Flocking Powder or Flock for Rubber Stamping Projects:
Adding textured embellishments to rubber stamping projects is all the rage! Interesting effects an be produced easily at home with flocking powder. Flocking powder or flock gives a soft, velvet textured surface. Flock is extremely versatile and can be used in many different ways to add texture to rubber stamping projects. Flocking powder is available in many different colors meaning that there is likely to be a color is suitable for every project.
What is Flocking Powder?:
Flocking powder is made up of masses of tiny fibers. The flocking powder adheres to an adhesive or sticky surface such as glue or an adhesive powder teamed with pigment inks or a product such as VersaMark. Flocking powder only adheres to a sticky surface and as such it can be used to emphasize or highlight design elements. Flocking powder is sold in small tubs which are similar in size to embossing powders. Flocking powder is very light and a little goes a long way.
How is Flocking Powder Used?:
There are many different ways that flocking powder can be added to rubber stamping projects. One of the easiest ways of using flock is to simply add glue to the surface of a project and pour flocking powder over the top. Other ways of using flocking powder to create a velvet texture on rubber stamping projects includes using a glue pad and rubber stamps. Glue pads are similar to ink pads, however instead of containing ink they contain glue. A rubber stamp is used to stamp an image in glue onto a page and this can be covered with flock. The fibers will adhere to the sticky glue.
Using Flocking Powder with Double Sided Tape or Stickers:
A quick and convenient alternative to using glues is to use double-sided tape or stickers. To use double-sided tape simply cut this to the right shape and size (or try using a punch to cut a shape) and attach this to the surface of a rubber stamping project. Remove the protective paper and cover this with flocking powder. Stickers are a convenient way of adding flocked shapes to projects. Use a self adhesive sticker and carefully remove it from its protective backing, pour flocking powder over the exposed adhesive surface and use glue to attach the sticker to a project.
More About Using Flocking Powder:
Another way of using flocking powder is to use an adhesive powder. These powders are applied to images that have been stamped using a pigment or other slow drying ink and then heated. This creates a sticky surface which the flock will adhere to. Free hand images for flocking can be created by drawing with a pen such as a VersaMark pen and adding adhesive powder to this. This is also useful for highlighting parts of a stamped image with flocking powder. Take a look at the following articles for more information about using flocking powder:
Tips for Using Flocking Powder:
Here are some tips to help you get professional looking results when using flocking powder:
- Use your fingers to firmly press the fibers onto the sticky surface. This will ensure that the fibers are well attached.
- Return any loose flocking powder to the pot for future use.
- Apply flocking as one of the final stages of a project to avoid damaging it.
- make sure that glue is dry before touching a newly flocked surface.
- Try mixing glitter with the flock for added sparkle.
Buying Flocking Powder:
Flocking powder can be purchased from rubber stamping and craft stores. Manufacturers of flocking powder include:
- Stampendous - Fun Flock
- Doodlebug Designs Inc - Crushed Velvet Flock Powder
- Other - unbranded flocking powder can often be found in craft stores or on auction websites such as eBay