Spa Day for Ink Pads

July 21, 2011

Spa Day for Ink Pads

Could your ink pads use a Spa Day?
Are your images a bit dull?
Are you having trouble getting a good image?
Your ink pads may need a Spa Day like mine had today!
It is easy to do and with just a few tips, your stamped images will be wowing you with their vibrant and beautiful colors.
1. I like to shake my re-inkers first. Don’t know if you have to shake them, I just like to.
2. Very rarely a little solute will jam the nozzle. Use a thin pin in the tip to  open it.
3. Be sure to check and recheck the color on the reinker and the stamp pad so you don’t reink with the wrong color.
Then, with all systems go…. 
Go back and forth quickly, while gently squeezing the bottle, in at least 2 directions to get good coverage.
Sometimes I take an acrylic block edge and “smooth” out the ink Be aware that some inks flow more easily than others.

Occasionally, an ink will “pool”. It is not a problem. While I don’t know the chemistry of these inks, it almost seems like some are more viscous (thicker) than others.
When this happens, just let the ink chill a minute – it is having its spa day!

If you want to speed things up, use the edge of your acrylic block and “squeegee” the excess ink off. If you don’t like ink on your fingers, you will want to take precautionary action before.
Personally, I love inky fingers and a glittery face.

Here are some before and after images from my own ink pad spa day.

See how some of the images *mostly on the left side of the pairs* are lighter or not as solid? Those are the pre-spa day images.

Look how much more life there is after a good re-inking!

Here is a little something I do to my bottles so I can tell which juice is which from the top.
Simply write the color on the top of the bottle with a thin Sharpie. I have heard of using a little Liquid Glass and adhering a dot of card stock on the nozzle, too.

Hope this helps – the world needs all the bright beautiful rejuvenating color it can have.

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Sheila H

Great tips – thanks!

Von Andalora

Hehe, the name of your blog suits you well. I can tell that you're a fun person! The last sentence on this post sayin', "the world needs all the bright beautiful rejuvenating color it can have.", is a good quote. Is that your motto in life?