I am all about tim holtz! LOVE his stuff!
I always gets comments about my inking.
I apply it with a makeup sponge. Works great!
Sifting through the tips forum and saw this post. What a great idea!! I have the alcohol ink applicator, but I don't have the foam, just felt. Makeup sponge sounds like a great idea and probably cheaper than foam refills.
I use the foam make up sponges too, especially for inking the edges. I pinch them into a rounded shape and clip them with a little mini-binder clip to use as a handle. I find the ink blending tool with the sponge pads really is worth it for distressing the surface of a page though. It makes a much more subtle, less streaky look with less effort, and the sponge pads don't crumble as much as the make-up sponges do.
I also find a slight difference in the colour of distress inks when using the make-up sponges. Walnut Stain, for example, looks green when applied with make up sponges and brown when applied with the blending tool sponge pads. I mentioned this to the owner of my lss and she said lots of people find differences in colour with the makeup sponges. I still use them because they are so much cheaper. I reserve my blending tool for "special" jobs.