I broke this up into 2 parts because there is SO much information that I wanted to share with you 🙂 You can find Part 2 right HERE.
When I began paper crafting (card making) many years ago I wish someone would have told me what tools would be best. So I bought things here and there…and most were a waste of money.
So, if you are as confused as I was at the time…this blog post is for you!
And FYI – there are SO many options of everything out there – I will hone in on the top 2/3 that I love the best.
When cutting your card stock a paper trimmer with a sharp blade is a must. Nothing worse than your paper tearing or getting rough edges. My faves are:
Next up are Die Cut Machines. A die cut machine gives the pressure needed to cut out your die and emboss your cardstock.
A die cut is metal with edges that will cut into the paper to give you the shapes that you need. There are thousands and thousands of die cuts available to buy.
You put your cardstock inside of an embossing folder, run it through your machine and voila, you have an embossed image. An example of an embossing folder is on the left.
There are many die cut machines on the market. My personal faves are:
There seems to be as many colors of cardstock as there are stars in the sky! When choosing cardstock it is important to look for a few things. 1) Weight of the cardstock. 80-110 pound is best. The higher the weight the thicker the cardstock. I use Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110 # Cardstock for my card bases because it makes for a very sturdy card. At that point an 80# cardstock for die cuts is perfect.
My faves for colored cardstock are:
Stamping Platforms are a relatively new tool in the stamping/inking world. And they are a game changer. Stamping images has never been easier. You can line them up and make sure they are straight AND stamp multiple times and know that it will all line up. My faves are:
Another one of those ‘as many of the stars' scenarios. There are liquid glues, tape runner glues, glue sticks, glue pens, glue bottles…you get the picture. I tend to use liquid glue most of the time. With liquid glue you can lay down tiny dots (with the small tip applicator) or cover large areas. If you have heavy weight cardstock you will not see where you apply your dots of glue because the cardstock will not warp.
You can check out ALL the glues that Simon Says Stamp (one of my fave for paper crafting supplies) right HERE. In the meantime my faves liquid are:
A few other adhesives that I use and love are:
Check out Part 2 right here where I will go over #'s 6-10. Inks Pads, Stamp Sets, Dies, Embossing Tools and a few random tools that I love.
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