Catching up with the "What I've Learned so Far" series for those starting out with card making. I hope sharing my experience helps you along the way.
Here is part 4: Let's get inky!
You might categorize inks as part of your must need crafting items, and yes, you will need some type of ink to get started. In my experience, a dye based black ink should be your first ink. Then build up some primary colors.
Some companies are releasing inks in both a “full sized” ink pad and a a smaller “cube” ink pad. Depending on your storage needs, you may want to have a full sized ink pad in black and other colors in the small cubes. Some companies even sell cube sets that have coordinating colors. This can help build up your ink collection and take the guess work out of what colors may go together for particular companies’ ink products.
There are generally two types of inks: dye based and pigment inks
Dye inks: The ink soaks into the paper and “blotchiness” smooths out as it dries.
Pigment inks: The ink stays on surface of the paper and takes longer to dry.
Some companies have developed pigment inks that are fast drying.
Other types of inks: hybrid inks, distressed inks, Versamark/clear ink.
- Hybrid inks are just as the name describes. Amy R has a product review on My Favorite Things Hybrid Inks Release.
- Distressed Inks are a brand product by Tim Holtz with Ranger. They are a dye ink that reacts with water. There are a many YTs videos out there using this product. I have a few in my stash. It is a great product to include if you are also interested in water coloring techniques, as these inks serve a dual purpose.
- Versamark/clear ink is used for creating a water mark image or can be used with embossing powders. Embossing powders are then melted by a heat tool that leaves a raised finish on your card.
I have found good luck with the dye inks by Memento products and find myself reaching for them most often.
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