TH distress pads...hate to admit that I'm not using them as much as I'd like...

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Posted 11/26/2012 by 2boysandwill in General Scrappin'
 

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Posted: 11/26/2012 2:40:11 PM
don't get me wrong...I luv all my TH distress pads...but I find myself reaching out for my cat eye's inks BECAUSE they are quicker.

with my TH's I have to bring out my mat, apply sponge to applicator, find a large enough spot on desk (which is a hassle) then I have to blend, blend, blend and repeat...blend, blend, blend

and with my cat eye's it's just quicker

sad isn't it? I hate it when I'm not using my stash to it's full potential.

anyone else run into this?

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Posted: 11/26/2012 2:48:18 PM
Are you just inking the edges or what?

I keep a couple sponge applicators on my desk (Walnut, Tea Dye, or what ever color I'm scrappin'), ink it up, and ink the edges. I asked my mom for the craft spinner for Christmas.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 2:50:38 PM
60% of time? yes, my th pads mostly go to edges...and blending and whatnot...

I considered a spinner too...I think if I kept my applicators at closer reach I may use them more.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 2:57:38 PM
I used to be the same way.. always grabbed my color box chestnut roan but then I saw an idea - i'm sure from another Pea - where you velcro the sponge applicator to the bottom of the Distess box and then they area always there when you need it.

Now I prefer the 'distressed' look on the ink on the edges vs. the darker, wet look i get from the Color Box chalk ink if that makes sense

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Posted: 11/26/2012 3:12:33 PM
I distress edges right from the distress pad. If the object is small, I dab a finger dauber or a q-tip on the pad, then edge away.
HOWEVER there is SO much more you can do with them! My current favorite is painting with them. Watch some videos for some fun techniques and you might find yourself as hooked as I am to all the fun things you can do with them!


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Posted: 11/26/2012 3:56:29 PM
Jennifer McGuire did a great series for two peas. Check them out on YouTube.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 4:13:47 PM
I've been using peeled paint and festive berries like crazy lately. I've been cutting images with my silhouette on white paper and inking them with the ink pads. I'm loving them especially since I haven't really used them at all up until now.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 4:29:00 PM
That's exactly the reason why I have a craft mat on my desk at all times and my distress tools within a very short reach! I use them all the time but it used to be a hassle digging them out!
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Posted: 11/26/2012 4:37:49 PM
Ditto StreetScrapper. Love the Distress Inks. I'm also messy, so having the Craft Mat always on my surface makes sense in the first place.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 4:42:43 PM

That's exactly the reason why I have a craft mat on my desk at all times and my distress tools within a very short reach! I use them all the time but it used to be a hassle digging them out!


i think that's my problem...maybe when I have a larger work space, I'll include a permanent 'inking' area much like I've considered a 'die cutting' station. I hate having to dig it all out all the time.

I saw the JM series...that's what got me hooked to begin with!

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Posted: 11/26/2012 5:30:44 PM
I use those fingertip sponges and keep them handy. I find I ink a whole lot more after I bought them.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 5:49:32 PM
I've been using them more often lately. Most recently, I inked several colors directly onto a stamp spritzed with a fine water mist and stamped. Turned out great, almost like water color. It's on my creative blog if you want to see it (second link in sigi) and second post down currently on the blog page (thanksgiving napkin rings).

The other thing I've done recently is inking then using distress markers for any very small areas. There are so many other things too that can be done with them. I'm on the hint for new techniques.
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Posted: 11/26/2012 6:39:54 PM
Search 'tim holtz distress stain'. I was introduced to them on a scrap retreat a couple of weeks ago. Awesome. I like to ink everything so for me the cats eyes ran out too quickly. I
Loved the th distress inks but way too thick for my liking and too long of drying time. The distess stains rock. They are dauber top so very easy to apply and control. Love.
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Posted: 11/26/2012 7:32:07 PM
OMG I love those inks. I keep them close by so they are easy to grab. I use the same storage trick mentioned above; I have a foam blending pad for each color and I store it on the bottom of the ink pad using velcro. They are my go to for inking photos, using a background stamp to add a little interest to my die cut letters, and so many other things.

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Posted: 11/26/2012 7:50:57 PM
Check out this thread! Another Pea just posted that she cut her craft mat in half and then in half again so she can fit it on to her desk better. Maybe that would help OP?

