog, but still am a little confused about what the advantage (if any) of craft pads are. What does everyone prefer? Thanks for your help!!
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I'm not an expert - but I've learned that one difference is what you plan to do with the items you're stamping. My scrapbook customers insist on the craft inks because they are acid free and the colors will last longer, are brighter and not fade. My cardmakers like dye inks because they dry faster. Luckily SU makes all colors in both styles. I can't afford both sets, so I use dye inks for everything since I'm not too worried about my scrapbooks lasting 100 years. (everything will probably be transferred to some electronic format before then anyway). Hope this is helpful. You can also search the forums for more discussion on this topic.
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Old 09-09-2006, 01:00 PM   #3  
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The only difference that I know of is that with the craft ink you can stamp on clothing (You have to heat set it before washing), she made a beautiful silk scarf using Looks like Spring. I really don't know any other advantages. What I did was buy craft ink spots in the entire 48 colors and have been slowly buying the classic full size pads. HTH, Shelly
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Huge difference.

Classic is "dye" ink -- water based. It will dry almost instantly and will dry on paper -- including glossy paper without heat setting. It will not provide as deep and rich "coverage" as craft ink. Looks awesome on glossy paper. Cannot use on fabric. You can take a blender pen or a wet paint brush or aquapainter and watercolor with it because it is dye and water to begin with.

Craft ink is pigment ink designed to work on paper, fabric, wood, etc. It will dry on non coated paper without heat setting, but will take a while and because it takes awhile to dry, you can take the ink and apply it directly to the paper and blend it. You can emboss with it (sprinkle embossing powder on it and heat set to get a shiny raised image). Its main advantage is that it provides a deeper color and covers solid stamps better. It is much less likely to fade and is prefered by scrapbookers. It will not dry on glossy paper unless you emboss or heat set.

This is what your demo is for! She should be able to demonstrate both and let you choose.

My strong recommendation is to buy slowly -- unless you have a LOT of money and space! Perhaps a set of stampin spots of each kind and experiment until you find what you love. My guess is your going to want both eventually! I have the full size dye classic pads and the craft spots. I also have the black and white craft full size pads. I think these are excellent for a variety of uses -- embossing and some cool techniques. Good luck!
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Old 09-09-2006, 03:40 PM   #5  
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Thank you so much for all of your help--I do plan to use them alot for scrapbooking so perhaps craft is the way to go, or at least the craft spots...too bad they're more expensive ( : Again, thank you, I value all of your opinions so much!!
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