Hi! I have received a lot of questions about the new Mini Ink Blending Tool. Here is a video showing how this product works…
[Supplies are linked in the thumbnails at the end of this post.]
When Tim Holtz first showed me the new Mini Ink Blending Tool, I did a combination of a squeal and a happy dance. (Ask him – it is true.) And now that I finally am getting the time to use the mini tools, my squeal has gotten louder and my happy dance has gotten even more fabulous.
(And by the way… there is absolutely NO reason to have an inking tool for each color like I do. This is my job and I have issues. LOL. Instead, get one tool for each color family, like red, green, etc. Or get a couple tools – there are two in a pack – and lots of replacement foams. You can velcro a foam to the bottom of each ink pad. Easy! For more info on my storage here, click HERE.)
OK… so on to the cards. The first one? Super bright. Very Skittles-like. So I balanced it with a second, not-so-bright second card.
For both cards I applied Distress Inks with the Mini Ink Blending Tool over the Tim Holtz Latticework stencil on watercolor paper. The mini tool makes it easier to apply color in small areas. For the bright card, I applied a rainbow of Distress Inks. After removing the stencil, I misted it with water from far above (2 feet!) five times. This tiny bit of mist helps to blend and intensify the colors, while giving a slight texture-like look.
I used the new Mama Elephant Speech Tri die to cut a word bubble border and a Mama Elephant Everyday Greetings stamp for the greeting. And check out the black sparkle embossing powder I used from Ranger. Isn’t that touch of shine fabulous? I will be using this in a future video too. I also used the Mama Elephant Confetti die to create inked hearts around the greeting.
Now it is time for my not-as-bright version of this card. I used the same overall design with some small changes.
This time I added small circles of Distress Ink color over the stencil. So easy. I also used the new Memory Box Urban Lowercase alphabet dies for the “hello” message… and covered it with black sparkle embossing powder.
I hope this video gives you a better idea of how to use the Mini Ink Blending Tool and why I think it is so stinkin’ fabulous. It has sold out of most stores, but is currently available at Simon Says Stamp and Ellen Hutson for two for about $7.
- Tim Holtz Demo – Here is a video of Tim using the mini tool. No one demos as well as he does. (Start around the 1:00 mark.)
- Ink Storage – This video shows how I store my Distress Inks and Ink Blending Tools. (I recently replaced my original Ink Blending Tools with the Minis.)
- Distress Ink as Watercolor – Wowsers this card card by Donna is gorgeous and uses Distress Inks.
- Distress Ink, Ink Blending Tools and Water – This video shows a fun technique you can do with these great products.
Want to win a pair of Mini Ink Blending Tools? For your chance, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 4/1/14. Good luck!