How Should Ink Pads Be Stored?

How Should Ink Pads Be Stored?

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I recently received a question asking if dye ink pads should be stored upside down.  I have seen this question (and lots of opinions about it!) online and have often wondered what the answer is myself.

I sent an email to Tsukineko (Memento ink pads) asking this question and received no response.

I found this HERE on the Ranger site:   “How should I store my Distress Ink Pads?    The molded plastic case is designed to create the proper fit needed for the ink formulation. While storing the pads flat with the bottom side up will neither help nor hurt, we usually store pads on their sides or flat with the right side up.”

And HERE is an interesting video (at 4:21 mark) where Tim Holtz talks about how ink behaves in their pads and how they don’t need to be stored upside down.  (Thanks for pointing this out, Joyce!).

I also contacted customer service at Gina K Designs, and this is the response I received:  “It actually does not matter, it will not affect the quality of the ink at all. We store them with the colored label up here at our brick and mortar store. :)”

I am not an expert, but according to the sources I checked, it doesn’t really matter.  It seems to me (and this is just my opinion) that if the ink pads were supposed to be stored with the pads facing down, the manufacturers would put the ink pad on the lid. Since the pad is on the bottom and the label is on the top, it seems (to me) like that is the way they are to be stored (or at least that it is fine to store them this way).

Personally, I store my ink pads on their sides or with the lids facing up (because that is how my storage racks or containers hold them), and I have never had a problem.

When I am actually stamping, I usually place my stamp on the table facing up and tap the ink pad down on the stamp, and then I place the ink pad face down on its lid on my desk.  (I like to keep the lid on the pad when I am done inking the stamp, and this is just a more natural technique for me than flipping the pad over and picking up the lid.)  The ink pads are just as “inky” when stamping from this upside down position as when I first start using it from the upright position as it was stored.

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Copic Marker Storage

Copic Marker Storage

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Copic markers are great for adding color to images, backgrounds, etc.  There are so many colors from which to choose (over 350), and they blend beautifully to add shading, detail and depth to any project.  I used to store my markers in a shoe box, but as my collection grew, storing my markers in an organized way became a must for me.  I based my storage system on the letter/number system (with natural blending groups) that the Copics fit into.  And I made sure my storage system would allow me to easily add newly acquired markers.


Slotted Trays

In my craft room, I use storage trays by Crafter’s Companion.  I believe they are designed to store Spectrum Noir markers, but the Copic markers (sketch, ciao, and original) all fit in the slots perfectly.

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Depending on where you buy them, you can get them as a single tray, or they come 6 in a pack.  (They kind of snap into place if you are stacking them- either on a diagonal or lined up straight.)  I’ve included a few links of places I’ve seen them:

I purchased singles at markerpop.com (See HERE.)

I purchased a box of 6 at Staples.com (See HERE.)

They are also available on amazon.com (See HERE).

I usually keep the trays on the shelf and bring the markers that I need to my desk.  Occasionally, I need to bring the whole stack, though, so I put some decorative duct tape on the sides to keep them from coming apart and spilling all over the place.

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How My Markers Are Organized:

I arrange my markers by keeping all the letters together, and then I arrange the markers in chronological order within the letter groups.

(click on photo to see a closer view; use back arrow to return to post)

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 Why do I arrange them like this?  Understanding what those letters and numbers mean might make it clearer!

Copic Markers have letters and numbers on the caps (or on the marker) to give information about the color itself and to help you see what markers will blend together nicely.

The Letter(S) stands for the Color family:  E = Earth, C = Cool Gray, B = Blue, YR = Yellow-Red, etc.

Copic Caps

The First Number represents the Blending Group or the saturation of the color.  Lower numbers are more vibrant (or more pure), and higher numbers have more gray (or are toned down). So B04 is a more vibrant or more pure blue than B24 which has more gray in it.

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(The E’s are a little different since you can get brown from so many different color combinations, but there are still groups of browns that seem to go together.)

The Last Number(s) represents the Specific Value or shade – how light or dark a color is.  The lower the number, the lighter the shade.  So within the same color family (B2), B24 is a lighter blue than B29.

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A Natural Blending Group is a sequence of specific values (light to dark) within the same color family and the same blending group.  In other words, a blending group of markers will be markers where the letter(s) and first number are the same and the end numbers change.  (Only the shade varies.)  When these colors are blended together, they coordinate  perfectly, especially if you choose end numbers within 2-3 digits from each other.  Use (end numbers) 0-3 for highlights, 4-6 for mid-tones, and 7-9 for shadows.

