To enjoy your paper crafting adventure, it is essential to have good basic tools to work with and to use quality paper and adhesives. Twenty years ago, I began my crafting journey in a corner of the living room and acquired cardstock, tools and paper over time. And while new stuff comes on the market all the time, these are the essentials that I reach for every day. In fact, these things are stored within easy reach from my desk chair — so that they are always handy!
- Paper Snips — One of my favorite techniques is fussy cutting and these sharp scissors are the best for precision cuts. The thin, short blades make it easy to cut in small areas. I love my paper snips so much that I own numerous pairs!!!
- Bone Folder – Another inexpensive tool for scoring, burnishing and distressing paper. The thicker the paper, the more important it is to burnish the score line for a smooth line.
- Stampin’ Trimmer – with smooth grid surface and precision measurements, this lightweight, portable trimmer makes accurate, straight cuts. It has a cutting blade and a scoring blade, that conveniently slide out-of-the-way.
- Heat Tool – I love water coloring and heat embossing, and this tool is slim, sleek, and easy to hold. It has two heat settings: low for drying ink, high for heat-setting embossing powders.
- Punches – I have quite the collection because they are quick and easy to use for embellishments. I particularly love the different label punches and variety of sizes of circle punches. And, many of the Stampin’ Up! punches coordinate with specific stamps sets and designer papers — like the daisy and cat punches.
- Stamp-a-ma-jig – another inexpensive tool that helps with precision stamping especially for red rubber stamps and our well-loved and subsequently stained photopolymer stamp sets.
- Simply Scored with double ball stylus. This board is essential for creating crisp score lines, reducing paper cracks and giving your project a finished look. It works great for making cards, boxes and other 3-D projects. TIP: use the larger ball end of the stylus to create a wider score line, then fold the paper opposite of the valley created by the score line. In other words, fold it with the mountain side inside and the valley side outside.
Of course, it does go without saying that it is essential to use good quality cardstock and papers for your projects. We spend a lot of time creating something special for someone so it needs to last and not fall apart when handled or mailed. Stampin’ Up! cardstock, specialty papers and designer series paper are the best on the market. They coordinate with the ink pads, markers, washi tape and embellishments to make a sharp sophisticated presentation. As a paper crafter, you can feel and see the difference.
All of these tools are available for purchase from my on-line store. Please click on the links provided or the SHOP tab above.
Until next time, sending you crafting hugs and inspiration wishes!