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Posted: 11/26/2012 7:56:53 PM
I did not buy any other ink pad because I worried about the same thing. Well, that is a small fib. I do own three VersaMark, but otherwise, just 40 or so TH distress pads. And every one of his pens, too!

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Posted: 11/26/2012 8:01:56 PM
vintage photo and black soot never leave my desk. The pads stay on the applicators because they are my "go to" inks for edges.

I am seriously thinking about the stamp holder thingy too. I wish one Ms or Js would start carring them so I can use a coupon!

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Posted: 11/27/2012 2:32:23 AM
If space on your craft desk is a continual struggle, I suggest a smaller piece of the craft mat, adhered to a cardboard "stiffener" will help- then you can grab it, use it on a small bit of your desk to blend/ distress, then put it aside and carry on working. I use this small stiffened piece as a "drying space" too; I paint on it, leave the item on it, move it aside & carry on.

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Posted: 11/27/2012 7:13:14 AM
Complete side note here, LOL, but my parents bought me one of those small heaters last year that looks like a wooden fireplace mantle. I got it scuffed on a couple of edges when moving. The other day, S/O caught me on the floor of the dining room with a TH walnut stain ink pad, inking the edges of my heater. He was laughing his head off, but it looks good as new!

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Posted: 11/27/2012 7:37:28 AM
ScrapsontheRocks, how did you adhere the craft mat? That sounds like a great idea!
and yes, I love my distress inks, use them all the time, my craft mat stays on my desk,each inkpad has a foam pad velcroed to bottom, works great for me. I made cases from Tim Holtz's Configuration boxes for all my ink pads that Laura from Following the Paper Trail showed on her Web Site. They stay near me at all times!

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Posted: 11/27/2012 8:43:08 AM
nanatam, I have successfully used wide strong double sided tape. It sounds counter-intuitive, I know, as nothing is supposed to stick to the mat, but it works! I put it around all 4 sides, as close as possible to the edge of the mat and add a couple of strips across the middle. Burnish it down onto the chipboard with a bone-folder or Ranger scraper. When the chipboard gets mucky, you can peel the mat off & replace the chipboard.

If you use a heat gun and the mat bubbles up a bit, you can peel the mat up a couple of times to re-flatten it, after that the tape loses its grip (on the mat, not the chipboard) & needs to be re-done.

Let me know how it goes!

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Posted: 11/27/2012 10:25:01 AM
2boysandWill, at least you use them! I have a bunch of inks and forget to reach for them at all! Did you get my Peamail last week that you won the Scrabble tiles? I still need your address!

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Posted: 11/27/2012 10:37:33 AM

I did not buy any other ink pad because I worried about the same thing. Well, that is a small fib. I do own three VersaMark, but otherwise, just 40 or so TH distress pads.


Same here!


Complete side note here, LOL, but my parents bought me one of those small heaters last year that looks like a wooden fireplace mantle. I got it scuffed on a couple of edges when moving. The other day, S/O caught me on the floor of the dining room with a TH walnut stain ink pad, inking the edges of my heater. He was laughing his head off, but it looks good as new!


That's awesome, you found a whole new use for the pads!

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Posted: 11/27/2012 10:53:28 AM
such great suggestions for keeping everything at my fingertips! thanks!!!

no! I didn't know I won tinkgumby!! yay!!! off to pmail you!! thanks a bunch!!

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Posted: 11/27/2012 11:34:27 AM
I have another idea.

I am disabled and scrap sitting up in bed. I have a glass mat like this that I use to work on. I LOVE it! I can stamp on it, cut on it, distress edges, use a heat gun on it, a watercolor/marker ink pallet and layout scrapbook pages. It's such a versatile work surface and when not using it I stand it on edge and slide it away against my nightstand. Invisible until I need it again!

Right now, I'm even using it under my laptop. It's often my "tray" for mealtime too.

Anyway, glass mats come in lots of sizes, but it's something you can grab quickly whenever you need some additional clean workspace.

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Posted: 11/27/2012 1:00:31 PM

When the chipboard gets mucky, you can peel the mat off & replace the chipboard.


That was my first concern when I saw that idea on the other thread. Why not use a piece of plastic that won't be destroyed by dampness, rather than chipboard? Either a piece from packaging, or a piece of self-healing mat, or even a piece of a used Cricut mat that's finished its useful life? Maybe I'm lazy; don't like having to re-do things (shrug).
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