Here's a five minute video covering the basics of ink while giving a limited overview of the inks provided by Ranger.
Archival Inks - Acid free, Ideal for scrapbooking, use on projects you want to last a long time. Ones that we carry include: Ancient Page by Clearsnap, Ranger Archival Inks, and Palette Hybrid Ink Pad by Stewart Superior.
Chalk Inks - fast drying, blendable, soft pastel look. Ones we carry - ColorBox fluid chalk by Clearnsnap, Memories Chalk by Stewart Superior, and VersaMagic Pigment Chalk.
Dye Inks - Fast drying, vibrant colors. Great for everyday stamping and scrapbooking. Ones that we carry: Vivid by Clearsnap, Ancient Page by Clearsnap, Adirondack by Ranger, Nick Bantock Collection, Memento Dew Drops, and Distress Ink by Ranger (Distress Inks are formulated to dry slightly slower so they can be embossed).
Pigment Inks - Slow drying. Great for embossing. Best on absorbent papers but can be heat-set or embossed on coated or glossy cardstock. Ones we carry: ColorBox by Clearsnap, VersaColor, Memories by Stewart Superior, and Brilliance (Brilliance dries naturally on vellum or glossy paper).
Palette Hybrid Ink - works on all surfaces.
PearlEx stamp pads - these are designed to go on a variety of surfaces and therefore are drier than other pads. You might need to spritz them with water and let soak in.
StazOn - quick-drying permanent ink. Works on non-porous and semi-porous surfaces. Will stain stamps so you may want the StazOn cleaner (do not use the cleaner on acrylic stamps).
Waterproof - use if you plan to use water based mediums. Ones that we carry: India Black Ink by Stewart Superior, StazOn, VersaFine, Ranger Archival Inks, Ancient Page by Clearnsnap. Other inks can become waterproof if heat-set.
Each ink also has other qualities as well. Be sure to read the description when shopping to be sure it meets your requirements. For example, some are permanent, others have to be heat set to be permanent, some are fade resistant, some work best on certain papers, some work great on various surfaces.
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