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How to use flocking powder for rubber stamping projects

Adding textured embellishments to rubber process projects is all the rage! Interesting effects can be easily created at home with flocking powder. Flocking powder or flock gives a soft, velvety surface.

Flock is extremely versatile and can be used in many different ways to structure rubber process projects such as handmade cards. The flocking powder is available in many different colors, which means that one color is suitable for every project.

What is flocking powder?:

Flocking powder consists of a multitude of tiny fibers. The flock powder will adhere to an adhesive or tacky surface such as glue or an adhesive associated with pigment inks or a product such as VersaMark. Flocking powder only sticks to a sticky surface and can therefore be used to highlight or highlight design elements. The flocking powder is sold in small tubes the size of which corresponds to the size of embossing powders. Flocking powder is very easy 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 stamp projects. One of the easiest ways to use flock is to simply put an adhesive on the surface of a project and pour flocking powder over it. Other ways to use flocking powder to create a velvet texture on rubber stamp projects include using an adhesive pad and rubber stamps.

Adhesive pads are similar to ink pads, but instead of ink they contain glue.

A rubber stamp is used to stamp a picture in glue on one side and this can be covered with flock. The fibers adhere to the tacky adhesive.

To use flocking powder with double-sided tape or stickers:

A quick and convenient alternative to using adhesives is to use double-sided tape or stickers. To use double-sided tape, just cut this to the right shape and size (or try using a stamp to cut a shape) and attach it to the surface of a rubber stamping project.

Remove the protective paper and cover it with flocking powder. Stickers are a convenient way to add flocked shapes to projects. Using a self-adhesive sticker and carefully peeling it off the protective film, flock the exposed adhesive surface with flock powder and stick it to a project with glue.

Other ways to use flocking powder:

Another way to use flock 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 that the flock will adhere to.

Freehand images for flocking can be created by drawing with a pen such as a VersaMark pen and adding sticky powder to it. This is also useful for highlighting parts of a stamped image with flocking powder. For more information on using flocking powder, see the following articles:

Tips for Using Flocking Powder:

Here are some tips to help you get professional looking results when using flocking powder:

  • Use your fingers to press the fibers firmly onto the sticky surface. This ensures that the fibers are well attached.
  • Return any loose flock powder to the pot for future use.
  • Apply flocking as one of the final stages of a project to avoid damage.
  • Make sure the glue is dry before touching a newly flocked surface.
  • Mix in glitter with the flock for extra shine.