Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Top 25 Cardmaking Supplies Day 2

After yesterday's foundation of basic cardmaking/scrapbooking/papercrafting supplies, today we're going to go to the next layer. 

1. Archival Ink - Of course you need a basic black ink.  This one by Ranger happens to be my favorite.  Once you stamp your image on paper, you normally have to clean your stamp relatively immediately of course.  Not with Archival!  It comes off so clean it's fantastic because I'm lazy.  Also, the staple black is a very pure black, and resistant against products such as Adirondack Alcohol Ink. 

2. Distress Ink - As if you don't know about this fun stuff already, it is one of my favorite products and I use it on almost everything.  I have one of those obsessive type issues, where if there is a product in several colors I must have all of them.  Needless to say, I have all of them. Okay! AGH all but TWO which I will get.  I must!

Sorry, I got distracted.  I like this ink because I find it to be useful for several things.  Of course to distress paper, but I also like to use it on the edges of paper flower punches to make them look more realistic.  I also use them with another product, which I will mention soon.

3. Hero Arts Stamps - Of course now you will need stamps for your card making and whatnot.  There are three types of stamps: wood mounted (also called rubber), cling, and clear.  Hope this doesn't start a war, but for the most part I think wood mounted stamps are stupid.  They take up so much space, and are more expensive overall (obviously, as you are paying for the wood too).  I find it much better to have just a couple acrylic blocks and tons of flat clear stamps that can easily be stored in a binder. 

Hero Arts is a favorite brand of mine, and I also enjoy Tim Holtz' stamps, and 7gypsies.  But really I like anything that's cute, unique, or on sale.

4. Ranger Craft Mat - This is a great product that goes along with the Distress Inks.  When using Distress Inks along the edge of paper, it's easiest to do so with both an Inkssentials applicator tool and this mat.  The easiest and smoothest application is to ink up the foam on the tool and start off the paper in a circular motion.  This will prevent square marks from going on the page.  The mat will protect your table's surface, and messes wipe away easily.

Tip: for those trying to be cheap frugal, do NOT try to use wax paper.  I talked about this in a previous post, and it just doesn't work.  Not just for the annoyance factor of having to continually get out fresh sheets, but primarily because the ink will bleed through wax paper.

5. Pentel Markers - Speaking of staring wars, this one might spark a few.  Now I know that Copic Markers are where its at for the majority of papercrafters.  To be honest, they are great.  But to be realistic, they are extremely expensive.  In order for Copic Markers to be most effective, 3 shades of each color must be purchased as they are designed to blend with each other.  A quick Google search told me that a set of 12 markers can be found for around $57 online.  That's $4.75 per EACH marker. 

Needless to say, it's a bit much.  Don't get me wrong, I'd love to have them, and I'm sure those that do say they're indispensable.  For now I think I do just fine with a set of Pentel Markers, about $34 for a set of 36.
Hope you enjoyed the next layer of card making, check back tomorrow for ideas on how to top it off! 


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