Craft Product Comparison and Overview: Ranger Ink Paints

Ranger Ink Paints Comparisons!

Hey there crafters!  Today I want to go through comparing and contrasting the different paints offered by Ranger Ink.  Currently there are four different paints; Tim Holtz Distress Paints, Ranger Paint Dabbers, Dyan Reaveley Dylusions and Dina Wakley Media Paints.  Other than the Ranger Paint Dabbers, we have fully reviewed the other three paints here at Craft Test Dummy.  I’ll insert links to all of  towards the end so you can check them out and see the specifics and samples, […]

Color Powder Hack- Watercolor with Kool-AID

Kool-Aid for Watercoloring; colored dye powder hack. You have to see it to believe it! (Video Tutorial.)

Right now colored powder dyes are all the rage- the sheer number of them I’ve reviewed in the past month is pretty astounding. But what if you don’t have the big bucks for those powdered dyes? If you have a dollar, you can have a full set of ten…. if you use Kool-Aid or other powdered drink mixes. I made you a video, but here’s the skinny: use an UNSWEETENED drink mix- it won’t get sticky. Snip the corner and […]

Craft Product Review: Primary Elements Artist Pigments by ColourArte

Primary Elements Artist Pigments by Luminarte

NOTE: Originally published on April 20, 2012, I  updated this post with new swatch photos and also a video demo. Enjoy!  Disclosure: sample provided for review. Some links below are affiliate links   With all of glazes, shimmer sprays, paints and inks out there, don’t you ever just want to have everything match? Guess what- when you own Primary Elements Artist Pigments by ColourArte, you can. (Please note- these used to be by Luminarte, but it seems that the company has […]

Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magical Jars (Watercolor Paints)

lindy's Stamp Gang magical watercolor powders

    Since I’ve been on a kick with watercolors lately, I thought it would be a good idea to give ALL of the brands I could find a fair shake. So today I’m reviewing Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magical Jar Sets. Disclosure: I purchased these with my own funds. My opinions are based on my first-hand experience with the product. Some links below may be affiliate links and CTD will receive a small commission from your purchases.  From the website: […]

Vintage Decor Paint from Martha Stewart Crafts and Plaid

vintage decor paint

Disclosure: Samples provided for review purposes; however my opinions are honest and my own and based on my first-hand experience. I was not financially compensated for this review/video nor does the product company have any control over it’s content. Some links below may be affiliate links and I will be compensated with a portion of the purchase price- usually 5-7%. So thank you for your support!  Chalk paints are ALL the rage right now- they are a easy way to […]

Hero Arts Ombre Ink Pads

Hero Arts Ombre Ink Pad Review & video demo

Disclosure: this is not a sponsored review. I paid for these products with my own funds and my opinion is based on my first-hand experience with the product. You may have different results. I first became aware of the Hero Arts Ombre Ink Pads from Jennifer McGuire- she raves about them! So when I saw them at the Ink Pad in NYC on a Crafty Field Trip, I snapped up a few. Since I had just gotten the Simon Says […]

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 From Ranger Ink

dylusions paint review and demo!

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! 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 […]

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 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

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


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


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! […]