5 Things You Need: Craft Edition (part 1)


5 things you need: craft edition part one | Thoughtfully Handmade

Last week, I shared my five must-haves to running a business. I wanted to continue the theme and share my some of my favourite crafting supplies as well!

Now, I have a lot, so, I decided to make this a two-parter. These craft supplies aren't organized in any particular order, and all of them are essential to me as a cardmaker and crafter.

Future Yandy speaking! The second part of this blog post will be up on Sunday, October 7, 2018, at 12 am. Click here to go read it if it is after that date!

Craft Matt

In a recent #tipstuesdayTH post on Instagram, I mentioned how a craft matt is an essential tool for me. That hasn't changed and probably won't ever change! The grid lines and size references on mine have been so handy for when I make my cards.

craft matt | 5 Things You Need: Craft Edition pt 1 | Thoughtfully Handmade

I got my favourite craft matt at Michaels, but I've also gotten ones from Amazon.

Paper Trimmer & Scissors

I thought I'd group them into one because they both cut things. A paper trimmer is the best way to ensure your paper is cut straight, unlike scissors. For some reason, scissors always leave a curved edge. Does any else experience this problem?

Fiskars paper trimmer | 5 things you need: craft edition part one | Thoughtfully Handmade

However, scissors are excellent for cutting the small stuff or cutting around something. Working with paper, I can't live without them!

scissors | 5 things you need: craft edition part one | Thoughtfully Handmade

I bought my Fiskars paper trimmer on Amazon, and I have no idea where I got these scissors from, but I'm sure you have a pair lying around!

Bone Folder

My best friend introduced me to this great tool, and once I bought it, I never looked back. 

If you're into bookbinding, you already know how fantastic a bone folder is, but for those of you who don't, it's a stick made of bone (or plastic) that helps with creasing paper.

Please refer to the picture below if you have no idea what I'm talking about because I don't think I'm describing it very well.

bone folder & cardstock | 5 things you need: craft edition part one | Thoughtfully Handmade

Getting one of these have made creasing my card bases a whole lot easier. It's also saved my fingers as I don't have to put as much pressure on them to create that tight crease.

I got mine at Curry's, which is a Canadian art supply store, but I'm sure you can also find one in Amazon.

Cardstock and Patterned Paper

I also grouped these two products in one, because they are both papers. 

Cardstock (pictured above) is what I use as the base for every single card and bookmark that I make (unless the bookmark has a watercolour background). It is incredibly durable and is way thicker than your standard paper.

Patterned papers are what I use to decorate the card base and forms the foundation of my cards. Pictured below are a couple of my favourites!

patterned papers | 5 things you need: craft edition part one | Thoughtfully Handmade

I get all of my paper from Michael's. I typically go when they have a sale, so I can get a bunch of patterns that I like and to stock up on my white, kraft and brown cardstock (my most used card base colours).

Want to see examples of how I use patterned paper in my cards? Feel free to browse my products!

Adhesive

You need something to stick all of the paper together, right? Well, I use three different types of adhesives in my cards.

adhesives | 5 things you need: craft edition part one | Thoughtfully Handmade

The first type of adhesive (far left in the picture) that I use is a roll of Zots. They are glue dots and are perfect for sticking small embellishments.

The second type I use is foam tape (centre in picture). I use it to add dimension to my card designs. 

The third one (far right) is the one I use most often, and that is photo squares. They are double sided tape that is pre-cut into squares. I prefer this over tape rollers because I feel like I'm using less product. 

I buy my Zots, and my photo squares from Michael's and the foam tape is from Curry's.

 

And that's it for this week! I am sharing my other five must-have craft supplies next week, so if you are interested, subscribe to my newsletter or follow my Instagram page to be notified of when that happens!

I've also made a summary infographic so you can easily pin it to your Pinterest board!

5 things you need: craft edition part one | infographic | Thoughtfully Handmade

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