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Old 10-05-2005, 06:57 AM   #1  
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Default Can someone explain to me the difference between pigment and dye inks?

I know that our dye (classic) inks dry quickly and are water-based. But what are the advantages and disadvantages of one over another? Why choose one ink over the other kind?
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I use the pigment ink for different affect with embosing powders, slower drying time, but gives a bold image, with a little depth. I also like the liquid chalk ink.
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I probbably did'nt tell you much, all I know is what I use. sorry.
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Pigment inks are a thicker color that stays on top of the paper giving a truer, richer color. They are fade resistant. They work better with embossing because they are slow drying. The pads do not dry out quickly. They work well on darker papers. They can be heat set for permanence. They don't normally dry on glossy cardstock, or dry very slowly.

Dye inks dry quickly. Being thinner, they soak into the paper more so bleeding can be a problem. They are more translucent and allow the paper color to show through more. They will fade with time.
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This is how I remember the difference:
Dye ink is DRY ink
PIGment is messy (piggy/messy) -
actually you can emboss with either, but you have to be faster when using the dye inks as they dry quickly. And Pigment inks on glossy paper/stock is more difficult as my stamps will slide and make smeared images.
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Smile 3 types of inks

Excellent question! And great way to remember, SharonStam'n!

I have 2 links to 2 good articles which describe the 3 main inks:
  • Dye-based
  • Pigment
  • Permanent
(This would be an excellent subject for one of the SCS from the 'resources' tutorials section, no? )

STAMP PAD MANIA by drstamping.com
Inks, Ink Pads, Re-inkers - What kind should I use? - by rubberstampsclub.com

I hope this helps!
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Here's what I *think* I know. lol please someone correct me if i'm wrong. I'd hate to sound like an idiot. lol


Pigment inks are good to use and recommended if you use it for scrapping. This is because it resists fading and will last.

Dye based ink are great to use for immediate projects such as cards or wrapping paper because they WILL fade with time and so are not great inks to use in your scrapbooks.

I love to use my pigments for embossing and found it very difficult to emboss with dye inks. although the pigments take FOREVER and a day to dry. lol
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