Sometimes making a mistake can be a good learning opportunity. That was exactly the case when we were doing our most recent rubber stamp project. If you checked out our blog earlier today, you would have seen that we made a set of mustache coasters using rubber stamps, in honor of the Movember Foundation and the men’s health awareness movement.

Industrial Ink Versus Pigment Ink: A Lesson Learned

A Substitute Gone Wrong

We loved our coasters and they turned out looking pretty cool, but during the process of making them we were reminded how important it is to choose the right ink for the job. Using natural stone tiles as the base for our coasters, we knew that we wanted to use an industrial ink because it is fast drying and made for non porous surfaces. One of our stamps ended up being bigger than the industrial ink stamp pad we were using, so we decided to try the larger pigment ink pad, thinking it would just take longer to dry but still turn out okay.

We were definitely wrong! The pigment ink took so long to dry on the natural stone that after 24 hours the ink had bled so much that the impression was blurry and unrecognizable. We learned quickly that choosing the right ink for the job is more than just a preference; it is necessary if you want your end result to be successful.

Side-by-Side Time Lapse

Check out the time relapse below that compares two different coasters. The one on the left was stamped using the industrial ink, and the one on the right was stamped with pigment ink. Watch how over a 24 hour period the industrial ink impression remains nice and crisp, while the pigment ink impression fails to do the job.

Industrial Ink Versus Pigment Ink: A Lesson Learned

Industrial Ink Versus Pigment Ink: A Lesson Learned

Industrial Ink Versus Pigment Ink: A Lesson Learned

Industrial Ink Versus Pigment Ink: A Lesson Learned

Industrial Ink Versus Pigment Ink: A Lesson Learned

Industrial Ink Versus Pigment Ink: A Lesson Learned

As you can see, the ink you choose is very important — it could make or break your next project! If you have questions about what kind of ink is right for your next project, leave a comment below. Happy Stamping!

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