Ink-a-Dink, A Bottle of Ink

Craft-Table_LogoWelcome to the Homeschool Mom’s Craft Table. Enjoy a quick foray into the world of art; join us as we delve into projects, offer helpful tips, explore new tools, and encourage all things creative. Come along and share a world of fun!


I used to think ink was ink. I mean, one pad is pretty much like another; right? What did it matter that one was pigment and another water based? Once we began doing a little more crafting, especially when it came to cards, I quickly realized I needed to educate myself on the fine art of ink pads.

My sister-in-law is a Stampin’ Up demonstrator. (Let me know if you need to place an order, ‘k? – Yes; that was a shameless plug.) Through her love of card making, she would share fun and creative ideas with us to duplicate on our own.

While she has given us a wide variety of supplies over the years to help us along (thanks, sis), I did need to go out and purchase a few of our own. Me being me, I thought I could nab any old ink pad and it would do the trick; one pad was pretty much like any other to my mind. However, after several frustrating attempts by my kids to create their own masterpieces, I knew something wasn’t right.

It seems there are different types of ink which work best for different types of projects and mediums. There are also more superior brands. Who knew? My sister-in-law was kind enough to share her expertise and explain the differences between various types of ink pads on the market.

Stampin' Up Ink Pads

Please click on the picture above to be taken directly to the Stampin’ Up website.

In our crafting routine, we use our ink pads a lot! We use them for personal projects, for organizational purposes, and for making cards. Owning the correct pad is important. My kids were getting frustrated with the slow dry time and smearing our original pads were producing. Now, projects are simple, fun, and a lot less trouble.

If you’re doing a bit of crafting at home which requires ink pads, THIS link might be just what you need to help you decide which pad would best benefit your family. Having the right materials and tools on hand certainly makes the job easier!

Fun Question: How many ink pads do you currently own? Which color do you use most?


9 thoughts on “Ink-a-Dink, A Bottle of Ink

  1. Thanks for the shout-out, Cristina!

    If anyone wants to learn how to do papercrafting, or if you’d like to make your own Christmas cards this year, I’m available for private workshops. Grab a few of your friends and let’s get inky! Visit my website and send me an email:

    Inky hugs, Irene


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