Classic Ink versus Craft Ink

I often get asked what the difference is between Stampin’ Up’s! Classic Ink and their Craft Ink, so here is the answer.
     Classic Inks are dye inks.  They can be used on both matte and glossy cardstock and paper, and they dry quickly.  They give you a sharp, detailed, image and are especially suited for finely detailed stamps. 
Dye inks clean easily from your stamps with water, though the darker colors may stain your rubber a little bit.
This does not hurt the stamp, even though it is somewhat unsightly.  As long as all the ink itself is washed off, the color should not bleed onto your other ink pads.  Although, the ink washes off your stamps with water, it’s best to clean them with Stampin’ Mist.  It not only cleans your stamps, but conditions them and keeps them from drying out, as well. 
     Stampin’ Up! Classic Ink Pads are non-toxic and acid free.  They feature a flip-top, slide-back, locking lid that stores the inking surface upside-down, so the pad surface stays wet and doesn’t dry out as fast. (You no longer have to store your ink pads upside down!)  It also allows you to easily use the top of the lid as a watercolor reservoir for adding color to your stamped images when using a blender pen or brush.  Just squish the top of the pad down while it’s closed and you’ll get a little ink on the top (inside) of the lid. 
     The Stampin’ Up! pads are also larger than standard size stamp pads.  One advantage that the larger size of the pad affords you is that it can be used effectively for any size stamp from the smallest greeting to the large background stamps. The inked surface of this felt pad sits slightly above the height of the case to allow for easy stamping.
     Stampin’ Up! Craft Ink only comes in the smaller pads called Stampin’ Spots now.  They used to be available in the large pads and I hope Stampin’ Up! brings them back.  They are special permanent inks and  you can get them in almost all the colors of the Classic Ink Pads.  These pigment inks are a much thicker, heavier ink than dye inks. The ink is opaque which means it does not “soak into” the card stock but rather sits on top of the surface of the card stock.
     The Craft Inks provide us with a wide variety of uses.  They are permanent inks and do not dry quickly like Classic Inks.  This allows you to wet emboss without using VersaMark because the embossing powder will cling to the ink without blowing off your image as you use your heat gun to melt it.  Just think how many colors of embossing you can do with the Craft Inks and clear embossing powder!  Since the Craft Inks take longer to dry, you should always heat set them with your heat gun even if you’re not using embossing powder so you don’t accidently smear them as you’re working.
      The Craft Ink Pads are the ones most often selected by avid scrapbookers as they are water-fast (when dry) and fade resistant. They are non-toxic, acid free, and archival quality inks.  Pigment inks often require more than water to effectively clean them after use.  I recommend using one spray of Stampin’ Mist onto the stamp and then dragging them across the Stampin’ Scrub to remove the pigment ink.
      Reinkers are available for both the Classic and the Craft Ink Pads.  They are a great investment, as the same pad can be reinked many times.  (Reinkers can also be used to dye ribbons, flowers, and fabrics, as well as do some very cool backgrounds.)
     I hope this information was helpful!
Please leave me a comment…I love reading them! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day. Terry

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