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I’ve been meaning to make a running list of my favorite craft supplies, so here it is! I will keep this as a living blog and add (or subtract) my favorite things.
If you are just starting out with cardmaking, you know how expensive our hobby can get over time so you may want to cut costs by buying less expensive tools. But I truly think the supplies we use can contribute to the quality of the final product. Not everything is outrageous of course, but of the things that may cost more because they are higher quality, I say treat yo’self and go for it, if you are able! Sometimes the quality or ease of use of the more expensive basic tools makes your cardmaking experience so much better which leads to being a happier crafter which is always the goal! This isn’t to say products not listed here aren’t good; there is so much good stuff out in craft land! This is just my personal preference so far. So here are items I absolutely love and reach for again and again (in absolutely no particular order!)…
I only listed one embossing glaze, alcohol ink, and Catherine Pooler ink pad as examples. I love ALL the colors of each and get inspired each time I reach for one of them!
Here are some of my other favorites sold at various retailers:
Maker Forte bone folder – high quality bone folder that does not leave residue and gives clean creases
Bearly Arts glue – the best liquid glue
Gina K blending brushes – I have several blending brushes and many are good, but I reach for these again and again. I have the large and small brushes for each color family.
Make it by Marko, Layer Cake Blender Brush Caddie – this holds up to 20 brushes and what I use to hold most of my brushes (I have more than 20 brushes)
Spellbinders best ever craft tape – this tape has the *perfect* amount of stick without ripping cardstock
Rabbit Hole Designs, Cottontail embossing powder tool – my favorite anti-static powder tool
Spellbinders pop up foam – my favorite dimension behind die cuts
Accent Opaque white cardstock – all purpose, heavyweight white paper for card bases and card panels
Boxun metallic gel pen – I love the gold and silver pens for detail
Posca white acrylic paint pen – I have so much trouble with white gel pens. No matter the brand, they’ve all stopped working on me. So I use acrylic paint pens instead. I wish the tips were as fine as a gel pen, but they are a great alternative.
Kool Tak, Clear adhesive foam tape – this and other clear foam tape brands offers great dimension behind vellum elements
Find some other suggestions over on the Crafty Tips page. What are some your must have tools? Let me know in the comments!
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