Stamping Tip – Re-Inking Ink Pads
Do your ink pads need re-inking?
If you get a light, faded image when you stamp, it is time to re-ink your pad. When I purchase an ink pad, I like to add the matching refill to my order, so I don’t have to worry about running out of ink in the middle of a project.
Stampin’ Up! offers two types of ink pads.
Firm Foam Classic Ink Pads – These ink pads hold less ink than the linen covered pads and require re-inking more often. Take the refill and apply ink in a zig-zag pattern across the whole pad. Turn the pad 1/4 turn and apply more ink in a crosswise direction.
The ink is not immediately absorbed into the pad; it will appear to sit on top of the ink pad. Use a plastic spoon to gently spread the ink evenly across the entire pad. Test out the ink pad using a solid image stamp and add more ink if necessary. Clean the spoon with a wet wipe or soap & water – it will be stained.
Linen Covered Ink Pads – The Archival Basic Black and Basic Gray Classic ink pads, Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad, as well as all of the older Stampin’ Up! Classic pads are made with a felt substance and have a linen top. To re-ink these pads apply ink as directed above. You will see the ink immediately soak in. Repeat the process until you notice the absorption rate slows down.
If you find you have added too much ink, use a paper towel to blot off the excess ink.
Stampin’ Up! offers a beautiful color palette, and I hope this tip will help you create beautiful projects with nicely inked images.
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