Dyestress Blendable Inks by Clearsnap

Brought to you by Clearsnap

Beautiful 2019 colors of blendable, water-reactive, dye ink for fun techniques on coated and uncoated papers.


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  • Dye ink for suitable for coated or uncoated paper

  • Unique results when embossed

  • Blend colors together to create new hues without muddying

  • Great for distressing, accenting, shading and watercolor

  • Unique case is perfect for stacking

  • Made in the USA

Product Description

Manufacturer Description

At Clearsnap®, we love color! And finding new ways to help our customers add color to craft projects is our passion. From our beginnings in a garage workshop more than 30 years ago, we’ve grown into a leading US manufacturer in the paper crafts industry.

With the ColorBox® line of inkpads, Clearsnap introduced many features common on today’s inkpads, such as the raised inking surface which allows the use of any size inkpad with any size stamp. Cat’s Eye® inkpads brought high quality inks to the market at an affordable price. Petal Point® and Paintbox® inkpads offer removable plates or petals in a multi-color palette. We also offer fun tools and accessories to accompany our ink pads.

Clearsnap uses only the finest quality materials in our products. When we develop a new inkpad, applicator or embellishment, we put it through its paces. We invite some of the best, most experienced and demanding artists to test it for us. Products that survive and shine through this process make it into our catalog and onto our website.

Product Description

ColorBox® Dyestress is a new line of water-reactive, dye ink with 12 new colors for 2019! Beautiful new hues include:

  • Princess
  • Aster
  • Mint
  • Caribbean
  • Capri
  • Bumblebee
  • Inchworm
  • Tahiti
  • Moss
  • Tomato
  • Mulberry
  • Cabernet

    The bright, translucent colors work well on coated and uncoated papers like traditional dye inks but they also offer an extended dry time for blending, distressing, watercolor and unique embossing techniques! They are water-reactive for faux-bleach techniques and work beautifully to create galaxy backgrounds.

    Tips to Try
  • Spritz stamped images with water for a burst effect.
  • "Bleach" blended ink with water: spritz, flick or lift and absorb excess water with paper towel.
  • Raised pad surface is ideal for inking any size stamp or paper edge.
  • Cleans up easily with mild soap and water or a ColorBox® Cleaning Pad
  • Learn more about Dyestress® in this video:

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    1. Versatile Dye Ink

      By Dina Kowal

      This new set of 12 colors is a beautiful addition to the Dyestress line! The pastels and summery brights really round out the full collection. Tomato, Bumblebee, and Capri are a great combination for a bright primary card, like my City Love sample in the gallery. Mint, Caribbean, and Tahiti create a beautiful cool gradient.

      I tried some different techniques this time around. On one card I created a deep sunset by masking and blending inks together, then lighly flicking water to create a few stars in the sky. I did some stenciling (faces) using two colors of ink and then filled in the images by using the ink to watercolor, adding details over the ink with colored pencils. I did quite a bit of stamping in a positioner too - if you missed the Stamp Shifting tutorial, be sure to check that out! I also pressed a little ink onto an acrylic block and used a blender pen to apply the ink to a card and some small die cuts.

      It's exciting to find a dye ink that is so versatile, with so many applications!

    2. Gel Plate Fun

      By Julee Tilman

      I am so excited about the new colors of Dyestress blendable inks. I absolutely love playing with these water reactive dye ink pads. They blend beautifully, create amazing results with smooshing and other water techniques, and with a whole new lineup of colors, this line is truly a dream to create with.

      Twelve new colors bring the perfect palette to these inks. A much needed primary red, yellow, and various shades of pinks, purples and blues really round out the palette of colors. This opens the door to even more blending possibilities, further color mixing options, and color layering stamping techniques.

      One new thing I tried with Dyestress inks for this review was monoprinting on a gelli plate and I had a blast creating background after background. The water reactive properties made for some fun lift techniques and I was amazed by how many prints I could get from the ink, just by refreshing with water in between pulls. All in all, these inks are a beloved addition to my stamping arsenal.

    3. Water reactive and they stamp well!

      By Janine Tinklenberg

      This is my first time using Colorbox Dystress inks. Like everyone, I have used other water-reactive dye inks so I was curious to see how these inks stacked up against other options.
      I was pleasantly surprised at how well these inks stamp. Similar inks do not level very well and stamping with them can give you a blotchy result, but these inks stamped nice and solid with the well-worn Hero Arts shadow stamp I use for swatching.

      I then made three different cards. The first card I made by creating a color blend with the Aster, Capri, Caribbean, and Inchworm colors using Life-Changing Brushes from Picket Fence Studios. I then stamped on top with Mondo Hydrangea from Ellen Hutson with Versamark ink, first powdering it well with a powder pouch to make sure it was absolutely dry. I then heat embossed with white embossing powder. Then I used a water brush to reactive the ink inside the petals and leaves, getting a very interesting result, especially where two colors were blended together. After it dried, I smooshed the Aster pad on my Tim Holtz glass mat and used a brush to add more of that color to the centers of the hydrangea flowers.

      The second card I made using Concord & 9 th ’s Painted Rose stamp, stamping the rose image in Memento Tuxedo Black then using my Life-Changing Brushes to add soft color from the Bumblebee, Tomato, Inchworm, and Moss ink pads. I sprinkled a bit of water to add more texture. That was a very quick and easy yet beautiful result.

      My last card I used a preprinted card from ColorBox for the base and used my Life-Changing brushes again with the Mulberry and Aster colors to create a soft gradient over the print. I then stamped with the Aster, Princess, Mulberry, Inchworm, and Moss pads to see how the inks worked with layering stamps, and got a beautiful result with that as well.

    4. Perfect Blending

      By Jennifer Timko

      I’m happy to be back with a “part 2” review for Clearsnap Colorbox Dyestress Inks. I was part of the original review on the first release of these fabulous distress inks in the launch color palette. Now they have added to the line in a beautiful way! I love when new color additions are not only beautiful on their own but compliment the existing ones. That is exactly what has happened here!

      I feel like the strength of distress inks is in the blending ease and reactivity with water. Blending backgrounds and the use with stencils is particularly fun. This is where the Dyestress Inks have really shined for me! I created background using the blues with a stencil and the transitions between colors was gorgeous. Love how the blues in this release work together. Using a peacock stencil, I tried the new yellow with orange and pink and the combination was magical! I feel the color palette is unique too…and they will continue to be a go-to set for me. Because I could not get enough of backgrounds, I created a final card blending the Bumblebee and Inchworm colors (I just love the sound of those!) to create a spring feel for a silhouette stamp. I blended on watercolor paper and the color applied so easily using a Life Changing Blender Brush. I sprinkled on water and the reactivity was exactly what you want with distress ink.

      To change it up a bit, I created a card using simple coloring with the inks. I just put a little on an acrylic block and pulled from that with a paint brush to color some sweet birds. Again, the blending was simple and no stress. So in all of this, I used plain white card stock, bristol paper and watercolor paper. All of them worked well with the ink which makes the possibilities unlimited.

      Because I already had the first release inks, I can attest to their durability and continued usability. The new colors simply expand the creative choices in a beautiful way. I am confident in recommending these Dyestress Inks to any stamper looking create with distress inks! You’ll be thrilled to have them in every color!

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    What you'll pay

    Clearsnap® Dyestress MSRP $4.99

    Where to buy

    You may purchase each of the Clearsnap® Dyestress Ink colors from Clearsnap or ask your favorite retailer.

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