I first introduced you to the Perfect Crafting Pouch by ScraPerfect right after CHA Winter 2011. (Click the link to watch inventor Any Roziak tell you all about it.) Well, I figured it was high-time to give the pouch a whirl & see how it worked in my studio. After all, I don’t use my printer much in my crafting, but I do stamp and use polymer clay quite a bit.
It’s an unassuming little thing- just a bag of felt with a ribbon handle, but AmyÂ assures me that it can be used a dozen ways for a crafter- maybe more! I decided to try it out a few ways to start: on polymer clay, on glossy papers with stamping, and with markers on fabrics.
I actually started testing it because I was rolling out some polymer clay, and it stuck to my roller:
So I peeled it off, and patted the roller with the PCPouch (I’m going to abbreviate- but PCP was just sooooo not right!). I finished rolling out my clay with nary a sticky bit.
Then I wanted to roll the clay through my machine using a texture sheet. And if you ever done that without using a release agent, you know it’s a nightmare. A few pounces with the PCPouch, the texture sheet peeled right off of the polymer clay.
I pounced the PCPouch on a stamp to use as a release when stamping on clay, and that worked great, too.
I also tried pouncing the PCPouch on a sheet of clay and then trying to use cutters. Sadly, the PCPouch didn’t help the clay come out of the cutters any better.
Next, I wanted to do some experiments with ink. First, I applied some ink directly into my journal. I could see where it was still wet , so I pounced over the whole page. Now, this is a new pouch, but there was a LOT of dust. It’s a little gritty, but I used my anti-static paintbrush and it all brushed away easily.
The first example on the top left shows stamping on glossy paper and smearing it with my finger. The second example I stamped first, then “treated” with the PCPouch. It smears less, but it does dull the image a little. The last one I pounced the paper and THEN stamped my image. I liked that technique best of all!
On the right, I just wanted to illustrate the difference between heat-setting the ink and “treating” it with the PCPouch. Is is me, or does it dull the vibrancy of the ink a little?
Then I tried just a series of markers and inks on different surfaces:
As you can see, it didn’t make much difference on ribbon or canvas (I guess it’s strictly for printing with a printer.)
Last, I used the PCPouch to fix a mistake- I had applied adhesive to this mini composition notebook- then changed my mind on what to do with it. Whoops!
After brushing the dust away, the adhesive had lost it’s stick. Good.
So that’s how I used my Perfect Crafting Pouch. Stay tuned, Jen Clark is going to be doing a follow-up review as well! Here’s are a couple of my tips for using the pouch:
- keep a paper plate handy or use a tidy tray to help corral the dust on your work surface.
- keep clean,Â soft-bristled makeup brush or paintbrush to brush away excess dust. (They sell a cloth for this, but you probably have a make up brush you can wash out and re-purpose.
- if you need to de-stickify a sticker, consider just rubbing your finger on the pouch and then tapping it on the sticker.
So overall, it’s a handy little tool to have around- probably even more so if you use it for it’s original intent to keep printer ink from smudging on multiple surfaces. I’m going to keep mine in a pie-carrier to keep the dust under control though. So do you use a Perfect Crafting Pouch? Or will you stick to baby powder?
A big thank you to Amy at ScraPerfect for the pouches to play with!
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