Ink Pad storage from Foam Core Board – Part 2

Ink pad storage from Foam Core Board

Ink pad storage from Foam Core Board

 

My critical eye sees this completed storage piece as crooked, some of the slots are more narrow than others, and I see all the flaws.  The next one I make for my home made spritzes will be made a little differently and I have found the math I used on the ink pad storage was a little bit off.

If you make one of these, add 3/16″ on both sides of  the top and bottom widths of your pieces.  That will ensure your outer pieces match up for clean corners.  As you see in the photo above the top piece doesn’t go all the way out to cover the side pieces.

Also, when I finished this thing and slid it under the radio/cd thing – it didn’t fit.  I had to take the bottom piece off in order to get it underneath.

Am I ready to tear this thing apart and start over?  No.  It serves a function and it is just fine the way that it is.

Okay.  Now to finish where I started yesterday.

I measured for the divider supports at 4-1/4″ and 8-1/2″, drew lines from top to bottom along the 18″ length and used the metal duct tape to adhere the support.

Attached support

Attached support

I peeled back only half of the adhesive cover on the metal tape and attached that to the back side of the support.  The second piece of metal tape will have only half of the adhesive cover peeled away.

Attach the metal tape only half way along the length

Attach the metal tape only half way along the length

Peel back only half of the protective covering

Peel back only half of the protective covering

The adhesive on this metal tape is SUPER STICKY and the metal is SHARP.  I cut one of my knuckles during this process.

Attach the exposed half of the tape to the length of your support and press it down with  your fingers.  Use a bone folder to press out as many of the kinks as you can.  The bone folder will ensure the metal tape is fully adhered to the surface.

Attach the metal tape to the back of your support

Attach the metal tape to the back of your support

Use a bone folder to fully adhere the metal tape to the support

Use a bone folder to fully adhere the metal tape to the support

Open the two pieces of metal tape.  Fold them back like wings.  LEAVE THE PROTECTIVE PAPER ON THE TAPE.

Line up your support with the pencil mark guide on the back piece.  When you  have the support properly lined up on your guide line then peel off the protective cover on the metal tape and press it down to the back piece.  Use a bone folder to press the tape more fully to the back.

Peel the protective cover off the tape after you have lined up the piece on your guide line

Peel the protective cover off the tape after you have lined up the piece on your guide line

Press the tape to the back piece

Press the tape to the back piece

Use the bone folder to fully adhere the metal tape to the back

Use the bone folder to fully adhere the metal tape to the back

Now do the same thing to the other side of the support piece.

Do the same to the inside piece of the support

Do the same to the inside piece of the support

My shelves measure 5″ deep, 12-1/2″ wide.  I’ve made the cut outs at 4-1/4″ and 8-1/2″.  Using the Big Bite Cropadile to punch the hole at the top end of the cut out.

Punch holes to make the end of the cut out easier to deal with

Punch holes to make the end of the cut out easier to deal with

Cut out the slat spaces

Cut out the slat spaces

Insert your shelf in the support and press down until it seats itself.

Slide your shelf in the slats

Slide your shelf in the slats

Press down until the shelf meets the back

Press down until the shelf meets the back

Make the rest of your shelves and insert them in the support slat areas.

Add your shelves to the supports

Add your shelves to the supports

Test fit your ink pads to make sure they fit well.  Now is the time to make any adjustments before you enclose this box with the sides and top.

I have some smaller sized ink pads that will get lost under the shelves.  I cut several down to a 4-1/2″ width to compensate for the shorter pads.  Then I even cut some shelves further to 3″ for the Tim Holtz Distress Ink pads.

Shorter ink pads I made adjustment to shelf size for

Shorter ink pads I made adjustments to shelf size for

Adjust your shelf width to fit your ink pads

Adjust your shelf width to fit our ink pads

Once  you have all your shelving in place and you have test fitted all of the ink pads, it is time to close it all in by adding the sides, top, and bottom pieces.  I used the metal tape to do this.

Same as with the supports.  Only peel back half of the protective paper on the tape and adhere to the back side of the unit.  Press the tape down then burnish with the bone folder.  Then peel the protective paper all the way off and press one of the outer pieces – top or side piece – onto to the tape.  Make sure your edges line up before you fully press the tape into place and burnish down.

Adhering the top piece.  Peel back only half of the protective paper.

Adhering the top piece. Peel back only half of the protective paper.

Press the tape fully using the bone folder

Press the tape fully using the bone folder

Peel the protective paper off fully

Peel the protective paper off fully

Attach your outer piece - top, bottom, or sides - and press with the bone folder

Attach your outer piece - top, bottom, or sides - and press with the bone folder

Once you have added all of the outer pieces then add the metal tape to the corners for additional support.

Attach the metal tape to the corners for additional support

Attach the metal tape to the corners for additional support

Fill your new storage system with your ink pads.  Looks like I need to write on the outside of the ink pad what color it is.  At least for the non Stampin’ Up! pads.

Add your ink pads to your new storage system and give yourself a pat on the back

Add your ink pads to your new storage system and give yourself a pat on the back

I will have a video uploaded later today on how to make this.  This is easy to make, takes a bit of time but the results are worth it.  Even if it is a bit wonky.

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12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. gardenpinks
    Apr 04, 2012 @ 08:11:52

    Well done! This looks easy enough to do once the maths has been sorted out 🙂 It is a nice tidy job too and ink pads are to hand, great stuff.
    Love and hugs
    Lynn x

    Reply

    • Message In A Fold
      Apr 04, 2012 @ 14:12:35

      Thank you Lynn 😀 I was going to make mine out of cardboard since I have a lot of it stored. But I don’t have any spray paint to cover it up and make it look pretty. I like the look of the white as it is.

      Hope you will get a chance to make one of these for yourself. It is easy to do.

      Love you – Leslie

      Reply

  2. Lovina Freed
    May 02, 2013 @ 18:03:52

    I wish I had seen this before i made mine, but I will use it to make my new stype punches that are flat. I used Rebel Inker from 2007, but I love the slots you made

    Reply

  3. Suzi
    Nov 11, 2013 @ 20:53:36

    thank you! With your help, I can do this! Just what I need!

    Reply

    • Message In A Fold
      Nov 11, 2013 @ 21:01:54

      Thank you, Suzi, for your kind words and enthusiasm :-). I look forward to seeing how you run with my instructions and create the all time best ever ink pad storage system for your supplies.

      Leslie

      Reply

  4. Sugar Beet Crafts
    Jun 05, 2014 @ 20:20:10

    This is really cool!!

    Reply

  5. Marsha
    Aug 17, 2014 @ 16:03:53

    Awesome-I can’t wait to make on. I still have to figure out what to do with the smaller mini pads. Congrats on the new grand–so precious!

    Reply

    • Message In A Fold
      Aug 20, 2014 @ 17:36:30

      Thank you, Marsha, for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I appreciate your congrats on my newest grandbabies 😀 and letting me know you have found one of my projects to be of use to you :D.

      Leslie

      Reply

      • Marsha
        Aug 26, 2014 @ 15:31:51

        Leslie, it came out great–I actually made two–one for smaller pads. Your method of punching holes for the end of slots is brilliant. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

      • Message In A Fold
        Aug 27, 2014 @ 13:01:58

        Awesome, Awesome, AWESOME! I’m thrilled to learn that you made TWO of these storage things. Oh….wait. Are you from the UK? If so, then I need to change this up a bit to…..Brilliant, Brilliant, BRILLIANT 😀

        Leslie

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