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« on: April 11, 2007 06:45:31 PM »

I bought a bunch (about a dozen) of re-inkers of Tim Holtz (I think) alcohol inks and I don't want to spend a ton of money on ink pads for each one.

Does anyone have any suggestions for what I can use as an ink pad?

I was thinking of using some cosmetic sponges (the ones that come in the wedge shape) and storing them in a plastic container, but I wasn't sure if this would work... Huh

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2007 12:50:33 PM »

I wouldn't recommend sponges because the alcohol will start to break down th esponges. Try gauze layers or cotton type make-up pads instead.
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« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2007 04:51:10 PM »

Thanks for the advice!

Are the cotton type make-up pads the ones that are square and look like little quilted comforters?

Can you tell I don't wear make-up?  Wink
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« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2007 06:30:02 PM »

I've used felt for the inks, regular ones from the fabric store.  I'd cut a sheet into small squares or circles then use clothes pins (the kinds with spring closuring) as handles.

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« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2007 07:39:49 PM »

Maimun is right about the felt. I checked my techniques page on the ATC board and they recommend that method also. I was told the problem with my cotton pads is that the lint shreds and gets messy- which has happened- but the felt does not. So you might want to give that a try first.
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« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2007 07:42:23 AM »

I've used felt for the inks, regular ones from the fabric store.  I'd cut a sheet into small squares or circles then use clothes pins (the kinds with spring closuring) as handles.

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Thanks! The felt you mean is not the wool felt- it's the kind that I can buy in squares (and sometimes on a bolt), right?

And, do I need to stack a few squares of felt to make the pad?

Maimun is right about the felt. I checked my techniques page on the ATC board and they recommend that method also. I was told the problem with my cotton pads is that the lint shreds and gets messy- which has happened- but the felt does not. So you might want to give that a try first.
Oooh- I hadn't thought of shredding...good thing I forgot to go to the pharmacy yesterday! And, I didn't think to browse the ATC board for help  Tongue I used the search function before I posted my question and didn't find anything...maybe my search terms were too narrrow... Huh

Thanks again for your help!
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« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2007 08:03:43 AM »

On the ATC board there is a "Share a Technique" thread that is really useful. Give it a glance.
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« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2007 08:06:38 AM »

On the ATC board there is a "Share a Technique" thread that is really useful. Give it a glance.
I'll have to do that! For some reason, I have this mental block when it comes to ATCs Wink Maybe it's because I'm afraid that I'll get sucked in by them... Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2007 06:59:24 PM »

Yes, I use just the plain cheap kind that comes in squares/rectangles.

how you stack the pieces will have an effect on the footprint it leaves.  A couple of squares stacked then folded with the "loose" edges clips will leave a long-narrow footprint.  A circle with the edge gathered and clipped will leave a circle-ish print.  And as I type this, I realize that if you took a small stack, folded it over, and clipped the folded edge, you could ink each edge with a different color.  Probably would help to trip the edges down so they'd all be even.

I need to go play with my inks again.
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« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2007 07:12:28 PM »

Okay, now I'm confused...I was thinking that you stacked the little squares (like all of the mattresses from the story of The Princess and the Pea), and applied the inks to the top of the stack, then pressed the stamp onto that to ink it up. Would this work?

But it sounds like you are making something like a felt brush (which helps me better understand what you meant when you said a clothespin "handle"), where you use the edges of the felt to dab the ink onto the surface. Or am I even more confused?
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