When I first started crafting and scrapbooking, one of the very first things I bought was a set of Sakura Glaze Pens. They were so pretty in their packaging, and I loved the idea of being able to journal on a layout in several colors. Over the course of using them they quickly became a favorite tool in my crafty arsenal. I found they had many more uses than just journaling alone, and I was absolutely thrilled to be able to participate in a review of Sakura products so I could try out even more of what they had to offer.
All inks showed up well on the white side, with the exception of a few of the lighter colors such as the 3D Opaque Souffle in yellow. All were also extremely easy to write with on the smooth cardstock, though I was happier with the flow of the ink from the Gelly Roll pens vs. the Souffle. The Gelly Roll just seemed to write more like a traditional pen to me, and the result was much neater and allowed for a little more flair in my handwriting (which can use all the help it can get!). I starred the black 3D Glaze to remind myself that I loved how it wrote and looked, I frequently journal in black when I hand-write, and this may be my new pen to do so with!
Starting with my least favorite, the Quickie Glue Pen:
Here’s a card I made using the Quickie Glue. The flowers were hand-drawn with it and then glitter was applied.
- The light blue color of the glue makes it easy to see where you are applying it.
- The pen tip is a great idea for detail work with glitter.
- The glue flows very well.
- The glue doesn’t stick well when it comes to adding embellishments or paper.
- I’m not sure what other uses it would then have other than adding glitter.
- Slow drying time.
Black light… college… when we were cool and had awesomely decorated dorm rooms right? These pens wrote wonderfully and are vibrant and fun. Personally, they are low on my list because I couldn’t think of what to do with them. With Halloween around the corner however I decided to try them out on a mask and see how the black light effect worked. Here it is in daylight:
And under a black light:
- Vibrant and bright color!
- Ink flows very well, easy to write with.
- Looks pretty darn cool under black light.
- I’m not sure what I would really use this set for.
- Didn’t allow for a second coat very well, just scratched off what was already applied (but that could have been my surface of choice).
- Ink flows better on smaller details, and that may play against its black light coolness factor.
Coming in next were the Clear Stardust Gelly Rolls in Clear.
It is a little hard to see in the photo, but the pen has a silvery glitter effect.
I think it would be great if these came in the pack with the other colors as an accent, but it definitely has some potential.
- Great idea to add sparkly detail to projects.
- Ink flows well.
- Easy to add detail with.
- The fine tip is just a little too fine, and restricts the surface area it covers quickly.
- Doesn’t come with any other colors.
- The sparkle isn’t as brilliant as the pack that has color to it.
Sakura was also kind enough to send a product I’ve seen in stores but never picked up, their adorable Sticklers.
This was incredibly fun to do, and I love the result. The 3D Souffle Pens that came with the package worked extremely well writing on the smooth surface, and the stickers had just enough of a ridge to keep the free flowing ink contained until it dried. I let it dry overnight just to be safe, and testing by rubbing my thumb over the designs hasn’t done any damage at all. This is a really cute idea for customizing things. It’s a little lower on my list simply because I am honestly not a sticker girl and the designs aren’t quite to my taste, but I don’t think I’ll be able to resist playing with these again in the near future. The packs also only come with three colors, so to really make the most of them it would be good to have a full set of the Souffle pens on hand.
- Very easy to work with.
- The stickers stick well, and have just enough ridge to hold in the ink from the pens.
- The Souffle pens that come with work great on Ipods, just like the package suggests.
- The designs of the stickers are a little to “cutesy” for my taste personally.
- The packs only come with 3 colors to play with.
- Permanent Drying time may be long (I didn’t chance it under 8 hours).
After a few minutes the ink from the Pen-Touch does dry and become completely opaque and bright. It’s not an immediate result, but I was happy in the end.
- White ink shows up great on black cardstock once it dries.
- Pumping was necessary only at the beginning.
- Ink flows wonderfully
- Ink flows a little too wonderfully and can be runny.
- The tip isn’t fine enough to allow for extremely neat handwriting.
- Beautiful color, the sheen is perfect.
- Ink flows amazingly well.
- The tips are just right, allowing for fine handwriting.
- The inks definitely didn’t dry on an acrylic surface.
- Can’t think of any more!
Now come the three pen packs which were very hard to pick and choose from as to one’s performance over another. Though it was very hard to choose, my least favorite of the three are the 3D Glaze Pens.
Here I used them to add detail and a little pop to the patterned paper in this heritage layout:
They are still and will always be on hand when I’m crafting and need to add just that extra something.
- Ink flows extremely well and they are easy to use.
- They can add just the right unique touch to many project possibilities.
- Great color variety to a pack.
- The ink doesn’t show up well at all on very dark surfaces.
- Ink is just a little runny and a lighter hand is best.
They are wonderful for adding embossed type detail, as I did with the stamp on the card below:
- Ink shows up on both light and dark surfaces very well.
- The opaque look once it dries is very pretty and adds a great touch.
- I can see myself reaching for these again and again for several types of projects.
- Ink flows very quickly, and that can lead to very detailed designs slightly running together.
- Takes a minute or so to dry to its full opaqueness, so there is a bit of a guessing game as to what the final design will look like until it does so.
I was able to get great coverage using the chisel tip of the black marker in two coats, being able to apply the second coat within 10 minutes of the first due to the quick drying time. I did coat the final result with a bit of Sparkle Mod Podge just to be sure it didn’t scratch off when being packed away for the Halloween Season. There literally is no odor, which I believe is huge when it comes to paint markers, and I never once had to shake it to continue the ink flow. These markers are amazing! I will be completing a color collection of these very soon!
- Excellent paint coverage with absolutely no odor (trust me, I got some on my nose checking).
- The dual tip makes it possible to use them for a variety of projects.
- Amazing ink/paint flow that never required pumping or shaking – even writing consistently at an angle.
- It took 2 coats to cover my project (but that’s it!).
- The ink did scratch off a little bit if it wasn’t completely dry before adding the second coat.
Finally, a set that I didn’t know I needed until I had it: the Gelly Roll Stardust Galaxy set.
Once again the package states “ice cream smooth” and it really is. These write so wonderfully I wish it was acceptable to use them at work. Not only are the colors great, the ink contains just the right amount of glitter to shine through without being too glittery. Does that make sense? It’s a classy, subtle sheen that adds pop without over-doing it. I was having way too much fun with these and went all out with using them on this little wooden witch:
They wrote just as well on the wooden surface as they did paper, and dried quickly too. Within 20 minutes I could touch the surface without getting any ink on my fingers. Loved, loved, loved these!
- Gorgeous result, just the right amount of sparkle.
- Ink flows just like a normal pen, wish I could use it at work! (maybe I’ll try and see if anyone notices…).
- Great colors to a pack.
- Worked great even on wood.
- I honestly can’t think of any… other than I don’t have every color!
Sakura has a wealth of products for every use imaginable, and I had a wonderful time trying out all the above. It’s such a wonderful thing to have tools in your crafting stash that not only deliver on performance, but that can be used for multiple projects again and again.
- Adding detail work in whatever way you see fit to a multitude of mediums to enhance any project.
- The number of products available makes it easy to find just the right one for your use, but the more you own the more uses you will run across!
- These products are all high quality, and deliver what they promise.
- Not all products are able to be used on all surfaces.
- Some packs don’t include many colors, it’s always nice to have a full set.
- Some products may only have one or two uses for you when it comes to your personal taste.
Overall Sakura has been, and still is, a manufacturer that I know will deliver on quality when I’m looking for a good pen or marker to add to my collection. I have had a wonderful time seeing how I can stretch this standard favorite, and look forward to experimenting even more.
How about you? What’s your favorite Sakura product, and what have you made?