My Craft Essentials, Part 3 – Everything Else

I’ve shared about my cutting tools and adhesives. Now is the time to share about everything else I use in making my greeting cards. Please be reminded that I am not an expert at this and what might be essentials to me might not be essentials to you. It all depends on your style or what kind of arts and crafts you love doing.

What is this everything else I’m talking about? Well, here is the list:

1. Paper

There are different weights of papers and lots of textures and finishes to choose from. The type of paper I use weigh 60lbs at the lightest and 110lbs at the heaviest. There are heavier weight papers but I am not a fan of working with paper weighing more than 110lbs. A lot of times I do lots of layering and I do not want my card to be too heavy. According to wikipedia paper weighing 50lbs – 110lbs is categorized as card stock. Now that you know, don’t get confused when you hear the word card stock. Head here for more information about card stock.

2. Scoreboard and Bone Folder

This board comes with scoring indentations to help you make a clean mark on the card stock you are going to work with. The mark is then your folding guideline and as long as you follow the mark, you’ll always have a clean crisp fold. I own the Martha Stewart scoring board and I love it. It comes with a board,a scoring tool that is also known as a bone folder and an envelope guide. It also has a bone folder storage compartment and a slide at the back on the board to store your envelope guide.

3. Stamps and Acrylic Block

Stamps come in different forms and designs – wood mounted, clings and clear stamps. Wood mounted stamp means that the die (design on the rubber) is attached to a foam cushion and mounted on a piece of wood, making it easy to use. Clings and clear stamps are different. When you buy these stamps, all you get are the dies. Therefore these stamps are cheaper compared to the wood mounted ones. To be able to stamp the image of your cling or clear stamps, you need to temporarily adhere the stamp on to an acrylic block. Tip: Don’t forget to clean your stamp after every use. You can use baby wipes, soap and warm water or the professional stamp cleaner. I always have a wet and dry paper towel ready. Once I stamp an image, I stamp the stamp on the wet paper towel several times to clear the ink, then on to the dry one.

 

 

 

 

4. Stamp-A-Majig

This is a great stamp positioner! Definitely my go-to-tool for precise stamp placement. The set includes a stamp positioner and a plastic. All you have to do is line up the plastic to the corner of your stamp positioner and line the inked stamp to the same corner. Stamp the image on to the plastic. Next, position your plastic to where you want your stamp to be and line the stamp positioner to the corner of the plastic. Lastly, take the plastic away, re-ink your stamp, line it against the stamp positioner and stamp away. Easy right?

5. Ink

There are several types of inks, colors and sizes. My favorites are the Memento from Tsukineko and Ranger’s Archival Ink. I also use Versafine for some detail stamping. For a complete guide to rubber stamp pads and inks please visit Monkey House Hobby for an article written by Der mad Stamper.

6. Embellishment

Anything that adds design interest to the project you’re working on falls under the embellishment category. It can be ANYTHING – ribbon, flowers, feathers, blings, pearls, gemstones, buttons, charms, etc.

7. Versamark Watermark Pad and Pen, Embossing Powder and Heat Tool

I use Versamark Watermark Pad and Pen when I emboss using an embossing powder. Versamark creates a watermark effect and its stickiness helps hold your powder prior to setting it with a heat tool. All you have to do is stamp your stamp with the Versamark before stamping on to the media you are going to work on. Pour the powder over the image and tap off the excess. Set using a heat tool. It will then creates a glossy raised surface as the powder melts. The pen comes in handy when you need to touch up tiny areas you might have missed after heat setting the image. Tip: Remember to lay a paper or some sort of tray under your project when pouring the powder over your image and tapping off the excess. This helps as you need to pour the powder back in to its container. And put the powder away before heat setting it. You don’t want to blow the powder away. Either close the cap or place the powder away when you’re heat setting your project. And clean your stamp afterwards!

I think I have covered all my crafting tools essentials. I hope to be able to share cards tutorials and some new techniques as I learn them.

Thank you for reading!

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