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This cutting system consists of a special plastic cutting mat; a scalpel with a swivel blade; and a template. There are a variety of templates available, including many "nested" templates that allow you to create even borders around your shapes. They were first popular with scrapbookers, but are becoming more popular with rubberstampers as well.
A self healing mat is a protective surface for use with craft blades, rotary cutters, exacto knives, and certain circle/oval cutters. Less expensive than glass, easier to store, and your work is less likely to slip around on, self-healing mats can be found at most craft stores.
UTEE is an ultra thick embossing powder. Rather than stamping an image and then shaking the powder onto it, you cover the entire surface with embossing ink and then ultra thick powder before heating. While the embossing powder is still warm you press an inked stamp into it to create an impression.
A scalpel and cutting board is a cheaper alternative to a paper trimmer. Make sure you buy a metal edged ruler to use as a cutting line, and make sure you practice a few times so that you get the knack of not pressing down too hard. If you press down too hard you will blunt your blade very quickly, and possibly break the blade when turning corners.
Stamp cleaning pad often look like ink pads, with a variety of materials inside. Dampen the inside material with water and use them to blot the ink off your stamps after use. The more highly textured the material will better clean ink out of the indentations in your stamps.
There is no real substitute for a good heat tool, but you can improvise. DON'T use a hairdryer - it will blow your powder all over the place. You can, however, use a toaster, oven or electric range to heat your image, if you use extreme care and constant supervision.
A great cleaning tool is a box of baby wipes. Take a new box, remove all of the wipes and squeeze the excess moisture out of them. Replace in the box and pour a good stamp cleaning solution in. The box will last a long time, and the gentle moisturizers will condition your rubber.
A blending pen looks like a "normal" felt-tipped coloring pen. Instead of having a colored ink, it has a COLORLESS ink. You can use this pen to "take" color from a marker, ink pad, pencil or other color source, and create a "wash" effect. You can also use it to blend colors together.
When you are first starting out in stamping you are likely to buy a simple scalpel for cutting. This is used in conjunction with a self-healing mat and a metal-edged ruler for cutting. The metal edged ruler is usually a clear plastic ruler with a metal strip imbedded down one side of it. When cutting make sure you cut using the metal-edged side of the ruler so that you don't carve the plastic side with your scalpel.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|