Quick Tip | Mini Blending Tool

Today I wanted to share a quick tip.

Tim Holtz recently released his Ink Blending Tool in a new size. It’s smaller with a round end. I watched a couple of videos that Jennifer McGuire recently shared (one here with her review of why she loves this size and another tutorial showing the mini blending tool in action).

I have to admit, she totally sucked me in. After watching these videos, I wanted a set of these mini blending tools because the smaller round size is awesome.

The only problem? I’m not really interested in buying new tools. I only have 6 tools now. I never saw a need to have more than that. I have enough foam refills for all of the distress colors I own and just change the foam out for whatever color I need. Now I have to buy new tools to get the smaller size?


My Hobby Lobby had a package of the mini foam refills and as I stood there in the store, I wondered…why wouldn’t they just work on the tools I already have?

And YES! It totally works.

I am not bothered in the least that the tool I have is rectangular and these new foam pieces are circles. Because the foam adheres to the tool via the Velcro, it does not matter what size the foam piece is.  You still get the benefits of the smaller round size even when you adhere it to the larger block.

I also thought I would share with you how I store ink blending tools and my foam pieces.

I keep the foam refills in small plastic bags labeled with the color name.

The bag is large enough so that I can just add and store the new small round foam piece in the same bag!

I can keep everything together in one small bin!

So trust me, just buy a package of the round refills and add them to the tool you already have. But if you don’t have any Ink Blending Tools, go ahead and get the smaller ones. The smaller size is more versatile than the original size. And the new ones come in a package of two so you only need to buy one or two sets.

Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. Thanks for the tip! I’m going to go ahead and do that. I have the rectangular one you have. Happy Easter. Enjoy your weekend. Michelle t

  2. Great idea on storing the foam blending pieces! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Wonderful tip, I too have the rectangular ones but I just bought a huge pkg of the foam sheets and cut up. I like these circle ones much better though. TFS

  4. GREAT storage idea! I have a bunch of those pads and the rectangle tool.
    And it’s good to know the round circles will work on it, because I don’t like a lot of tools either 🙂

  5. You always have the best tips, Tammy. Thank you!

  6. Great information, Tammy, thanks for passing it all along! 🙂

  7. Such a great tip 🙂
    I even made my own blending tools out of old stamping blocks 😉
    I will have to check out Jennifer’s vids as well.

  8. Genius. Why didn’t I think of that.

  9. What a great solution! I don’t use Tim’s inks, or blending tools, but I’m always looking for creative ways to save money or use my supplies in other ways or stretch the supplies I buy 🙂

  10. Great tip Tammy! I’ve been wanting to try the round ones. I only have two of the larger blending tools, so I may pick up the smaller one.

  11. Yeah, Jennifer always sucks me in as well. I’ll have to check those links out. I like the way you organize your sponges.


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