Inkpad Overview

November 23, 2016 — 18 Comments

All inkpads generally have a starting point of either a water, oil or solvent base.

From these three starting points various inclusions are added to give different effects and get different results. Examples of inclusion are colours (dye or pigment) mica, glue and some bases have nothing added.

Finding the right inkpad for the job can therefore be a daunting affair.

To help you understand the difference, I’ve put together an explanation of each base type along with some tips, suggested brands and techniques.


WATER BASED INK PADS

Key properties – Water-based inkpads usually have a thin consistency, dry quickly and have a translucent finish when dry. They can also usually be re-activated after stamping with the application of water.

Various brands of water based inkpads will have different properties such as being acid-free and fade resistant – you can usually see this marked on the label.

Both pigment and dye colourants can be used in the manufacture of water based inkpads. A dye based inkpad will give a translucent finish and a pigment colourant will give a more opaque finish.

Examples of water based inkpads are – Tim Holtz Distress Inkpads, Memento, Kaleidacolor, Big & Juicy and Walnut Ink.

I have used Tim Holtz Distress Inkpads on this blog a fair bit, to see the archive click here.

OIL BASED INKPADS

Key properties – Oil-based inkpads are usually translucent, water repellent, permanent on porous surfaces, have a thin consistency and dry a little slower than water-based inkpads.

The natural water repellent properties of oil Based Inkpads make them perfect to spritz watercolour sprays over.

Oil Based Inkpads tend to be ‘sticky’ and so even fine detailed stamps will pick up ink and give a clean and crisp impression.

They are great to use on paper, card and wood.

Examples of oil based inkpads are – Versafine, Versamark, and Encore.

I have used the Versafine inkpad a fair bit on this blog, to see the archive click here.

SOLVENT BASED INKPADS

Key properties – Solvent-based inkpads are usually opaque, permanent on porous and non-porous surfaces. Drying time will depend on the surface onto which it is stamped.

Examples of solvent based inkpads are – Stazon

If you want your image to stay, no matter what surface you’re working on, this is the Inkpad you need.

if you are using alcohol markers to colour in a stamped image do NOT use this Inkpad as the alcohol in the pen will make the stamped outline bleed and blur.

I have used Stazon inkpads a little in the past. To see the blog post archive click here


If you are looking for a great chart to print off and keep, please visit the TSukineko website and print this ink pad quick reference chart from Tsukineko and pop it on your wall.

I hope you’ve found this post useful and will share it with your inky pals on your social feeds and Pinterest boards.

If there is any other craft range you think it would be useful to have this type of clarity on, please do leave a comment in the relevant place below.

Many thanks for reading and I’ll catch you again soon.

J :)

18 responses to Inkpad Overview

  1. 

    Thanks John, I will definitely be putting the chart on my wall.

    Best Wishes
    Pat Robinson

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  2. 

    This post has been very very useful -been crafting a while but still hadn’t got the difference between the solvent and oil based so thank you xx

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  3. 

    Thank you John. This is sooo useful. I have never been able to understand the different ink pads & never had it explained so good before. This might encourage me to give stamping a go now.
    Glad Maisie is better! What a stressful time you have had. Take care.
    Happy crafting
    Carole

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  4. 

    Thank you John very helpful

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  5. 

    Great info – thanks. Liz X

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  6. 

    Thanks John this is very useful. I’ve been really confused with the different ink pads

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  7. 

    Thank you so much for this! I have never been able to get my head around which ink to use. So grateful! x

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  8. 

    Thank you so much John, this is really useful! I get so confused with what ink is what and what to use for what! crafty hugs xx

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  9. 

    Thanks John. That is really useful info. I’d seen something similar years ago but lost where I found it. Ink pads can be so confusing at times when you’re not sure how best to use them.

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  10. 

    Thank you John. This was very helpful

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  11. 

    Thank you. It would be great if you could mention the best inkpad to use for heat embossing with a powder.

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  12. 

    This is really helpful, John, Thank you.

    With best wishes from Sue Mannings

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  13. 

    This is excellent. I’ve been crafting all my life, but have never really known much about inks and therefore stamping. Thanks once again John. x

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