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Rubber Stamps and Stamp Mounts
Old-fashioned mounts allowed you to snap numbers and letters onto bars to write custom messages. Newer acrylic stamp mounts are clear and printed with a grid, so you can align letters and see how your message will look before you stamp. Magnetic or peel-and-stick clear mount letters can be reused again and again.
Rubber stamps by Martha Stewart Crafts are available at Michaels stores.
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Transfer paper is excellent for precisely transferring designs. Place paper, coated-side down, on the surface you want to transfer the design to. Secure the design on top of the surface, and trace with a stylus. Remove the transfer paper, and a carbon copy of the design will be left behind.
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Ribbons and Cords
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Satin ribbon has a lovely sheen and ties well into bows.
Grosgrain is sturdy due to its ribbed weave, and works for sewn-on trim and other embellishments.
Wired ribbon has a thin wire running along its long edges, and can be tied into bows or formed into ripples that hold their shape nicely.
The zigzags on rickrack are fun for decorating wrapped gifts, and can be glued under paper or sewn halfway under a hem so only the rippled edge peeks out.
Seam binding is very thin and meant for binding the edges of fabric, but works well as ribbon.
Richly textured, velvet is a more formal ribbon and a favorite for the winter holidays.
Easily tied into voluminous bows, organdy ribbon is very sheer and is a favorite for wedding decorations.
Metallic ribbons often have synthetic metallic threads, but vintage ones have actual metal fibers that tarnish beautifully.
Silk embroidery ribbon comes in a wide variety of gorgeous colors. It's available in very thin widths, so it's perfect for tiny bows on invitations or favors.
Twill tape is textured cotton tape with a V-shaped weave, and is nice for a more casual bow on a wrapped gift.
Silk cord has a lovely sheen and is nice for fancy presents, strung garlands, or beaded jewelry.
Wax twine is food-safe and great for wrapping gifts and baked goods. It's also inexpensive and great for making cards.
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Smaller and easier to handle than a traditional drill, rotary tools come with many different bits for drilling holes, precision sanding, grinding, slicing, and polishing.
Rotary tools by Martha Stewart Crafts are available at Michaels stores.
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