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Old 12-18-2012, 01:02 PM   #1
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I wondered if there is a secret to using unused sponges. Each time I reach for a new one I get blobs, streaks and uneven color. Is there a trick to "breaking" one in? Does the type of ink matter. I have tried dollar store ones, SU ones, Tim Holtz applicator sponges- all of them same thing until they are well used.
I mostly use distress inks and adirondaks. Do other inks do the same thing?

Also, my sponge stash is quite old- maybe 4 years. Would that have something to do with it?

Any help or suggestions is appreciated.
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Old 12-18-2012, 02:19 PM   #2
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You might like this: Tutorial for Applying and Blending Tim Holtz Distress Inks
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Thanks Vic. I do that but it's when you have to use a new sponge- and I use them until they crumble. I just wondered if anyone else has issues with new ones. It's been 5 years and I haven't figured out how to get them "dirty" except to keep rubbing them in ink.
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Maybe just try rubbing on the craft sheet until the ink is worked in.
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Thanks again- I haven't tried that one.
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They definitely get easier to use as they get saturated with ink. It's not just you. A new blender foam will leave an edge mark if you're not really working lightly. I hate that.

I rarely work with those SU type sponges. Distress Ink and blender tools are my sponging method of choice.
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Thanks so much! I too love the blender tool. I use their sponges until they are crumbling. So I guess I will continue to saturate them. These are the least troublesome.
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Heather Telford( her blog is Bits and Pieces HERE does fabulous sponging and told us she uses SU round sponges cut into four pieces. I tried gobs of different sponges before learning from her and finally achieving success. I battled the Tim Holtz applicators to get sponging without lines and finally gave up.

Breaking in a new sponge goes with the territory, so to speak, and maybe is more important than the kind of sponge. I have a blank piece of copy paper under the cardstock I'll be sponging and before I touch that cardstock with the sponge I sponge the copy paper in a circular motion until the sponging is smooth, THEN I touch the cardstock very lightly at first, so if there's any line or marking from the sponge I can cover it with additional ink. The harder you press, the more ink comes out of the sponge, so I start with a very light touch and am careful with the pressure, always opting for keeping it too light rather than too heavy.

EVERY time I put new ink on that sponge, I first sponge the copy paper until the sponge marks don't show and THEN I move on to the cardstock. I wasted way too much time and cardstock while learning and was helped by one of the Moderators here who posted that I should stop trying to use the TH Applicators I was having trouble with and try just using sponges.

By the way, Heather has You Tube video tutorials as well as her written instructions as she writes the information on her postings HERE


Practice, practice,practice and you will be making great sponged cards soon!

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Thanks so much. I thought I was crazy but each time you grab a new one I couldn't get decent coloring. I did find some great information on Splitcoast forum. The ones Heather uses I didn't have much luck with. Someone in General Stamp talk suggested cheapo makeup sponges wrapped in panty hose and tied with a rubber band. Voila! It worked. But as usual they need lots of ink on them before it was neat. Except who has panty hose (chuckle)? I do like this method for subtle sponging since it didn't put down bold color. Perfect for subtlely sponging edges.
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