You have clarified a certain number of mysteries about stamps, but for the art of stamping, stamps alone will not be enough!… And the ink market for "rubberstamping" is also very large. Here are some basic guidelines to find your way! First of all, the sine qua none condition for properly using stamping inks is to make the difference between 2 types of inks which allow very different work to be done ...
We will say that they allow the most classic use in the art of stamping. Their quick drying will allow you to color without worrying about smearing the ink. As soon as they are laid, they are dry and once dry, you will no longer have to fear that the pattern will run down in contact with water, so you can watercolor or color in markers as you like. In this range of quick-drying ink, you will find inks with different characteristics and which will also give you different renderings. The Versafine are for example known to reproduce the details of the stamp patterns to perfection; the Colorbox Chalk will give you a more melted rendering, like a "chalk" look, while the inks Impress will make your fingerprints shine. So it's up to you to discover them as you go along and find the ones that suit you best according to the use you make of them!
And slow drying inks!
What is the point of using a slow-drying ink to stamp patterns, you say? In order to be able to perform one or more actions on the stamped pattern before it completely freezes ... Namely, for example, embossing, that is to say, attaching powder to the ink again cool that will give volume to your footprint once you have heated it! Again, there are different inks with different characteristics that will give you different results. Note for example the inks Distress which will allow you to give an aged, vintage look to your prints. Also note the ink Versamark which, used alone, will give a wet effect and a tone-on-tone effect on your sheet or, used with embossing powders of different colors, will give you very beautiful relief renderings! In short, again, it's up to you to discover all the possibilities available to you based on the results you would like to obtain!
Inks for special materials
Finally, be aware that certain inks are sought after because they can be used on supports other than paper. Some inks for example will allow you to make pretty prints on textile, ideal for customizing clothes (inks Versacraft or Izink textile for example). Inks Stazon will allow you to stamp on a very large number of porous or non-porous supports: fabrics, leather, porcelain, glass, wood, plastic ... but be careful however, these inks are not cleaned with water but with a special product!