Perhaps the easiest way of expressing creativity is to use stamps for craft work because it requires the least supplies and tools. By using stamps sold under the brand name MY FAVORITE THINGS you can create attractive card designs that help to convey messages on special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries etc. Craftwork at its simplest form is how you can explain stamping that requires only the paper, the ink and the stamp. However, stampers can make use of some stamping tools that aid their creativity. This article will walk you through some of the popular stamping tools that come in handy to produce the most attractive craft without any mess.
Although stamping is indeed very simple because you have to press the stamp on paper to create the impression, if you look deeper from a design perspective, it will not be hard to discover that it is not as simple as it appears. Transferring the impression from the stamp to paper or any other surface is only the basic need, but unless you position the stamp correctly by aligning it with the paper size, you will fail to create the desired effects with the design. The stamping press is a tool that helps in positioning the stamp correctly so that impression forms at the right spot just as you have planned. A variety of stamping presses are available ranging from $20 to $100.
The stamp shammy
Stamp cleaning after every use can be expensive if you are accustomed to using baby wipes in plenty which has been the practice so far. But things are now set to change to make stamp cleaning a more pocket-friendly affair because the Stamp Shammy is a piece of cloth that cleans stamps most conveniently by using water only. No need to spend money anymore on soaps, chemicals and baby wipes. The cloth, when dried, becomes slightly hard that softens once you moisten it with water and becomes ready for use.
Creative urges can drive people crazy or else why should stampers not hesitate to smear their fingers with all kinds of ink colours to create that pastel background effects that are a rage in stamping. The method of applying ink is not only messy but also results in ink wastage that can be costly at times. Daubers are small caps like the tailor’s thimble that you can wear on the fingertips and use inks without having to bother about ink sticking to the fingers. By wearing the daubers, you can scrape, press, rub and smear all the ink that helps to achieve the desired looks of the design.
Cling stamp users are well familiar with acrylic blocks that are must-haves for a pleasing stamping experience. Acrylic blocks come in various shapes and sizes as well as different cuts with rippled or smooth edges. Blocks with scalloped edges are easy to grip, and the etched lines ensure accurate placement. Thick blocks are most effective because it prevents the ink or glue from your fingers sticking on to the project.
Technology and innovations are making stamping more effective and attractive.