- I have made a rough list of items you may need to do card crafting. Starting with the first tool in the list I want to explain a little about how each tool can be used. 1The bone folder is an asset in making a clean crease in the spine of your card. You fold your card stock that has been cut to the proper size and scored, and using the bone folder you can press down the spine of your card making a crisp fold. The bone folder can also be used to smooth out surfaces that have been glued.
2. The paper snips are just scissors to trim edges, cut ribbon, or baker’s twine with. You just need a useable pair of scissors.
3. The paper trimmer gives you both the ability to score card stock ( which is just putting a slight groove in your card stock so that it can be folded more easily). Usually I take an entire sheet of heavy card stock and line it up so that I can score at 4 1/4″ which is exactly one half of the 8 1/2″ side. Next I turn it to the 11″ side and cut at 5 1/2″. This way I get two card bases out of one sheet of card stock. It saves time to do it this way. There are other orientations that one can cut, but this will give you the card base for your ordinary A-2 size. card. This trimmer has a blade for cutting and another part for scoring.
4. Take Your Pick Tool can be used to pick up gems, or dimensionals which is what I use it most for. It also has a spatula that comes in handy sometimes.
5. The clear block set is a group of all the blocks available either as a group as shown here, or one can purchase these blocks separately. You will either need some of these or the stamparatus to stamp with.
6. The Stamparatus has two plates that enables you to do two step stamping more easily. Once one gets the stamps lined up on the Stamparatus one can stamp several cards or parts of cards at a time. It makes stamping the same item over and over much faster.
7. The heat tool is needed to melt embossing powder, or to dry water colored items.
8. I am showing you the Label Me Pretty Punch because it is one of my favorites. There are several punches with different designs that one might like. It it is a quick and easy way to make a label for your card especially if purchasing a die cutting/ embossing machine is not in ones budget.
9. The last two items are the cut and emboss machines. Stampin’ UP offers this machine in two sizes. These are not to be confused with embossing powder in item 7. The machines use embossing folders that leave imprints on your card stock. These are the machines that have two plates that you use to make a “sandwich”. First, place your card stock on one plate and lay the die on top sharp side down, then the second plate on top of the die. Next you run it through the machine. The embossing folders are basically done the same way except the card stock goes in the folder. Sometimes adjustments have to be made for thickness.
As for the supplies, it depends on what you want to do.
1. Of course card stock is a must. You might want a pack of Basic White Thick card stock for your card base.
2. A pack of multi colored card stock that you like would be good. There are several to choose from.
3. A pack of co-ordinating designer paper would be good if you like designs.
4. You definitely will need some glue and maybe a tape runner.
5. A stamp set with or without dies. You can make lots of pretty cards from just one stamp set.
6. Of course you will need ink. I suggest Tuxedo Black by Memento. This is good for general stamping and it is the ink you need when coloring with Blends.
7. You might want to purchase a few of the alcohol markers called Blends to color with. Just be careful to purchase the colors that match your card stock and designer series paper.
8. You will need something to clean your stamps with. Simply Shammy will clean your stamps with just water. There are other ways to clean your stamps. Baby wipes will clean them but you may have a little lint left on your stamp.
These are just some starter items. Remember if you watch my videos I will give you a list of everything you need for the project of am demonstrating. Also, remember that Stampin’ UP co-ordinates colors across the board. Their card stock will having matching designer paper, markers, etc. That is the best thing that Stampin’ UP does in my opinion.