Hi everyone, Chantal here...to give you a little bit of background on me, I love all things cute and punny. If I could move to Disneyland I would. I have always been a traditional scrapbooker who would document our Disney family adventures. I have only in the last year or so started discovering my love of card making, mixed media playing and anything that gets my hands full of ink.
I got so overwhelmed with all the ink choices and what was for what that I made myself a little cheat sheet. Trying to figure out what ink pad was to be used for what was a frustrating and expensive trial and error for me that I know have labels on my ink pads about what to use for what project.
Dye - Water Based
Water based inks usually dry quickly on porous surfaces and are washable should you get them on yourself (boring right). you can add colour to images stamped with these pads if the media you use is non water based such as dry chalks or pencils. Water colours/copics/chameleons etc will cause the outlines of your stamped image to bleed.
Dye - Permanent
Before I even talk about permanent dye...can we just talk about how yummy Stazon smells!!! These ink pads can be used on almost any surface and unlike water based paged, these will dry on non-porous surfaces like glossy card stock. This ink won't bleed and it provides a much more crisp image. Stazon is my personal go to when stamping outlines.
Pigment ink is so fun to work with. The science behind it is that it has glycerin in it and remains wet for a while allowing you to use embossing powders. The colour, when dry provides a nice sheen but DON'T touch it until it dries or use your heat gun.
The Versafine pads dry very quickly on porous surfaces and give a crisp, permanent, fade resistant finish that's perfect for colouring with any medium.
These inks come in vibrant colours and beautiful aged colours. These inks have a slower drying time and are often used to give a aged look to paper or used to create beautiful blended colours.
Chantal here, and I am a self professed Doodlebugaholic. Admitting it is the first step, right?
I needed a few cards today for three co-workers that loved cats and because this was last minute and I didn't have lots of time; I went right to the Doodlebug Essentials, Kitten Smitten package. This collection was purr-fect and I am not kitten around, they were a big hit.
Here is a link of a wonderful tutorial by Andy Skinner showing this style of background. I use medium weight water color paper and simply float on top rather than dip into the basin of water. Beware this is a very addicting and fun.