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We are doing a GIVEAWAY for the month of June to celebrate our Partnership with IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko.  
You can win by leaving comments!   



(15 x 18 inch heavy weight AlteredPages canvas tote with 4 StazOn midi Inks, Shimmer Mist, Alice in Wonderland Stamp Set, 5 assorted Tags, 5 large glassine envelopes and Washi Tape ~ WOW!

We will draw a winning name July 1.

Since we are using Inks from IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko, I thought I would post a brief tutorial about the nuances of inks and how to get the best results from different types of ink products.




Pigment ink
Pigment inks are slow-drying and ideal for heat embossing, as they allow enough time for the embossing powder to stick to the inked area.
Unlike dye-based ink, pigment ink dries on the surface of the card rather than soaking into the fibers, so the colors can look more vibrant than dye-based inks. This also means that they are not suitable for  stamping on coated/glossy stock, the ink won’t dry.  Use them to stamp if you heat emboss them.  PIGMENT Based inks are those such as Radiant Neons, Brilliance, Versafine, VersaColor, and more.



(Radiant Neon Pigment Ink)

Dye-based ink 
Dye-based ink is quick-drying & excellent for basic stamping.  They have a hard felt pad, which means it’s difficult to over-ink your stamp, so it gives clean images – perfect for stamping outlines & ideal for if you are new to stamping.
Dye-based ink soaks into the fibers of the paper rather than sitting on top, so you will get the brightest effect if you use them on pale or white card, rather than dark cardstock.  Some dye-based inks are waterproof when dry, some are not. If you want to watercolor over your stamped images, you’ll need to use an ink labelled as ‘waterproof’. Alternatively, non-waterproof inks can be used as a coloring medium themselves – simply dab on some ink and apply the color with a paintbrush.   
Dye-based ink can fade over time.  Use products such as ImagineCrafts Goosebumps Spray or Creative Medium to seal the inks.  Look for ink pads labeled as ‘archival’ or ‘fade-resistant’.  DYE BASED INK can be found in the Momentos Dual Markers and the Momentos Ink Pads  are fade resistant & acid free.
(Momento Dye based Inks)
Silly little sketch done with Micron Pen
Momento Markers and Niji Paint


Solvent-based inks


Solvent-based inks are quick-drying, permanent inks. As they can be used on any surface, are ideal for  all kinds of card, acetate, glass, plastic, tile, metal but not fabric.  Clear stamps should not be used with solvent-based ink as the solvent can attack the clear polymer.  If you do use them, quickly clean them.  StazOn is a popular brand of solvent-based ink, as it has a mild smell.


(StazOn Midi Midnight Blue, Blue Hawaii & Cloudy Sky)

Enjoy seeing all the fabulous projects by the Design Teams from both IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko and AlteredPages



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