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...
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!!!
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.