Product Review – Ink Blending Tools

paper crafting with RA means i create more slowly and, because of loss of function, some techniques are avoided because products are not useable by people with disabilities and they exacerbate pain.

sponging is one of those techniques that i stopped doing but i’ve discovered a helpful tool – the creative expressions mini smoothies:

i love these sponges! they are easy to grasp, dense, and hold more ink so less effort is required and the task is completed more quickly which means less pain. the smaller tip can be used for small areas like sponging paper while it is still in a die.

note: price above is canadian dollars and allergy alert: they are latex.

while not being completely scientific, i did use the same supplies for each test:

  • 140 lb. cold press watercolour paper
  • only one of each tool for two distress ink colours: picked raspberry and mustard seed and
  • penny black patina stencil.

as you can see from the examples above, they’re very similar; the difference was that the blending foam with handles took longer and required more pressure.

these are the picked raspberry and mustard seed distress inks blended together. i used the same sponge for both colours on each sample, deliberately not swiping the sponge on paper towels in between since i wanted a blend of the two. the colour in the bottom sample is slightly more intense because the sponge is easier to use so i spent more time blending. also, because i could hold the sponge close to the bottom i had more control and more success.

the daisy on the pink box, posted earlier today, was coloured in picked raspberry ink with a mini smoothie sponge:

MFT daisy box copyright linda

why not other tools?

the wooden handle is difficult to hold, the velcro requires a pinching and grasping motion to remove and since the foam holds less ink, it requires more time holding it in an awkward and painful position.

thanks for popping by and if you try these, let me know what you think.

House of Cards March 2016

it’s the first of the month and time for a fun new theme at the house of cards: the cue word is silhouette and it’s up to you to interpret it any way you want! let’s see how you use silhouette stamps, dies, the machine, etc.



copyright linda

for my first card, i cut the memory box fresh foliage die from black glossy card stock, attached double sided tape to the back and brushed on some cosmic shimmer egyptian gold gilding flakes. the elizabeth craft sentiment was die cut and watercoloured with twinkling H2Os.

copyright linda

my second card uses the black glossy die cut leaves placed on an angle at the top; i also used the black glossy paper for the wplus9 hello die and the border strip.

be sure to check out the blog for links to all the design team members’ beautiful projects. i hope you’ll come and play along!

thanks for popping by.