How To Load An Inkpad
One of the things I have always tried to do is be a conservative crafter when it comes to my supplies. I always try to use things more than once. And that is very true when it comes to stamp pads. So when I consider a new company to purchase my stamp pads, I always verify that they have reinkers for the pad.
The smartest thing is to purchase the reinker when you buy the ink pad. That means that you will always have the color you need. You are guaranteed to extend the life of your pad in case they discontinue the color, which often happens.
Make sure and double check the reinker at your purchase, Many companies carry the same color in dye and pigment ink. So be sure to read the bottle and the description before you click that purchase button.
Store you reinkers in a cool dark place. Sunlight may dry up the ink, especially any ink with alcohol. After you have used the bottle, make sure that the cap is on tight.
Loading your Ink Pads
There are just a few things that you will need to get your ink pads juicy again. It is best to start off with just a little ink and build up layers as you go.
Before You Get Started
Check the ink pad to make sure it is clean and free of dirt ot a contaminating color. If you need to clean it, just tap it with a clean paper towel. If you still see contamination, spray the ink pad with an amonia free window cleaner. Blot it with a paper towel.
Another thing to consider is the material used in your ink pad where the ink is on. A great many of the ink pads are foam. But there are exceptions to that. Memento, StazOn, and Stampin’ Spots are linen pad
- Reinker bottle
- Ink pad
- Paper towels
- Paper or parchment to cover your work area
- Rubbe gloves to keep your hands neat
- An old credit or gift card or a brayer
- Cover your workspace with parchment or newspaper
- Open both the ink pad and the reinker bottle
- Gently squeeze the liquid ink onto your pad in a zig-zag pattern to cover the whole surface area
- Use an old bone folder, gift card or brayer to gently spread the ink across the pad.
- Set the ink pad aside to let the ink pad absorb the ink. Give it a good 10-15 minutes with the lid on
- Use a stamp to test the pad. Stamp and image to see if there is enough ink on the pad
- Use the paper towel or a baby wipe to clean the ink off of the tools before you start on another color ink
- Repeat process if necessary
- If any ink sits on the pad after 10-15 minutes, use a credit card or a teflon scrapper to remove some of the ink
Ink Pad Tips
- Always put the lid on the ink pad if you are taking a short break.
- Store dye-based inkpads upside down so the ink falls the top of the pad. Pigment ink is sticky enough that you don’t need to store pigment inkpads upside down.
- Hybrid inks tend to dry faster
Companies With Reloadable Ink Pads
- Altenew Dye Inks
- Brutus Monroe Embossing Ink
- Catherine Pooler Inks
- Hero Arts Inks
- Gina K Design Inks
- Lawn Fawn Dye Inks
- Marvy Uchida Dye Inks
- Paper Rose Studio Dye Inks
- Ranger Archival Ink
- Ranger Pigment Inks
- Simon Hurley Dye Inks
- Simon Hurley Pigment Inks
- Scrapbook. Com Embossing Ink
- Scrapbook.Com Hybrid Inks
- Scrapbook..Com Pigment Inks
- Stampin Up Classic Inks
- Stazon Inks
- Tim Holtz Distress Inks
- Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks
- Tsukineko -Momento Dye Ink
- Umbrella Crafts Dye Ink
- Versafine Clair Inks
- Versamark Inks
I know that there are more out there. I just listed some of the major inks that also carry reinkers.
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