Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Tim Holtz Distress Inks and Foam Pads

After reading Monday's post about organization, a few people asked for photos of the way I attach the foam pads to my Tim Holtz Distress Ink pads.  So I quickly took a few photos - I hope they help make it easier to see how simple it is to do this.

You can buy hook and loop fastener (Velcro) at a sewing store.  Some is sold in dots or tabs and it also comes in long strips.  I had some strips left over from another project.  You only need the "hook" side (but of course, I saved the "loop" side - it may come in handy for something!).

Just cut the strip of the hook side into small rectangles - about 1/2 inch or so in length.

 I use the 1/2 inch wide Scor-Tape to adhere the loops to the stamp pad base.  It is a strong adhesive and should stay put if you are careful when you remove the pad from the base.

You can add the loops anywhere on the back - I tend to put it to one side but it doesn't really matter.

The foam pad that you have used for this color will always be handy and you can quickly put it on the wooden handle to work on your project.

I have just a few handles, enough for now and I can add a few more from time to time so I can keep the colors I use the most ready to go.  I don't think I'll ever have a handle for every color - they take up a lot of space and I'd rather save the money for another crafty purchase!

I hope the photos helped - it is quick and easy to set up this system.  I still have to redo the rack for holding the ink pads.  I'll post that when I finish it.

I am busy packing and trying to make sure I don't forget anything  - less than 24 hours until I fly to Germany!

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  1. I thought maybe the pads would dry out too much so I put mine in those little zip bags. I have a card in each one with the name of the ink and the color rubbed on.

  2. Two really great organized ideas, I like them both. I wonder can the "velcro" B attached to the baggie and to the pad? Just askin'?


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