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Topic: How can I make an ink pad for alcohol inks?  (Read 1839 times)
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« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2007 07:23:35 PM »

ooppps   Embarrassed  we are talking two different things.  Sorry!  Yes, I was discribing a felt brush to dab the ink onto the paper.

To make a pad to ink a stamp, I'd use just 1 layer of felt and treat it as disposable or else needing reinking each time.  Alcohol inks dry every fast and and I don't think even keeping them in a sealed plastic bag would keep them fresh enough to use again.  I'm not sure what the drying out process would do to the felt.  If it still stays soft and flexible, I'd think you could re-ink the same piece with the same color.

Sorry I confused you.  My brain just took off.
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« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2007 07:28:36 PM »

Whew! Thanks for the added info! I was just trying to find something in the ATC Share a Technique section, but couldn't handle reading through 58 pages of posts  Cheesy

I did a search for ink pad, but didn't find anything to help me out on this (although I did come across some other helpful tips!).

I think I'll give the 1 layer of felt, disposable pads (although I'm wondering if there was something else I could use them for instead of throwing them away...I'll have to play around with them) a shot.

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« Reply #12 on: July 06, 2007 07:29:56 AM »

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

I just watched Tim's DVD (they are awesome if you haven't watched yet, you can rent them for $9.99 each at SmartFlix.com)
and he recommends using the velcro ... you know how it comes in two "halves" that attach to each other?  Well, not the "loopy" side,  but the other side, he said makeup sponges and such will absorb too much ink, and you waste a lot.  You can get the velcro in strips or pieces, etc, and usually they have a sticky peel off back, and you can attach to a block of wood, or handle with wood, etc...
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« Reply #13 on: July 07, 2007 05:14:33 PM »

Hey Thanks!

I'll have to try that, especially since I tried the make-up sponges and they totally sucked up the ink- it was like I hadn't put any ink on it at all, except that it was black and oddly puffy.

And on the Velcro, you mean that I should use the fuzzy half and not the prickly half, right? I know I have some around here somewhere!

And I wonder if Netflix carries his DVDs...thanks for that heads up!
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