Ellen Hutson's Essential Ink Guide

The Essential Ink Guide from Ellen Hutson LLC

We will give you an overview on the types of inks available for stamping (dye, pigment, hybrid, solvent), talk about some of their basic properties and discuss choosing the right ink for your project. We will also show you some of the most popular inking tools available on the market, allowing you to apply all of these inks in different ways.
Not all inks are created equal.  Some inks do things that others don’t.  Sometimes you may want an ink that’s waterproof.  There may be other times that you want an ink that reacts when exposed to water.  Knowing your inks can be helpful in predicting your results and choosing the right for the job.
Here are the quick notes on ink types...
  • Dye Inks – Dye inks are the most common. They may be water reactive or permanent when dry.  The translucent ink sinks in to the fibers of the paper and dyes the paper. Dye inks dry fast to avoid smudging.  You may notice that the color softens or intensifies as it dries. Dye inks are available from a wide range of stamping companies in a whole lotta colors!
  • Pigment Inks – Pigment inks are rich and vibrant, and change very little as they dry.  Pigment inks are a more opaque type of ink that sits on top of the paper (almost like a very thin paint). Pigment inks are slower drying, making them great for techniques like embossing.  You may want to heat set your pigment inks to avoid smudging.
  • Hybrid Inks – Hybrid inks combine properties of dye inks and pigment inks. They are often slower drying than a traditional dye ink and faster drying than a traditional pigment ink, making them versatile and easy to work with. Hybrid inks are the most wide ranging in their properties. It’s harder to apply a basic rules and properties to these types of inks.

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