Perfect Crafting Pouch FAQs

Perfect Crafting Pouch FAQs

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GENERAL QUESTIONS
What is the Perfect Crafting Pouch?
How do I use it?
How is this different from the Perfect Printing Pouch?
What’s the difference between the Little Pouch and the Strap n Tap?
Does it only improve inkjet printing?
Why does it come in different colors?
How long does it last?

If I apply too much, does it prevent ink from sticking?
How should I store the pouch?
What if the pouch gets wet
What if the surface gets dirty or ink stained?
Does the pouch leave a lot of residue on my hands or the table?
Any general tips?
Will it definitely improve whatever I use?

PRINTER QUESTIONS

What kind of printer should The Perfect Crafting Pouch be used with?
Will The Perfect Crafting Pouch hurt my printer?
Can I use my inkjet printer on acetate made for copiers?
What printer setting do I use?
Some people say they have no printing issues. Why do I?
What’s your million dollar printing tip? (aka: How to print on scraps…)
STAMPING
QUESTIONS
Is the pouch helpful for stampers?
Did I read it right: I can use pigment ink without a heat gun?
Can I use the pouch to stamp on acetate and acrylic?
Can I use the pouch to stamp on vellum?
What ink should I use with the pouch?
Is the powder affected by heat, like from my embossing gun?

Is this the same as my embossing anti-static bag?
OTHER USES

How can you use the Perfect Crafting Pouch on ribbon,twill tape, or fabric?

What kind of markers or pens?
What does “anti-static” mean for the pouch?
Any examples of using the pouch for anti-static purposes?
What do you mean by “sticker de-activator?
What do you mean it’s a ‘Release Agent’?
What kinds of casting material can use with the pouch?
Can I use the pouch with oven-baked and air dried polymer clay?
Can I use the pouch in candle molds with wax?
SAFETY
QUESTIONS
Is there a disclaimer?
Can I use the pouch on computer equipment & CD’s for anti-static purposes?
Is the powder toxic?
Is the powders safe for to breathe?
I am allergic to talcum powder. Is this a problem?
Is the powder archivally safe?
Is the pouch scented, or does it release fumes, or VOC’s?
Is it dangerous if I get it in my eyes?


What is the Perfect Crafting Pouch?
The Pouch is the”printing, stamping, ink-drying, embossing, anti-static, clay-releasing, sticker-deactivating Multi-Purpose Crafting Tool”. Often described as a felt ‘ravioli’ filled with a special formula of acid-free, talc-free, non-toxic powders, it:

Stops bleeding of wet inks
Video:Stops Bleeding
Stops smearing of wet inks. Video: Stops Smearing
Dries inks instantly in a variety of applications

Stops static cling for glitter & embossing powders Video:Stops Static Cling
Works as a release agent for polymer clay and other modeling compounds Video:Stop Clay from Sticking
Deactivates stickers and adhesive residues. Video: Sticker De-Activator
For an overview of what the Perfect Crafting Pouch does… Video:Pouch 101
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How do I use it?
Simply wipe or tap the Pouch to release a fine coating of powders. Whether you pre-treat your surface or apply it afterwards depends upon what you are using the pouch to do. For example, you pre-treat paper before inkjet printing, but you apply it to pigment ink after stamping to instantly dry it. You apply it to your molds and stamps to stop clay from sticking, and you apply it to tape runner to stop stickiness after adhering fibers.
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How is this different from the Perfect Printing Pouch?
The name, directions and packaging were changed to better describe the product. The Pouch was initially marketed to improve inkjet printing and speed drying. Through the years, it keeps solving more and more issues. Sure, it is incredible at improving inkjet printing, but it was time to recognize that it did so many distinctly different things. The new name and labeling helps crafters gets better use out of the product.

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What’s the difference between the Little Pouch and the Strap•n•Tap?
Both styles essentially do the same things but it’s a matter of which is easier to use with what you intend to do. Both styles are lined to keep hands neat.
The Little Pouch is about 2”x3” and is held upright to neatly treat smaller areas such as titles and journaling boxes, ribbon and Popsicle sticks. It is less expensive.
The Strap•n•Tap is 3”x3.5”, lays flat, and makes treating larger surfaces like whole sheets of paper faster and easier. It’s also easier to dry pigment images and apply it to work surfaces for clay. It contains twice as much powders so it last longer, it is more expensive, and cuter!

