Colorburst Powders from Ken Oliver Crafts

Colorburst powders from Ken Oliver Crafts

I love that watercoloring has really taken off in the crafting and mixed-media world lately. Now we have a new way to watercolor- with powdered watercolor from Ken Oliver Crafts. Here’s how it’s described: Sprinkle and spritz! Color Burst is an amazing concentrated microfine watercolor powder that lets you create beautiful watercolor techniques like never before! This versatile powder can be used with so many fun techniques! Spritz your project with water and sprinkle on Color Burst and create amazing […]

Product Review: Ranger Ink – Dina Wakley Media Paints and Fine Tip Applicator

Wakely Media Heavy Body Paints from Ranger Ink

Disclosure:product provided for review purposes. Links below may be affiliate links and CTD will receive a small commission from your purchase. Opinions are 100% our own and based on first-hand experience with the product. Thank you!  Hey crafters!  Today I’m excited to show you Ranger’s newest Signature Designer, Dina Wakley’s heavy body acrylic Media paints and fine tip applicator.  Let’s get to some basics first; here’s what Ranger has to say about the Media paints. “Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body […]

Product Review: Dyan Reaveley Dylusions Paints

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Hello my crafty friends!  Today we are going to go over Ranger Ink and Dyan Reaveley’s brand new Dylusions paints.  These bright and poppy little pots of fun take me back to finger painting in Montessori preschool.  And yes, my fingers did take a little dip in these!   Here’s what Ranger has to say about the new Dylusions paints: 12 gorgeous, vibrant acrylic paints that complement and coordinate with the current line of Dylusions Ink Sprays. Designed to Dyan’s […]

Fabric Creations Soft Fabric Inks by Plaid

Fabric Creations™ Block Printing Soft Ink

Earlier this week I shared an unboxing video debuting the Fabric Creations Soft Fabric Inks by Plaid, as well as the Stamping Blocks. Today, I’m going to do a bit more in depth on these fabric paints and show you how they held up.   First this is how they are described on Plaid’s website: Super soft fabric ink is the perfect formulation for stamping, stenciling and brushing on fabric. Fashionable colors. Machine washable. Waterbased and non-toxic.  Well, let’s hear […]

Fabric Creations Block Printing Stamps from Plaid- Review and Demo

Fabric Creations™ Block Printing Stamps- review and video demonstration.

Yesterday I shared an unboxing video with you to show you a little bit about the Block Printing Stamps from Plaid (oh, and ALL of the designs, too!) But today I really want to share with you my experiences with how they work on fabric, paper, and clay! I also use a variety of paints, inks, and markers in today’s review and demonstration.  Disclosure: Samples provided for review purposes; however my opinions are honest and my own and based on […]

Tombow Brush Markers

Tombow Dual Brush Marker Pens (review)

I’ve been on a bit of a marker kick. And why not? Lots of colors, inexpensive, and versatile. So today we are looking at the Tombow Dual Brush Marker Pens.   Here’s how the company describes them: Flexible brush tip and fine tip in one marker. Brush tip works like a paintbrush to create fine, medium or bold strokes; fine tip gives consistent lines. Dual Brush Pens are ideal for artists and crafters. The water-based ink is blendable and the […]

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers

Markers are an essential crafting tool- for adding color to stamped images, custom-coloring accents, drawing, creating washes…well, markers are a timeless crafting and art-making staple. Today I’m reviewing the Zig Clean Color Brush Markers to see how they fit into my craft studio! Disclosure: sample provided for review, but all opinions are my own and based on my first-hand experience with the product. Here’s how they are described on the website: Unlike many “brush” pens, the Zig Clean Color Real Brush […]

Gansai Tambi Watercolor Paint by Kuretake

Gansai Tambi watercolors by Kuretake

I spent quite a bit of time at the Kuretake booth at the CHA show in January- and one of the products that caught my eye were the Gansai Tambi Watercolors. Made in Japan, these highly-pigmented watercolors are rich and vivid- and I couldn’t wait to buy a set and try them out!   Here’s some info from Amazon.com: Available in set of 12, 18, 24 and 36 Colors for Sketch, illustration, sumi-e and more  Box Cover provides color chart […]

Review of Crafty Croc Liquid Chalk Markers

Crafty Croc Liquid Chalk Marker Review CraftTestDummies.com

As I mentioned in my post from CHA, both neon and chalkboards or black backgrounds are still all the rage. So of course, we’re going to need some chalky and/or neon markers, right? Today we are looking at the Crafty Crock Liquid Chalk Markers. From the website: Crafty Croc™ Liquid Chalk Markers offer a versatile solution for leaving your mark on almost any non-porous surface! Write with bold, fun colors on glass, ceramic, metal, mirrors, car windows, menu boards, chalkboard […]

