Let me tell you...if you are into distressing and inking, this is a must have tool for you!! I have loved the Tim Holtz line of distress inks for a while now but haven't had this applicator until recently. I used to use regular foam make-up sponges. They worked great for the edges and working the ink around a little, but the effect was always a little harsher than what I wanted. Well, the very first time I tried applying the ink with this applicator, it was like magic! It blends the ink sooooo smoothly onto your paper and it's so easy to mix colors or change the color you've already applied. It's awesome! This is one of those products I'll use forever...
Used in this layout: Bus Love
I have hesitated to buy this tool over the past couple of years that I finally expanded my scrapbooking to include inks. I wasn't so sure about all that "start on separate paper or mat and work your way onto the paper with the ink". Now I know I never fully enjoyed my inks until I did use this product. I store the used ink pads in small zip lock style bags so they can be re-used and I use a separate one for each color that I ink with. How silly was I not to trust Tim Holtz???
A must have for your distress inks AND you need to have one for every color ink. If you are like me when I get a vision in my head, I just want to go with it like Edward Scissorhands to head of hair! I don't want to have to stop to keep chaning pads on these guys....so I am slowly working on getting one for every color distress ink. I did buy the craftspinner to hang these on and will need to get another one really soon. They are awesome.
I was one of those people who were running the whole pad along the sides of the item I wanted to ink. Getting ink all over my hands and over my desk...soo not fun. I was introduced to this wonderful product. My fingers are clean..desk not soo mcuh(from other stuff :). The pads last a long time. I could blend two colors at once. I will recommend this for anyone who has an ink collection. As I do!!!
Used in this card: My very first card!!!
This is my go to tool when I am laying down ink on my layouts or projects. I just grab the base of the block, use a circular motion to add ink to the foam pad, then run it along the edge of my paper to add definition and character. You can add lots of ink or little bits of ink, all up to you. If you don't have one, buy it.. you'll love itt.
I just got this in the mail and I love it!!!! I'm glad I got two! This works perfectly with Tim Holtz ink pads when you want to distress tags, pages, and any embellishments. I'm glad I have this tool to use and now I have spares to hold me until I run out!! This is a must buy and it works hand in hand with the whole Tim Holtz line!!!!
I tried to use other ways to apply the distress inks but none worked for me. I had this on my wishlist for long & got it in a swap. I used it immediately & love the way it moves smoothly on cardstock & paper. I don't know why I waited so long for this tool. It is the best if you are into inking. Try it.
Used in this layout: Why I scrapbook? NSD 2010
Love love love this tool! It is a MUST if you are using the alcohol inks. It is simple and really mistake free. I did have an issue with the new foam pads attaching. They would not stay on the tool. So I just used some sticky back velcro and placed it on the tool and now the foam pads stick like new!
Used in this layout: Dreams close up journal book
THis blending tool is a must have. I actually have three & a foam pad for each of my distress ink colors. It is so versatile, use it for shading edges, to color over masks, to alter over crackle paint, really a long list of things to use. I use it on pretty much every page & card I make.
Used in this card: Antique Happy Birthday doily
This is a great tool for use with distress inks. When you use it, you can get a nice soft distressed look. I've got the refill pack also and save on pad for each color.
I haven't tried washing the pads yet, but if someone has done that, I'd love to know how it turned out.
Used in this layout: Favorite photo - playing bass
I bought a bunch of these to use with different colors. My ink pads were getting mixtures that I didn't want and these are so reasonably priced it wasn't worth taking the foam pad each time I wanted to change color. Great for backgrounds and for distressing edges.
I didn't know what I was missing until I bought this item. I love the way this little tool lets you add shading and blends the ink in such a soft and subtle way. No lines or dark marks, it just glides on. One of my "have-to-have" tools from now on.
I just got my first set of Distress Inks and I kept seeing people using this blending tool... I wasn't quite sure if it was really worth it but I figured I'd give a try. It's so much fun! It blends so beautifully and I can't imagine not having it!
I finally bought myself one, it took forever for my town to carry this! I had been using makeup wedges, and lol yeah it didnt work very well. This blending tool is a god send. It blends my distress inks so smoothly! Its my fav tool right now!
Used in this layout: my sweet dream
I had my Distress Inks and I was missing this important too: the blending!