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Using a Natural Blending Group is simply a guideline; any color has the potential to blend with any other color.  But for storage purposes, I chose to keep the blending groups together. This allows me to quickly and easily make color choices for my projects and is why I store them grouped with like letters and in chronological order.

Since I do not own all of the colors, I have left spaces for new markers.  However, the markers are easy to move around if necessary.


Label Strips

In addition to having the markers arranged “in order” in the trays, I also made strips of cardstock with the letters/numbers of each marker and put them in each of the slots with the corresponding marker. When I work, I pull out all of the markers that I plan to use for a project.  These labels show me very quickly where they go when I am done with them!  This is particularly helpful when trying to replace markers that go near the ciao markers since these don’t have letters and numbers on the caps.  (They are on the markers themselves.)

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Because these strips are just card stock, they can easily be moved to other slots if necessary when new markers are purchased and the old ones need to be rearranged to make room.


Travel Wallets

For traveling with my markers, I have 2 “wallets” that I use.  One holds 72 markers and the other holds 36 markers.

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36 wallet

I really like these wallets for traveling because the markers are very secure and easy to carry.  The reason I do not use these as my primary way to store my markers in my craft room is because I couldn’t use my card stock labels, and they were not big enough to hold all of my markers.  Also, the markers are held pretty firmly in place with elastic, and moving all of the markers every time I bought a new one would be a bit cumbersome!  It is fine as an “every once in a while” thing, but for every day use, I find the trays work best.

Click HERE to see 72 marker wallet on amazon.com

Click HERE to see the 36 marker wallet on amazon.com


Color Swatch Book

One final thing I want to share with you is my Copic Color Swatch Book.  This contains a blank rectangle for each of the Copic markers available.  The book has the markers arranged the way I arrange them on the trays and really helps when setting up the trays initially!  When I purchase a marker, I color in the rectangle that corresponds to that marker.  This helps me keep track of the markers I own.    Coloring in the “swatch” also shows the true, actual color of each of the markers which makes choosing colors for a project much easier than relying on the caps.

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Click HERE to see it on amazon.com


(Some of the above photos were found on google images, some were found at the various links provided, and some were taken by me.)

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Ranger Ink Pad Storage Rack

Ranger Ink Pad Storage Rack

Most of the stamp pads that I use regularly are stored behind my desk in racks on the pegboard.

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I found these great wire racks at the Ranger Warehouse Sale that they hold once a year at the Ranger Headquarters in Tinton Falls, NJ.  (HERE  is the link to their blog post announcing this year’s sale.)  I went this year and last, and they had these racks both times, for $5 a piece.  Incredible value, I think!! (I think they are usually sold with ink pads to suppliers; I guess they sell off the surplus at the warehouse sale because I can’t find them sold separately online or in stores anywhere.)

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I have 3 of them and have them hanging on hooks on my pegboard.  They are easily removed and can stand upright on my desk if needed, but I usually just leave them hanging.

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I have each of my ink pads in a 4″ x 6″ plastic bag.  I do this to keep a foam pad for the foam applicator for each color with the ink pad and also to keep the ink from drying out.  (I’m not sure if that’s at all necessary, but I just feel better keeping them sealed well!)

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HERE is a link for the bags I use for my ink pads.

A note about storing ink pads on their sides – I have heard some people say that ink pads are best stored upside down so the ink stays on the surface of the pad.  I have been storing my ink pads on their sides without a problem.  I did have a problem years ago when the few ink pads I owned were just tossed in a cardboard box, and they dried out.  I don’t know if the lids were not secure since they were bumped about in the box, or what, but that is why I now store them in the bags.  I also tend to ink up my stamps by keeping the stamp on the table facing up and tapping the ink pad down on the stamp.  As I work, I place the ink pad face down on its lid on my desk.  Maybe, the ink “moves” to the surface while it sits on my desk like that – who knows!!

For what it’s worth, I found this HERE on the ranger site :   “How should I store my Distress Ink Pads?    The molded plastic case is designed to create the proper fit needed for the ink formulation. While storing the pads flat with the bottom side up will neither help nor hurt, we usually store pads on their sides or flat with the right side up.”  I’m not sure if this is correct for all ink pads.

