Mini Ink Blending SET of 2 Tools and 4 Foams
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- Apply inks and other mediums to paper crafting projects mess-free
- The mini blending foam attaches easily to the Mini Ink Blending Tool
- This package contains two 3x1x1 inch mini blending tools and four 1 inch round foams
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RANGER-Mini Ink Blending Tool. Apply inks and other mediums to paper crafting projects mess-free. The mini blending foam attaches easily to the Mini Ink Blending Tool. This package contains two 3x1x1 inch mini blending tools and four 1 inch round foams. Imported.
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Other then that they work well
Personally, I love these over the other rectangular Tim Holtz blending tools and foam pads because even when coming in from the edge as Mr Holtz tells you to do you do I will sometimes get the rectangular edge shape on your card from the ink. It's great if you can camouflage it with other sharp straight edges on your card, like you meant to do it, but when you are going for a softer look, the straight edge image ruins everything.
I have tried artist sponges from an art supply store (4 for $2.95) thinking it was a good deal, but not when when the sponges doesn't want to pick up enough ink.
I've tried Stampin Up's version of the sponges. I cut these into 8 pie pieces. They felt softer than the art store's sponges. They did absorb the ink and spread it around well enough, but you really need to pinch them with your finger tips to round out the surface to make a smooth effect. While I do not mind getting my hands covered with ink, paint or anything else, it can be bothering when you are trying to use several colors with one project. Plus, if your fingers get too close to the surface of the sponge...fingertip swooshes show up through the inked area. While these are good for stencils, between the softness of the sponge and the roughness of the stencil edges, starts those sponges to fall apart. Nothing is worse than trying to pick out bits of foam from dried ink on canvas!
I tried the Tsukineko jumbo dauber and didn't like it. Maybe I used it wrong, but I didn't care for the feel of the foam. I tried a test between the Tsukineko fingertip daubers and the Stampin Up fingertip daubers and while they are exactly the same (and SU's is cheaper) they tend to make a rounded appearance in your ink if you do not keep them moving. I have a fingertip dauber for each of my Stampin Up ink pads for sponging techniques around the edges, stencils or pattern making. I just wish I could find a few dauber storage containers to buy.
I bought my first pack of these Mini Blending Tools, as I mentioned, on a whim. I loved their shape and thought they had a cool vintage look. I figured I would work them into my Edgar Allen Poe themed multimedia art project this Halloween. I didn't think I'd ever use them for what they were made for. Then I had received 5 brand new colors of ink pads from SU and knew I needed to play with them. When looking for a spare dauber to sponge around a mask of a moon I had nothing I could use and then I remembered these. I pulled one out, inked it up and it went on like a dream!! The sponge is similar to the fingertip daubers but I think because it is padded more due to the velcro under the pad it goes on softer and no matter how hard you press it, you do not hit the edge of the plastic fingertip tube like on the other daubers.
I have already booted 4 of the old Ranger blending tools off of my Spinner rack and have put the new mini's in their place, while there are some blending tools I will never part with, (6 of my blending tools were made by my husband from old wood pieces and old chess set pieces he found at a rummage sale for the handles. He stapled velcro to the wood and cut up 1/2 yard of car headliner foam for the pads (1/2 yard of headliner foam ($3.00 for a remnant) makes over 500 pads, That was 3 years ago and I still have a huge bag of foam pads, I'll have to trim them down for these new minis.
If I could afford it, I'd replace all of my fingertip daubers with these! -- Maybe I should show hubby the new ones and see what he comes up with!
If you are a crafter, card maker, multimedia artist, distresser or anyone who uses blending tools regularly, you will LOVE these new minis!!
Note: If your spinner's clips have become loose over the years and the mini's handles slip through, cut up pieces of some non-slip shelf liner and adhere it into the inside of your clips. Very handy stuff.