A girl can never have too many tools! So when I heard about I-Rock from Imaginisce, I got curious. I-Rock is an applicator for bling. Just what I need, a marriage of two things I love – Tools + Bling!
|l-r: Jewel-Setter Sticks, Crystal and Stud Heat-Setting Tool, Stencil Kit, Hot Rocks Compact|
The Crystal and Stud Heat-Setting Tool – runs on 3 AA Batteries
The system is very easy to use. First, dip the Jewel Setter Stick into a little bit of water to dampen the tip. Then, pick up a piece of crystal using the tip. You can also opt to use tweezers instead. Please ignore my nails. I know they badly need some loving!
Use the stencil to create a pattern for your crystals. Simply set appropriate size of bling on the hole of the stencil.
Then switch the tool to the “on” position. This does not heat the tip yet. You have to press the small button on the switch to start heating the tool. You have to keep this pressed until the crystal is set, which won’t take longer than a few seconds. Just lightly press the tip of the tool on the crystal to prevent it from sliding. Note that the stencil is made of heat proof material similar to the Ranger Craft Mat or Bazzil Splat Mat.
You can also opt not to use the stencil and just make your own designs.
|Add bling to embellish a stamped image|
|Use the stencil for easy patterns|
Here is one of the finished cards. I used a die cutter to cut the label shape and embossed it using an embossing folder. Then I distressed the edges using Distress Ink. The butterfly is a digital stamp which I colored using Copic Markers, then cut and adhered to the card. I added a handwritten sentiment on a piece of scrap paper. The jewel swirl was created using an I-Rock stencil.
On this second card, I adhered jewels on the butterfly image. Then I applied more jewels randomly on the card using the I-Rock tool.
What can I say? I-Rock rocks!!! Overall, the I-Rock tool is very easy to use. There is a huge selection of crystals, pearls and studs. Different patterned stencils are also available. The Jewel-Setter Sticks are very useful specially for the teeny tiny pieces of crystal. For the bigger pieces of bling, you can either use tweezers or just pick them up with your fingers.
I-Rock products are now available at My Little Attic. Nenette just got the box of goodies late last week so these aren’t posted yet on the website as of this writing. Just send her a quick email to reserve. If you hurry, you might just get your hands on this cool tool.
UPDATE: I-Rock products are already posted at the MLA website. To check them out, click here.