Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Splodge Away Mat and some Distress Inks with Studio 490,Tim Holtz and Dylusions Stamps.

Afternoon all. This is my second post today ... more bright colours!
I had the most enormous fun making these cards on Monday using a friends Splodge Away Mat.
Lyn very kindly loaned me the Mat to try.... I loved it, it made blending so much easier than normal, quicker as well!
How does it work? I’ve been using a blending tool with foam, for a few years now along with my distress inks and a normal heat resistant craft mat.
I found the advantage I gained with the Splodge Away Mat is to do with how the ink is applied to the applicator which in turn leads to, I feel, a quicker, smoother blend of the colours.

Normally I would press or swipe the Blender Tool into and across my distress ink pad .
This, on occasion, would result in uneven coverage where the ink was not evenly distributed onto the ink pads surface. Especially when the pad was ‘getting on a bit’!


To compensate for this I would apply more ink than I needed and blend it onto my old, heat resistant mat to remove the excess, before proceeding with the blending onto the card stock.


With a Splodge Away Mat you apply the inks directly from the ink pad onto the mat itself, then use the blending tool to ‘buff’ the ink into a wide but evenly spread area on it’s special surface.

The materials used for the Mat stops any uneven ‘lump of colour and therefore as you go across your project it allows a quicker, easier, much smoother application of even colour.

I’ve not tried my brayer with it yet as Lyn 'snatched' the Mat back in double quick time... Huh! but I did get to make a few cards and I will be investing in one at Ally Pally.

List of products used to make both cards, apart from the Mat.
Various colours of Distress Inks
Studio 490 Stamps
Dylusions Stamps
Tim Holtz Stamps
White Gel pen
Dylusions Red Ink for Painting the Mushrooms.
Chit-chat words

Please email me if you have any questions and thanks for stopping by today.
Eileen xxx

23 comments:

  1. Gorgeous creations once again Eileen - you are a very talented lady x

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  2. Beautiful projects Eileen and well described instructions on how to use the mat!

    Sarah x

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  3. These are stunning Eileen, I love the bright colours

    Sue

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  4. looks like I'll be getting one at Ali Pali too!!

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    1. Yep ... I'll help you spend your money as normal !! xx

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  5. Fab projects. Thanks for the mat review. xxx

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  6. Love these Eileen. Fabulous bright colours and great stamps too.
    I love my Splodgeaway mat. It really does make blending so much easier. xx

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  7. I absolutely love all of your work Eileen. You are a really master with the pan Pastels. I think it's time they put you on the payroll. xxxx

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    1. You are such a great support Joan... such kind comments .. yeah I love the Pans but adore these Distress inks as well xxx

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  8. Thank you for sharing Ellen! I couldn't resist ordering a mat of my own. Best, Yvonne

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  9. I love the brightness of these Eileen, they're stunning. I ordered the mat when it was on C and C and have to admit to not opening it yet, but seeing these I will have to try it out now.

    Sue x

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  10. I echo Joan's comments, pan pastels should be giving you commission, beautiful work again xx

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    1. Aww you are lovely ... Not Pans here tho... Distress Inks! Love them as much as Pans lol

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  11. Quit different Eileen but very nice

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  12. Thanks Eileen for letting us know how you used it. I've been only inking in one small spot - where I tapped the ink pad. I'll try your way tomorrow/today and see if i get even better result. Even though I wasn't using it correctly i was getting much smoother result that i had ever had! beautiful creation you've made hugs Karen x

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  13. Loving the colours you are seriously tempting me about Pans maybe they should pay you commission lol,thankyou for the lovely comment on my twinchies :)
    Andrea xx

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    1. Hi ya .. not Pans here ....distress inks ... love'em both!

      Eileen xx

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  14. Such Gorgeous & vibrant creatsion Eileen, love them ! I'm going to have to hunt down a 'sploge away mat'. Your Twinchies are also stunning little pieces of art ! Have a great day, Shirleyx

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  15. Too bad these comment pages don't have spell check, just saw my lovely version of creations... creatsion ? What is that ? LOL

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  16. Wow, fab spread of colour, may well invest in one of these mats.

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