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Old 09-23-2017, 11:38 AM   #1
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Question Sponges for Distress Inks

Can you use the same sponge for the Oxides as you do for the original Distress Inks? Or do I need to get all new sponges?
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Whether you're using the round blending foams on handles or other type of sponge, you'll want new since they're such different formulations of inks. : )

(For regular Distress, I often use the same blending foam for similar colors, especially if dry.)
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Old 09-23-2017, 12:03 PM   #3
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Do they every really dry? The sponges that is... I will often just grab a sponge dauber from the box to quickly ink and edge. There always seems to be enough ink in there to do a quick if small area. But yes, like bjeans, I use the same sponge for similar colors. Just NOT distress ink with distress oxide!
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Old 09-23-2017, 12:10 PM   #4
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Good question (about drying). I don't use Distress as much because of Oxides, so the blenders may sit for weeks or more. I'll have to check this weekend since you made me curious. But I think mainly I just swipe onto a piece of scratch paper before re-using with a similar color.
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Old 09-23-2017, 12:14 PM   #5
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Thx for the reply.

So, what happens if you accidentally use the same sponge for both inks being true to color? What will happen? Is it really bad or just a little bad?
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Oh, I would say just a little bad.....you can always say you were trying a new technique or just wash the sponge and start again!!! LOL
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I have not mixed the two so don't know what would happen but with different formulas for ink it would be only a little bad. I don't often use a sponge with Oxide inks, I usually swipe the pad on a non stick sheet and work from that, with a brush and water or just smooching my paper in the ink and spritz my paper with water while drying.
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I've been keeping mine separate, new ones for the oxides. I don't watch many videos at all, but I did watch one of Tim's on the Oxides, and in the back of my head (can't swear to it, my memory is shot at the moment), he said something about not cross-contaminating the pads. I think that one way was more or less OK-ish and the other way was very definitely not. And to me, if you take a sponge that's still got a good bit of ink in it and use it on a different formulation, there's going to be some transfer, so it's easier to just keep them separate and not worry about it. Also the colours are quite different between the two formulations. Not to mention the smell, which makes it easy to sort the sponges out if both end up loose on my desk at the end of the day .
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OK, just a little bad then (I went regular-to-oxide, so that is probably less of a big deal than the other way). BUT Ima blaming my splotchy blending on it! At least until I practice and get over that.

Annnnnd off to HL to get new sponges for the new inks. Hubby is right; this hobby of ours is endless, isn't it?


Thanks again for the input! Hope everyone is having a wonderful fall Saturday!
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I always wash mine so I figured it would not be a problem (though I don't own any Oxides yet).
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Binx....just as an aside, regarding what you called splotchy blending. I don’t know if you are using the round or rectangle sponges with the handles or not, but I have much better luck cutting up the round yellow sponges sold with the “art” supplies at craft stores.I cut each sponge into 4 wedges, like a pie. Hang on to the pointy end and blend ink with the outside rounded end.
I don’t work with the Distress inks often enough to really develop “skills”
My blending is much smoother using the sponge wedges. I’m guessing because it’s not a flat surface, there are no hard edges on the tool so none transfers to my paper.
Just my two cents!
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Do you mean these: Royal & Langnickel® Round Synthetic Sponge Set ?


I'll have to try that!


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Binx....just as an aside, regarding what you called splotchy blending. I don’t know if you are using the round or rectangle sponges with the handles or not, but I have much better luck cutting up the round yellow sponges sold with the “art” supplies at craft stores.I cut each sponge into 4 wedges, like a pie. Hang on to the pointy end and blend ink with the outside rounded end.
I don’t work with the Distress inks often enough to really develop “skills”
My blending is much smoother using the sponge wedges. I’m guessing because it’s not a flat surface, there are no hard edges on the tool so none transfers to my paper.
Just my two cents!
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Do you mean these: Royal & Langnickel® Round Synthetic Sponge Set ?


I'll have to try that!
YES! Those are the ones! Cut them in four equal wedges and blend away!
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Use a binder clip for s better grip on the sponge wedges referred to in the most recent posts. Fingers get less messy!
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