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With advancement of technology, more people are becoming less aware of rubber stamps. They are not the first things that you will notice in the market but if you take a closer look, you'll be able to discover that these stamps are actually great to use on different occasions. A simple letter to a friend or a thank you letter to your boss will be more beautiful if decorated with stamps.

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.

Here are some of the things upon which you can use stamps for decorating:

  • Photo Albums – Pictures hold memories that last for a lifetime. We may not be able to stop time, but we can keep memorable moments in our life by taking pictures. You can use a single stamp design or more in order to embellish your photo album.
  • Fabrics – You can also use stamps on decorating a piece of fabric or garment. You may apply stamps as borders of those fabrics or create some beautiful shapes and designs such as flowers, circles and hearts.
  • Hard surfaces – You can use stamps on designing different things with a hard surface such as accessory or jewelry box, letter holder, book binders and more. There are different types of inks so make sure to use something that is appropriate for the surfaces that you're going to design.
  • Bedroom Walls – Instead of spending a great amount of paint to decorate your room, why don't you use the less expensive rubber stamps? You can waste gallons of paint in painting your entire room. But with stamps, you can transform the appearance of your room easier with different patterns in a cheaper way.

Tips and Warnings

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).
  • Experiment the stamps on scrap papers before stamping them on your things. This is to make sure that you get the right effects of color that you need. You can use inks but acrylic paint is advisable for use on things with hard surfaces and on the wall.
  • Make sure to stamp evenly on a level surface so that the design will come out beautifully.
  • Use a small brush or paint pen in applying an ink to your stamps. Apply the paint on the stamp evenly. Avoid applying too much paint as this may cause the paint to scatter and ruin your project. Remember that it's easier to fill the gaps of paint rather than removing the excess paint.
  • You can be creative by layering different colors of the same stamp design on the same spot to produce a different effect of the stamp design. Just make sure that the colors you choose blends very well with each other.
  • You can also connect different designs of stamps with each other. For example, you can stamp the flower design at the pointed part of the heart design.
  • Transform the stamp designs by shading them with a small brush, craft chalks, or color pencils.
  • Use the appropriate size of stamps on a particular project. The small rubber stamps are created for smaller things such as stationeries and cards, while the bigger ones are for walls and big boxes.

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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