Video Review: Ranger Ink and Dyan Reaveley New Dylusions Sprays

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Hello crafters!  Today I wanted to show you the six new colors of Dylusions ink sprays!  There were already 18 colors from the Dylusions line so these new six make 24 total.  New to Dylusions?  Check out this review by Jenny and learn the basics about these awesome sprays.   I am a huge fan of Dylusions sprays because their bright, poppy colors and hues jump off the page! The new colors are chopped pesto, slate grey, pomegranate seed, tangerine dream, […]

Ranger Ink – Wendy Vecchi – New Archival Ink Colors

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Hello crafters!  Today I want to introduce to you the six newest colors from Ranger Ink designer, Wendy Vecchi, in her Archival Ink line.  We have already done a full review of Archival Inks on Craft Test Dummies that you can see here.  There are now 12 colors total in Wendy’s Archival ink line, and the ones I show you in the below video are her newest.  If you enjoy this color palette, Wendy has also released embossing powders in […]

Krylon Frosted Glass Finish Spray Paint Review

Krylon Frosted Glass Finish review

Love the look of etched glass- but was a bit wary of using chemicals? Or maybe you just didn’t want anything so *permanent.* Well, Krylon’s Frosted Glass Finish spray paint is a great alternative.   Here’s how it’s described by the manufacturer: Frosted Glass Finish Create beautiful, frosted glass the easy way — just spray it on in one simple step. Semi-transparent allows light to filter through Transforms the look of any glass object quickly and easily No messy creams […]

Review of the Paper Pumpkin Kit from Stampin’ UP

Review of the Paper Pumpkin Kit from Stampin' Up

I’ve been smitten with kits and subscriptions series lately. I love getting a “surprise” in the mail (even if I’ve had a sneak peek of what’s coming” and the idea of a little dose of creativity is just about what I need these days. Kits can push you out of your comfort zone, introduce you to products you might otherwise not try, and give you a creative jumpstart. Today I’m looking over the Paper Pumpkin Kit from Stampin’ UP, October […]

Comparison of Ways to Blend Colored Pencils

Ways to blend colored pencils; comparison of blending mediums

Last week I spent time reviewing Gamsol and then comparing which colored pencil brands worked best with it. Now I’m working in the other direction- what other ways can we blend colored pencils? For this round, I compared Gamsol (odorless mineral spirits), Turpenoid Natural (non-toxic version of turpentine) and Baby Oil (mineral oil.) I also used a higher-quality pencil (Prismacolor) and a lower-cost one (Crayola) so that you could see the difference in pencil, if any. Let’s take a look! […]

Lumi Sunfold Product Review

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When I first heard of Lumi Sunfold dye, it made me think of the nature prints I made at scout camp using specially treated paper. We would place leaves, sticks, grass, and shells on specially-treated paper, then lay the paper in the sun. This would result in simple prints of our designs. That is the basic theory behind the product… here is what they say about their kit: An exciting new way to print elegant patterns on any natural fabric. […]

Gamsol Overview and Demonstration

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I recently bought some new rubber stamps and they are perfect for coloring. However, using markers can be a bit challenging and I was ready to pull out my colored pencils again. Recently Jennifer McGuire mentioned Gamsol- a colorless, odorless mineral spirit used for blending pencils and I thought it would be fun to try out! I made this video, and there are some still photos too.     And here’s a few pics of my finished card: Here are […]

PRODUCT REVIEW: irRESISTIble Pico Embellishers

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I love painting and drawing, so seeing a product that I could both paint and draw with, intrigued me. I was sent 10 of the 29 colors of Tsukineko‘s irRESISTible Pico Embellishers, to test out and do a product review. These are a resist, designed to work with their Texture Spray. It can be used with watercolor paints, and likely water based inks and sprays. I’m not familiar enough with alcohol based products to test them with this too. Description from website: […]

Prima Comfort-Craft Tools Chalk Edgers

Prima Chalk Edgers

Stamping has been around forever, but using stamp pads as a form of paint is a relatively new trend. Now Prima is taking the direct-to-surface application of stamping ink VERY seriously with the Comfort-Craft Chalk Edgers.   These little chalk-ink stamp pads feature an ergonomic molded grip handle and an unusual “iron” shape. The pad is a cross between foam and felt and the pad is SUPER juicy. It’s still a smaller size pad, comparable to a cat’s eye or […]

Video Review: Ranger Ink and Tim Holtz New Alcohol Inks

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Howdy crafters!  Today I wanted to show you the six new colors of alcohol inks that were debuted at this last CHA by Tim Holtz and Ranger Ink.  If you are not already familiar with alcohol inks, I suggest you check out this review I did of them a while back for CTD. Check out the video below for more information on these fabulous new colors.       So what do you think, crafters?  As I mentioned these are […]

Craft Product Review: Ranger Ink and Tim Holtz Mini Distress Ink Tool

Hello crafters!  For today’s video review I’m showing you the brand new Ranger Ink and Tim Holtz‘ Mini Distress Ink Tool!  Don’t let the name fool you though, you can use all sorts of inks and paints with these!  Check out the video below and let me know what you think of these snazzy little tools!       As I mentioned in the video, the mini distress ink tool is available in packages of two tools with four foam […]