Mittwoch, 4. August 2010
Happy wednesday to all of you! We have another mini for you today.
As many other of you also I love to use Distress Inks on the edges of my papers. But I was always a bit afraid some dark ink could be left on the foam and that dark color might show up when I use lighter colors. So my papers would be "ruined". But of course I can´t buy an original handle for each of the colors. So I´ve been on the look out for a solution for this problem and after some thinking I even found it. And this idea is what I want to share with you today.
I bought one of the original Tim Holtz blending foams for each color and made the handles on my own:
Mein Mann war so lieb, mir Holzklötzchen in der Größe von ca. 4,5 cm x 3,5 cm auszusägen. Wir haben einfach eine dünne Latte verwendet. Die Dicke der Holzklötzchen könnt Ihr natürlich selbst wählen.
I saw - well, hubby did ;O) - little wooden blocks, measuring 4,5 x 3,5 cm. We just used a thin slat. Of course you can decide how thick your blocks should be by just using the thickness of wood you prefer.
I bought some cheap handles (mine are from Ikea, 6 pieces were just € 1,50) and drilled some holes in the middle of the wood.
Through this hole I fixed the handles with a screw. It´s important to screw this in until it is leveled with the wood or your blending foams won´t be even. Since the slat was quite thin I had to shorten the screws.
Those original blending foams are covered with a fabric on the backside, that sticks to the rough side of velcro. So for the next step you can either use self adhesive velcro (rough side) or - like I did - Tacky Tape. This is a very strong doublesided adhesive that you can buy in different sizes, in rolls or sheets. I cut this adhesive measuring the size of the blending foams (4,5 x 3 cm). (Yes I know, my wooden blocks turned out a bit too large but we saved a lot of sawing here).
I fixed the adehisve on top of the screw on the wooden block.
Then I fixed the (used) blending foam on top of it.
Zum Schluss habe ich dann noch für jeden Halter einen Aufkleber gemacht. Darauf habe ich den Namen des Stempelkissens/der Farbe notiert und ein wenig der Farbe auf den Aufkleber mit aufgebracht. So kann ich nichts verwechseln und sehe auch immer gleich, welche Farbe zu meinen Papieren passt.
At the end I made a matching sticker. On this I wroten down the name of the Distress Ink and also added some of the color. With this I can´t mix things up and it´s also easy to see which color matches my papers best.
I hope this tip was useful to a few of you and I hope you have a lot of fun making your own handles.
Kathrin aka Kruemel