Pinterest Inspired Project That Went Wrong

Ink Blending Applicator
My love has grown for crafting, specifically scrapbooking and card-making.  Lately, I’ve put a lot of energy towards card-making.  I love learning new techniques and all of the tools I get to use during the process.  I've found that this hobby can get costly really quickly. So, how excited was I to find a tutorial on Pinterest detailing how to save money by making your own ink blending tool.

I often use ink blending applicators to apply distressed inks on paper when I'm stamping (card-making).  Having already accumulated four applicators, interchanging them with the different ink colors, I like the idea and convenience of having an applicator for each ink color.  However, in exchange for that convenience is cost.  An ink blending applicator and blending foam cost up to $4.99 each.  The DIY on making your own ink applicator amounted to less than $.40 per applicator.  To me it was a no brainer…I had to give it a try.

Ink Blending Applicator

I began by purchasing a pack of foam shapes from Michaels, using my 40% off coupon.  Our Dollar store had a pack of felt protective pads.  These purchases (seen in the picture above) totaled less than $3.  In theory, I could make 8 applicators.  Woohoo…right?  Well, not quite!

Ink Blending ApplicatorInk Blending ApplicatorThe construction of this DIY ink applicator was really simple and easy. It's literally a peel and stick.  The fail came in during the actual process of using the applicator.

In my opinion, I thought that the ink did not cover and absorb on the applicator as well as the foam applicator.  Nor did it spread the ink on the paper like I prefer.  Now grant it, there may be something to utilizing this over a period of time before it takes, but I don't have the patience to find out.  So for me, this was a thumbs down.

Ink Blending Applicator

However, I haven't given up on the idea of making my own applicator.  All is not lost as going through this process led me to discover the Cut-n-Dry foam.  To me it's the same as the replacement foam, but you have more control over the cuts (size to your liking).  I definitely plan to use that with the foam shapes instead of the felt protective pads.  On the surface it appears that this keeps the cost below the amount of purchasing a new applicator.  With that said, I'm still hopeful.  I'll try it out and if all works well, I will return with a quick review post to share.

Have you tried this DIY ink applicator?  What did you think?  Do you have any other tips to save money on ink applicators?

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