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Comparison Chart between Pigment Ink and Dye Based Ink

I’ve showed you the most recent video  from Close To My Heart a few days ago where  Monica and Kristine discuss the differences in how pigment inks and dye inks look on both cardstock and pattern papers….pigment is more opaque and vibrant, while dye ink is more translucent and less vibrant.  However, I would be lying if I didn’t say I was left with the thought,  “There’s so much more you could have shared”.  So I thought, I’d share with you some more facts about pigment vs. dye inks.  Now keep in mind these facts are the basics about the kinds of inks that CTMH offers.  There are so many manufacturer’s and so many specialty inks that some of these facts don’t hold true.   For example, there are slow-drying dye inks.  If you are looking for more information, just do a simple Google search about inks.  You’ll be amazed that the enormous amount of information available out there.

PIGMENT INK

DYE INK

Particles suspended in a colorless binder, like water. Particles dissolved with an aqueous solution. (i.e., water).
Because the particles tend to “stick together”, the ink sits on top of the paper (giving the more vibrant and opaque result than dye inks). Because the ink is dissolved in water, it absorbs into the paper (hence, the less vivid result).
Works GREAT for dark papers. Nearly impossible to see on dark papers.
Slow drying time Fast drying time
Due to the slow dry time, pigment inks are idea for heat embossing. The quick drying time makes them impossible to heat emboss.
Because these are thicker, they are harder to clean off your stamp, so using a brush to gently scrub the stamp may be helpful. Easy clean up with water.
Fade-resistant (which is why they can be stored with clear lids). Will fade if exposed to light (which is why they are never stored in clear containers).
Waterproof…making it an ideal choice for coloring an image in with water-based colors. Will run if water is applied (unless you’re using a waterproof dye ink) This causes dye inks to be a poor choice for coloring in with water-based colors, as your stamped lines will smear.
May NEVER dry on surfaces, like glossy paper, unless you heat set or emboss it. Will dry easily on non-porous surfaces, though it may need a few minutes.

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