Here are my individual experiments, and the results. For all of them , I used Tsukineko’s Kalieidacolor rainbow ink pads to give a little more interest to the image. The first is an impression of the key and the fabric netting.
- It calls upon your creativity! You can go anywhere you want with this.
- It is an inexpensive toy to play with.
- If you end up with something you really want to keep, you can! The image stays intact until you heat it again.
- If you get something you really hate, you can heat it up to “erase” the image, and start again.
- It does not take a long time to get to a usable impression: a few minutes to heat it, then about 20-30 seconds to make an impression, and you can use it right away.
- You can use dye inks, pigment inks, and even paint. I have not tried solvent inks- they might well eat-away at the foam. Try it on a small piece before you commit.
- You have to press REALLY hard. I mean, REALLY hard, to get your impression. Thus, you cannot use anything delicate as the image.
- The sheets are thin- only about 1/2″. It makes them a little difficult to use as a stamp. I ended up attaching mine temporarily to an acrylic block in order to get an even impression.
- I’ve not seen it recently in brick-and-mortar stores. You might have to order it online.
For me, the Pros definitely outweight the Cons, and I’ll be reaching for this toy again soon! What do you think? Have you ever used it? Are you inspired to try? Let us know by leaving a comment below, and Keep creating!