Basic Paper Crafting Supplies

Basic Paper Crafting Supplies

craftsupplies pic from google

A friend, considering getting into card making, recently asked me for a list of the basic tools and supplies she might need.  Some of the items on my list are consumable and/or project-specific, and some are “necessities” that I use all the time.  I also included some of the tools needed for a few of my favorite techniques.  While I am NOT suggesting that a beginner should go out and buy everything on this list, I tried to come up with a list of things I use often.  Consider your needs and buy accordingly, and if you live near me, consider taking a “test drive” with my stuff before buying anything at all!

I’ve included links (in red) on some of the items below so that you can see samples and/or the specific brands I use, but these are by no means the best and/or only choices.


___ Cardstock (base and layering weight)
___ Printed Paper

___ Pen(s) for drawing, journaling, or hand lettering

___ Embellishments (ribbon, stickers, gems, etc.)


Memento Tuxedo Black Ink___ Brown Ink
___ Additional Colors

___ Coloring Tools (markers, colored pencils, water colors, etc)

___ Ink Blending Tool (with refills)

___ Baby Wipes (Alcohol Free)

___ Tape Runner (some people prefer glue)
___ Glue Pen
___ Strong, Double-sided Tape (like Scor Tape)
___ Foam Tape or Pop Dots
___ Glue Dots
___ Repositional Tape and/or Post-It Tape (or post-it notes)

* * * * * * * * * * * *

___ Stamps
___ Acrylic Block(s) and/or Stamp Positioner (I prefer the MISTI, but it’s more expensive)

___ 12″ Guillotine Trimmer (and/or 12″ Sliding Blade Trimmer)
___ Scissors
___ Pencil
___ Ruler
___ Score Board & Bone Folder
___ Craft Mat
___ Rubber Cement Eraser
___ Craft Knife
___ Self-healing Cutting Mat




___ Versamark
___ Anti-Static pad
___ Clothes Pin
___ Heat Tool
___ Embossing Powder (Clear)
___ Stamp(s)

___ Die Cutting/Embossing Machine (like Cuttlebug)
___ Cutting and Embossing Plates (replacements if needed)
___ Embossing Folder(s)

___ Die Cutting/Embossing Machine (like Cuttlebug)
___ Cutting and Embossing Plates (replacements if needed)
___ Embossing Mat
___ Dies
___ Pointy Tool for Weeding
___ Repositional Tape (for positioning dies on cardstock/plate or for adhering intricate dies)
___ Glue Pen (for adhering intricate dies to project)

___ Decorative Punches
___ Decorative Scissors
___ Corner Rounder
___ Decorative Edge Punches
___ Stencils


Did I forget any “must-have” tools or supplies?  Let me know in the comments below.

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(photo above from Google Images)

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