This week I wanted to do some posts sharing some of my favorite card making supplies. I will do a 5 day series of 5 items per day with links to each item and a description of why I like it. I'm going to start with the basics: what is needed for the structure of making a card. Let's get to it!
1. Fiskars Sure Cut 12 Inch Craft Paper Trimmer - This trimmer serves my purposes well. It is 6 inches wide regularly. but extends out to 12 inches to cut 12x12 scrapbook paper. I like this feature because it helps save space. The blade is sharp, I haven't had to replace it yet and I've had it for quite awhile and use it heavily. Another great feature is that there are markings all over the base for commonly used cuts. The base stays down without jumping while cutting.
2. EK Success Herma Dotto Adhesive - This is my favorite rolling adhesive. It is available in both permanent and repositionable, and works fantastic. The actual tool is a touch more expensive, but I feel it is worth it. It feels great in the hand, and has a smooth and steady application. With other adhesive rollers, sometimes the tape sticks out of its path, the tape runs out quickly, or the tape is difficult to replace. Not with the Herma.
3. Elmer's Craft bond Paper Craft Glue Gel - Speaking of adhesive, I also use this glue very frequently. I use this on any surface that may need some extra hold, or something that using a tape dispenser will not be practical (like handmade paper flowers, which I will discuss on another post). I will use Fabric & Paper Glue (on the right) for things like flat-back gems and adhering ribbon to paper.
4. Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Squares Variety Pack - Admittedly, I'm not necessarily sold on a particular brand, the only thing I make sure I do is buy a variety pack that has both small and large squares. It's great for giving a little 3D pop to cards (or scrapbook pages).
5. Corner Punch - This link will take you to Fiskars Round Corner Punch, but I have some random no name brand that works just fine. This is another of those basic papercrafting needs. A rounded corner isn't always necessary, but it gives a softer look to your project. I also have some other corner punches from Fiskars, with different finishes. They can give a completely different look to papers and photos.
You will note that I refrained from including paper. I know many that swear by Bazzill Basics, and while I like it, I honestly will use any paper I get my hands on (or you know, whatever's on sale).
The basics can be boring, but they really are the foundation to cardmaking, scrapbooking, and other papercrafting projects. Out of these categories are there any of these products you also own and enjoy? Or is there another brand you'd prefer to defend?