You need the best ink for card making, or any paper craft, and you need to know which ink to use when. Here’s your complete guide to inks for stamping. It’s the second topic in this ‘Card Making for Beginners’ series. PLUS, I have 2 FREE downloads for you today so be sure and scroll through the post and print those off.

How do I re-ink my stamp pads? What is versamark ink used for?  Is Memento ink waterproof? What markers can I use to color my stamps? Can I use this ink or marker with my Stampin’ Blends? I’ve got these answers and lots more!


Inks for stamping are varied and may feel confusing if you’re just starting out. This tutorial & video will break it down for you!


This is part 2 of my video series called CARD MAKING FOR BEGINNERS. Part 1 was ALL ABOUT STAMPS, so make sure to go back and check it out– Complete Guide to Stamps, if you missed it.

Inks for Stamping; Let’s talk about the following…

  • Classic Stampin’ Pads
  • Memento Ink Pad (Black)
  • VersaMark
  • Stampin’ Spots
  • StazOn
  • Stampin’ Write Markers
  • How to store your inks (upside down so that the ink pad doesn’t dry out; but note that the Stampin’ Up! Classic Ink pads are designed this way, so store those with top label up)
  • When to use Stampin’ Write Markers vs. Stampin’ Blends
  • Which ink to use if you want to color with Stampin’ Blends

AND don’t worry–this post and video will also share a fun quick and easy card!

Inks for Stamping ~ Your Complete Guide Video Tutorial

Start with the video, then make sure to come back here for all the details on the card that I make in it.

I hope you found the information in the video helpful both if you are just beginning your card making journey, or for those of you who have been at it for awhile. I find there are always little tricks to learn or things to be reminded of!

Inks for Stamping: The Different Types of Inks

1) Classic Stampin’ Pads

Classic Stampin’ Pads are the “core” of all your stamping. So many lovely colors, quick drying and easy to use. These are water based ink pads.


Make sure to watch the video to learn how to re-ink them and what to do if they are “over” inked and too juicy to get a perfect image.

2) Stampin’ Write Markers = Tiny Stampin’ Pads

Have you ever thought about “markers” as tiny stamp pads?? It’s the perfect way to get multiple colors on a solid image stamp. You can use these to color rubber stamps or clear stamps!


Just add the ink from the marker directly to the stamp.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This works with the Stampin’ Write Markers–DO NOT use Stampin’ Blends for this!

3) VersaMark? What Kind of Pad is That?

I like to think of this pad as a “color on color” pad. You can stamp on any color cardstock with it, and it looks like you stamped in the same color as the cardstock. Great for backgrounds. It’s also great for heat embossing but we’ll talk about that in another video. 


4) Memento Ink & StazOn Ink

Memento Ink: is what I use most often. It’s a MUST if you want to color with Stampin’ Blends. Use the Stampin’ Shammy or water to clean your stamps.

StazOn Ink: Permanent ink good for many surfaces (paper, tile, glass, plastics, etc.) You need StazOn if you want to use watercolor or water painters. Use StazOn Cleaner to clean this ink from your stamps.


Inks for Stamping: FREE Ink Pad Reference Chart to Download

Here is a chart you can download and print off as a reference for the different ink pads.  CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD



Inks for Stamping: Color Inventory Chart FREE Download

I have another download for you today to keep track of all your colors of Classic Stampin’ Pads, Markers, Blends and Card Stock.

Inks for Stamping-color-inventory-and-shopping-list-by-jackie-bolhuis


Today’s Card Details:

This card uses a lot of different types of inks, but in the video I made it so that I could show you each ink and give you tips for using them.


Card Recipe

  • Whisper White Note Card
  • Granny Apple Green: 3 1/4″ x 4 3/4″
  • 2″ Whisper White Circle
  • 2 1/4″ Basic Black Circle

Product List

I hope that this post was helpful to you and that you better understand the basic inks used in card making.  I will be back next week with another video/post in my CARD MAKING FOR BEGINNERS series.

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Inks for Stamping: Remember this handy reference anytime & pin the below image to your favorite Pinterest board.


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