Grungy Backgrounds with “Blends” and Embossing Powders!

Hi Friends! Today I am playing with a product that a viewer requested a demo of: ColorBox Blends. ColorBox provided me with these four colors to try out. You can follow along with an ink pad and blending tool if you do not have these. Blends are basically an ink filled blending tool with a sponge tip applicator that claims to have 10x the ink of an ink pad. Watch the video to see my first impressions of this product and the backgrounds I came up with.

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So, what do you think? They retail for $5.49 each but online retails have them for different price points and some viewers reported that they saw them on clearance for $3 at Hobby Lobby stores. My thought is that they are fun and would be good for people who do a lot of DTP (direct to paper) backgrounds or people demonstrating at stamp shows but for the average stamper a cat’s eye pad or blending tool and ink pad would probably do the trick and be more versatile. BTW the bubble background stamp was from Lost Coast Designs. I think the brown and black would be handy for scrappers who like to ink edges so they don’t have to deal with an ink pad and potentially inky fingers. I am a bit worried that two of my Blends had nozzles poking out and two did not and I am not sure how they are supposed to be or if I did something wrong to them, there were not many directions on the package. I like the concept though.  Let me know what you think in the comments. You can see the full range of blends on the ColorBox website. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Ink Pads 101: Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask!

Happy Friday  Today we are going to talk about ink…well I’m gonna talk about ink (for about 15 minutes LOL) and you can listen if you like. I had a couple people request a video demonstrating the various brands of ink-pads and what they are good for and at least once a week someone emails me or leaves a comment asking about ink so today I am going to give you the scoop on ink-pads! You don’t need to take notes during the video because I prepared an Ink Pad Cheat Sheet that you can download at the end of this post:) Just step away from the pencil ma’am. Here’s the video:

I realized that I did not talk about chalk or distress inks (doh!) and you might be feverishly trying to make notes while the video was going (no small task with how fast I talk) so I decided to save you the trouble and create a cross reference cheat sheet that you can print containing all the inks I talked about and the two I forgot. there is also a bit of room in the chart for you to jot down your notes and findings.  I have also included tips and recipes for homemade ink and ink refreshers. You can download that below:


So, did I do good? Do you feel like you know a thing or two about all of the ink pad choices out there? As always if you have any questions just leave a comment (or if you just want to say howdy-do!) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Video Tutorial: How to make pigment ink

Have you ever gone to stamp and found that the pigment ink pad you wanted to use is dried up? Arrrrghh! Don’t worry, today I’ll show you how to make your own pigment and chalk ink with a few simple ingredients:


Watch the video to see how much of each one I use and how I mix and load them on the inkpad:


If your ink is transparent you used too much glycerin. If your ink does not feel sticky when you stamp you need more glycerin. It is really pretty foolproof 🙂

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!