It is easy to use and you can change the foams easily. I keep one foam for each color I hold.
I recommend Ranger Ink Blending Tool to all my friends.
I read the reviews and saw the product video and decided that since blending is my latest cfraze, I would try this with the replacement pads. The reviews were right on, the videos were great and I am now hooked on the product.
5 stars for such an awesome tool!!! The only thing I will have to do is nail/staple down the velcro after my 2yr old yanked it off, and the adhesive no longer sticks. Wish I could afford one for each color though :)
Used in this card: Oh Happy Day!
If you have distress inks you must must must have this ink blending tool. It makes distressing edges easy, adding ink to color anything a breeze and just gives you the right amount of color wherever you want it.
Used in this layout: Oratory (2)
These are very well made and I think if I knew how to use them better they would be perfect. But even not knowing how to get the full potential out of them I have been able to get some pretty cool looking things.
If you are going to use distress inks, this applicator is a must have. I have played around with several methods of application and all pale in comparison to this product. It does the best job by far!
I was excited when I got this tool! Today I tried it and works so smooth and easy. I recommend it to the scrappers who loves the vintage look and to the scrappers who like to add that extra touch.
The blending tool is an excellent tool for using the distressing inks. It is much easier to blend the inks and colors with this tool. I love the ease of changing the pada on this tool also.
Ever since I was shown how to use one of these I haven't put it down, it fits nicely in my hand and is so much eaiser to use than inking strait from an ink pad
Used in this layout: Pink Page
Watching videos that Tim Holtz has, he uses this handy tool; the Ranger Ink - Inkssentials - Ink Blending Tool to create Distressing on paper crafts.
This is a must have tool if you're into the Shabby Chic, Vintage, or Distressed styles of papercrafting. The blending tool makes it so much easier (and cleaner) to put the ink right where you want it and blend it in nicely without wasting a lot of ink--and the extra pads are great for different color inks.
I never really knew exactly how to use my distressing ink until I saw Heidi Swapp use this to blend the ink using her masks. I tried it the other day and it worked awesome! The only thing I don't like is that it only comes with one refill and the refills are expensive. But the tool itself works great!
this is the only way to add distress inks to me. takes some practice to get a smooth, blended edge. only downfall is the pads with come off the backing on occasion . . . it just glue them back together.
These a great tools---the concept anyway, but the velcro piece comes off right away. On this one that I just received, it was already detached in the package!!
Getting fed up with the ones I have too.
On two of these I have tried the Inkesentials/Ranger Wonder Tape and it came undone.(I guess it is not that wonder-ful!) The velcro backing is very hard and plastic like so tape does not stick too well.
Maybe I haven't fully explored all the possibilities for this tool, but I haven't really found that it has been significantly better than a cheaper sponge, brayer, or several other options. That said, the handle makes it more convenient and it is a particularly nice size for cardmaking.
Used in this layout: L Commencement 2010 I recto
reinforce the handle. After only a few times using it, the handle pulled out of the base. I put a few glue dots on the bottom of the handle and back in it went! very useful when using the tim holtz alcohol inks, which are some of my new fave products.
Ive used this tool with a mask I bought, maybe its just me but the ink application looked a little blocky, seemed to take the shape of the ink applicator and didn't blend all that well.
the first time I used this the velcro type stuff on it fell off -then the 2nd time I used it the HANDLE fell of !!
I superglued the velcro on and that helped but too many problems with it
and It really does not work as well as a sponge
These are such a must for adding ink to any project! I have had a problem with the velcro part coming off, so I used a heavy-duty staple gun & fixed the problem easily!
After trying them, you'll want more than one! : )
Since I love blending inks on my cards and pages, I couldn't live without this. It abolustely makes blending so easy. I've tried makeup sponges and other methods..but gave them up.
Thanks Ranger Ink!
I love using this tool to make backgrounds for tags and cards. There are a few drawbacks though:
1) It's kind of difficult to change out the blending foams. Sometimes the Velcro tries to come off and it would ruin the tool if that happened.
2) The handle popped out of one of my tools.
In my opinion they're cheaply made but an essential part to any ink blending process.
I wanted to love this product, but just can't seem to get the hang of it. I get much better results blending ink on the edges of my paper with regular old (and cheap) cosmetic sponges or JudiKins color dusters. Save your money for something else!