Charm School - Rubber Stamp Ink Tips and Tricks

Rubber stamps are a great way to apply your return address on wedding invitations because you can use it on your response envelopes, outer envelopes as well we your thank you notes. You can also use the stamp for other snail mail for years to come. It is much more affordable than having the return address printed!

There are some tricks to buying the correct kind of ink pad. There are several different kinds of ink pads and it is very important you get the correct ink for the paper you are using. The following are the different ink types and suggested applications:

DYE INK PAD:
- Dries quickly
- Highly recommended for stamping on matte paper
- Sold at most craft stores or on Amazon

PIGMENT INK PAD:
- Dries slowly and will NOT completely dry unless you emboss it using embossing tools*
- Do not buy it if you are only going to stamp without embossing!
- NOT recommended unless you are a super crafty and know how to emboss :)
- Sold at most craft stores

CHALK INK PAD:
- Dries quickly
- Recommended for stamping on metallic or matte paper
- Sold at some craft stores and on Amazon

SOLVENT INK PAD:
- Dries quickly
- The ultimate permanent ink, it can print on any surface - even glass!
- Highly recommended for stamping on metallic or matte paper
- Sold at some craft stores and on Amazon

My suggestions for ...
- stamping (any color ink but white) on matte paper -  dye ink, chalk ink or solvent ink.
- stamping (any color ink but white) on metallic paper - chalk ink or solvent ink.
- stamping white ink on metallic paper - solvent ink
- stamping white ink on matte paper - solvent ink

* Embossing Tools: use pigment ink to emboss your return address. You will need clear embossing powder and a embossing heat gun. You must sprinkle the powder on to a freshly stamped ink and then use the gun to apply heat. The design will become raised and look similar to Thermography printing.

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