6 Essential Tools for Rubber Stamping

Rubber-stamping has become popular. If you enjoy nights creating cards for loved ones or you want to learn how to rubber-stamp its imperative you have the right tools in your kit. Creating a rubber-stamping tool kit will make your rubber-stamping projects easier. The tools I recommend in this article will help you build a basic rubber-stamping tool kit.


Art Stamps
Art stamps work well when you want to add graphics to your art projects. On the market, you can purchase two different types of art stamps – rubber and acrylic. The difference between the two different types of stamps is that rubber stamps are opaque while acrylic is transparent. No matter what type you select, both of them will imprint images, words, on almost any surface. They are available in a large variety of designs and sizes.


Embossing Powders
Embossing powers are made from a powder-like plastic material and are sprinkled over pigment inks. Once sprinkled, they are melted with a heating tool to creating a raised impression on paper, wood, or metal. They are available in a large variety of colors and different metallic finishes.


Heat Embossing Tool
If you use embossing powders, you must use a heat-embossing tool. This tool melts the embossing powders on your craft projects. Typically, there are two types of embossing tools. The bullet style type is shaped like a flashlight. The other type is shaped like a mini hair dryer. Both of the tools do the same thing. Select the one that you feel comfortable using. When you are done, you will have a shiny, raised impression on your craft project.


When rubber-stamping, you must use ink on an inkpad. There are literally thousands of different ink colors available for purchase from multiple manufacturers. Select different colors and types to ensure you have enough ink to carry you through just about any crafting project.


Dye Inks
Dye-inks are permanent, water-based inks. They can be used on all types of paper and dry quickly. Dye inks are not meant to be used when embossing because of their fast drying time.


Pigment Ink
Pigment-based inks are different from dye inks. Pigment-based inks are thicker than dye-based inks, more vibrant in color, and slower drying. You can use pigment-based in on any paper, but take precaution when using because they will smudge when wet. If you are embossing a project, use pigment ink because they work wonderfully because of the slow drying times.

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