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Old 10-24-2021, 03:33 PM   #1  
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I purged all my old dye ink pads, some of them more than 20 years old. It was time.

A friend gifted me a Catherine Pooler ink pad and I love it. Takes some getting used to the foam but I like it enough that I plan to go that direction. However, I don't want to limit myself to just Catherine Pooler if there are other brands that use foam pads with their dye inks.
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Here is a video from Rebecca Keppel with new dye inks that are foam:


She mentions Concord and Ninth, The Stamp Market, and Catherine Pooler. She is comparing the three.

The Stamps of Life is foam. My Favorite Things say they are foam. I know they used to be as I have one gifted to me from many years ago and the new ones say foam. Stampin Up has been foam for a long time. I do like the newest ink pads as they do a better job, I think.
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She mentions Concord and Ninth, The Stamp Market, and Catherine Pooler. She is comparing the three.

The Stamps of Life is foam. My Favorite Things say they are foam. I know they used to be as I have one gifted to me from many years ago and the new ones say foam. Stampin Up has been foam for a long time. I do like the newest ink pads as they do a better job, I think.
Wow. I didn't know there were so many foam lines available. A friend recently gave me a Catherine Pooler ink pad and I really like it, though it does take a little getting used to. I want to replace my 20-year-old ink pads but am not interested in a monogamous relationship with any particular brand. This video helps. Thanks!
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Catherine Pooler dye pads, wondering what takes getting use to? Thank you.
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Catherine Pooler dye pads, wondering what takes getting use to? Thank you.
I'm guessing if you have never used a foam pad at all, it takes getting used to. It is really easy to over ink your stamps with a foam pad if you have never used them.
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I'm guessing if you have never used a foam pad at all, it takes getting used to. It is really easy to over ink your stamps with a foam pad if you have never used them.
You are absolutely correct. I've been using the older style ink pads (felt/linen style dye ink pads) for over 20 years. Heard rave reviews of the new style foam ink pads offered by a variety of different stamp companies, so I bought a set. Absolutely hated them and couldn't sell them fast enough. Now, please note that I am not slamming any of these companies who make/sell these style of ink pads, it's that we just couldn't get along! It didn't matter how hard I tried, what stamps I used (red rubber or photopolymer), paper/cardstock, acrylic block or stamping platform, EVERYTHING I tried was an epic fail. I do believe that there is a learning curve with them and if you're starting out with them and are successful, go with it. I'm back to using what works for me!
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I strongly suggest you don't use Catherine Pooler Midnight ink on your clear stamps, I haven't found ANYTHING to remove it and it you press too hard, you'll not be able to tell what they are.
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I strongly suggest you don't use Catherine Pooler Midnight ink on your clear stamps, I haven't found ANYTHING to remove it and it you press too hard, you'll not be able to tell what they are.
Midnight is her archival ink, which will stain your stamps. With any archival ink that is foam based, pressing too hard will make it difficult to read.

The Stamps of Life has Forever Black which is archival and will stain your stamps, also foam based.

My Favorite Things has Extreme Black Hybrid Ink Pad. They say use Ultra Clean to remove the ink from the stamps. Not sure if this one is foam.

I think with any foam new-to-you ink pads there is a learning curve to know how far to press the stamp, how to remove the ink, when to re-ink, and be very careful with the archival inks.
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Midnight is her archival ink, which will stain your stamps. With any archival ink that is foam based, pressing too hard will make it difficult to read.

The Stamps of Life has Forever Black which is archival and will stain your stamps, also foam based.

My Favorite Things has Extreme Black Hybrid Ink Pad. They say use Ultra Clean to remove the ink from the stamps. Not sure if this one is foam.

I think with any foam new-to-you ink pads there is a learning curve to know how far to press the stamp, how to remove the ink, when to re-ink, and be very careful with the archival inks.
I use Inkon3 Inkoff stamp cleaner, it removes my archival inks and other inks with no problem. CP Midnight is the only ink I've ever had a problem removing, so I just don't use it anymore. Yes, just a light tap with the foam pad inks. I started with SU inks, but when they changed the clamshell design I couldn't get them open due to arthritis so I switched to CP and C&9th. I also have Gina K, and TH distress oxides and distress minis.
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