Friday, May 18, 2007

Acrylic Stamps

I have had some questions about inks to use with the acrylic stamps. First let me preface this with I am not an experienced acrylic stamper. In fact the PaperTrey ink sets were the first acrylic stamps I had purchased. I now have them and a couple of sets from A*Muse.

Sometimes when you use acrylic with a dye based ink you get some ink pooling on the surface of your stamp. It looks like the ink is beading up and when you stamp it is uneven inking. One way to avoid this is to use a good quality acrylic stamp like the ones from A Muse or Paper Trey ink. These will sometimes pool the ink but not as often as say the acrylic stamps from the dollar spot in Michaels. If your classic ink pad is really juicy, they will pool, so try and ink them lightly to avoid this.

If you are open to purchasing new inks to use with acrylic, there are 2 types I highly reccomend. The first is a Pallete Hybrid ink from Stewart Superior. You can pick them up with your PaperTrey Ink sets for 6 dollars a pad at Paper Trey Ink's website.

The other ink that is great with acrylic stamps is a chalk ink. You can get these usually locally at a scrapbook store or even at Michaels. If you can't find them, you can get them online here at Eclectic Paperie and here at All That Scraps. The cat's eye pads are great. They are small, inexpensive, and last for a long time. I am actually going to pick some up today at Memories in Bloom so I can play with my new PaperTrey ink set, since I didn't bring any colored ink with me it gives me the perfect excuse to buy more, hehe!

Well that is my little run down on inks with acrylic stamps. I am by no means an expert, just learning, but hopefully this will help some of you!


Stamp4hobby said...

Hi Cori!
I just wanted to let you know that if you use an eraser on your brand new acrylic stamps and then brush the residue off, you won't get pooling anymore. Sometimes there is a factory residue on them that just needs to be taken off. :)

Ally Stamps said...

Cori, Thansk sop much for this! I just got my Little lady set int he mail today and I am going to play with it in a little bit, I aheva few of SU's craft pads so I will try those 1st. If not I think I can talk hubby into headin to the craft store tomorrow, its about an hour away but there is a bass pro shops int he same mall so he'll probaly be game!! hehehe!