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Scrapbooking Materials


There are many different materials used in scrapbooking for creating the pages and then adding embellishments to develop a theme for the page or segment of the scrapbook. Some of these materials include cardstock paper, rubber stamps, stickers, photographs, die-cuts and so on. Cardstock usually refers to a heavy-weight, solid paper. The weight of the paper can range from 50 to 110 lbs. The texture is usually smooth, but can be texturized, metallic, or glossy. Cardstock is commonly used in scrapbooking.

Rubber stamping, also called stamping, is a craft in which some type of ink made of dye or pigment is applied to an image or pattern that has been carved, molded, laser engraved or vulcanized, onto a sheet of rubber. The rubber is often mounted onto a more stable object such as a wood or an acrylic block to produce a more solid instrument. The ink coated rubberstamp is then pressed onto any type of medium such that the colored image has now been transferred to the medium. The medium is generally some type of fabric or paper. Other media used are: wood, metal, glass, plastic, rock.

High volume batik uses liquid wax instead of ink on a metal stamp. Commercially available rubber stamps fall into three categories: stamps for use in the office, stamps used for decorating objects or those used as children's toys.

A label (colloquially called sticker) is any kind of tag attached with adhesive to something so as to identify the object or its contents. Labels come in many forms and can be differentiated by the type of adhesive that they use. The most common type is made with a paper stock. Labels have many uses, from product identification to name tags. Special types of labels called digital labels (printed through a digital process) can also have special applications such as radio frequency identification(RFID) tags, security inks, and sandwich process labels.

Ink and base stock color choices commonly conform to the Pantone Matching System (PMS) colors. The Pantone system is very dominant in the label printing industry. Additionally specialty inks such as metallic, UV ink, magnetic ink, and more are available. Ink is usually transparent however it can be made opaque. It has been known for certain companies to patent "their own" color.. Digital labels use process colors to replicate Pantone solid colors. Stickers are very widely used when an object requires identification with a word or idea. Brand stickers may be attached to products to identify those products as coming from a certain company. They may also be used to describe characteristics of the products that would not be obvious from simple examination.

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