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Stamps come in all different shapes and sizes, and can be used to emboss almost anything. The point of a personalized rubber stamp is that it has custom uses, such as signatures, logos, and other designs. This feature gives stamps a wide range of applications. You will find that rubber stamps play an important part in everyday life, including do-it-yourself projects, business, events, education, sewing, and the art world.

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.


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).
  • Arts and Crafts – Use rubber stamps to impress a design upon any surface, even with a total lack of drawing skills. Stamps are an inexpensive and attractive way to mass produce custom gifts such as candles, bookmarks, jars, and CD cases.
  • Legible Printing – Many adults in the business world suffer from an inability to hand write intelligible script. Sometimes it is better to use a bold font stamp for the important words on reports, forms, and documents.
  • Ins and Outs – Often, when entering a festival, carnival, theme park, or music venue, they will stamp your hand with special ink. That way, if you need to leave and get something out of your car, they know you already paid to get inside of the event.
  • Job Well Done – Fun stamps can be used in lieu of a sticker to reward a job well done. Many teachers have a smiley face stamp, or perhaps a star, for such a purpose.
  • Maximize Efficiency – It does not make sense to write something over and over again when it could be replaced with a simple stamp. For example, businesses that have mailing services usually invest in rubber stamps that bear their logo, name, and address.
  • Shopping – Some shops and restaurants have a little card that they stamp for discounts each time you visit. Then, on the tenth visit, you earn a free sandwich or some such thing.
  • Sewing Projects – The predictable shape of a stamp makes it ideal for embroidery. Simply stamp the design over your canvas, and then embroider an elaborate design of colorful thread over it, using the stamp as a guide.
  • Street Art – Stamps are used as a way of stenciling graphic art onto various locations. Sometimes people design their own personalized rubber stamps, and then use them in irregular places, such as a wall, street sign, side of a van, or a park bench.
  • The great thing about personalized rubber stamps is that they can be used in a lot of places. Sometimes rubber stamps are used for serious business purposes, but they can also create beautiful art. Inquire with your favorite printing service to learn more about manufacturing rubber stamps.

    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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