So you see, while it would be difficult & tedious to try to treat full sheets of paper with the Little Pouch, it could be messier to treat ribbon with the Strap n Tap. It is easier to dry stamped pigment ink images with the Strap n Tap, and may be easier to deactivate small stickers with the Little Pouch. If I had to choose one, I’d pick the Strap n Tap–but really, I use both!
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Does it only improve inkjet printing?
No. The Perfect Printing Pouch improves printing and speeds drying with many forms of ink. There is no need to purchase a whole new set of ‘vellum markers’ since the pouch makes writing with regular markers crisp and dark like you are writing on cardstock. Try it with gel pens, stamp inks, permanent and water-based markers–even fabric markers! Testing has been limited to wet ink printers. (Lasers anyone?)
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Why does it come in different colors?
The different colors of the pouch are for fun not function; the contents of the pouches are all the same. Since we believe “variety is the spice of life” and “to each her own”, we make it available in an assortment of colors. (Purple lovers rejoice!)

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How long does it last?
Since very little is used in each application, it lasts a very long time. It’s hard to say how long as it depends upon how much and how often it is used. It typically lasts many years. The contents do not expire–they just eventually run out. It’s like using powdered blush. You use so little that it seems to last forever…then one day, you notice it’s running out. Unless you’ve loaned it out or lost it, eventually, the pouch will be empty. Then you can buy a new
clean one!
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If I put too much, does it prevent ink from sticking?
No, but it will be messy, wasteful, and might be disruptive to your printer.

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How should I store the Pouch?
It’s recommended you store it back in the zip bag it comes in. (That said, it comes in, I prefer to leave mine in a soap dish on my work table so it’s always handy. I’ve never had an issue doing that even in humid Northeast summers, and a longtime fan in Florida does the same.)

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What if the pouch gets wet?
That will not be good at all. Definitely, keep it dry!

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What if the surface gets dirty or ink stained?
It might look bad, but unless you get something on the surface which transfers to your next project, it should be fine.

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Does the pouch leave a lot of residue on my hands or the table?
Although it works by leaving a light coating of powders, a lot of consideration went into the design to keep it neat and tidy to use. Impervious linings keep hands powder-free, and the choice of material limits powder seepage. Try to apply the minimum you can to still have it work–especially when using it in a printer. You will need to tap and apply a lot more powders when stamping onto fabric than you would when inkjet printing onto vellum, which requires an extremely minimal coating. If you do see any visible traces on your final project, we recommend the Perfect Cleaning Cloth which attracts the powders like a magnet attracts iron filings.

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Any general tips?
1. Use less than you think you need and do a test. If you need more, you’ll know. Pretty quickly, you’ll get a feel for how little or how much you need.
2. Use a soap dish to rest the pouch in and keep it handy so you’ll think to use it more often.
3. Set the Strap N Tap upside-down to prevent any powders from leaking! (The lining will be between powder and the table.)
4. Watch our videos. While not cinematically acclaimed, they are very informative.

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Will it definitely improve whatever I use?
No, not everything, but If you have inking issues, this should be the first thing you reach for. It does an amazing job on so many materials, but you may get varying results with different types & brands of inks, papers, and with different materials. Also, it may take some experimentation to see what printer setting to use, how much powder you need, or which markers are improved most on what papers.
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What kind of printer should The Perfect Crafting Pouch be used with?
The pouch is used with any brand of ink jet printer on surfaces which cause the ink to resist, smear, bleed, or dry too slowly. Note: Just because you can use your printer to print perfectly on most any surface, doesn’t mean you should. Tortillas are delicious and may even be printable but your printer was designed for paper. Treat your printer with care and use some restraint. If you want to print on wood, use a marker. Wood just isn’t a good idea for inkjet printers!
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Will the Perfect Crafting Pouch hurt my printer?
While we won’t guarantee that it is printer-safe, you can see from the testimonials that it’s been used for years, all over the world for this purpose and people are . However, we will not be responsible for any damage caused by using anything not specifically recommended in your printer’s user manual.

Here’s what Epson Printers wrote:
“Hot tip:
For any vellums you encounter which resist being printed, we recommend you try “The Perfect Printing Pouch.” It is a pouch filled with a formula of acid-free, talc-free, non-toxic powders. Prior to printing, lightly tap the pouch over the area where you wish to print to release the powder onto the vellum surface. The powder makes the ink adhere to the paper and speeds drying. It works well on patterned, coated, and colored vellum as well as on many glossy, textured, handmade and coated papers. We recommend that after using the pouch, run a plain sheet of paper through your printer to remove any excess powder from the inside of your printer. Available online at www.scraperfect.com or by calling 866-644-4435.”
~ Reprinted from the Epson Print Lab Series Booklet: Scrapbook Projects
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Can I use my inkjet printer on acetate made for copiers?
We’ve even printed on 35mm film negatives with our inkjet printer which looks really cool for travel projects. But while the pouch may improve the print quality on transparency film, a spray fixative is necessary to prevent the ink from rubbing off. After treating the transparency with the pouch and printing on normal settings, let the ink dry thoroughly. If you want to remove the powder, lightly dab with the Perfect Cleaning Cloth or a soft brush after the ink is completely dry, before spraying the fixative.

