Today I’m sharing tips about ink!
This week for #nndailytip, we're talking about ink! I like small ink pads. They are a cheaper way to get a big variety of colors, and the small tips on the triangle / petal shaped ones make it easy to get into small spaces if you are inking the corners of shapes or applying ink directly from the pad to embellishments like wood chips.
When buying heat embossing supplies, focus on either a range of colored embossing powder, which you can use with clear embossing ink, or many colors of ink, which you can use with clear embossing powder. Go with the latter if you don't plan on embossing often, as colored ink is more versatile! #nndailytip
Looking for a way to extend the life of your ink pads? Try an ink refresher, which will re-hydrate them! I have ink pads I've been using for a decade thanks to this. The kind I use is from Ranger. P.S. If you have a pad that doesn't have a tight lid, secure it closed with a rubber band to keep air from getting in to slow down the drying out process. #nndailytip
Different types of ink go on differently! Test them out to see what kind you prefer. I tend to like pigment ink the best, because it coats the stamp well, stamps evenly, and tends to be very vivid. It does take longer to dry, so be careful of smearing! Solvent ink is permanent, so is great for things handled frequently like minibook covers or very slick surfaces like acetate. Dye ink dries faster, but bleeds easily and it's difficult to get a clean image on certain types of paper. Pictures here: 1) Kelly Purkey hybrid ink 2) Kelly Purkey dye ink 3) Ali Edwards crafter's ink (similar to pigment) 4) Momento dye ink (JUST opened) 5) Momento pigment ink (I realized it needs to be refreshed after stamping) 6) Prima pigment ink #nndailytip
Of course ink isn't only about stamping–there are all sorts of amazing mixed media things you can do! Even if you are like me and don't dip into the messy products often, having some mists, ink bottles, and other mediums can be a great way to play–and you can still integrate those techniques into your style! #nndailytip
What are your favorite tips for using ink?
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