I purchased a Tim Holtz ink blending tool when I started purchasing his stamping pads (seriously, these pads are better!). I only bought one because I thought they were expensive and wanted to see what they did that was so wonderful I needed to spend that much money on them.
I found that one really wasn’t enough. It was good and all…but, I needed one for each color. Otherwise, you spend the whole time changing out felt or mixing colors. I realized quickly why he uses a different one for each color in his videos! But, it was unlikely that I was going to spend that much money on these. So, I was seeking another plan.
Using things I already have is something I enjoy doing so looked around for possibilities. Scrap wood? I had something that could be use as a handle left over from other projects…maybe…let’s wait and see what happens.
Then, I figured out how to make cling stamps from wood block stamps. What is left over? Small hunks of finished wood that are purrfect for making these blending tools.
Now, I had all the materials and supplies figured out:Empty and clean wood blocks from old wood stamps Cups, balls, discs from previous projects Foam Velcro Glue
When I began going through the potential handles I realized that I could color code the handles! Sweet.
Of course, I painted the black handle yellow…and then realized that I didn’t need to! But, I just went and found a black handle.
- Glue on handle to the top.
- Cut and glue on the foam.
- Glue on and cut the velcro
- Wait for everything to dry.