One of the things I get asked all the time is "What is the difference between all the different inks?" Here is a quick post to answer that question~
Stampin' Up! Classic Ink
Water-based dye inks are acid-free, but do tend to fade with time and especially sunlight. Furthermore, these inks are not waterproof, which means they can run if they get wet. You won’t want to color over your stamped images with markers or water colors because the ink will smear, so stick with chalks, crayons or colored pencils. Avoid using water-based dye ink on very absorbent surfaces, such as mulberry paper, since it will tend to bleed.
On the other hand, you can produce some really interesting effects by taking advantage of the water-soluble nature of dye inks. For instance, try inking up a stamp that has broad surfaces in its design, and then use a spray bottle to lightly mist it with water before stamping to get a unique mottled effect. Or gently wash over stamped images with a small, damp paintbrush to achieve a watercolor look. You can even use your dye ink pads as water color paints by touching them with a moist brush and then painting directly onto paper. Experiment with different types of paper such as cardstock or watercolor paper.
Water-based dye inks are easily cleaned from your stamps with water. Some people like to use damp paper towels or baby wipes to dab the ink off.
Stampin' Up! Whisper White Craft Ink
This is actually a pigment ink, and can be used much the same as other pigments. However, when heat set, these inks become permanent, making them especially useful for fabric and wood stamping. A handy tip to keep in mind when stamping on fabric is that if you make a mistake, you can just launder the item without heat setting the ink, and it will simply wash away!
Solvent-based inks do not require heat setting and, once dry, are permanent on almost any surface, including plastic, glass, ceramic, metal, wood, leather, acetate and paper. However, they are not recommended for fabrics that will be laundered.
They work great for stamping outlines and then going over them with markers or paints. They also work great for stamping on shrink plastic.
This is a translucent ink that can be used to stamp very subtle watermark images onto paper or cardstock. This technique is excellent for producing interesting background designs, especially on colored papers.
Versamark dries slow enough to work well with embossing powder.
Another use for watermark ink is as a resist agent to produce a batik effect. If you stamp it onto paper and then use a brayer or sponge to apply dye ink over it, the stamped image will resist the ink.
Metallic Encore Ink
These innovative new metallic pigment inks have superior opacity, rich shimmering colors, and are completely acid-free and non-toxic. It dries without heat setting, and yet stays wet long enough to emboss.