Hello Everyone !
I hope you are well 🙂
I told you I had a post idea in mind and I indeed wanted to list for you the basics of what you need to start crafting cards. I want to put a warning here: I have not started yesterday. This needs time to gather and some of the things I use will maybe be completely useless for you. But I often see people on the net showing their crafting room, which is cool.
If I don’t know what all the stuff they have is for, though, it won’t help me much to get started 🙂
So here we go, a little glimpse in my world to bring you shortly in my crafty corner ! Click on the thumbnails to read the details 😉
I hope you enjoy it, next week I start with the videos, promised !
See you tomorrow
Card Stock and Designer paper. The basis of all your work. And this is also where you should pay attention. The quality makes a world of difference about how YOU work and also how your card will look at the end. Do not hesitate to add some cents to get good card stock
A work surface. Mine is the cheapest you can think of, as it is originally a kitchen work surface. But it is glass, so it does not keep cuts, it is easy to clean, and it also looks super for background of my photos on the blog. Or not ? 🙂
Glues. Only a sample of the tons I have. Ultimately my absolute favorite is Tombow. Cosmic Shimmer is great but the cap system is just too annoying when I work, and I end up with glue on my fingers constantly. So definitely, Tombow, which offers a pen side for precision work, and a wider side for big surfaces. I just love it and have always some in more in advance in stock.
Tweezers. I have different sorts, but the ones with the ribbon are the one I use constantly and they never leave my table. I use them to hold things while I heat emboss, stamp, glue, everything. It keeps your fingers clean and the work sharp. Absolute must have.
A Guillotine. German engineering precision is this one, present of my husband who had enough to hear me pissed off by my old trimmer when I ended up with irregular and imprecise cuts. I just love this one. The blade is just amazingly sharp and the graduations on it makes my life so easier !
Scoring board and trimmer, this one does both at the same time. You can find scoring boards only or trimmers only. I was looking for a big one (this one is 12 inches x 12 inches, which is about 30 cm x 30 cm and I am so happy to have found it. I used to not see the point of a scoring board until I got myself a small one. And ended up wanting immediately a big one ! What is it for ? Well as it says, to score. You mark the card where you want a fold to be created and it makes it so much more nice and sharp and neat. MUST HAVE !
Bone folders and spatulas. Once you have scored your card you need to fold it. And to get a sharp crease, no better way than using a bone folder. Also absolutely genius to go in the edges (when building boxes for example). The spatula can be used for many things, also for folding. I use it to make sure my glue is evenly spread and all the corners are glued right in place.
Scissors: another MUST HAVE. I have several, those are my favorites. Silhouette Scissor for precision cuts of little shapes and so on, or anti static version for acetate or other sticky surfaces.
Metal ruler, pencil, cutter and scalpel. Those are the little extras you could live without, but you are so happy to have them when you need them.
Baby wipes 🙂 Why ? to clean your hands after stamping or painting for example without running to the bathroom but also to clean quickly your stamps before storing them again. I use them also to clean my work surface when glue is on it.
Embossing folders and stencils. Preparing your card stock: Either by dry embossing to give it a nice background effect and shadows, either by using stencil painting effects which give another look to the easiest and pale white card stock.
Acrylic bloc: This is the base on which you will glue your clear stamps before using them. It helps you keeping them in place but also making sure you stamp straight. (align with the borders)
Stamps. Clear or not, adhesive or not. There are a lot of stamps out there. You will use them to add a picture you may paint afterwards or a sentiment to give a destination to your card (birthday, wedding, etc.)
Who says stamp says also ink pad ! There are so different sorts. So far I have loved those the most: Artoz for the amazingly quick dry, Distress Ink for the intensity of the colors, and finally I Zink for the facility to heat emboss. By the way my heat gun is missing in the picture, it died two days ago and I am waiting for the new one :/
Embossing powders and glitters. To Complement stamps: Embossing powders to be heat and give a nice shiny glow in dimension. Glitter after some dots of glue to make the wow effect shiny 🙂
Delivered with different foam pads to switch between colors, it is absolutely a must have to blend colors from stamp and create shady effects. Love this !
Coloring solutions. You can choose the one you feel the most confident with: Water coloring (pick a special card stock in that case) pencils blending, or alcohol markers. I have bought myself Spectrum Noir markers recently, and I am just so in love with them. It is MY advise if you want to have a wow effect on your pictures 🙂
Corner punch, notch punch. To round edges and create notch. As it says xD
Hot Glue Gun. Another must have if you want to put some dimensional elements on your card like paper flowers, etc. They will never move again with this. Mine is from Pattex, and I find it soooooooo practical, economical. My advise !
Die Cutting Machine. Well we enter a different price category of tools here. I paid mine 99 EUR, which is relatively cheap, there are several bundles existing and several machines too. The Big Shot is one of the standards. I do so much with it. Cutting delicate ornaments, forms and shapes, embossing my card, etc. It is really the thing I cannot work without. But it is an investment. Up to you to look what you need 😉
Washi tape: Temporary tape which you can remove easily. I use it to keep in place my elements when I use stencils, die cuts, etc. Can live without but makes all so easier 😉
Die Cuts, big forms. I have tried to spare at the beginning, buying cheap die cuts. I end up having so much problems I go back always to Sizzix and Spellbinders, my big favorite. They are a bit pricy (about 12 to 20 EUR each pack) but the result is just so much better.
Die Cuts, small bits. I keep those in a small drawer to have them by hand. They are so small (sentiments, little circles for ribbons, etc.) It is easier this way for me.
Paper piercer and paper embossing tool. To release your cuts from the die cuts if they are not going alone, or give shape to flat flowers you create, etc. Must Have
Tapes. I have lots different. My favorite are Elisabeth that I order somewhere in the US (must find where to get it in Europa) and foam tape that I abuse of xD. The little snail from Tesa is also very practical for little works
Decorations. I could not put a photo of all I have it would take another 20. But flowers (from my beloved WildOrchidCraft.co.uk or plastics small pieces of decoration, rim stones, pearls, etc.
Ribbons. I have so much this is a bit chaos to keep the overview but here are the remaining bits I have and use for projects where I just need a small bit.