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There are a bewildering number of choices when it comes to ink pads for rubber stamping. Different effects, different ink types, different colours, different drying times, different sizes – how do you choose the right one? Below we will answer your most common questions to help you choose the perfect ink for your next project…

  • What do I need to colour in a stamp, so it looks like the picture on the front?
  • Do I need a bigger ink pad for bigger stamps?
  • Which inks are best for Heat Embossing?

We have the list of the Ink Pad to save you time.

Best Ink Pad Reviews
ImageMake & ModelFeaturesRatingPrice

Tsukineko Memento Dye Ink Pad - Tuxedo

  • Fast drying and fade resistant
  • Water resistant when dry
  • Delivers finer impressions and even coverage

4.5/5 from 244 reviews

5 Star Office Stamp Pad 110x70mm Black

5 Star Office Stamp Pad 110x70mm Black

  • Easy pigment of colour in a foam pad
  • Reusable pad can be re-inked with washable endorsing ink

4.4/5 from 239 reviews

Mture Ink Pads For Use with any Rubber Art/Craft Stamps, Non-Toxic Baby Safe Ink Pad (12 Colors a set)

  • Not toxic, never damage your children's health
  • Water-based with bright colours in 12 shades
  • Our Ink Pads Have a Wide Range of Use
  • Our Ink Pads Are Light Weight to Easily Carry and Store
  • Fantastic for all kinds of creative fun

3.6/5 from 55 reviews

Ink Pad, Wokkol Christmas Stamps and Ink Pad, Christmas Ink Stamps 20 Colors Craft Scrapbooking Ink Stamp Pads, Non-Toxic Fingerprint Ink pad Set for Rubber Stamps, Paper, Fabric (20 Piece)

  • 【20 Bright Color】Colorful ink pads will not let your craft projects unitary and boring any more...
  • 【Safe & Easy to Clean】All these stamp ink pad made from quality ink material...
  • 【Thicken Sponge Pads】This upgraded thicken sponge and enlarge size could store more inks...
  • 【Wide Application】Ink stamp pads are applicable to handicrafts
  • 【Convenient Storage】Each ink pads has its own clear storage case made of sturdy plastic...

5/5 from 4 reviews

5 Star Stamp Pad 110x70mm Black 5 Star Stamp Pad 110x70mm Black

5 Star Stamp Pad 110x70mm Black 5 Star Stamp Pad 110x70mm Black

  • 5 Star Stamp Pad 110x70mm Black
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Rainbow Ink Pad Sets Gradient Ramp Ink Pad Sets 24 Shades Of Beautiful Water-Based Colors - For All Ages & Infinite Uses

  • 24 shades of gorgeous colors in pinks
  • For use on paper
  • Material: Sponge + plastics.
  • Beautiful colors: 24 different color you can enjoy youself when you DIY something you like....
  • Size:72*52*21mm
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Funxim 24 Colors Ink Pad Set, Fingerprint Ink pad Non-Toxic for Rubber Art Craft Stamp Card Making Washable Baby Safe Ink Pad Multi Colors (24 Pack)

  • NON-TOXIC: The ink pad is water-based and non-toxic so it will not damage your children's healthy...
  • 24 COLORS: Various colors can let children create great works and finger painting with more imagination....
  • MULTI-PURPOSE: The stamp pad can be used on paper
  • SIZE OF EACH PAD: 3 ×3cm/ 1.8x1.8 inch
  • QUALITY GUARANTEED! --- Promise 30-day Products Exchange and Money Back Guarantee.
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What do I need to colour in a stamp, so it looks like the picture on the front?

To create this kind of look, you will normally need to colour in the design using water based paints. You can use watercolours, watercolour pencils, or our personal favourite, embossing pens.

Since the colouring will be done with a water based ink, it is critical that the outline of the design, that is stamped onto your card, is done with a waterproof ink.

Handy Tip: To get the best results from the embossing pens, scribble a small amount of ink from the pen onto a non-porous surface, such as an acrylic block (an old plate, or a sheet of plastic will work well also). Next, wet a small paintbrush and mix it with the ink on the block before testing on a scrap of card. Add more ink to produce a brighter more vivid result, or more water for a softer lighter shade.

Do I need a bigger ink pad for bigger stamps?

No is the simple answer.

The ideal way of applying ink to a rubber stamp is to place the rubber stamp on the table, with the rubber side facing up, and then take the ink pad to the stamp, dabbing it around to cover the entire design, even if the stamp is much bigger than the ink pad you are using. The advantage is that you can see what you are doing as you apply the ink. As a result of this, most people prefer to buy the small ink pads, such as the Dew Drop and Cube style ink pads. The main benefits are:-

  • Price – smaller ink pads are cheaper.
  • Storage – smaller ink pads take up less space.
  • Colours – As they are cheaper and take up less space, you can afford to get a much better selection of colours.
  • Multi-Colour – The small pads can be used to ink up only part of the design, so you could, for example, use a green ink for a flower stem and a red ink for the flower head on a rubber stamp.

So why get the larger ones? The main advantages of the larger pads are:-

  • You get more ink in each pad, so they last much longer.
  • They are easier to handle – some people can find the smaller ones awkward to hold.
  • It is easier to achieve some effects, such as applying ink directly onto paper from the ink pad, with a larger pad.

Which inks are best for Heat Embossing?

Heat Embossing involves sprinkling embossing powders over a design, and  heating it to melt the powder. Once it has cooled down again you are left with a really impressive “raised ink” effect that you can feel. It gives your cards a really high quality tactile feel to them.

The simplest way to achieve this effect is to stamp using a slow drying sticky ink. This allows you enough time to stamp the design onto card and sprinkle the embossing powder over the wet ink so that it sticks to it. With the powder stuck to the ink, and all the excess powder shaken off and returned to the pot, you can heat up your design with a Heat Gun to create the finished effect.

Some embossing powders are semi-transparent, such as Stardust, so you can see the colour of the ink or card underneath them. These types of powders give you a lot of creative choice as there is a huge range of effects you can create by combining different coloured ink with the embossing powder. Experimentation is recommended here, as it is fun to find all the cool finishes you can create.