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I'm making a sweet and colorful background using Memento Dye Inks today--I consider these inks to be a great basic/staple item to have on hand. They are water-based, fade resistant, fast drying and stamp crisply without feathering on smooth card stocks, such as Neenah Solar White, etc. and can be used with fine detail or bold/solid type images. As with any dye ink, crispness will vary when stamping on rough or textured surfaces such as watercolor paper and will depend on how well the ink pad is inked and how much pressure is applied when stamping the image onto those kinds of surfaces.
With water-based, non permanent dye inks such as Memento Dye, brand new clear stamps may need to be primed a bit to avoid beading up on the image surface. There are a variety of ways to prime the surface, but an easy one that I use is to simply ink up the stamps with Versamark and then tap it off on scratch paper or wipe it off with my fingertips. You can also give the stamps a scrub with a cleansing solution like Ultra Clean (which, BTW, my favorite stamp cleanser when I need something stronger than just water!) dry them with a lint free cloth and begin inking.
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