Anyway, for mother's day my daughter made a new header for my blog as you can see. I had completely forgotten that I'd asked her to make one, so that was a nice surprise.
Six years ago I created an ink pad holder for my distress ink pads. You can see it here. Well, it wasn't too long after that Ranger introduced some new colors, so all my inks didn't fit in the holder. Then, they also produced all the colors in distress oxide inks. These are the things I put on my wish list for my family to buy as gifts, so I now have the full set of those as well.
So I decided that it was time to make some new storage. I wanted all the distress inks in one place, so I started construction. Now be advised I'm not an engineer, and I design as I go, so the final product is certainly not perfect or even designed well, but that's OK by me, as long as it works. My husband kept calling it a roach hotel, but I think ink pad hotel is a much better description, since we do not provide housing for roaches here.
I should warn you that this will be a long post with lots of photos. I wanted to give a lot of the step by step procedure that went into the making.
I built the entire unit from cereal box (cracker box, pizza box, etc.) chipboard, corrugated cardboard, and tacky glue. There is also a small amount of stamped cardstock.
I started by cutting pieces which would hold the ink pads. These are cut 2-1/2"x8", and scored at 1", 4" and 5". I taped the edges together. The ink pads will hang out the front by about 1/2", so I can pull them out easily. The total unit will hold 144 ink pads, so that's how many I cut and folded.
Since the towers act like walls, there is a large open area in the center. I did the same stamping procedure to cover the top around the opening.
I thought it made sense to use that open area on top for additional storage, so I made a partitioned box to hold my blending brushes, and some other items (which I haven't figured out yet).
Here is the completed unit. The base is not permanently attached to either the unit or the turn table, and the storage box on top is also not permanently attached.
Thanks so much for taking time to visit today. I hope you enjoyed the process of building my ink hotel.
Edited to add: Please see my next post to view the unit with the gazebo dust cover on top