One of the favorite tools in my art arsenal is my ink-blending tool to use with all the Tim Holtz Distress ink pads. Just got a few new colors last week... yummy colors... of course 2 of the 3 were pinks! I have twenty-some colors... not all they offer, but quite a few. I have invested in enough of the blending pads to have one for each color... so that I don't have to constantly be cleaning them or worrying about contaminating some of the light-colored pads.
The issue was... how to store them easily so that I could change out as needed. I saw a couple of cute projects online using cigar boxes and matchbox drawers.... Then when I discovered that the removable ink blending pads fit PERFECTLY inside a little matchbox.... I was ga-ga!!! First stop was the grocery store to get several packs of box matches.
Next I was off to my local antique store to get an old cigar box to play around with. I found one where the little boxes fit perfectly inside the outer box, so that it would look like a chest of drawers. Scrounging around in the basement, I discovered some old drawer hardware. So my little "chest" has a handle on top so I can carry it from place to place if needed.
Getting all the boxes glued together and in place was the next step, as well as chosing some fun papers to go around the stacks of drawers. I inked papers with names of each ink color and glued those to the ends of the boxes. I used tiny brass brads as "drawer pulls".
Tucked inside each drawer is the colored foam pad designated for that particular shade.
I am SO PLEASED to have this imperfect, funky little cigar- box chest of drawers to keep right on my work table, so that when ink is being applied in so many layers.... I'll for sure have all my colors at my fingertips. I included a few extra drawers for new colors yet to come!
Happy inking and stamping!!!