With so many ink types, colors and sizes available today, do you struggle to decide what to buy and what you really need? Well then, you are not alone! The struggle is real and pretty personal. One of my favorite inkpads available is the DewDrop. So let’s take a look at some of the things that keep me infatuated with these cute and colorful little bundles of joy.
Storage & Cost
An important aspect, and the first thing many people will note, is that smaller inkpads can be stored a lot easier. I own a lot of the DewDrops and they fit perfectly into plastic containers that can be stacked on top of each other. I can separate and store each type of ink in its own container and even include a color chart so that I can keep track of which colors I have in the bin. If space is limited in your crafting area, then smaller inkpads may just be the answer to keeping enough ink handy to craft anything you wish. Secondly, DewDrop inkpads are generally a lot cheaper than their full-sized inkpad counterparts. One key element for me is that with the DewDrop inkpads, I will often commit to colors that I would use less often or maybe only need for a one-off project because they are cheaper. If I end up using a color more than I think I will, DewDrops can be re-inked if they become a littler dry—making them extremely economical and practical because I use inkers for a variety of other techniques and effects.
Stamping with DewDrop inkpads is really easy! When you have smaller stamps that you might use in your planner or make a repeating pattern with, it’s easy to re-ink your stamps quickly, even if you don’t have a table surface to work on. But if you need to ink up a stamp that is larger than a DewDrop, it is easily done by laying your stamp face up and dabbing the DewDrop over the surface until it is all covered. Using the rounded end works well for this. I especially like using my Memento DewDrops for stamping smaller words in color. The pointy tip of the DewDrop gives you the ability to stamp several images in different colors all at once. Simply ink the different words positioned on an acrylic block in different colors of ink – it’s really easy to control where or what you ink!
Even if you are inking a single stamp, these little inkpads offer you greater control to ink in selected areas only. You can combine different colors, or shades of a single color on a single stamp for a really interesting effect. On this stamp I started with green inked at the top, then added a light purple and then a darker shade of purple Memento ink. A light misting of water on the ink before stamping onto your cardstock piece gives a nice watercolor effect. You can even get into tight spaces with their pointy tips.
This is the area that DewDrops really beat out all other inkpads. Rather than battling to use larger inkpads, these smaller versions are really handy. Flipping them over and inking your stamps that way gives you control, adds an even layer of ink all over your stamp surface, and can produce more intricate results than a larger inkpad.
I love that I can get DewDrops in a variety of ink types—Memento (dye ink), VersaMagic (opaque matte pigment), and Brilliance (pearlescent and shimmery pigment) cover most of my needs when it comes to my creativity arsenal. I can use these inks for a lot of techniques and different effects no matter the project. When you need to cover a larger surface, the smaller inkpads work just as well as the larger inkpads to ink up an InkBlusher or Sponge Dauber. It’s the same ink, so you can get the same great results.
The shape of a DewDrop is so pleasing, I sometimes use it in my project creation. Take advantage of the shape of the DewDrops by simply stamping the inkpad directly onto cardstock to create and make fun elements for your crafting projects. I especially love to cut out the petal shapes and adhere them together as flowers.
Combine DewDrop inkpads from different ink families together for some really interesting effects. I combined VersaMagic, with its softer opaque pigment look, with Memento dye inks and even a bit of Brilliance for shine together by blending them over each other through a stencil. Combining these inks together gives stunning results, with the ability to add shading and lots of creativity.
Remember that smaller doesn’t mean a lesser quality, only a lesser quantity. You can still blend, stamp, ink direct to paper, and stencil to your hearts delight. Sometimes you need a full-sized inkpad. But weigh your options and the purpose of the inkpad before taking the plunge! Take care when using your inkpads and respect them for what they are, and there will be no reason why they won’t last for years. Inkpads that are left open will dry out before all the ink can be used, so don’t forget to close your inkpads when not in use. One of the most common ways DewDrops get misused is by contaminating them with other colors. I have revived a Memento DewDrop before by lightly misting the offending spot with water and drawing out the invading ink. This may reduce the number of uses, so purchasing an inker for that color may be in order!
The only time I choose a full-sized inkpad is for colors like black, grey and brown. Basic stamping colors like those are generally used a lot more than colored inkpads. But, unless you can afford an entire range of large inkpads, why not opt for the smaller ones giving you the same creative freedom and opportunity as the bigger ones at a fraction of the price. Buy what suits your style of creativity! For me personally I love all my inks no matter what size they are, but I really love the versatility and fun of the DewDrops!