Ink Pad Recipes

Last Updated 10/14/09

To Make Regular Dye Ink: (non-emboss-able)

A baby food jar OR an old film canister
Rit POWDERED Dyes, in various colors
Rubbing Alcohol


If you are using a baby food jar: Add your entire package of dye to the jar, add alcohol to the top of the jar, and replace lid and shake.

If you are using a film canister: Fill canister 1/4 way full of dye, add alcohol to the top, replace the lid and shake.

*You are not limited to the dye colors - mix a few and get new and different colors - just remember to write down how much you mixed, so you can do it again.

To Make Emboss-Able Ink:

Powdered Clothes Dye (any color)
1/4-Teaspoon Alcohol
5 Tablespoons Glycerin

Mix dye with alcohol to the consistency of thin cream. Add glycerin. Stir until well blended. This makes enough to replenish a stamp pad several times. Pour ink over stamp pad or a foam-rubber pad that is fine grained. To make the stamp pad you will need foam rubber and a small plastic box with lid (such as a travel soap box). Cut the foam rubber to fit inside the plastic box. Spread the ink evenly with a brush or a tongue depressor.


Use small sponges as inkpads. If you buy the compressed sponges you can cut them into thin strips prior to wetting and they will become a nice thin inkpad!

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