|Here's a freshly re-inked Brilliance ink pad|
with the ink mostly smooshed in.
Always ask for your used-up gift cards back from the clerk after you use them. These handy rectangles of flexible plastic are the PERFECT tool for smooshing thick pigment inks into spongy ink pads.
Generally, the instructions on reinker bottles say to use the bottle tip to smoosh the ink in, but that takes forever and a gift card works ever so much faster and cleans up easily, too.
And yes, I made up the verb smoosh. Because it perfectly describes what you have to do.
Reinking dry ink pads is one of my least favorite tasks of paper crafting. Ugh. Just not fun. Neither is cleaning clear stamps that have lost their stick, but a cheap wire mesh colander from Target at least keeps me from losing the tiny ones down the soapy drain.
If your clear stamps lose their stick, all you have to do is put the stamps in the colander, put the colander in a sink with some soapy water, swish the stamps with your fingers, rubbing the backs to remove the dust and oil, rinse with clean water, and dump the stamps out on a lint-free towel to air dry.
That's all there is to it. It's not glamorous, but it works.
So as you can see, not all the tools we use need be expensive...just useful.
What other useful tools have you discovered that are inexpensive/free/re-purposed? Please share!