What is the difference between pigment ink and dye ink?

There are several differences. Dye ink absorbs into the paper; pigment ink sits on top of the paper and does not absorb. Pigment ink tends to be thicker than dye ink and is often preferred for scrapbooking because pigment inks are more resistant to fading than most dye inks.


More info on craft pads:


Craft ink is pigment ink, and as such is more fade resistant than dye inks. The Craft pad contains binding agents that help seal it to fabric; these are natural binding agents and are safe for scrapbooks. Of course, our Classic inks are also safe for scrapbooks, and you may very well want to choose the quicker drying time of Classic pads over the fade-resistant Craft pads.  You will get the longest-lasting color with Craft pads.


Pigment ink, by nature, dries more slowly than dye inks. You can heat-set the pigment inks to speed drying time or set them aside to dry. After heat-setting, Craft inks will resist all but the most deliberate efforts to smear them (such as wetting your finger and rubbing the ink). If you live in a humid area, you will want to heat-set the inks, because air-drying time increases as humidity increases. Heat-setting and air-drying produce the same color results. When heat-setting, be careful of heating too long, which may cause a scorched look.


Craft ink works well on smooth raw wood and on wood already painted with a water-based paint, as long as it is heat-set. After heat-setting, you may choose to spray it with a fixative to add an extra layer of protection.


Results with Craft ink on walls vary depending on texture, finish, and previous paint on the walls. Test on a small portion of unseen wall. If the image is dry after heat-setting, it may be used on the remainder of the wall. Acrylic paints are the best choice for stamping on walls.


You can also use the Craft ink for stamping on fabrics. The colors are less vibrant on fabric than on paper. Also, even after heat-setting, fabric inks fade slightly. This is true not only of Craft pads, but other fabric pads available in the retail market as well. For a more vibrant image, try stamping the same image twice (one on top of the other) using the Stamp-a-ma-jigŪ. Or outline the stamped image with a Fabrico marker. Here are some important tips to remember when stamping on fabric:

Note: The White Craft pad requires very high levels of pigment to get the opaque look on paper our demonstrators and customers love. To achieve this level of opacity, we had to give up the fabric option. Therefore, the White Craft pad is not recommended for use on fabric.