Melody Ross Chip Art Tool

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You can create unique debossed and embossed borders, words and designs utilizing the Melody Ross Chip Art tools and metal stamps.

  

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Features:

The collection of metal stamps feature alphabets in a variety of fonts and a wide range of shapes. Used with the basic tools, you can use the stamps to customize raw chipboard. The basic tools include: a mallet, chip art block and punch handle.

 

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The punch handles come in two sizes and you'll need to ensure that you have the right size handle for the metal stamp you wish to use. You can purchase the punch handles separately for around $7.00. However, I personally found it worth the money to purchase the alphabet sets which includs the tool inside.

 

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You'll need a mister filled with water to use the chip art set. Lightly spray the water over the chipboard to dampen it. Note that too much water will cause the chipboard to tear. Before working on my project piece, I practiced on a scrap piece of chipboard. The depth and crispness of the image will vary with the amount of force you use to hit the punch handle with the mallet.

 

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Since other similar metal stamps sets on the market work with metal and wood, I decided to see how well this set would perform. I tried my set on a wood letter and on a sheet of soda can metal. The stamp worked well on the wood but not on the metal. When I used the tool on metal, some images were crisp while others weren't. Perhaps it would fare better on sheets of craft metal.

Overall, I love this tool set. A few of the metal stamps sometimes get stuck on the punch tool. However, I can easily remove the stamp by loosening it with the mallet. I love that I can customize raw chipboard pieces. After the chipboard dries, I went back in and painted the pieces to match my paper craft projects.

 

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Lunch @ a High Altitude by Christy Strickler SuppliesPatterned Paper and Ribbon: Jillibean Soup; Alphas: Webster's Pages; Brads: Fancy Pants; Chipboard: Maya Road; Mist: Ranger; Other: Twine, buttons, hat pins, glass beads, Glossy Accents


Pros:
The cost is comparable to similar stamp sets on the market.
I was easily able to customize raw chipboard.
It also worked on wood die-cuts.

Cons:
The tool is loud! My husband really hates it when I use it around him. This is not something you can use while crafting late at night with your family sleeping.
It didn't work well on the metal I had in my supplies.

Rating:
I give this product a 4 out of 5.