I don't understand the difference between dye and pigment inks. Many card making instructions call for dye ink but I've always used pigment inks. Do I need a special cleaner for dye inks or are they water soluble like pigment inks?
— lmdeml, MN on Oct 17, 2011
The ink pad you choose depends on how you're planning to use it. For example, if you want to emboss on your cards, you'll want to use a pigment ink. Pigment inks include VersaColor, VersaFine, VersaMagic, Inkadinkado Pigment inks, VersaMark, just to name a few. Basically these inks stay wet longer so you can add your embossing powder and heat. You can also use dye inks for stamping. These inks include Archival Inks, StazOn, and Inkadinkado Dye inks. These are fast-drying, water proof inks, and do not work as well for embossing. There really is no right or wrong ink to use for card-making. Just remember, pigment inks work best for embossing. As far as cleaning goes, warm soapy water works well for cleaning stamps, as do baby wipes. There are stamp cleaning solutions and scrubbers you can get in our stores and on the Annex that are made specifically for cleaning stamps. Hope this helps!