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IRIS Scrapbook Case and Craft Organizer Tray

IRIS Scrapbook Case and Craft Organizer Tray

I use these scrapbook cases for storing quite a bit of stuff in my craft room.  They are the perfect size to hold 12″ x 12″ paper and other scrapbooking materials that size.  They are roomy enough to hold a lot of stuff, but not so much stuff that it becomes hard to find things in the box.  I store my re-inkers in one, alcohol inks and supplies in another, heat embossing stuff in one, etc.  These scrapbook storage boxes are sold separately or with the storage unit (scrapbook chest).

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IRIS 6-Compartment Storage System

I also really like the organizer tray that was designed to fit inside this box.

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The organizer comes with 10 adjustable dividers which is nice because they hold items in place if you don’t have enough to fill the section of the tray completely.

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One of the things I use the case and organizer tray for is my Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads.

I have 44 ink pads and several foam applicator tools in mine.  (The right column is wider than the middle two; the left column is smaller and not as wide as a distress ink pad.  However, if you rotate the ink pad a quarter of the way around, you can fit a few more on the left.)  I have each of my ink pads in a 4″ x 6″ plastic bag.  I do this to keep a foam pad for the foam applicator with each ink pad and also to keep the ink from drying out.  (I’m not sure if that’s at all necessary, but I just feel better keeping them sealed well!)

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I made my own labels for my ink pads since you can’t see the colors when they are stored in the box.  I recently found a pdf file here that contains labels for the distress pads on the ranger site:

http://www.rangerink.com/pdf/organize/DistressInkPads_Labels_2016.pdf

http://rangerink.com/pdf/organize/Distress_MiniPad_Labels_CHA2016.pdf

I like how they are colored and may need to re-label mine!

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(There are a lot of good organizational goodies on their site which you can check out here: http://rangerink.com/organize-your-ranger-products/.)

I store this box (and one other that contains extra foam applicators, foam pads, mini misters, reinkers, etc.) in the storage unit.

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A note about storing ink pads on their sides – I have heard some people say that ink pads are best stored upside down so the ink stays on the surface of the pad.  I have been storing my ink pads on their sides without a problem.  I did have a problem years ago when the few ink pads I owned were just tossed in a cardboard box, and they dried out.  I don’t know if the lids were not secure since they were bumped about in the box, or what, but that is why I now store them in the bags.  I also tend to ink up my stamps by keeping the stamp on the table facing up and tapping the ink pad down on the stamp.  As I work, I place the ink pad face down on its lid on my desk.  Maybe, the ink “moves” to the surface while it sits on my desk like that – who knows!!

For what it’s worth, I found this HERE on the ranger site :   “How should I store my Distress Ink Pads?   The molded plastic case is designed to create the proper fit needed for the ink formulation. While storing the pads flat with the bottom side up will neither help nor hurt, we usually store pads on their sides or flat with the right side up.”


Another thing I use the box and organizer for is ribbon storage.

I have to confess, I am not a lover of ribbon as some crafters are.  (I use a lot more jute, raffia, etc.)  I admire ribbon on others’ projects, but I often can’t seem to make it work on mine.  As a result, I probably own less than most, but what I do have was making me crazy because I didn’t know what to do with it!  Originally, I had all the spools thrown in a few plastic bins with lids.  I could never find the colors I needed, and the ribbon always unraveled and got tangled when I rooted around the bins. When I moved into my craft room, it all got placed in a drawer which quickly became an even bigger disaster than the original bins because it was bigger so there was more of a mess in there!  Then I discovered that the ribbon fits nicely in these scrapbook cases, and if you use the organizer trays in them, the ribbon all stays put!

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The dividers that come with the tray hold the ribbon in place if there isn’t enough to fill a whole column, and when the lid is closed, the ribbon does not move around at all!  Again, one of the columns is wider than the middle two and one is more narrow.  The small spools of ribbon that I bought in packs at the craft store fit perfectly in the thinner one.  I have two of these boxes filled and they sit stacked in the drawer.  (There were a few spools that were larger than most that didn’t fit in the case so I put those in a box to the side.  Since there are so few, it’s easy to keep them in order.  I also have loose pieces of ribbon in a bag stored with the larger spools.)

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I put my twine, jute, string, yarn, raffia, etc. in the bins I was using before since they are too big for these boxes.  This system is working out much better for me!

 

HERE is a link for the bags I use for my ink pads.


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