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Self inking stamps are the most efficient stamps to use for documentation and placing signatures on paper works. You can bring it anywhere with you without the hassle of bringing an extra stamp pad with you. This is because self-inking stampers have built-in ink reservoir or pads so that you will no longer have to worry about bringing the stamp pad around.

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

Using

The first thing that you need to do is determine upon what part of the paper you're going to use the stamp on. When the exact spot is determined, remove the covering cap of the stamper. Place it over the document and push it down on the paper's surface. After stamping, replace the stamper's cap and keep the stamper.

Always make sure to keep the stamper closed and don't allow the pad to be exposed in the air for a long time to avoid the ink from drying out.

Refilling

If the ink on your self-inking stamper runs out, don't throw it away. That stamper's built-in ink container or pad is created with an easy-opening cap so that you can refill the ink every time it runs out. The refilling steps are easy to follow and you can do them all by yourself without having to bring it to the refilling store.

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).

First, open the built-in ink container of the stamper. Once opened, fill the container with ink. Make sure that the ink won't overflow as this may cause a mess when stamping on documents. Then, close the opening of the ink container and position the stamper upside-down. Hold on that position for a minute to allow the stamper to absorb the ink.

If the self inking stamps use pads, push both sides of the ink pad with your two fingers and pull it out. Place a few drops of ink on the pad and then return the pad into its original position. Allow a few minutes to pass before using the stamper to make sure that it has already absorbed the ink.

Replacing

Over a period of time, the stamper's pad may wear out. Instead of purchasing a new set of self-inking stamper, you can save more money by simply purchasing the stamp pad alone and replace it on your own. You can find these pads available on crafts or book stores.

Now, open the lock of the stamp pad. Pull out the ink cartridge once you heard a “click”. In some stampers, you may need to keep on pulling this part until the cartridge is removed. When the cartridge is pulled, you can finally dispose the worn out pad. Lastly, slide down the replacement pad onto the empty pad holder and then return the lock switch into its original position.

Keep in mind that there are different brands of self-inking stampers. So, if you're going to purchase new inks and replacement stamper parts for your self inking stamps, you have to check them out carefully so as to avoid yourself from purchasing the wrong piece.

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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