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The Basic Card Making Supplies Every Beginner Needs
While you could dive into the world of paper crafting with a pair of scissors, some construction paper and a bottle of white school glue, a few basic paper crafting tools can really take your craft to the next level. By investing in a few beginner card making supplies, you’ll be creating projects with professional results and a lot less frustration!
A paper trimmer is a must for card making and scrapbooking. It keeps your edges straight and square, and makes cutting so much faster. You can find some pretty inexpensive (but perfectly effective) ones at craft stores. Your paper trimmer should have a trimming tool (for cutting paper) and a scoring tool (for creasing paper).
CIRCLE PUNCHES AND OTHER SHAPED PUNCHES
I would recommend getting a variety of sizes of circle punches. They’re great for layering papers for tags and other embellishments on cards. Circle punches come in a wide range of sizes. You can also buy punches in a wide variety of shapes and sizes.
Tip: Flip the punch upside down so you can see the area you are punching out. This will help you get more out of page and punch your circles more accurately.
When attaching photos and paper to cards, scrapbook pages and gift bags, you can’t just use school glue or tape. What you want is something lightweight but strong enough to hold paper together. An adhesive runner, like Tombow, does the trick. This adhesive runner has a solid glue pattern, though the brand also makes a similar tool with a dotted glue pattern, which I think works great.
Before trying this tool, know that it’s not strong enough to hold everything. Don’t use it for gluing on thick embellishments like chipboard or holding together any 3-D projects like boxes.
FOAM ADHESIVE DOTS
Foam adhesive dots are great for emphasizing embellishments. Because of the foam, they elevate elements off the page, really making them pop. Put them behind a sentiment, flower or another embellishment on a card to really bring it to life. They are a great alternative to a hot glue gun with some materials.
PAPER SUPPLIES CARDSTOCK
To craft with paper, you definitely need, well, paper! I like to keep a supply of 8.5″ x 11″ smooth, white cardstock on hand for making cards. Cutting one of these pages in half and folding it makes the perfect sized card. Hint: You can also buy pre-cut and pre-folded cards to save yourself a step.
I prefer smooth cardstock for the base of my cards because you can easily write your sentiment on the inside. However, textured cardstock is great for decorating and embellishing.
For beginners, I recommend buying paper that comes in a paper collection. This way, all the colors and patterns will coordinate — the collection’s pieces are meant to work together. As you become more comfortable mixing patterns and colors, it’s fun to branch out and mix collections.
There are thousands of beautiful paper collections available, and most come with more than just paper, too: The collections often include coordinating embellishments, stickers and more. It makes creating a cohesive card or project so easy. With these supplies, you’ll have enough to get started. Once you’re comfortable using these, you might even graduate to more advanced supplies like digital die cutters or embossing powers.
What are some of your paper crafting must-have tools? Have I left any off the list that you would recommend? Share them with us and fill us in on your faves.
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