We talked last week about choosing the best ink pad to use for embossing with a heat tool. Regardless of the brand or color, a “juicy” ink pad is the best kind to use.

A nicely inked pad goes a long way for the success of your embossing. So when picking a “wet” ink pad, do you choose one with color or one without?

That’s a great question and it really depends on what you’re looking for in the final result. Here are some of the observations that I have found in using both types of inks.

Clear embossing ink with clear embossing powder: PROs-great as a resist or raised watermark effect; CONs-difficult to see unless using a high contrast ink Direct To Paper (DTP) over it.

Clear embossing ink with colored embossing powder: PROs-great when the EP is opaque as the true EP color is seen, no color interference from the ink; CONs-if there is some clear EP mixed into the color the image will look splotchy or incomplete, the same will happen if the EP is translucent or holographic.

Tinted embossing ink or Colored pigment ink with clear embossing powder: PROs-gives nice effect to the stamped image like an epoxy sticker; CONs-color is not dimensional, only the clear part is.

Tinted embossing ink or Colored pigment ink with colored embossing powder: PROs-gives rich color throughout the raised image and tends to hide spots with low EP coverage, can give the EP a different tone depending on the transparency of the powder; CONs-may change the color of the embossed image.

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Embossing Powder Doctor

In the trial above, the colored ink pad was Ranger’s Sail Boat Blue Pigment Ink and the colored EP is Close To My Heart’s Star Spangled Blue.

The best advice that I can offer is to try the combination first before you are working on the “real” project.

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One Response to Colored vs. Clear Ink

  • Batool says:


    so I see you have a recommendation for the ink…but what should I use for powder? I am having the hardest time! I have finally found the colour I want in ink (the coral colour by Colorbox Ink) but I really want to follow your tip in using Ranger’s embossing ink.

    So please give me a recommendation for a similar colour in powder that I can purchase! (and if you have an awesome website that sells all this stuff that would be helpful! haha)

    Sorry I am a bigginner and so overwhelmed!

    Thank you so much for this post by the way you are the only person I have found listing all the different styles with pictures!

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