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