Username Post: Am I Missing Something?        (Topic#1577023)
flintridgescrapper
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I've been using a makeup sponge for the Tim Holtz distress inks. However, I've been watching You Tube and the blending tool looked like the thing I needed. A lot of you have said you keep a separate pad for each color and keep it attached with velcro to your ink pads. When I went to change the little pads, they come all apart. They stick so firm to the velcro on the tool that they won't come off intact. What am I missing?


 
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I've found that the velcro on my blending too is a bit strong- but I just slowly pull the pad off- and I've never had one come apart. Are you ripping it off, like a band-aid? I kinda pull the corner up, push my finger under and then it just comes up-

Or maybe you've used the foam pad so much it's crumbling/easier to tear apart? The pad I use for Vintage Photo is starting to look a little crumbly- and I might need to use a fresh one soon...

-dont know if I helped any....

-kory


 
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I dont use the blending tool at all....

I use something much more simple and cheaper. I use bottle caps from the sodabottles. On the bottlecaps, I stick those felt circles that is normally used under furniture to avoid scratches on the woodfloors.
They last long, and keep the inks well.
Another thing I love about that, if I want to ink just tiny areas like a small corner, its much more easier to do just that one area. I only have to change the felt piece every so often. I can make it wet and it still stays the same.
Not sure if you guys have the same felt circles tho but here I buy one pack with about 30 circles in them for just 50 cents... and people always have bottlecaps.
Not the metal kinds tho, the plastic ones that are on the big soda bottles like Coca Cola, Pepsi ect....


 
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Oh, that sounds cool- I know the felt circles you're talking about- I'll have to give it a try... Is the effect identical to what you get with the blending tool pads?

I also use some Dollar Tree makeup sponges, which gives a slightly different look/effect.

And for other uses- sometimes I even use those tough/dense foam 'bricks' that come at the bottom of the packing for the Sizzix embossing folders.

I'm also using my Distress Markers to do 'edges' sometimes- especially if it's an intricate cut or shape that you can't just swipe with the blending tool.


-kory


 
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for those things, the smaller edges, you can ink em with the felt circles. They come in different sizes here.

To be honest, I think it gives a better result as you can be much more secure on where you want your inks. As far as ..if the result is the same or slightly different, that I dont know.
Friend of mine uses the blending tool and she gets same results as mine. But, I'm not really a fussy person lol. And am kinda new to the blending, aging and distressing.



 
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  • stick on 05-30-12 08:19 AM
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I like the blending tool, it's comfortable to use and hold, but the velcro sticks like crazy, I had to reglue the velcro pad to my tool. I would like to get a few more tools if I could get them half off, if I get energetic I may make my own.

I do NOT use a separate sponge for each color. One for blue, one for red, one for yellow, one for brown, etc. I try to keep lighter colors on one end of the sponge and darker colors on the other. Any unintentional blending that happens is part of the distress look, imo, and adds more depth.


 
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I love my blending tool and stand by it!!

I have never had one fall apart or anything, you just have to take them off slowly.



 
flintridgescrapper
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In response to stick

Thank you all so much! You have some good ideas that I'll try!


 
Megan - ForumTech
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In response to Manda_K

Like the blending tool. Really loving these.



 
flintridgescrapper
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Maybe I'm just trying too fast, like Kory said, "like ripping a band-aid off"! I'll have to try when I get home to see what happens.


 
flintridgescrapper
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In response to Megan - ForumTech

Megan, I've seen those too and wondered how they worked. Maybe I'll have to get some of those too.


 
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Eventually, they do fall apart. If you do edges a lot, like I do.

But their size makes them easy to control, and storage is easier. For me, at least.


 
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Interesting. They look TINY though.


 
flintridgescrapper
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The ones I've seen I think fit over your fingertip and you use them that way.


 
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I love my TH distress ink tool. The velcro likes to come off the handle though, so to fix that I just used my dad's staple gun and stapled the velcro to the tool...worked like magic. Now I don't have to worry at all about it!


 
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Since I also thought the Velcro on the tool was too "grabby," I got some of those adhesive Velcro circles from the sewing area of J's & stuck 2 of them over it. Works perfectly now.


 
flintridgescrapper
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Thanks for that! That sounds like a good idea!


 
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That is a great idea!

