Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Must Have Basic Papercraft Supplies

Hello and welcome to my blog.

If you are on a budget or just starting out on your papercrafting journey, there are some supplies/tools you are going to need.


Trimmer - you will need this for cutting your paper/cardstock to a particular size. Most trimmers have a scoring blade too so you can score your paper/cardstock to get nice fold lines. [Stampin' Up! have announced that a new trimmer is just about here. It is available for pre-order for demos and customers should be able to purchase soon].
Bone Folder - After you have scored your lines, you will need a bone folder to burnish the lines, which will give you beautiful crisp folded edges. In my opinion, it make a difference when you score and burnish (crisp) rather than just folding your cardstock and burnishing (not so crisp).


Adhesive - Comes in all shapes and sizes....tape, liquid, foam pads, glue dots and probably more. The liquid adhesive is my first choice. It gives you wiggle room so if you adhere your paper/cardstock down and it isn't quite straight, you have a small amount of time to fix it.
 

 

Cardstock - You are going to need this to make your project, be it, card or scrapbook page or 3D item...to name a few. A full pack of white is the first colour I would choose, closely followed by black. You can then pick a colour family (Brights, Regals, Neutrals or Subtles) and buy the assorted pack which gives you 2 each of 10 colours. You will quickly discover which colour is your "go to" colour so on your next order, you can order one full pack of say, Melon Mambo (can you guess what colour is MY "go to" colour?!)

Ink: If you are planning to colour your images, I would recommend Stazon. It is permanent and dries super fast. Memento is another good one but needs just a little drying time. Once dry, you can also colour to your hearts content. Whether you are colouring or simply stamping an image, dye ink pads are great. Again, you can start with a colour family and build on from there.

Stamps - There are different types of stamps. SU! sell "Cling" and "Photopolymer". The cling stamps are a red rubber while, photopolymer are transparent. I prefer the photopolymer as I can see exactly where I am stamping but both are good.


Scissors
- another staple in your papercrafting supplies. It is best to have 2. Keep one for paper and one for ribbon. I have a piece of ribbon tied around my ribbon scissors so I don't mix them up.

You can go anywhere from here....embellishments galore, ribbon, embossing powders, punches, dies....etc.

There is no "right" or "wrong" way to papercraft. Everyone has their own style. You will make mistakes along the way (you are not alone, EVERYBODY has done it) and sometimes, that mistake becomes a happy accident.

Go have fun, I say.

Thanks for visiting and have a great day.

Happy crafting,

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