Hi Robin What are the recommended types of ink(pads) to use with rubber stamps on brown paper bags? What product do you suggest to use to perfectly clean your rubber stamps without drying out the rubber? As you may gather, I am just getting started :) Thanks! Fran H
— Fran H, MI on Feb 13, 2012

The type of ink really depends on the project you're working on and personal preference. If you're going to stamp and emboss on the paper bag, you'll want to use an ink suitable for embossing. If you're stamping on a glossy/slippery surface such as a glass, you'll want a permanent ink such as StazOn. Here are some ink basics to help you get started:

Pigment ink (VersaColor, Brilliance, VersaFine) - slow drying, ideal for embossing, will not dry on glossy surfaces unless embossed, light fast

Dye ink (Tim Holtz Distress inks, Archival, Memento, Memories) - fast drying, not typically used for embossing, blend well, can fade in bright light

Solvent ink (StazOn) - fast drying, considered permanent once dry, do not need heat setting, can stain stamps, great for glossy/slick surfaces such as acetate or glass, not for embossing

As far as cleaning your stamps - for clear stamps you can use warm, soapy water to clean off most inks. Dye and Solvent inks can be hard to get off of the stamp and might stain the material, but that won't effect your future stamping as long as you clean the stamp the best you can. You don't want to soak rubber stamps in water, as the water might loosen the adhesive used to attach the stamp to the wood block. We also use baby wipes to remove ink from stamps.

Stop by your local Archiver's anytime and they'll be more than happy to help you find the right stamping products for your projects. We also have a Stamping Basics class offered in stores (schedule varies by store location) that offers all sorts of great information about stamping. Hope this helps!