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Old 01-04-2009, 09:00 PM   #1  
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I've been adding to my SU! inventory for a bit and now I'm going to look into getting more ink pads...wondering if you prefer one type over the other or should I get all colors in both? Seems like a huge expense to get both, all I have now are black and the newest "in" colors in Classic. I do have tons of pigment in others brands, so it's not like I'd never be able to use that type, I just wouldn't have them in SU colors. Opinions?
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I personally use only the Classic Ink pads. The craft pads are "sticky" and they take a while to dry.

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I've been adding to my SU! inventory for a bit and now I'm going to look into getting more ink pads...wondering if you prefer one type over the other or should I get all colors in both? Seems like a huge expense to get both, all I have now are black and the newest "in" colors in Classic. I do have tons of pigment in others brands, so it's not like I'd never be able to use that type, I just wouldn't have them in SU colors. Opinions?
I think it depends on what you are planning to stamp with them. The "classic" pads dry fast since they are dye based, while the other ones are pigment ink and take longer to dry. The "classic" ones ink will fade after time, so if you are doing scrapbooking or something you do not want to fade I would go with the pigment ones. You can heat set them to dry faster if you want. I do have both and use them both. The one thing I do really like about the pigment ones is that you can stamp and use clear embossing powder on them. Now you have all the colors and do not have to buy alot of embossing powders.. It is a big expense though. I was able to do it since I am a SU! demo. HTH you out in deciding what to do.

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I have all the classic ink pads because that is what I seem to use the most. I also have a couple of the craft stampin spots families and I plan on getting the other two this year, so that I have them if I need to use them with scrapbooks or want to do some embossing with clear embossing powder. I agree with the other posts, it depends on what you are doing and which works better for you. With the stampin up pads you can get what you would use most often in the regular size pads and the other in the stampin spots, it will save you some money.
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I have stampin spots in craft colors, and I use them on almost every card with clear embossing powder. I have a few big classic pads in the colors I use most, adding one or 2 periodically. I fill in the gaps with my SU markers.
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I purchased all 4 color familes in the craft and they are all still sitting wrapped in their plastic. I think I opened up two of the pads. Was not impressed. I also got the reinkers...this was a HUGE waste of money for me.
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Thank you all...I think I'll stick with the classic for now, since I can always emboss with my non-SU pads if needed...sure will save me tons of money, especially since I buy re-inkers with the pads.
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I purchased all 4 color familes in the craft and they are all still sitting wrapped in their plastic. I think I opened up two of the pads. Was not impressed. I also got the reinkers...this was a HUGE waste of money for me.
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Can you give more detail about what you weren't impressed with? I know the different inks have different purposes and I'm just wondering what you think the cons are with the craft ink.

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I have all the craft inks and I would have to say the cons are the price and that they take longer to dry unless you emboss or heat dry them. If you are going to get them, I would get the colors you think you will use the most. It is alittle cheaper to buy as a family of 12,but just by about the cost of one pad. I have not used probably about 75% of mine and I have had them for about 5 years now. Looking back I wish I had bought the one or twoat a time. I would have saved myself alot of money....

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I have all 4 families and "In Colors" in Classic and purchased the stampin' spots in craft (keep them in my hodgepodge tin) to save some money and bought reinkers for them. I like using them and use them quite often. It's a matter of preference and if you have time to heat set them. If you're happy with the Classics and have no need for the Crafts then save the money for more stamp sets.
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I love craft ink because I like to emboss with clear powder. I like the paint type feel that the craft ink has. With that said, I also really like the classic ink too because it is so much quicker. It just depends if you want to emboss with them.
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I love craft ink because I like to emboss with clear powder. I like the paint type feel that the craft ink has. With that said, I also really like the classic ink too because it is so much quicker. It just depends if you want to emboss with them.
Okay ladies--if you don't mind me jumping in...

What other ADVANTAGES are there to using Craft ink besides heat embossing?

Is Craft ink opaque? I've been dying to stamp pink polka dots on choc chip cs but I've never found the right ink.

I am familiar with color box pigment inks--are they similar to SU craft pads?

