Thursday, March 28, 2019

DIY Blending Foams for Mini Ink Blending Tools

I have a frugal tip on making your own blending foams for the Mini Ink Blending Tools from Ranger. Awhile back, I had issues with my foams falling apart. I don't know if I got a bad batch or I am just hard on them or what the deal was, but I found myself in search of a more economical way. I love to find ways to spend more money on craft supplies that bring me more joy instead of just the necessities. I can't credit the person who gave me this idea, as I can no longer find the information, but somewhere in my hunt for blending foam solutions I found a woman who was using lined headliner fabric for her foam pieces and hand cutting it to fit. She had the rectangle tool. I have nerve issues in my hands and arms. I was not about to cut a million little circles by hand. I didn't have a Cricut Maker at the time, so I put the idea off for awhile until I finally got one. Then, went to my JoAnn's and picked up the fabric. Now, I have one for every single ink pad I own, a few hundred extra and still have fabric to cut more. I literally have a lifetime supply of blending foam for less than $15!

So, I know you want to know exactly which foam fabric I am talking about. I bought the end of a bolt, so I ended up with the barcode on the roll. It's found in the upholstery fabric section of JoAnn's. And here are are pictures of the barcode and listing picture from their website. Fabric found HERE







What I like most about it is it doesn't stick to the hook and loop so hard that it rips the fabric from the foam pieces, thus destroying your ink blending foams.

I think they blend about the same, but the ink doesn't seem to absorb into the homemade ones as much as they do into the the pre-made ones. Which, I kinda like. It conserves your ink more, so more ends up on the paper.

Below, is a picture of an ink blending piece I did a few months ago when I first made these foams. The DIY foam in the picture is how much ink that has been built up after several uses.


And another look at a blended background with the DIY blending foams.


Finally, I had a video where I show how I set up my Maker and talk about and show the differences between the pre-made blending foams and my DIY blending foams.

This video uses these sounds from freesound:
Groove Music by Lemoncreme ( https://freesound.org/people/Lemoncreme/ )

***I buy all of my supplies myself and am not affiliated with any company. The links I provide are not affiliate links. I do not make a commission when you buy using these links. They are merely for your convenience or clarification of which supplies I have used. I do not guarantee they are the cheapest prices. I suggest you do your own research and shop around.*** 

Sunday, March 24, 2019

WRMK Foil Quill with Cricut Print then Cut

Today, I saw a request in a Facebook group I am in, on how to use the Foil Quill with a Print then Cut image on the Cricut. So, I decided to take the challenge of making a video for the person who requested one. I didn't have anything pressing to do today and need the practice of making videos anyways. I decided to use all Cricut images and fonts, which I rarely do. I don't have Cricut Access anymore, but I do own a small handful of cartridges that I picked up here and there throughout my years of being a Cricut owner. So, without further blabbering, here is the video today.



***I buy all of my supplies myself and am not affiliated with any company. The links I provide are not affiliate links. I do not make a commission when you buy using these links. They are merely for your convenience or clarification of which supplies I have used. I do not guarantee they are the cheapest prices. I suggest you do your own research and shop around.***

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

WRMK Foil Quill & Single Lined Art from TurtleToy

Today, I am sharing my first YouTube video with you! So, please, don't judge too harshly. It's not perfect, but I think you will find it is slightly different than others out there. I wanted to share about a site called TurtleToy and how to use it with the WRMK Foil Quill. I am also showing in the video how to make more complicated designs more Design Space friendly using Sure Cuts Alot.

TurtleToy is a great site where artists and programmers can share their work. It's particularly great for people, like myself, who have a cutting machine and aren't great at figuring out how to make their own single lined art. This art works much like the writing and drawing fonts in Cricut Design Space that is single lined. In others words, no bubble effect here! However, this stuff wasn't designed exactly for what the purpose we are using it for necessarily, so you must use discretion when choosing your images. I go over this in the video. So, without further bantering and stalling, here is the video. I hope you enjoy! Happy foiling!


 
This video uses these sounds from freesound: 
Crowd cheer 2.wav by Adam_N ( https://freesound.org/people/Adam_N/
rbh Applause 01 big.WAV by RHumphries ( https://freesound.org/people/RHumphries/ )


***I buy all of my supplies myself and am not affiliated with any company. The links I provide are not affiliate links. I do not make a commission when you buy using these links. They are merely for your convenience or clarification of which supplies I have used. I do not guarantee they are the cheapest prices. I suggest you do your own research and shop around.***