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Now, as far as I know, there's nothing to replace the "Tim Holtz' Distress Inks".
Applicator pad is easy to make - just get a bunch of thin makeup sponges and pine drawer knobs. Glue the sponges on knobs, trim and voila!
Here's another idea on how to make the applicators.
Here's a nice tutorial on how to make sponge daubers