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StazOn Ink Basics

StazOn Inks and MetalStazOn Ink

Most inks are not made to stamp onto non-porous surfaces without embossing. StazOn was developed to ink on surfaces like metal, leather, aluminum foil, plastic, cellophane, acrylic, glass… and it’s acid-free!

Applying StazOn Ink

StazOn Ink can be applied with a rubber stamp, or by dabbing your piece directly onto the ink pad. If you’d like some ideas and tips for applying StazOn, see our tip for using StazOn with rubber stamps. We offer several colors of StazOn ink for purchase.

StazOn Metallics

StazOn Metallic Inks work a bit differently than the standard StazOn ink pads. You get a great metallic look on metal, plastic, unglazed ceramic clay, glossy paper, polymer clay and other non-porous surfaces. The metallic ink pads come with a bottle of ink along with the stamping pad so you can apply only the ink you’ll need for each stamp. Slightly rougher surfaces like leather, uncoated paper and fabric may not yield a full metallic finish, and the ink may not adhere as well to glass or other glazed surfaces… so we always recommend trying it out on test material before you begin your final project. All StazOn Metallics are available for purchase alongside the standard colors.

StazOn CleanerCleaning Off the Ink

Make sure to clean the ink off of your stamps by using the StazOn all-purpose cleaner. This stuff is amazing! It cleans your stamps thoroughly and also conditions them. Just turn the bottle over and lightly rub against the stamp. Make sure to wipe off excess solution with a damp cloth. On stamps with a lot of tiny detail, you may need to repeat this a couple times. Another great thing about the cleaner is if you make a mistake stamping on your metal, you can apply a touch of cleaner to wipe the mistake away. Just make sure to wipe the area with damp cloth a dry thoroughly before re-stamping.

StazOn FAQs

Q: Is it necessary to store the ink pads upside down?

A: No, the StazOn pads are designed so it is not necessary to store them upside-down.

Q: What are the surfaces StazOn is designed for?

A: StazOn is designed to work with all non-porous and semi-porous surfaces, such as glass, ceramics, metal, acrylic plastic, leather, aluminum foil, and much more.

Q: What is an inker, and why did I receive one with my StazOn ink?

A: If you purchase a StazOn metallic color, you’ll receive the stamping pad along with an “inker” (a bottle) filled with ink. Use the inker to apply only enough ink to the pad to cover your stamps.

Q: Is StazOn archival?

A: Yes, StazOn is archival.

Q: Can you use StazOn over alcohol inks?

A: We strongly recommend against using StazOn ink directly on top of alcohol inks, due to the small amount of solvent in the StazOn. If you need to mix the two, we recommend first using a sealer to seal the alcohol ink, and then stamping your design.

Get Started with StazOn

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    sootfoot5 says:

    I’ve used black staz-on on t-shirts and then “filled in” with colored fabric pens – fabulous! You have to heat set because of the fabric pens, not the staz-on. But what I’m curious about is how well staz-on works with polymer clay and mica – anyone have experience ith these products?

  2. Zen Creations Jewelry
    Zen Creations Jewelry says:

    I have used the staz-on stamps on top of the alcohol inks (I didn’t seal the inks first) without any problems. I just wait until the inks are fully dry and then stamp.


  3. Jeanne S
    Jeanne S says:

    When using this ink on leather, is there some type of sealant one could put on afterwards to protect it? It us tending to flake off a bit.

  4. Kate
    Kate says:

    Well, Staz On is solvent based permanent ink ideal for non-porous and semi-porous surfaces… so I don’t think a sealant is going to be necessary. But if you’re using a shiny/polished leather, you may need to “condition” it to absorb the ink before applying.

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