One of the most frequently asked questions is “What is the difference between Stampin’ Up! Classic and Craft Ink?”
Probably the easiest way to explain the differences is to provide you with a list!
Stampin’ Up! Classic (Dye) Ink:
■Water soluble, i.e., they are not waterproof and the colors will bleed if they get wet. The exceptions are Basic Black, Basic Gray and Basic Brown. These three colors are made with waterproof dye ink so they will not bleed.
■Dries quickly – you should be able to stamp your image and run your hand over it within moments and not have any smearing.
■Wonderful for cardmaking. Classic inks are safe for scrapbooks but will fade over time.
■You will not see more than a watermark if you stamp a light color onto dark paper.
■Works well on coated papers (Glossy Cardstock) but tends to run or bleed on highly absorbent papers.
Stampin’ Up! Craft (Pigment) Ink:
■Acid-free, non-toxic, fade resistant
■Recommend above classic ink for scrapbooking because it won’t fade.
■Does NOT dry quickly. Depending how “juicy” the pad is, it may take a good while. You can use a Heat tool to speed up the process. If you live in a humid area, you will want to heat-set the inks, because air-drying time increases as humidity increases. Heat-setting and air-drying produce the same color results. When heat-setting, be careful of heating too long, which may cause a scorched look.
■You can use a light color ink to stamp on dark paper and see the image well. This adds a whole new world of things you can do!
■You can use craft ink for embossing. Some like to even use this ink with clear embossing powder to get colored embossing.
■The pads are a raised foam pad (do not press too hard onto this type of ink pad or you will smear ink everywhere).
■Some colors, like Whisper White and Very Vanilla, only come in craft ink. You would never see them if you stamped it in classic ink so there is no need to make it.
■You can use this to stamp on some fabrics like silk scarves (it does need to be heat set or at least left out to dry for at least 24 hours).
Don’t forget that when it comes to the Stampin’ Up! Classic inks, they do come in the large size as well as the little Stampin’ Spots. The Craft inks come in both sizes at the moment, but beginning July 1st you will only be able to buy the spots. So, if you want the large Craft pads, buy them now.
If you want a lot of colors, the Stampin’ Spots might be the way to go. This allows you to get 12 colors at a good price. Once you use the little spots and find the colors you use the most, then you may wish to buy those colors in the larger pads.
Stampin’ Up! has ink refills for both craft and classic ink and they can be used on any size ink pad. Note that Craft ink is thicker than Classic ink, so you use more each time you stamp. Consequently, I recommend keeping an ink refill handy so you can re-ink the pads as needed.
Enjoy Every Day,