Since I've been sponging a bit lately, it's come to my attention that the sponges I use are not exactly ideal. They tend to break apart into little pieces, which is annoying and makes a mess. Sponging is messy enough as it is. So while fishing around at Marco's Paper last week, I decided to invest in these delightful tools.
It always feels strange when I hawk Tim Holtz products, seeing as I'm all clean and simple and Tim is master of distressed and embellished. (Do you like how I pretend Tim and I are on a first-name basis? Oh, yeah, we're buddies...in my crafty dreams.) But really, cross-over is inevitable. Styles aren't neat and tidy, mutually exclusive categories, now, are they? And I'm totally lovin' these blending tools.
I haven't played much with the inks, yet, but will keep you posted.
Anyway, here's a SUPER-easy card I made using the blending tools and Memento dye inks. The tools made it unbelievably quick and easy to blend the different colors on this stenciled panel. Much better than those pesky sponges.
Seriously, no talent needed to make this work. Smoosh, smoosh, smoosh, and you're done.
I bought the extras of the foam pads and am keeping the used ones in the drawers with the ink pads for re-use. (Remember, my ink pads are arranged by color!) You may, of course, wash the foam pads and reuse them, and according to a video demo Tim did, you don't really need to worry about cross contamination of colors, but I'm just a bit too obsessive-compulsive to mix and match on the same pad.
Some of you will understand. Some won't. It's all good.
Do what makes you happy. Sponge, don't sponge. Use a blending tool, don't use a blending tool. Noodle, don't noodle. It's all good.
stamps: Papertrey Happy Trails
ink: Memento dye ink, Memento Luxe black
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: stencil (forget who...maybe Heidi Swapp...it's the only one I own...so far!), Ranger mini blending tool, foam pads