Note: Polyester film, such as film negatives and ‘write-on’ transparencies are acid free and archivally safe. Most ink jet transparencies are treated with acid to create an inkjet-friendly matte surface, and are not acid free. If archival-safety is important to you, use uncoated ‘write on’ film, or make sure the packaging specifies ‘archivally-safe’.
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What printer setting do I use?
After pre-treating your paper with the pouch, use the automatic settings or try plain paper settings with normal print quality and see which is better. Do not use transparency/draft/economy settings even for vellum because in trying to speed drying and reduce smearing, those settings lay down the least amount of ink possible; therefore if you want the dark, full bold lettering and still have quick drying ink, simply use the Pouch. Since the pouch contains a drying agent, you will not have to use a heat gun or do anything special to speed the drying. Remember to use as little as possible, yet enough to work, and blow or shake the paper to remove excess.

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Some people say they have no printing issues. Why do I?
First, some people haven’t yet run into difficulty if they haven’t tried fancier papers such as pearly vellums or mulberry paper. Secondly, some people say they don’t have a problem, but they simply don’t realize their printing could be greatly improved. Thirdly, there are significant differences between ink and paper brands in how they work and how long they take to dry. Previously, one customer only purchased plain white office supply vellum because it was the only one which printed decently for her although it still took a long time to dry; since discovering the pouch, she is ecstatic to be able to use any pretty vellum she finds and it always dries perfectly. VIDEO: Wedding Invite Disaster Averted!
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What’s your million dollar printing tip? (aka: How to print on scraps…)
This trick saves vellum, specialty papers, and lets you print on little tags or create embellishments without wasting whole sheets of paper. Use your word processing software to write in a ‘text box’ of the perfect size for your project. Place the text box more or less in the center of the page. Print on regular inkjet paper to create a template-of-sorts. Then cut or tear a piece of specialty paper just large enough to cover the writing, and adhere on top of it with masking tape, temporarily re-positionable spray adhesive or tape runner. Treat with the Pouch before returning the paper to the printer, making sure to feed it in so that it will print again on top of the treated specialty paper. Reprint. Remove from the inkjet paper. (If you used a spray adhesive, you can remove it from the inkjet paper and simply place it onto your project.)
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Is the Pouch helpful for stampers?
Yes! For example, use it to…
Stop bleeding when stamping on fabric, ribbon, and twill tape.

Work as a release agent when stamping into clay. VIDEO:
Make the image crisper when stamping onto handmade papers.
Stamp over a heat embossed image without resistance.
Give traction when stamping on slick media.
Stamp on coated and treated surfaces which resist ink.
Dry ink fast.
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Did I read it right: I can use pigment ink without a heat gun?
Yes, the ink has a soft, chalky appearance. the Strap N Tap style is easiest for this purpose. Just make sure you have enough powder on the surface of the pouch so the ink won’t dirty the pouch. Tap it on your table or storage dish to release more powder, if necessary. Then tap on the wet image. The powders instantly dry the ink enough to over-stamp without concern of bleeding & smudging, or simply leave as is. Follow with the Perfect Cleaning Cloth to remove excess powder.

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Can I use the pouch to stamp on acetate and acrylic?
Yes, and you may find it improves the results by giving traction to slick surfaces. But either use a solvent ink (like Staz-On) or you must spray with a fixative afterwards so the ink doesn’t rub off.

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Can I use the pouch to stamp on vellum?
Yes, but remember that results vary types and brands of inks and paper. One customer was so excited with her results that she actually sent in a comparison printing on vellum using Tim Holtz Distress InksTM. On the flip side, we’ve used one brand of ink that looked worse. Experiment!

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What ink should I use to stamp with the pouch?
Try any ink that you have–dye, pigment, hybrid , alcohol, or even wet colorants like those from Earth Safe FinishesTM or JacquardTM. You may be pleasantly surprised at what you can do, but expect results to vary based upon the type, brand, and media that you’re stamping. If you are experiencing an inking issue, simply do a test first. If the pouch doesn’t help, probably nothing will.

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Is the powder affected by heat, like from my embossing gun?
Nope! It’s great to use before heat embossing to stop stray grains from sticking to the paper.
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Is this the same as my embossing anti-static bag?
No, they are not the same, but the Perfect Crafting Pouch is good or better than other embossing “friends” to eliminate static. It works marvelously well to prevent stray grains of embossing powder and other fine bling from sticking where you don’t want them. These products may appear similar in how they are used, but the active ingredients are very different. The Perfect Crafting Pouch does so many more things that stop static, though as an anti-static bag, it’s much, much neater to use!
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How can you use the Perfect Crafting Pouch on ribbon, twill tape, or fabric?
Pre-treat with the pouch by thoroughly embedding the powders into the grain of the fabric. You may need more than you typically use on paper. When you stamp, use markers, or an inkjet printer, you will see a tremendous difference–even with fabric markers intended not to bleed!
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What kind of markers or pens?
The Pouch stops bleeding and makes printing crisper with all sorts of different brands and types of inks.
We were astounded at the results of permanent fabric markers when we wrote on polyester twill tape; those Marvy Uchida pigmented, permanent markers are sold for writing on fabric!

