Useful Tools

I am new at stamping and would like to get a heat tool but don’t know which one to buy. What do you recommend?

I have a Milwaukee that has stood the test of time. It was my first major stamping purchase and took me a few months to save for it.
Other people I know have gotten several less expensive heat tools but had to buy a second or third.
If you are going to be a long term hobby stamper, then get the Milwaukee, if you are a sometimes stamper or don’t have the money, get one with your craft discount coupon at Michael’s or the like for starters.

What is a stamp positioner?

This is an L-shaped device that you use to help you position a stamp in the right area to stamp it. This may come in handy if you have a frame type stamp and need to put an image inside the frame.
I trace the stamp block onto tissue paper, then I stamp the image onto the tissue and cut out the traced block with the image.
I then lay that out onto the area where I want the stamp postitioned. As soon as I have where I would like it, I place the positioner there lining up the positioner’s corner to the tissue image.
I then remove the tissue and then line up the stamp block to the corner of the positioner and stamp.
If you don’t want to spend the money on one, you can make one out of Lego’s.
The advantage to that is that you can make it the exact size you want it to be and adjust the height of it (meaning layers of Legos, 2 or 3 high).

Paper does not come out straight when I crimp it, any solutions?

Actually, I can’t get it to come out straight either so I guess we all belong to the same club. This is a complaint of many besides us so it just must be the natural way.

Stipple brush?? what is it? Where do you get one and how do you use it?

A stipple brush is a long handled round stiff brush. It has course bristles and comes in various sizes. You can get one at an art supply shop if your stamp shop does not carry them. You dab into ink (any type) then just pounce the brush onto the paper (any kind) to create a soft colored look with specks (from the brush bristles). You are not restricted to just inks, you can also stipple a stamp with RPs or Lumiere paints then stamp. Or you can stipple paper then overstamp. Stipple an entire sheet with a few colors for an interesting background or overstamp on that. Most people purchase several brushes and use one brush per color families. After you are done stippling, wipe the brush off onto a piece of cardstock. Wait till that gets filled with color and use it for backgrounds or for punchies.
Dove Blender tip has no point! What can I do?

You can buy replacements BUT if you have 2 pens (or go get another one!), use a Cut and Dry nib on your second pen. Cut the nib down to 1/2″. Replace the tip with the nib. Remove the top of the pen and refill with fluid (about 6 drops). Store the pen with the tip down overnight so the fluid gets absorbed in the nib. This replacement nib is great for fine detailing or small areas and should last a long time.

What is a “blitzer”? What does it do?

A blitzer is an affordable art tool available at art supply shops or WalMart type stores (not all keep looking). It looks like a squeeze bulb and fits on the end of a marker. When you squeeze it, the air forces ink out of the marker leaving an air brush effect. You can make cool backgrounds. A similiar product are those blow pens only you blow into the pens vs a quick squeeze of a bulb

My inkpads are cumbersome when I dtp or try to ink up large stamps. The lids get in my way!

Most full sized ink pads lids snap off, not all! An alternative is to apply velcro to the bottom case of the pad and then to an old wood mount so you can attach a “handle” to hold the pad and ink up without getting inky fingers.

Check out the Basic Stamping Tool Kit to see what you need to get started.

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