Basic Paper Crafting Supplies
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.
LIST OF BASIC PAPER CRAFTING TOOLS AND SUPPLIES…
___ Cardstock (base and layering weight)
___ Printed Paper
___ Pen(s) for drawing, journaling, or hand lettering
___ Embellishments (ribbon, stickers, gems, etc.)
___ Coloring Tools (markers, colored pencils, water colors, etc)
___ 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)
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___ 12″ Guillotine Trimmer (and/or 12″ Sliding Blade Trimmer)
___ Score Board & Bone Folder
___ Craft Mat
___ Rubber Cement Eraser
___ Craft Knife
___ Self-healing Cutting Mat
FOR SPECIFIC TECHNIQUES
___ Die Cutting/Embossing Machine (like Cuttlebug)
___ Cutting and Embossing Plates (replacements if needed)
___ Embossing Mat
___ 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
Did I forget any “must-have” tools or supplies? Let me know in the comments below.
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