My StazOn solvent-based stamp pad by Tsukineko is one of my absolute essentials in my craft box, and I can’t believe that I haven’t reviewed it for you sooner. If this is a new product for you, get your keys ready. You’re going to want to head out and get some of these amazing stamp pads when you’re done reading!
So, what is a StazOn pad? Well, it’s a linen-fabric covered ink pad that holds a solvent-based ink that works on non-porous surfaces. Unlike a pigment-based ink, which only works on porous surfaces such as paper, chipboard, and wood, the StazOn ink will work on plastic, aluminum, shrink plastic, glass, vellum and more.
For example, I used a StazOn pad to stamp images on dominoes. Pigment or dye-based ink needs to soak into a surface for it to “dry.” Because StazOn dries via evaporation, you can stamp on plastic and it will dry without heat-setting.
StazOn is also super handy when you want to layer wet media. For example, if you want to stamp an image and then watercolor it, StazOn is great.
I’ve also used StazOn when stamping on heat-fix fibers. In this next example, I laid the butterfly stamp on the table and dabbed it with StazOn, then layered Angelina Fibers on top. After covering it with a piece of parchement paper I pressed it with a dry iron. The result is a nice, crisp outline.
StazOn is the best ink to use with Shrink Film, because it won’t scratch off! I also use it on transparencies or shrink film in some of my altered arts projects.
So, need something other than black? StazOn come in a variety of colors! (And opaque ones, too, but we’ll get to those in another review.) See the color chart here!
Here are a couple of pointers when using StazOn:
- Make sure you keep the lid on when not in use. Solvents dry quickly.
- Buy the re-inker. For the above reason, it’ll get dry quickly but re-inking restores your pad.
- Don’t expect it to be super juicy. Solvents just aren’t.
- Not the best pad for rough surfaces, because it isn’t super-juicy!
- Be careful when stamping on glossy surfaces. Too much pressure and your stamp will slide.
- Use a shot of a heat gun to make sure your ink is set on plastics or glass.
- StazOn will scratch off of some surfaces, so seal with Diamond Glaze.
- I recommend using the StazOn Cleaner for cleaning your stamps and work surface.
- Visit Tsukineko’s FAQ sheet for more info!
Every crafter needs to have a StazOn stamp pad in their craft closet!
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