I get it Judy, thanks! That would be tough for me, I think I would quickly destroy them! I like that the blending tool can take a beating! LOL


 
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It's funny that this topic should come up. I was using my blending tool yesterday. Without thinking about it, I pulled the sponge up and went to replace it with a different sponge. My velcro thing had disappeared. I looked for 20 minutes before I called in my DH and DD. We looked for another 20 minutes before my DD picked up the discarded sponge and said "Mom, it's here. Dork!" Seriously, I'm not ever going to ask them for help again.


 
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I changed out my velcro to a lighter weight one that didn't grab so hard. I love my blender!


 
flintridgescrapper
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  • grandmamichelf Said:
It's funny that this topic should come up. I was using my blending tool yesterday. Without thinking about it, I pulled the sponge up and went to replace it with a different sponge. My velcro thing had disappeared. I looked for 20 minutes before I called in my DH and DD. We looked for another 20 minutes before my DD picked up the discarded sponge and said "Mom, it's here. Dork!" Seriously, I'm not ever going to ask them for help again.



LOL!!! Kids are something, aren't they? I don't have any, but they would sure come in handy when I'm searching for stuff!


 
flintridgescrapper
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  • terrihooper Said:
I changed out my velcro to a lighter weight one that didn't grab so hard. I love my blender!



I think I'll try this. I've already got some at home that I can use.


 
kygirlnfla
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I've used the 'staple the velcro to the base' tip too and it works fine.

I have one of those holder/spinner thingies for holding eight blender tools and I have one blender tool I sit on top of it for blending my alcohol inks. I really want to buy another holder/spinner thingy since I have 30 distress ink pads (they sell the holder here too), but don't have the desk space to hold two UNLESS I can remove the top that screws off and screw on another unit right on top of it, omiting the base, just adding the post. It looks like it could work and then you'd have a double decker.

Does anyone know for sure if that is possible???


 
flintridgescrapper
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So you use a separate tool for each color?


 
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I don't (if what you mean by each color as...broken china or faded jeans or chipped sapphire...all those would get one blender to share since they are all blue), I just keep within a range, like all my blues on one blender and all my greens on another etc, but it would be nice to have a double decker spinner and be able to not worry about the colors mingling too much. I just always press out the color on my blender on scrap paper if the next color I'm using is much darker or lighter. I would find it a real pain to change them out all the time.


 
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Sheila stamp racks are available in multi levels! You can see examples here:

*Edited per board rules. No links please.


Edited by Megan - ForumTech on 06-01-12 04:22 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
kygirlnfla
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WOW...thanks for the link to the site. I never imagined seeing them that held that many blenders....cool!!!


 
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I have the blending tool, and I also use make-up sponges. I also use make-up sponges when I am using walnut inks or mists. For example, I wanted to apply the sunflower mist to just the frame of a die cut, I sprayed on my glass....then applied it with the sponge. Does that make sense? It makes the mist have a totally different thing going on.


 
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  • 2manycritters2littletime Said:
Sheila stamp racks are available in multi levels! You can see examples here:

*Edited per board rules. No links please.



Bummer you don't know the link....I put it in my favorites before it was deleted so I do. From the looks of the units they showed on that site, I would say yes...you can add two blender stands together double decker style if you bought two units from here. I'll let you know when I try it if it works.

Ranger Ink - Inkssentials - Craft Spinner for Ink Blending Tools


 
flintridgescrapper
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Oh, my goodness! I had a blonde moment!!!! The product I linked in the 1st post is not what I had. I thought there was only one kind of blender. What I actually had was the alcohol ink blending felt pads. I feel like a dunce....no wonder they were tearing when I pulled them off the applicator!


 
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I found it easier to put a small dot of velcro on each pad and then have a blender for each pad It is easier for me this way and it fits my DIY storage too.

http://www.corriescrafts.blogspot.ca/2012/03/distress-i...


 
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I don't have the room to keep a shading tool for each color I use the same one over and over until i think it's served it's use.

in my defense of this i have created some awesome affects doing this.


 
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  • stick on 06-23-12 01:12 PM
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Having a separate blender foam for each and every color just seems like total overkill to me. But it's the way I use them, I guess - I don't like pristine single colors, I generally use more than one color together to add a little more depth and complexity.


 
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