Hi, all! Back with my latest Odd Brain project. I've been debating which inks I prefer and which colors I prefer and decided that - as with most things in my life - I CAN'T CHOOSE! The answer to this dilemma was, of course, to get all of them! Knowing myself and my preference for as-compact-and-consolidated-in-as-small-a-footprint-as-possible, I knew that full-size pads of all of those inks would be WAY, WAY too much to deal with, as well as cost-prohibitive.
I recently purchased some "spots" - little 1" cubes - of Hero Hues Shadow Inks, and decided that "spots" of all of the other inks would definitely be do-able, on the size front at least. I started pricing reinkers and uninked cubes and decided that by the time I bought the reinker and the uninked cube I wouldn't be saving any money at all, just space. What's a girl to do?
My answer: I have a whole whack of little boxes that look like this:
They came as part of this deal:
I bought mine at Walmart, but you can find them online, too. I use all the little boxes to store my embellishments (or, at least, I did - I'm regearing there, too - stories for another day). I have four or five of these... There are several sizes of small boxes included, and the ones I decided to use are the "mini" - they're approximately 1 1/4" square. I got my Inkssentials Cut-N-Dry foam felt:
Edited to add: I initially used the foam, but found that it was really "squishy" and even seemed to sort of break down over time. I re-did them March 2016 with the felt and I'm much happier. Thanks to Sandi for her comment that reminded me that I needed to add this edit.
and cut it into 1 1/8" squares using a rotary cutter and quilting ruler:
and stuck the square to the lidof the box with regular old Scotch brand double-sided tape:
Then I got some reinkers and added some to the foam. To use them, I just flip the lid open and hold it like this to tap ink onto my stamp or project:
Ignore the inky old lady hands, please - I've been playing with ink and foam all day... I wanted to identify which pad had which ink, so I got some label dots and stuck them to a non-stick sheet (the backing from a self-laminating sheet that I saved) so I could swipe ink on them, then write all of the names:
I then stuck the stickers to the appropriate lid. To protect the stickers a bit and to ensure that they stayed stuck, I also cut squares of packing tape and put them over the stickers. How much space will I save this way? Here's ALL of the Stampin'Up! Subtles colors in their boxes next to ONE full-size Stampin'Up! ink pad:
I've come up with a storage plan for all of the wonderful ink spots that I will have, and I'll share that a different day when it's actually complete and not just a thought in Odd Brain. Oh - and I'm aware that you're supposed to use felt for dye ink and foam for pigment ink, but I was using what I had on hand, so there! If it's problematic down the road, I'll just switch it out, since I have all of the reinkers :) Obviously, according to the edit, that's exactly what I've done...
I'm buying "groups" of reinkers to accomplish the acquisition of all of the colors/inks I want. I (obviously) started with SU! Subtles. Next up will probably be In Colors or Brights. There are Close to My Heart colors that I covet, as well, so I'll probably get some of those in the near future, too. And that's that! I hope your weekend is lovely so far - thanks for stopping by!