I'd appreciate any input...
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I have all the full size pads in the classic ink. I use these all the time since they are dye inks. The big pad makes it easy to ink things up. I do have some that still have the wrappers on but not a whole lot and I like having them on hand should I ever need that cololr. I have a lot of little craft inks that are non-SU that I can use to emboss if I need to but I just can't justify the cost of the big pads for the SU! craft ink as I really don't emboss much. I have been thinking of getting the spots in craft though, since I like to be all matchy-matchy (ie OCD

Can anyone tell me if the craft spots last a while or do they dry out? I won't use them a whole lot so I don't want to get them if they aren't durable and long lasting. Thanks ladies!
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I have all of the craft spots and have found that they dried out very fast. So now I am going to just order my favs in the large pads.
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It seems to me that the craft provides a richer look which is nice for those stamps that have a lot of rubber on the surface/solid stamps. If you don't use a lot of those, I wouldn't get the craft.
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It seems to me that the craft provides a richer look which is nice for those stamps that have a lot of rubber on the surface/solid stamps. If you don't use a lot of those, I wouldn't get the craft.
For large BG stamps, do you think craft ink works best?

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My craft stampin spots are about 3 years old and in pretty good shape. Large craft pads can be very juicy and may not give as crisp an image for background stamps as it is hard to use a light touch with a large stamp. I prefer to use classic ink (brayered) for background stamps.
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My craft stampin spots are about 3 years old and in pretty good shape. Large craft pads can be very juicy and may not give as crisp an image for background stamps as it is hard to use a light touch with a large stamp. I prefer to use classic ink (brayered) for background stamps.
Thanks for taking the time to respond!! I have a brayer but never thought to use it for inking the BG stamps--which still give me trouble sometimes
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My craft stampin spots are about 3 years old and in pretty good shape. Large craft pads can be very juicy and may not give as crisp an image for background stamps as it is hard to use a light touch with a large stamp. I prefer to use classic ink (brayered) for background stamps.
Have you re-inked them or have they stayed pretty juicy?
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I have all of the craft spots and have found that they dried out very fast. So now I am going to just order my favs in the large pads.
I only have one craft ink pad, Very Vanilla, the rest of my ink pads are classic. I bought it a little over a year ago. In all honesty, I don't use white very often... however, I went to use it today and it's nearly dried out! I've had many classic ink pads for the same amount of time, even a bit longer, and none of them have dried out. I'm pretty disappointed about that. I was considering buying a re-inker but I'm on the fence. Usually if I need to emboss, I use versamark and a coloured emboss powder. I wonder if all craft ink dries out this quickly or if this is just a fluke?
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If you scrapbook you want the craft ink. The classic ink will fade whereas the craft ink is made for scrapbooking. You can also use it to emboss and to stamp on the fabric.
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I purchased all 4 color familes in the craft and they are all still sitting wrapped in their plastic. I think I opened up two of the pads. Was not impressed. I also got the reinkers...this was a HUGE waste of money for me.
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Can you give more detail about what you weren't impressed with? I know the different inks have different purposes and I'm just wondering what you think the cons are with the craft ink.

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Hi beanaddict....It just was not a good fit for me to purchase these. I normally use the dye ink, Fluid chalk inks or Pallette Inks...I am sure there is nothing wrong with them I just dont use them because I dont want to emboss them every time or use the heat gun every time.

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I bought all the classic pads in regular size then one family of craft inks in spots. I'm now completing the craft spots for the other 3 color fams because they really did the trick for me. Eventually I'll probably go full sized pads but for now the spots do the job. Good luck, it's a hard decision. PS> the spots are almost easier when you're coloring chipboard, easy to manipulate.
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I like the classic pads, I tend to use them more. You might want to initally purchase only a black and white craft pads to start and see how that works for you. Give yourself a little time to decide if you would use other craft ink colors. Heat embossing line stamps with black craft ink works well if you want to color the image with SU markers.
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I actually just sold all of my craft pads. I have the entire set of classic pads, but if I were to do it again, I'd buy all of the spots. I have 12 of them from buying the punch boxes and card kits, and I LOVE them! I use them more than my full sized pads.
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I have one craft pad in white that I use for stamping on colored card stock. If I decide I want more craft inks for coloring die cuts, etc, I'll go with the spots. Good idea to try them on solid stamps too!

With the classic inks I have 2 sets - earth tones and pastels - that have covered my needs so far. I keep them in their original boxes on a shelf over my work area.
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