Help with ink pads

Using Ink pads

Using the Versa Color ink pads you have bought is very easy.

The ink pads come in 2 parts, the clear lid and the white base that contains the actual ink pad.  The lids are fully removable allowing the based to be lain flat or held with ease.  The pad is raised higher than the base helping to ensure that it does not get in the way whilst inking a finger.

Fingertips should be clean and dry for the best results.  Lightly press or gently tap the ink pad with your finger tip.  3 to 5 times is usually sufficient.  As a general rule of thumb, paler colours more presses, bold/strong colours fewer presses.

Cleaning up

The Versa Color ink is a water based pigment ink, so although it does not dry immediately; it is quick.  An advantage of this type of ink it the ability to remove it with ease.  Simple soap and water or a baby/wet wipe will do the trick.

Some intense colours may stain the finger very slightly, usually red and bold blues, but should come off within a couple of washes.

If you are hosting an event our recommendation would be wipes, as it saves the potential mess of a bowl of water.  Don’t forget to provide a bin.

Storage

Ink pads are best stored what would be considered upside down, that is with the clear lid on the bottom.  This helps ensure that the ink in the pads stays near the top allowing you the best print possible straight away.

Did you know that because of the clever design on the lids, the Versa Color ink pads will stack neatly into a tower.  Each lid has a recess that fits snugly into the base of another gently locking them together.

Hints and tips

Did you know that we do know how to spell ‘colour’?  When you see us talking about the ink pads, we use their brand name which is ‘Versa Color’.

If you can’t see the ridge detail clearly on your print, this may mean you have too much ink on your finger.  Either wipe it off and start again, but reduce the number of times you press the ink pad, alternatively, lightly press onto a scrap piece of paper to remove only some of the ink and try again.

If you think a colour is too bold, either reduce the number of times you press the ink pad, reduce the pressure you are applying to the pad, light tapping should be enough, or alternatively, lightly press onto a scrap piece of paper to remove only some of the ink.