Video: Mini Ink Blending Tool + Giveaway

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.

Yes – I have switched over all my original Ink Blending Tools to Mini Ink Blending tools. Here is proof:

(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!


Below are the products featured above. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson click on EH







































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1,465 thoughts on “Video: Mini Ink Blending Tool + Giveaway”

  1. I just discovered your website two weeks ago. It’s so refreshing to see your work because you take away the intimidation and guess work of card making. Thanks for sharing the tips and techniques.

  2. Oh, I think I am going to have to have some of these new mini applicators for my Distress pads. I hope it will help me NOT have lines when I apply my Distress inks!

  3. OMG I HAVE to own these. So happy that they are smaller. I’ve always had issues with them bring square. Yay!!

  4. Oh! This is a must-have along side of my had-to-have distress inks! I wasn’t a huge fan of the square ones, but as we all do, use them until the next big thing comes along.

  5. It pays to stay up late some nights, new to card making and I love the distress inks. The new Mini’s would just be awesome to have. :~)

  6. I saw his demo on the tool & I loved it! It is great & I would love to have it. You explained it very well. He said with the round tool you will have clean lines, no lines. The other, you will have lines every time. And with his demo, it was very clear. Your demos were very clear also. Thank you for all you do to show us all of these new items & keeping us informed on how things work! You are amazing!

  7. Thanks so much for the great hints on the new blending tool.I just got them & yes they’re great,but I do need more of them for a lot of the inks.I’d be thrilled to win some!

  8. Love this new smaller ink blending tool. I think it will be much easier to obtain smooth wash of color as there are no straight edges. Hoping to win!

  9. These blending tools look fabulous! Thanks for the amazing video! I would love to win this delightfully useful tool! Your cards are gorgeous – I love the first one the most!

  10. I won a set of the mini ink pads, and have been looking for the blending tools to no avail.
    Thanks so much for all your wonderful ideas!

  11. I so would love to have a set of the blending tools, haven’t been able to find them. love that these new tools do not have any straight edges and your tips/tricks will come in handy when I do get some (can’t wait). Thank you so much for all the great videos, and great information that you pass on to us.

  12. I had a chance to use this little tool, and I must say it’s way cool…the lucky person that wins one will be thrilled. Good luck everyone. Take care and have a great time with the family, Jennifer.

  13. Would love to have that organized box of Distress inks and the matching mini blenders! But I would love to start the box by winning some mini blenders to go with my few Distress inks that I have.

  14. Oh my, I NEED…these ROUND mini blenders. Brilliant idea, I love that they are ROUND, making the streaking with the rectangle blenders a thing in MY past.

  15. These new blenders look incredibly useful. Much easier to store and able to work into tiny spots on one’s paper. I’ve put them on my wish list.

  16. Oh my, just discovered your post and I’m so excited 🙂 This is what I have been waiting for! I have the square pads but find them pretty awkward to use for blending, goodbye to trying desperately to blend away streaks on my projects! Thanks for making me aware they exist and for the chance to win!

  17. From a soggy, wet Scotland I have been fixated by your amazing demos. I haven’t stamped for about 10 years but have been truly inspired. I have started again and cannot wait to receive the supplies from Simon Says Stamps and Ellen (even managed to source Hero Arts – Hooray!). So excited. Many thanks Xx

  18. Jennifer, watching that video you created of the Mini Ink Blending Tool. All it can do. Wow I love that. Thank you. Good luck to all

  19. Would love to have them! It would make my life so much easier especially when I cannot find any crafting goods easily here in Cyprus!!!!!!!! Thank you for the giveaway!!!

  20. You are so wonderful to share your talents and techniques with all of us!! Thanks so much! And thanks for the chance to win!

  21. I so want one………I love that it is round and not square. I hardly use the original because of that. Pick me! Pick me!

  22. I let out a squeal and did an (imaginary) happy dance too when I saw these! Will definitely be ordering some of these beauties when my next craft allowance becomes due, but a few extras would come in very handy. Thanks for the tips.

  23. I just subscribed to your blog and am really enjoying watching your videos. I am really learning a lot of new (to me anyway) techniques.

  24. Love these for using with stencils, but I don’t think I’m ready to give up my trusty rectangle ones just yet. Maybe if I win some I’ll be converted. Lol. Fabulous cards as usual Jennifer, and thanks for the chance to win

  25. I love your demonstration of this Mini Ink Blending Tool. Getting rid of the sharp corners was a wonderful idea.

  26. I can’t wait to use the mini ink blending tool. I love all the Tim Holtz products. I love the other blending tool but am glad to see that this one will not leave straight lines of ink.

  27. Hi, thanks for all the fun. I cut one side of my blending sponges in a curve to stop my (really distressing) lines in the shading. These round sponges are so much better!

  28. Thanks for another great video! I can’t find the mini blending tool locally to buy, so I would love to win one! Thanks for the chance.

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