Top 5 tools for a beginner card maker or crafter and how to use them.
The top 5 tools you need to start crafting.
It is a little overwhelming when you begin crafting because there are so many tools and supplies to choose from. I have put together a list of my top 5 tools for a beginner card maker or crafter and a bit on how I use them.
5 – Scissors.
This may seem like an obvious item but I think a good pair of scissors are essential. I have two sizes of scissors, small snips for detail work and large dress making scissors that I use for cutting large straight lines.
4 – Bone Folder
Very simply a bone folder is a creasing tool and is used to easily score and make crisp folds on paper and cardstock.
3 – Adhesive
For any type of paper craft you will need adhesive and there are a few options to choose from. Wet glue is great for glitter and embellishments and is you a little wiggle room if your placement isn’t correct first time. Double sided tape is exactly as it sounds and can come on a roll or a tape dispenser and will instantly stick. Dimensional’s add dimension to your project adding a 3-d element.
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2 – Pokey Tool
A pokey tool, awl or paper piercing tool is used to add a unique design on your projects but I use it to pick up rhinestones and pearls, to place mini dimensionals and to hold down cardstock when I am heat embossing.
1 – Paper Trimmer
It doesn’t really matter what you are making you are most likely going to need to cut some cardstock, patterned paper or chipboard. To make this job easier an accurate paper trimmer is one of the best tools you can have in your craft room. I struggled when I was first crafting to work out my measurements and it was only when I tried a different trimmer I realised that what a big difference it could make.
So that is my list and I would love to hear what your top tools would be, let me know in the comments.
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