Ink Pads 101: Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask!

Happy Friday  Today we are going to talk about ink…well I’m gonna talk about ink (for about 15 minutes LOL) and you can listen if you like. I had a couple people request a video demonstrating the various brands of ink-pads and what they are good for and at least once a week someone emails me or leaves a comment asking about ink so today I am going to give you the scoop on ink-pads! You don’t need to take notes during the video because I prepared an Ink Pad Cheat Sheet that you can download at the end of this post:) Just step away from the pencil ma’am. Here’s the video:

I realized that I did not talk about chalk or distress inks (doh!) and you might be feverishly trying to make notes while the video was going (no small task with how fast I talk) so I decided to save you the trouble and create a cross reference cheat sheet that you can print containing all the inks I talked about and the two I forgot. there is also a bit of room in the chart for you to jot down your notes and findings.  I have also included tips and recipes for homemade ink and ink refreshers. You can download that below:


So, did I do good? Do you feel like you know a thing or two about all of the ink pad choices out there? As always if you have any questions just leave a comment (or if you just want to say howdy-do!) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

A Stamping Tip for Beginners (or anyone frustrated by splotchy stamping!}

Howdy folks! I just wanted to pop in and share some beginner stamping tips with you today using this quick tag as an example. The cool camouflage ribbon I am using is from Papermart.

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One of the biggest mistakes new stampers make is not leaving the rubber on the paper long enough and not using the right ink or paper. Here are some easy tips to improve your stamping now:

  1. Choose silky smooth paper for stamping. You can visit a print shop and buy a few sheets of the different kinds they have, it is a great way to try out paper inexpensively and they can order you a ream of paper at a lower cost that the office supply store! Notice how crisp and clean the orange stamped image looks on the white paper. That is my favorite cardstock: Neenah 80# super smooth in Solar White, it also is great for alcohol ink markers!
  2. Choose the right ink: notice the difference in sharpness between the orange stamped image and the brown wood-grain on the manila tag. I used Stampin Up Dye base ink on the white panel (a stamping ink) and distress ink on the tag (a specialty ink made to give a distressed look). Also, white manila tags are fun to stamp, and stamp pretty well, they are not quite as good as a super smooth stamping paper. It is totally fine to stamp on anything, but you should try out different stuff so you can learn to get the effect you want!
  3. Don’t rush it! I know it is exciting to stamp and you wan to see the image ASAP (step away from the stamp ma’am) but you need to give the ink time to transfer.  First ink up the stamp well, tilt it to the light to make sure the entire surface is shiny, you might even want to breathe on the stamp to moisten the ink a bit more. Gently but firmly press the stamp to the paper and hold it in place for a few seconds (roughly the amount of time it takes you to sing the song “happy birthday” then lift the stamp straight up. Viola a great image!

I hope these tips helped some of the newbies out there! I also recommend curved stamp mounts like Rock-a-blocks and the Mega mount because they make even the most finicky detailed stamps stamp well. I have a tutorial on using those here. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

WOYWW: How to Fix an Unstuck Inkpad!

So, yesterday was not so productive…I had a kid home sick (that seems to be my theme song lately) so my desk looks this with my lovely re-glued and properly functioning ink pads on it! Why and I showing you my desk you ask? Because it is What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday of course!

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I made a video showing how easy it is to fix ink pads where the pad has come off. I used the new single use tubes of Gorilla Glue for that. One tube was enough to fix all of my pads and fix a broken wagon I had. I would always waste so much when I bought a big tune because I could never go through it before it cured!  Here is the video if you want to see how it is done:

I checked the wagon and it is perfect now, i think I might use it in my craft room for storage/decoration! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Video Tutorial: Faux Distress Ink

So many supplies, so little cash (am I right?) so when I see a technique I like I try to duplicate it with the supplies I have on hand. I love the distress ink technique of stamping with water to reveal a lighter image. I tried it with my other ink pads and I did not get the look I was going for and then I remembered that whenever I drip water on an ink jet printout I get just the effect I want! Check out these cards, the orange background was done with my faux distress technique. The focal images are digistamps from the new Pen & Ink Poppies set from Lindsay’s stamp Stuff.

I wish I took a photo of the background itself before I adhered the card but you can see it well in the video.

Here are close up shots of the card:

Here is a look and the new Pen & Ink Poppies set:

I used the sketch from Oriental Stamp Art to create these cards today. I hope you enjoyed the video and learned something new! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting.