Vendor Spotlight & Giveaway! :Sakura Glaze 3-D Pens

I was sent a few of the new Glaze 3-D Pens to try out by Sakura. I used their Real Red color for testing.

I tried them out on different surfaces with varying results. These pens have a 1.0 millimeter tip and can be a little finicky in how they write. If you’re writing something, know that it will be bold and you’ll need to write slowly. If you write too fast it can bead up and you won’t get a consistent line. I also found that if I wrote with the pen straight up, instead of at an angle, I had better luck getting a clear and consistent line.

Here’s what it looked like at an angle:

Here’s what it looked like writing with the pen straight up:

Toward the end I started going a little too fast for the pen….slow and steady wins the race with this one!

Sakura’s website says that it works well on matte surfaces, but some of the material I was sent had some examples of glass projects on it, so I thought I’d give it a try. A few things I learned:

Make sure that your surface is flat instead of at an angle when drying. The ink doesn’t drip, but it definitely sinks. You can see that the bottoms of the hearts I drew are more saturated with color because I didn’t set the votive down on its side to dry.

I also learned that if you are using a semi-matte or shiny surface it’s easily rubbed off, even after it has completely dried.

It is nice that it takes 10 minutes or so to dry, so you have time to wipe something off and try again if you mess up.

At this point in my investigation of the Gel pens I decided that, if it comes off of glass easily, it would make a great resist to do some glass etching with. I taped off an area of my votive with regular old Scotch tape:

Painted on a thick layer of etching cream and waited about 1 minute:

I rinsed off the etching cream (the gel pen came off at the same time) and peeled away the tape and voila, an etching project that takes less than 10 minutes to complete:

Price: 2-Pak for $4.50


  • Easy to get an embossed look without pulling out the embossing powder and heat gun.
  • Great resist for etching.
  • Works well on matte, plastic type surfaces where other types of pens would bead up.


  • Rubs off easily from non-matte surfaces.
  • Takes a little while to dry, and even then, can be a little tacky.
  • Must be dried flat, unless you want uneven color.

GIVEAWAY! Sakura of America is giving one lucky reader a 10 pack of their 3D Glaze Pens. To enter this drawing leave a comment on this post or any Vendor Spotlight: Sakura Glaze Pens and let us know if you have tried the Sakura Glaze 3-D Pens? What did you think? One comment per person please. You have until Friday, May 7th 6pm CST to enter.


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66 Responses to Vendor Spotlight & Giveaway! :Sakura Glaze 3-D Pens

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    Lisa G. May 6, 2010 at 7:22 am #

    ooooh I would love to try these out! So many possibilities…

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    Debbie May 6, 2010 at 7:24 am #

    Would love a chance to try these out!

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    Carol May 6, 2010 at 7:30 am #

    Love these pens. I can’t wait to try them out on some projects I have in mind.

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    Erika M. May 6, 2010 at 7:42 am #

    Very cool – I haven’t had the opportunity to try these out!

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    luluvision May 6, 2010 at 8:22 am #

    Yes! I have tried Sakura Glaze 3-D pens and love them! I never thought of trying the etching cream with it. Great idea!

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    lozva May 6, 2010 at 9:15 am #

    oh i so want to try these. would love to win! x

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    Savannah O'Gwynn May 6, 2010 at 9:30 am #

    I love my Sakura pens—never tried it on glass! THAT rocks:) Thanks for sharing and the chance to win!

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    Laura May 6, 2010 at 9:47 am #

    Haven’t tried their 3D pens, but I love some of their other pens! They are the only gel pens I have ever used that allow me to use the entire pen. So many other gel pens dry out on me or clog before I have the chance to get through an entire pen.

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    Cristina May 6, 2010 at 9:52 am #

    I would love to try these!

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    rlynnbaker May 6, 2010 at 9:54 am #

    ive never tried these but i would like to.

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    Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} May 6, 2010 at 10:07 am #

    I love using these pens to give my scrapbook pages extra detail. I wouls love to try them with some etching cream! How fun!

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    msfreida May 6, 2010 at 10:16 am #

    These are one of my favorite pens to use! I can’t wait to try the new colors! 🙂

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    Lindsey May 6, 2010 at 10:38 am #

    I would love a chance to try these pens! The etching project looks like fun!

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    Jingle May 6, 2010 at 11:13 am #

    I did NOT know I could use these on glass! Your etching is brilliant! I’m going to pull mine out and play!

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    Ann May 6, 2010 at 11:18 am #

    Wow, these pens look like something I would love to play with when making cards!

    ann.b.martin at gmail dot com

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    Doreen May 6, 2010 at 11:20 am #

    I love the regular Sakura gel pens, so I’m sure I’d love these, as well! Pick me! Please pick me! (Thanks for the oppty to win!)

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    carpediem May 6, 2010 at 11:31 am #

    What great pens! Would love to give them a try! laura j

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    Creative Monkey Designs May 6, 2010 at 11:40 am #

    I would love to have this pens and create all the things inspired by your review!! Etching glass made simple and totally original with hand drawn designs!! Love this idea!!!

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    Scrap Kia May 6, 2010 at 11:41 am #

    That’s really cool =)

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    Scrap Kia May 6, 2010 at 11:42 am #

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    Marilyn S. May 6, 2010 at 11:46 am #

    I would love to win these pens. I have never tried them but I think I will have to get some very soon. They look like I sure could have fun with them.

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    Chrisi May 6, 2010 at 11:57 am #

    These are some of my fave craft tools! What a great idea – using them for etching …..

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    Lia May 6, 2010 at 12:02 pm #

    oh, glass etching is on my list of things to try this weekend, and it’s so cool that those work as a resist. I’ve been trying to find something that will let me put etch my own designs, but I don’t have the money for an electronic die cutter yet.

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    Vicky May 6, 2010 at 12:06 pm #

    I use pens A LOT on my projects and these would be perfect!

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    Cindy May 6, 2010 at 12:12 pm #

    I LOVE the idea of using them for glass etching!

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    Maryellen May 6, 2010 at 12:23 pm #

    I love my black Sakura 3D pen for
    finish work on cards and scrapbook
    pages. I would love to try some
    other colors!

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    Sheri C May 6, 2010 at 12:28 pm #

    Oh the possibilities are endless with these pens! I would love to have the chance to try them in my studio. Wish me luck!

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    Viji Siddharth May 6, 2010 at 12:30 pm #

    would love to try these out!!

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    nina May 6, 2010 at 12:32 pm #

    Love the look of these (have never tried them myself). How wonderful that you can use them for glass etching – thanks so much for showing us that!

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    StampinCathy May 6, 2010 at 12:32 pm #

    Love to try the 3D Glaze Pens! Love this project. So many things you could do with them.

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    Jan Castle May 6, 2010 at 12:33 pm #

    Here I am…ready, willing, and able to give these a good workout!!! Pick me!!!

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    Katherine May 6, 2010 at 1:04 pm #

    What a great idea with the glass etching!

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    Sandra May 6, 2010 at 1:06 pm #

    I would love to play with the Sakura Glaze 3-D Pens, so pick me to win.

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    kkaisu May 6, 2010 at 1:41 pm #

    Lots of different uses for these pens. They look like they would be fun to play with. Thanks for the chance to win.

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    jenny May 6, 2010 at 1:45 pm #

    Love the idea of the etching! They look like fun to play with:)

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    Jessica Wekenman May 6, 2010 at 1:59 pm #

    Awesome pens! I’d love to win this set!

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    katisunflower May 6, 2010 at 2:13 pm #

    Thanks for the post. It is good to know the ups and downs of any product and creative fixes.

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    SuZeQ May 6, 2010 at 2:19 pm #

    Well sure enough … I’d love to try out these pens. Count me in, please!

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    rush8888 May 6, 2010 at 3:00 pm #

    it doesn’t look like the testing turned out so well except as a mask for the etching. i would be willing to try these pens and keep this critique in mind.

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    smahrty May 6, 2010 at 3:13 pm #

    I love the Sukura glaze pens and have used them alot!

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    BishopsMommie May 6, 2010 at 3:20 pm #

    these look so flippin cool, really need an endless supply of money to get all the goodies you show on here.

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    Sandy May 6, 2010 at 3:43 pm #

    Huh – how did you think to use the pens for etching? I never would have. I LOVE Sakura pens! I would be THRILLED to have some!!!

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    Lori May 6, 2010 at 3:47 pm #

    What fun project ideas! I bet I could even use this with my daughter.

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    Jenn May 6, 2010 at 4:20 pm #

    I haven’t tried them yet – I love the glass etching idea though!

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    Rebecca May 6, 2010 at 4:48 pm #

    I love the glass etching idea!!

    :)Rebecca Keppel

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    refibered May 6, 2010 at 5:09 pm #

    Brilliant with the etching cream! I’d love to try them myself. Thanks!

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    Alisschool May 6, 2010 at 5:39 pm #

    I love to emboss so these sound like a good one to try.

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    Cynthia Ferenz May 6, 2010 at 5:58 pm #

    I love playing wiht pens – I haven’t tried etching, but you project with the glass and pens makes me want to try.


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    NitaBugg May 6, 2010 at 6:51 pm #

    What a cool idea…using the pen as a resist for etching…the sky’s the limit. Thanks for the reviews.

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    barbs May 6, 2010 at 7:16 pm #

    What a great way to do glass etching. Thanks for sharing. These are wonderful pens.

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    Susan May 6, 2010 at 7:20 pm #

    I love their pens!!

    and thanks for the great idea of the glass etching!

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    Jen May 6, 2010 at 7:24 pm #

    fascinating how they work with the etching cream, I’ve never tried that…but,I have tried Sakura pens and they are wonderful!!!

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    Melinda AKA medialady May 6, 2010 at 8:11 pm #

    I have not tried these out but I would love the opportunity.

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    Laura Stewart May 6, 2010 at 9:21 pm #

    I love glaze pens!

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    Erica Hettwer May 6, 2010 at 9:27 pm #

    My mom loves these!

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    pyesquire May 6, 2010 at 10:24 pm #

    Cool pens

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    Bonnie in SC May 6, 2010 at 11:29 pm #

    Great way to add a little bit of gloss in a tiny space.

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    bermudabluez May 6, 2010 at 11:42 pm #

    I really love the Gelly Roll Glaze pens but have not tried these new pens yet. The etching on glass is a great idea!!

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    hypersky5 May 7, 2010 at 7:15 am #

    Looks like a lot of fun!
    Sherri Lucy

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    ChangedbyHim May 7, 2010 at 11:46 am #

    Money is tight and they seem nice. I would love to try.

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    acs004 May 7, 2010 at 2:12 pm #

    I have tried them at a crop but havent purchased them for myself yet. They are a lot of fun to play with!!

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    christina #4635 May 7, 2010 at 3:35 pm #

    I LOVE Sakura pens! I use them fairly regularly and love that they add to much depth in such a simple step.

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    Kimba's Kreations May 7, 2010 at 4:09 pm #

    OMG!! I would love to try these markers. I would have sooo much fun!

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    kkved May 7, 2010 at 4:39 pm #

    I love all of the Sakura pens and I’m always happy to see new products from them!

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    Kathy Lindstrom May 8, 2010 at 7:39 am #

    Very interesting technique. I would have never thought to use it in that way. I think I now have a cute easy project for our next retreat!

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    H.Tsai May 11, 2010 at 10:10 am #

    I have not tried Sakura Glaze 3-D Pens, but would love to do some glass etching with them.