Distress Ink Blending Foam Storage

When I started using Distress Inks, I stored the blending foam on the bottom of the pads with Velcro. This method worked when I had a few, but as I grew my collection I really didn't like that method of storage. I don't use all my inks all the time, so I don't feel I need an ink blending tool for every color. I have enough blending tools for the neutral colors that I use the most and a few extras for different colors.

Using Ranger's Distress Ink Chart as a guide, I created a storage chart that would hold all my blending foam pieces. Because I couldn't fit the seasonal colors and the original 36 colors all on one 8.5x11 sheet, I decided to keep them separate. Even though the seasonal inks are now a part of the permanent line, I've always referred to them as the seasonal colors and I like keeping them separate for that reason. I also used these charts to create a color guide, so I can always see the different colors. (Check it out.)

To create the storage panels, I printed the charts on white cardstock. Then I backed them with black, medium weight chipboard for sturdiness. I used Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive to secure the cardstock to the chipboard. I laminated the front of the charts with self adhesive lamination by Avery, making it waterproof and easy to clean. I also rounded the corners with the We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper to prevent getting bent corners over time.

For this storage chart to work, I cut all the foam pieces in half. I like to do this anyway because it's more cost efficient and it works just as well. The full size foam pieces will fit, but they will cover the names.

To hold the foam pieces to the chart I used self adhesive Velcro squares that I cut into fourths. I placed a fourth on each section of the chart, using only the hooked side. I used 1 1/2 packages of Velcro to create both storage panels.

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The Original chart should fill most of an 8.5x11 sheet of paper. If it does not, try turning OFF or ON the "Scale to Fit" printing option or change the scale in which it's printing.

Currently I am storing all my Distress Inks in my desk drawer. Storing them this way allows me to easily see what I want and grab it. I also store my blending foam storage panels on top. This storage is currently working well for me.

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  1. I need your help please in how my ink pads should be stored. In your ink drawer I see all pads are upright except maybe six in the very back. What brand are those and why should some ink pads be stored upside down and others right side up? May I have your advise on storing ink pads.
    Thank you, Debi

    1. Hi Debi,

      I'm store my distress inks upright so I can see the tops and easily see what color I want. I don't recommend this for long term storage. My pads are juicy throughout, so it's not causing any problems right now; but overtime gravity will naturally pull the ink to the bottom. I do recommend storing all inkpads upside down, but if the pads are really juicy it's okay to store them upright. If I have a drier inkpad I will leave it upside down to draw the ink to the top and keep it fresh. My stazon inks are upright as well because they are very well inked. Once I use the pads more, I will turn them upside down to keep the tops moist.

      I'm going to be moving my desk to a different area and using another table for my work area so I am working on a handmade storage caddy. I will be sharing that on my blog, hopefully in a few weeks.

      I hope this helps!


  2. i love this method of storing your distress ink pads - very clever indeed. Thankyou for sharing it.

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