Paper and Ink Imaginings

just playing with paper and ink

Did you know you could wash an ink blending foam pad?

ink blending tool stencil pad

I bought my ink blending tool back when Tim Holtz was using them with a felt kind of pad to blend alcohol inks on glossy paper. I was able to cut disposable felt squares out of craft felt, and never worried about committing a felt pad to a specific color.

Recently, I bought a pack of Ranger Ink Blending Foam Pads to use with the blending tool…thanks to all of the crafters doing interesting ink blending techniques.

But, I was afraid to use them. Seriously.

I am not working in the industry, I don’t have a unique blending foam pad for every color of ink in my basement.

(for those of you interested, this is all I will admit to:  75 < {kathy’s ink pads} < 200  )

What if I want to use an ink blending tool for a different color of ink, but all of my ink blending foam pads are committed to other colors?

Over the weekend, I was working on a project that made me break out one of the treasured ink blending foam pads. I needed to make a dotted background with a stencil (I am making 6 of this card). And the color was good, old, retired Glorious Green (the original project was done in high school colors, someone else just wants me to recreate it). Really, I need to waste a foam blending pad on retired Glorious Green???

So, my blending over my stencil worked great, went fast. The foam pad looked almost as green as the ink pad when I was done. I was sad.  😦

WAIT. What if I wash my ink blending foam pad? Is that possible? Is it going to fall apart if I get it wet? It’s now green, it could melt like The Wicked Witch of The West!

So, when I rinsed my stencil off, I rinsed the foam pad until the water ran clear. Then blotted it with a paper towel, to see if any residual color was hanging around. Nothing came apart. All was good!

used foam pad

Supplies: Paper – Stampin’ Up! Whisper White, ink – Stampin’ Up! Glorious Green (retired), stencil – Heidi Swapp, ink blending tool – Tim Holtz/Ranger.

 

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