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Q: What inks are best to use when making scrapbooks?
Dye inkpads are perfect for archival and stamp art projects alike. These inks offer clear, rich colors and are permanent and fade resistant on most surfaces, including photographs. Look for water resistant formulations that won’t smudge when using watercolor pencils and markers.
To add embossing to your scrapbook pages use pigment inks. These inks stay wet longer, allowing time to apply embossing powder and heat set. While they are acid-free and fade resistant, pigment inks are not water resistant, and will smudge when used with watercolors or markers. Since their formulation is much thicker than dye inks, pigment inks should be embossed when used on glossy papers (the coating on the glossy paper does not allow the pigment ink to dry.) Depending on the desired effect, you can use both types of ink for beautiful scrapbooks!


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