What are you thoughts on which is the better choice?
I thought I liked Color Box best until I I came across a real dry one and the ink pad fell off because I was rubbing so hard... trying to get the most of the color.
I love both brands for various reasons! But if I had to choose one-hands down the TH distressed inks.
The distress inks are so much fun for distressing and blending-plus you can use the same blending pad for multiple inks and the color wont transfer between the various pads. So I just have one foam pad for each color group instead of one per ink color. There is so much you can do with the distress inks, I've recently been using the adirondack paint dabbers to stamp, and using the inks on top of the paint. The paint resists the ink and you get this great look. I used it on the background of this page.
I've also never used the colorbox but I love distress inks.
From what I've seen though the colorbox seem to give a nicer image when using with acrylic stamps, I hate the look the distress inks give when used with acrylic stamps (the distress inks work nicely with rubber stamps though in my opinion).
I started with colorbox chalks and had the same problem as you, they broke after using them too much. I now use distress inks with yellow sponges (those you have in the kitchen) that I cut in pieces and have one sponge pice per distress pad. They work perfect!!And a sponge is not so expansive!
If your Colorbox Fluid Chalk pad falls off the base, flip it over and adhere to the base with a little super glue or liquid glass or one of those clear glues. It works wonders and your pad will be like new again. I have seen some people use sponges with them to keep the pad nice and pristine. And they only cost about $1.99 so they aren't too expensive to replace if they do get totally beat up.
Edited by Jennifer Priest on 11-27-10 08:30 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.
I have been a total color box chalk ink addict for many years. But I watched a video of Tims showing how to use this distress inks. I think it is on his web site. He shows how you use an applicator ( Or sponge) and swirl it on kinda. I LOVE them now!!!