If you use the felts for your alcohol inks, you have to replace them--so this is the way to go, unless you want to cut up your own, which doesn't seem worth it in my book.
Ok I really love the actual tool, but had to let you guys know it is so easy it is to replace the felt! You get so many replacement pads in this package, I use distress inks on almost every lo and I still havent ran out! This is a must have if you have the ink applicator! To be honest they are cool for touch up work without the applicator! So it's a double deal!!