Posts Tagged ‘Inks’

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Here is the first in a series of articles to help you find your way through the many products available for stamping. I hope to be able to guide you towards essential products and their uses so you can buy a set of core products to get you started and then build upon this to add a range of colours to suit the crafting that inspires you.

I will include links to more detail explanations of what inks are suitable for what card type later in the article, but for now what is important is that there ARE different inks for different card types. The main kinds of ink available are; Dye based Permanent and Pigment.

A core set of basic inks would be;

  • Versamark; This is a clear pigment ink. It is used for embossing as it is slow drying, you can also stamp with it and just heat it and the ink will leave a watermark effect. The image will appear in a slightly darker tone than your original card.
  • Versa Fine; This is a whole range of inks, do get an Onyx Black. It is also a pigment ink, so it is slow drying and can be embossed with. It is a superb black and you can colour your resulting image with watercolours and the image will not run.
  • Ranger Archival; Again this is a whole range of waterproof inks, do get a Black one as it is useful for stamping over alcohol inks and again will leave an image that you can watercolour over.
  • Stayz On;Again this is a range of inks most people want a black in this one. This is a solvent based ink, it is used to stamp on NON Porous surfaces like acetate, acrylic, glass, foil etc. It is a good ink but it does what it says on the label it STAYZ ON! You will need to buy a special Stayz On Cleaner to clean your stamps and it is not suitable for the newer polymer and clear stamps.

The choice for your remaining colour pallet will be one of personal choice led firstly by colours you like and secondly by the surfaces you wish to stamp onto. If you are new buy a small selection of small inkpads from various manufacturers and see which ones you enjoy using. When you have found some that work for you, then do build up your collection from there.


The one thing that has taken my crafting to another level is buying the complete range of a set of inks. In the past I had odds and ends of colours, and found that it seriously limited what I could do. I saved up for the Ranger Adirondack Earth-tones Dye ink pallet, although it took a while and was a large investment it was the best decision I have made. I have since added to this with the Lights and recently the Brights ranges. I now have a wide selection of colours that I know will tone together as they are from the same range. I was lucky enough to have the Color wash Sprays also in the Ranger Adirondack range  bought for me last Christmas and I would love to collect the Acrylic dabbers and Alcohol inks over time too, oh and the pigment inks have come out in that range as well.

Some would say that is a limited pallet, but to have colours that co ordinate across many different surface is a huge benefit. There is nothing wrong with other brands and it is a matter of personal preference and what surface you want to work on, as well as what colours you like.  Whatever brand or type of ink you choose bare in mind that as with most things in life you get what you pay for. The top brands are not always cheap but they are worth the investment. I have bought cheap ink in the past and it either dries up really fast or the cushion rips off the base. If you are on a tight budget there are often small versions of inks available as well as the large pads. These are a great way of collecting lots of colours without breaking the bank. Once you have some favourites then buy the larger pads in those colours as the little ones run out.



http://www.rubberstampsclub.com/tips/inks.html This describes in more detail what inks to use for what surface.

Do check out the links in the Rubber Stamping tab at the top of this blog. It has links to the main manufacturers web sites.


Thanks for reading and see you soon


Billie 🙂


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Wecome back.

Today is a tutorial for anyone wishing to list their craft collection in more detail than yesterday’s images. Amend this idea to suit your own type of craft products. You are free to use this idea for your own personal use but this is my own concept, so please do not re-sell the idea as your own!

Detailed stash listing

If you need to keep track of the value of your craft stash, then the following is a way of doing so. For this project you will need;

  • A ring binder;
  • Paper;
  • Page protectors, and page dividers, if desired.

The first thing to consider would be, is it important for you to know how much you spend on different aspects of your crafting? If it is, then you will need to divide your folder up into the aspects that are of particular interest. For example, do you want to separate rubber stamps from the rest of your products or tools separate from consumables etc.? If you are just looking to have a good idea of what all your stash is worth then it isn’t necessary to divide your folder up. 

How much detail do I need to go into with this listing?

Again this is entirely personal preference and depends on what you are listing all this for. I tend to list as much information as possible, as it is often useful to know where you got a product from, especially if something wears out and you want to replace it. If that level of detail is not required then record what information you require.

So how would all this look on a page?

Here is an example of how I would enter my new Willow coloured ink pad onto my detailed list.

Brand;     Ranger
Range;    Adirondack Lights
Code;      ALP07319 (this was found on the back of the ink pad)
Product;  Ink pad
Type;      Dye Ink
Size;        Large pad
Date;       20 Feb 2008
From;       (shop name)
Price;       £4.49

Everything in the first column shown above would be the titles for your columns.  This gives you a universal page that can be used to list all types of products. If you are handy on the computer, you can print your own pages using Word or similar word processing package. Insert a table and enter the column headings as listed above. Save this on your computer and you can print additional sheets as required.  Go for a landscape page as this will give you much more room for all the headings.

Brand Range Code Product Type Size Date From Price
Ranger Adirondack Willow ALP07319 Ink Pad Dye Ink Large Pad 20 Feb 2008 (shop name) £4.49

If you prefer a more computer based approach consider listing in something like Excel, as this then gives you the option of having the computer add things up as you go.  The only issue I have with that option is that you then need to start up your computer to list anything. For me it is quicker to use the folder, as it is just there on the shelf. Having said that, if you have lots of time and need a back up copy of this listing in case the worst happens, you could copy the detail from your paper list into Excel.

I can’t bear to think how much it is all worth

That’s ok, for those of you who prefer denial (just kidding) rather than keeping a running total, just add up your totals per page and write them at the foot of each page. If you have another half who needs to know these figures for insurance reasons and telling them wouldn’t end a marriage (hehe), then they can add up the page totals to record totals where they need to.

What about new items?

Each time you buy something, you simply list it in the folder before storing it, so it really doesn’t take long. You will have the receipt for prices and shop name and the product in front of you for its details.  If you wish to do this listing for all your stash, you won’t have prices, shop details or dates. Estimate dates – just put in a year for example. As for prices, look up your product either in your local store or online to give you a price. As for shop details, if you remember, great; if not, well that information is really only useful if you wanted to buy replacement items.


I think that’s more than enough for one day;  thanks for reading and check back tomorrow for design tips.

Best wishes


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