There are several types of inks for stamping. Different ink types are efficient for different surfaces on which the imprint is to be made. In this piece, we shall take a look at the different ink types for your rubber stamps.  

Embossing Ink 

It is a thick but clear ink with a slow-drying nature. It is suitable for heat embossing. This is otherwise called watermark ink. It is a glue type of ink used with a stamp. 

Dye ink 

Dye ink is the ideal paper impressing ink. It dries very fast as the paper quickly absorbs it. It is a water-based ink, and it works well with alcoholic coloring solvent. So, if you will be working on paper only with your stamp, you may consider this. 

Pigment ink 

This is another water-based ink that is thicker, slow drying, and fade resistant. It comes out in vibrant colors and maybe heat set for hard surfaces such as wood. It is also good on fabrics. It works well with alcoholic coloring solvent, and it may be found on a spongy foam pad. If your project is more of hard surfaces, here is the way to go. 

Distress ink 

This is a water-based ink that is non-toxic and fade-resistant. It is used for creating aged effects on background and blending. They react well with water and creates a watercolor or faded look. This is divided into two. This includes the Distress Oxide ink and regular distress ink. Distress Oxide ink is a dye or pigment hybrid. It oxidizes once it gets wet.  

Fabric ink. 

This ink type is made for fabrics, just as the name implies. It is best to wash, dry and iron fabric before using the ink on it. After application, heat is firmly applied to secure the design on the fabric with an iron aid. This is what you need if you are working clothes materials. 

Hybrid ink 

This ink type seems to have a touch of every other feature. It can be used across surfaces, and it dries quickly. When using it on fabric surfaces, heat must be applied. It works with different coloring mediums. You may be considering this if you want to use one stone to kill two birds.  

Self-inking Stamp Refill Ink 

This ink type may get dry, but that's not the end for it. Get a water-based dye ink to refill its pad, and it is back on for use. I think this is great for convenience's sake. Its's the best choice that provides an easy and convenient rubber stamp experience.

Solvent Ink  

This is permanent ink. It dries off quickly and can not be cleaned easily. It works well on surfaces like ceramics, plastic, coated paper, metal, leather, glass, and laminated paper. It works well with water-based coloring mediums. The ink pad comes with a re-inker because it dries too quickly.  

With these ink types, I believe you must have known the available ones by now and those that fit in at every point you require one. A good understanding of the ink types will save you now and your projects even in the future.