Castaway Ink Pad Review
Jacquard’s Castaway Pad
By: Susan Wolf Caplan, Product Guru
Do you like the look of bleach on your artwork, but don’t like the odor? Jacquard came out with an ingenious idea for a stamp pad a few years ago called the Castaway pad. This pad is supposed to allow you to get the same bleached look without using bleach! I can’t wait to give this pad a try.
The instructions state that this pad can be used on any paper, except coated. Stamp the image, allow it to dry on the cardstock for 5 minutes, then iron away, on the cotton setting. Different uncoated papers will yield different results. Right up my alley, let the experimentation begin!
I stamped my solid leaf image on light sage cardstock, allowed for the drying time and then ironed away. Huh? Not much happened. I got a very dull yellow leaf image that was barely noticeable.
Ok, this time I would try with dark navy cardstock. This time I stamped a second sheet did not allow for the drying time and heated with a heat tool. Nothing. I went back to my first navy cardstock which now had dried the allotted amount of time and ironed away. This time I got a very faint, barely noticeable, bleached image. Not something that I would ever use in artwork, because I have to really strain to see the image. I considered this unsuccessful.
Not to be beaten, I tried again on two other manufacturer’s cardstock. This time I used green from Stampin' Up! and Dark Brown from Paper Trey. These two tries were even less successful than my previous attempts. The image could not be seen.
I was beyond baffled at this point. Did I get a bad stamp pad? Was my pad sitting on a store shelf too long? There is no expiration date on the pad but does it not work after a certain amount of time?
I have yet to contact the company because I wanted this to be an honest product review. These were my findings. If any of you own this pad and have had success, I would love to hear from you.
I was so hoping to enjoy this product. I have no samples for you, because the pad did not work. Until I see different results with my own eyes I cannot recommend this pad.
For this very reasons I give the Castaway pad an F.