I bought this tool after I went to a class with an instructor who had taken a class with Tim Holtz. She took this applicator and ripped off the foam pad, put a couple of glue dots where the foam used to be and attached a square of cut n dry foam. Then she dabbed this in Tim Holtz distressing ink. She laid her project on the Nonstick Craft Mat from Ranger and started inking away in a circular motion. This produced the most uniform, blended, gorgeous inking technique I have ever seen!! SO if not for the alcohol inks, buy this tool to make your own inking tool, just like Tim Holtz did.