ColorBox Dyestress Product Focus
I’m joining the Splitcoaststampers product focus team this month to review the new colors of ColorBox Dyestress inks. In return, I received all the new colors, some pre-printed cards, some gel glue, and some glitter. Unlike the other members of the team, this is my first time trying these inks, and I was pleasantly surprised by them. I’ve used Tim Holtz’s Distress inks, like most of you, for a few years now so I had to wonder how these would differ. Both are water-reactive inks.
When I swatched these colors with my well-worn Hero Arts shadow stamp, I immediately noticed that the ink leveled very well. An ink that levels well is not blotchy, and the color is smooth. Distress inks usually do not do this. It’s harder to get a solid stamped image using TH Distress inks.
The first card I made is using Essentials by Ellen Mondo Hydrangea from Ellen Hutson LLC.
GOJUS! I started out by created a color gradient with Aster, Capri, Caribbean, and Inchworm. I dusted it well with an anti-static pouch and then stamped with Mondo Hydrangea from Ellen Hutson LLC with Versamark ink and then heat embossed with white EP. I then took a water brush and reactivated the ink inside the petals, stem, and leaves. I got an interesting effect, especially where two colors blended together. Once I was done, I smooshed the Aster pad on my Tim Holtz Glass Mat and picked the color up with my brush and added it to the centers of the flowers. After that, I created my greeting with Essentials by Ellen Totally Random Sayings plus the Block Sayings dies and added some Darice Crystal Sequins for a little shimmer. I also added a line of the Mixed Berries Twinkle Dust with the Colorbox Glue Gloss that came in the package I got with the ink pads. I love how this one turned out!
For my next card, I used Concord & 9th’s Painted Rose. I kept this one super simple, just stamping the rose with Memento Tuxedo Black and then using my Life Changing Brushes to create a soft bloom of color using Bumblebee, Tomato, Inchworm, and Moss within the stamped lines. I used the spatter stamp from the set to add a few soft spatters, stamping off a few times to get the lightest ink. I sprinkled a few drops of water on the image too. I kept this one super simple, and I love the results.
For my last card, I again used the Painted Rose set. This time, I inked up the stamps with the ink pads, using Aster and Princess on the biggest stamp (the inks blended on the stamps amazingly well), Mulberry for the rose shadow stamp, and Inchworm and Moss for the leaf stamps. I decided to use one of the included Colorbox Creative Cards for the base and used the Aster and Mulberry pads to create a soft gradation of color. I die cut the rose with the matching dies, and popped it above a rectangle cut with Simon Says Stamp’s Stitched Rectangle dies. I stamped the greeting using the Mulberry ink pad. I added a few sequins and the spiral clip for accents.
I had a lot of fun playing with these inks and highly recommend them.
Below is my list of products that I used, and I have used compensated affiliate links where they were available, as I now participate in affiliate programs for Simon Says Stamp, Amazon, Ellen Hutson LLC, Scrapbook.com, Gina K, My Favorite Things, Ranger Ink, Hero Arts, and Blick Art Supplies.