Hi! I’m Sara Levin theartfulinker an independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in the US. Have you ever opened an stamp pad and asked what’s that on my ink pad? In today’s post, I’m going to talk to you about the reason and share with you / show you how to fix it.
What’s That on My Ink Pad?
Last month, I went through my ink pads checking to see which ones needed to be re inked. In the process, I came across some with little bumps and one that didn’t stay inked no matter how much ink I added.
You may have had this happen too. If you have, I’m sure you asked yourself some of the same questions that went through my mind: has my ink pad gone bad; why are there bumps on my ink pad; are the bumps on my ink pad mold or fungus; why is there a sheen on the ink pad; why won’t this ink pad stay inked … just to name a few.
First, there is nothing wrong with your ink pad!
Ink is made from pigment mixed in a carrier solution. The pigment is the color. And the bumps or sheen is just the pigment separating from the carrier solution. Think of it like the paint you use for your walls that you remix from time to time. There too, the pigment is separating from the carrier solution.
Pigment separates for a variety of reasons such as: the pad is too dry; it is stored in a warm location; it has been left open for an extended period of time which leads to oxidation; and even when it hasn’t been used in a while. You can find more reasons that pigment separates if you care to look into the scientific info regarding pigments and dyes.
Initially, I used the back of a plastic spoon to both gently scrape the bumps and push them back into the pad and the ink solution.
But, I have a better remedy to share with you.
How to Fix Your Ink Pads
Check out this video that shares how I fixed both my ink pads with bumps and the one that didn’t want to ink up properly. I’m thrilled with this remedy! It’s as if they are brand new!!
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