We use our regular markers (i.e. ZigTM fade-proof, archival, non-bleeding Writers and TombowTM Dual Brush non-bleeding, water-based markers) to get bold, crisp results equal to specialty vellum markers.

A customer emailed us her results of using the Pouch with CopicTM Markers because she was excited at how it stopped the notorious bleeding carmine red alcohol ink on non Copic-friendly papers. See darker, richer writing with gel pens on vellum as well. Again, experiment and have fun!
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What does “anti-static” mean for the pouch?
Just like hair sticks to a balloon or skirts stick to pantyhose, embossing powders, glitter and other fine bling stick by static to project surfaces. Just treat first with the pouch and static cling is gone. Use it prior to stamping and heat embossing, and before applying glue for glitter, flock, seed beads, or other bling. Use it on funnel trays so seed beads slide easily down the funnel. Egg decorators love it before applying glue to the shells. (To remove any visible residual powders, use The Perfect Cleaning Cloth after the glue is dry and after the embossing powder is heated.)
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Any examples of using the pouch for anti-static purposes?
Apply the pouch to an acetate sheet and stamp with Staz-onTM. (The pouch adds “traction” to reduce slippage on slick surfaces.) Turn the acetate over and apply the Perfect Crafting Pouch to the back side. Embellish the image with the Best Glue Ever and apply glitter. The glitter only sticks to the glue because the pouch has eliminated the static on the acetate. After the glue dries, wipe both sides of the acetate with The Perfect Cleaning Cloth to remove the visible traces of anti-static powder and any unstuck glitter.

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What do you mean by “sticker de-activator?
There are several related uses…When you’ve used a sticker-adhesive machine, there are often stray little stickies around your die cut letters. Simply adhere the letters to the project and then tap with your pouch to make the sticky remnants not sticky. Or apply a 3-d dot to the back of an unexciting sticker, leaving the release paper on the dot. Apply the pouch to the back to un-sticky the sticker. Remove the release paper and you have a cute, 3-d embellishment. Or use sticker as a mask. This is a cool idea when you have lots of unmatched or boring letter stickers. Lightly apply the pouch to the back and place the letters onto your project. Apply ink all over and around them. (Wipe off the letters with a paper towel if they don’t dry quickly enough.) You can easily lift and dispose of the pouch treated stickers to reveal the un-inked negative space.
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What do you mean it’s a ‘Release Agent’?
Clays tends to stick to stamps, rolling pins, molds, cutters, and the table! Simply tap the pouch onto the surfaces to release a fine dusting of powders. Voila! No more sticking! If you’ve never stamped into clay, you should try it. Make very cute alphabets and embellishments stamping into polymer or paper-based clays.

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What kinds of casting material can use with the pouch?
WOW! Cool question and it sounds fun…but we have no idea. Please let us know what you find out!

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Can I use the pouch with oven-baked and air dried polymer clay?
Yes! It is a very neat way of stopping the clays from sticking to tools and work surfaces.

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Can I use the pouch in candle molds with wax?
Never tried it so please let us know!

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Is there a disclaimer?
Yes. ScraPerfect is not responsible for damages caused by improper usage, or printing on surfaces not recommended in your printer’s user guide. Although many of us have been doing it for years, use at your own risk when putting any foreign material into your printer.
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Can I use the pouch on computer equipment & CD’s for anti-static purposes?
NO! NO! NO! The powder would damage those delicate surfaces! You can use our Perfect Cleaning Cloth which safely cleans these surfaces without chemicals.
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Is the powder toxic?
No, it’s non-toxic. It’s still not great to eat as although ingestion may result in obstruction or temporary irritation of the digestive tract.

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Are the powders safe for to breathe?
The Pouch is filled with non-irritating, non-reactive ingredients, but people with compromised breathing may want to limit how vigorously they tap to limit excessive airborne concentrations of the dust. (Although my daughter with asthma has never had any reaction, it is possible, however unlikely, that others may.)

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I am allergic to talcum powder. Is this a problem with the pouch?
No, the pouch is talc free!

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Is the powder archivally-safe?
Yes, it’s pH neutral or slightly buffering.

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Is the pouch scented, or does it release fumes or VOC’s?
No. It is completely odorless and inert.

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Is it dangerous if I get it in my eyes?
Direct contact may cause mechanical irritation. If you get it in your eyes, it will be like getting sand or other particles of dirt in your eye. It will not feel good; it could irritate or even scratch the eye, but it is not chemically stinging.
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