Sometimes you have that perfect stamp and you think, “That really needs more than one color.” Or perhaps you’d like to create a whole background in a variety of colors. Lucky for us, there is a PERFECT inkpad for that- the Kaleidacolor Rainbow Dye Ink Pads by ImagineCrafts.
Here’s how they are described on the website:
There’s a rainbow for every season with Kaleidacolor Stamp Pads. Twenty striking rainbow combinations mean you’ll never run out of ideas. And our patented sliding palette means that your rainbow pads will stay vibrant and clean project after project. Simply slide the palette together to stamp and slide it apart to store. It’s that easy! To create a custom color palette, make your own rainbow using the uninked Kaleidacolor pad and the 62 refill colors.
These pads are unique in their design- the inked sections are actually separate so that the ink doesn’t bleed over while not in use.
But then slide the lever out (seen on the left hand side) and they smoosh together to create one even surface.
The inkpad itself is raised up and the factory-sealed samples I got were really nice and juicy.
You can see the color is saturated all the way to the bottom. And lovely vivid colors, too!
So let’s get to a few swatch tests.
Let’s first remember that this is dye-based ink. That means that the color is translucent, so we do expect the background color to show through and affect the result. Hence the RED ink on the BLUE paper makes a black design. And it doesn’t show up on black hardly at all except for a watermark-style image. But the colors are lovely and true on the lighter cardstocks and even the fabric samples. I especially like the crisp image on the Sticky-Back Canvas (you can click the link to learn more about that), which has some texture to it. And great results on the cotton. (I’ll update as to it’s colorfastness after washing.)
Next I experimented with it’s interaction with water. The first sample you can see I misted right after stamping. I got a little bleeding, but it was minimal. For the second, I misted the inked stamp- and while it helped the colors to blend a bit more, there was no bleeding on the paper. Result? You can stamp with this ink and let it dry (and maybe hit it with a heat tool just to make sure) and then use your other mists and watercolors over top for a layered effect without smudging.
These were the four color palettes I received- and I wanted to show them to you. But keep in mind there are over 20 color combinations in this line! Which is your favorite? I really couldn’t pick- but since it is autumn here in Ohio, the Tomato Vine was especially timely.
Now, some tips! First- They are INKS. They will stain your fingers. So apply a little hand lotion to keep it from staining your hands too badly OR wear gloves if you want to save your manicure.
Next- if you want to ink up a larger stamp, that lever gets in the way. So you will want to have one of these handy:
The brayer makes it easy to both blend the colors on the roller and apply them to a large stamp OR directly onto your paper. I have this heavy-duty one from Fiskars. And it’s a bit heavy but it is HUGE and great for larger designs.
Now, I forgot to take a picture of the cards I made with these inks- but no worries- they are here on this video I made. You’ll see the inks in action, swatches, my brayering technique, and yes, a bunch of cards I made.
I’d love your questions or comments- which card was your favorite?
Disclosure: Samples provided for review, but all opinions are honest and my own.