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Old 03-16-2009, 05:36 PM   #1  
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Default Question from a novice about SU! ink pads

I am thinking about ordering a set of ink spots. But I'm not sure what the difference is between 'classic' and 'craft'. Can anyone explain?
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Classic ink is a dye based ink..... Very watery and it absorbs into the paper quickly.

Craft ink is a pigment ink.... very thick, almost like a paint it seems. It stays wet longer allowing for embossing or glittery effect

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Good Question. This is the way I understand it, please jump in anyone if I'm not accurate.

Classic ink is water-based ink. It is quick drying and soaks into the paper. It is good for watercoloring.

Craft ink is pigment ink. It is slow-drying and sits on top of the paper. Pigment ink is said to resist fading better and therefore some people prefer it for scrapbooking.
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So if I wanted to stamp an image and use markers or watercolor pencils to color it in, I should use classic? and if I wanted to heat emboss, I should use craft?
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Take a look at this. I made it as a comparison of the different inks.

I used a few of the bold brights so you could see the differences better.

There's classic, craft, craft with embossing powder, an stampin' write marker
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So if I wanted to stamp an image and use markers or watercolor pencils to color it in, I should use classic? and if I wanted to heat emboss, I should use craft?
If you had a line-drawn image you would use a permanent ink. I actually use black staz-on for most of my water-coloring needs. I stamp the image with staz-on and then I watercolor it using my classic stampin' pads. If you are getting the spots. You can press the spot on a plastic lid to get some ink to work with. I like to use aquapainters or blender pens to pick up the ink for watercoloring.

If you would like to heat emboss in Stampin' Up's colors, you can stamp using the craft ink and then sprinkle with clear embossing powder and then emboss with your heat tool.

However, if you already have colored embossing powders, you can use versamark (which is a clear pigment ink), then sprinkle with your colored embossing powder and heat. Versamark is also good for making watermarks (tone on tone stamping) and many other things.

If this helps any, I use the classic stampin' pads much more than I use the craft ones. I'm mainly a cardmaker.
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Thanks! This helps a bunch! I think I can make an informed decision now!
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