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#1 Posted : Friday, July 05, 2013 1:44:26 PM(UTC)
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I decided to try some Distress Inks but not sure how to use them. Been looking at some things online and noticed use of a blending tool. The one I saw looked like a flat rubber pad with handle. Looked at one on J's website too. But I'm not so sure about that one. Foam pads-can be replaced when worn.

Can anyone help me out and tell me what you use and like best?

Thanks for your help.

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#2 Posted : Friday, July 05, 2013 2:03:19 PM(UTC)
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There's foam and felt by Tim Holtz
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ValerieSchomburg on 7/5/2013(UTC)
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#3 Posted : Friday, July 05, 2013 3:38:55 PM(UTC)
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I like to use finger daubers, I have found them at JoAnn's and Michaels.
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ValerieSchomburg on 7/5/2013(UTC)
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#4 Posted : Friday, July 05, 2013 4:59:57 PM(UTC)
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you can rinse out the form pads. they do last a long time. or u can use each for a color. its a great tool.

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ValerieSchomburg on 7/5/2013(UTC)
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#5 Posted : Friday, July 05, 2013 5:40:52 PM(UTC)
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Because I have an enormous stash of fabric, I also have lots of felt. So, I use the felt on the TH applicator. I can rinse it, or throw it away and just cut more little rectangles. It really doesn't even matter what color of felt I use..... it inks up just the same.
A small piece of felt from Walmart is super cheap.
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ValerieSchomburg on 7/5/2013(UTC)
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#6 Posted : Friday, July 05, 2013 5:47:37 PM(UTC)
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Try watching some of these videos. He does some really cool stuff!

http://timholtz.com/video-categories/

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#7 Posted : Friday, July 05, 2013 8:34:10 PM(UTC)
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I have a lot of the blending tools (32 of them) and use the foam ones for the inks and the felt ones for the alcohol inks. I use the foam ones until they start shredding then replace them. For me it was easier to buy a foam piece for each color of ink and put it in a small plastic bag when not in use. For those colors that I don't have a blending tool for, I put the foam on old wooden blocks that I had removed the stamp from. There was still sticky on the wooden block so the foam sticks great and easy to replace too
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ValerieSchomburg on 7/5/2013(UTC)
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#8 Posted : Friday, July 05, 2013 8:56:59 PM(UTC)
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Thank you all for all of your thoughts on this topic. Now I'm off to the video that was posted then going to work on getting something to start using Distress Inks.

You are all awesome and so helpful.
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#9 Posted : Saturday, July 06, 2013 6:07:30 AM(UTC)
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I am so cheap! I use those wedge makeup sponges. And when they start to flake...I cut the end off and start all over again. I can toss them in the trash as they are so CHEAP! Before that I used a stipple brush used for stenciling.

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ValerieSchomburg on 7/6/2013(UTC)
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#10 Posted : Saturday, July 06, 2013 6:14:45 AM(UTC)
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I have the Tim Holtz blending tool... but I also use makeup wedges. They're pretty cheap and effective.Smile
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ValerieSchomburg on 7/6/2013(UTC)
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#11 Posted : Sunday, July 07, 2013 3:25:22 PM(UTC)
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Works nice to glue the foam or felt to sewing spools. Easy to use and you can make a little set for different colors.
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ValerieSchomburg on 7/8/2013(UTC)
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#12 Posted : Monday, July 08, 2013 3:42:10 PM(UTC)
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I saw a crafter on a video, sorry forgot who it was, but they used a cosmetic sponge folded in half and held together with a binder clip. They are normally black ones that you squeeze the prongs together to separate the metal piece. I found the clips at a local dollar store and the sponges were also dollar or or so. Cheaper than the Tim Holtz blending tool and very easy to use!!
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ValerieSchomburg on 7/8/2013(UTC)
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#13 Posted : Monday, July 08, 2013 9:07:54 PM(UTC)
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I want to thank everyone for all of your comments. You have been soooo helpful! I really appreciate your help. You are all great!
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