From the website:
Roll out long patterns to create elegant and festive borders. Use multiple rows to create backgrounds for scrapbook pages and cards. Even make your own gift wrapping paper. The self-inking stamp cartridge allows you to apply the pattern without having to stop and use a blotter. Just roll it on! The pattern cartridge retracts by clicking the top button for easy storage when not in use. The clear plastic corner of the applicator lets you quickly identify the pattern before use. Use any Decoration Roller refill with any applicator. Easily mix and match patterns.
Now let’s take a closer look. Here’s the refill-able roller. The top photo show when the roller is covered and retracted. Then just click on the green tab and poof! The roller pops out and is ready to use.
You can swap the cartridges, too- open the front and the whole thing pops out. The color of the cartridge indicates the ink color, so you won’t get confused. For this product, you cannot mix and match the colors with the patterns. The lace pattern will always be pink. This may be a slight drawback, but you can always emboss over the ink if you want a different color. We’ll talk more about that in the video.
Of course, the main question is “how does it work?” Well, you should know that a video is the easiest way to answer that question! Take a look:
And here are those samples….
Left: colors on white paper. From top on right: flocked paper, printed paper, watercolor/dyed paper, wood. chipboard (shown embossed.) After I made the video, it dawned on me that with it’s quick-dry ink, that perhaps it would work on vellum. So I tried it.
HELLO. Worked like a charm. No smudging AT ALL. On VELLUM. I said it in the video, I’ll say it again. I don’t know what kind of ink is in this thing, but I want more of it. (Stamp pads. please!)
This tag illustrates that the ink will not smudge or run even if you use water-based sprays on top. Plus Decoration Rollers have zero reactivity, so mist/spritz away!
On the above sample, I ran the roller over a tag that had dried gel medium on top. (Make sure you click that link for a primer on those. It’s pretty helpful if you are new to them.) Note how the ink actually sank into the gel medium, giving it a ghost effect. Then I misted the tag to layer the colors.
You also could go super-simple with these and just use them to dress up gift wrap, note cards, and envelopes. They are so easy and fun to use, I wish they had a ga-jillion patterns. Alas, at this writing, there are only 8 Plus Decoration Rollers on the market. I couldn’t find info on the minis, so I can’t share that with you.
So here’s the nitty-gritty: each Plus Decoration Roller retails for
Disclosure: samples provided for review. Opinions are honest and my own. Really, I can’t fake it.