Tool Time Tips: Sanding Block…a true Paper Technicians tool!

Hi All,

Don’t you just love that term Paper Technician?   Makes me and my fellow crafters sound like engineering types or something.  Could make for an interesting line on a resume too…what do you think?

And with a title like that I feel I should be doing Tim the Tool man Taylors –  More Power…ARghhh, Arghhh…ARghhh….

Kinda how I feel about my Big Shot too…but I digress…..


Ah…the lowly sanding block.  One of the more frugally priced tools in the catalog and often overlooked.   Love these little guys and for more than curing a rough nail when an emery board isn’t in sight.

Of course they’re perfect for just what you’d think – sanding rough edges on paper or creating rough surfaces on the paper – otherwise known as distressing.  And before the advent of our new distressing kit the only tool in my SU catalog for making chipboard and DSP die cuts play nice together (i.e. smoothly). 😀

Product Details:

Sanding Blocks – # 103301, $3.50

Quantity:  2 per package
Use to distress paper and card stock and to smooth chipboard before covering with ink or along the edges after paper and chipboard have been joined  together.

 Use with a forward and backward motion. 


Sanding blocks are great for smoothing rough edges that result from tearing perforated paper and if your sanding blocks get dirty, simply wash them under running water.   They can also be used to scuff up new rubber stamps so the ink adheres better to them.



Tip:  As mentioned above the blocks can be used to lightly condition your new stamp images – especially the bold ones with lots of flat spaces that often don’t take the ink as well as you would like.   For best results spray stamp with stamp cleaner and rub with a cloth or use your Stampin’ Scrubber vigorously…this will remove any residue from the manufacturing process.  Then lightly stroke the sanding block across the image to lightly rough up the rubber.  Scrub the stamp once again to get rid of any detritus from the sanding process.  Then ink and stamp.  If you compare the first non conditioned image with the new conditioned image you’ll see quite a difference.  You might also want to apply Versamark ink before inking with your selected color of ink the first few times you use the stamp.  The more viscous (but clear) Versamark will grab and hold onto more of the classic ink as well as adding to the conditioning process of the stamp.   


Other uses for the blocks:

Distressing hodgepodge hardware especially the brads leads to a different more vintage look.  Sanding over a stamped heat embossed image can be cool too, especially with the metallic embossing.    Even sanding over an old photograph can be interesting.   Makes new stuff look old when you add scratches to it.  Probably why the Sanded background stamp seems to be so popular.   Cutting metal Flashing with a Big Shot is pretty popular right now and you can sand those flashing pieces too for an interesting look. 

Here’s Links to a few more techniques and tips:  – distressed pastels – sanded embossed window sheets – sanded glass glitter – conditioning with a block – DSP and  block – distressing paper, brads, etc.


My apologies for the odd spacing and lettering on the post.  WordPress is acting quirky tonight and not it’s usual compliant self.  Silly beast keeps stopping to save every 28 seconds too!  ARGHHHHH!

Hope that gives you a quick overview to an overlooked tool and some fun techniques to try out once you have some blocks of your own.   Of course if you need some I’d be happy to take your order – lol!

Hugs and blessings – Jean


2 Responses

  1. Actually everything looks in great alignment, in spite of what you went through…computers and programs can really frustrate us at times! Thanks for the info on the sanding blocks…true, they don’t stand out well but once you start using them….fun!

  2. Thank you so much Jean for participating in our first blog hop for Puttin’ on the Glitz! We appreciate your comments so much! Winners will be announced on my blog Monday! Wishing you the best!

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