Dye-based ink is quick-drying and excellent for basic stamping. The hard felt padmakes it difficult to over-ink your stamp. Dye-based ink soaks into the fibres of the paper rather than sitting on top. Some dye-based inks are waterproof when dry, some are not. Dye-based ink sometimes fade over time. To avoid this, look for ink pads labelled as ‘archival’ or ‘fade-resistant
Pigment inks are slow-drying and ideal for embossing, theystay moist long enough for the embossing powder to stick to the inked area. Unlike dye-based ink, pigment ink dries on the surface of the card rather than soaking into the fibres, This allows the colours to look more vibrant than dye-based inks.This does make then not the best choice for stamping on coated or glossy card as the ink won’t dry unless you intend on heat setting them.
Solvent-based inks are quick-drying, permanent inks. As they can be used on any surface they are ideal for stamping on all kinds of card, acetate, glass and even metal. and the ever popular Tiles used in making coasters. StazOn is my choice of solvent-based ink, as it has a mild smell and is available in many colours.