A new look at Craft Ink

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I bought my Stampin’ Up! Craft inks in Stampin’ Spots several years ago — when they were on sale.  I’ve never regretted that purchase.  I don’t use them a lot, but there are some techniques that require a slower-drying ink.

Here’s a quick review of the differences between our Classic (dye) and Craft (pigment) inks:

  • Dye ink absorbs into the paper; pigment ink sits on top of the paper and does not absorb.
  • Pigment ink tends to be thicker than dye ink and is often preferred for scrapbooking because pigment inks are more resistant to fading than most dye inks.
  • Pigment ink, by nature, dries more slowly than dye ink.  (You can heat-set the pigment ink to speed drying time or set your projects aside to dry.  Craft ink will not dry on slick surfaces, even when heat-set.)  Because of the longer drying time, you have time to apply your embossing powder without rushing; therefore, the Craft pads are an excellent choice for embossing.

So we have used Craft ink to stamp on silk scarves, to emboss (using Iridescent Ice on the wonderful evergreen from Lovely As a Tree), and for the Chalkboard technique.

I’m not sure why it never dawned on me that using the Heat Tool would not only dry the Craft ink faster but would also brighten the color.  That’s what I did, thanks to the tip from Sharon Rogers, on the card above.  I love this look!

Stamps:  Autumn Days (p. 92), Simply Thanks (p. 208)

Ink:  Soft Suede, Artichoke Appeal (Craft), Barely Banana (Craft)

Paper:  Soft Suede, Barely Banana. Naturals Ivory

Other:  Heat Tool, 1/2″ Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon (Soft Suede), Vintage Brad (Antique Brass), Stampin’ Dimensionals

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One Response to A new look at Craft Ink

  1. Sally says:

    I love the brad and ribbon effect on this card. It reminds me of a buckle!

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