Friday, January 25, 2019

New Year, New Hobby?

It's about this time that people start to try new things.  Some hit the gym, vow to eat clean and run marathons; I can not help you with that.  What I can help you with, is card making, scrap booking, memory keeping and even planning!

SO, if you're looking for a new hobby that involves the latter, I'm your girl - keep reading.

There are so many different supplies and tools on the market that it can be confusing where and how to get started.  I thought I'd pop in and give you tips on my favourite products, what I use and what I  recommend to my customers.

The only other thing I will say is, you get what you pay for.  Sure you can buy all of these supplies at the local cheap shop, BUT trust me when I say (because tried to craft on the cheap too) the adhesive loses its stick, and the card stock changes colour.

What do you need to get started?

Card Stock:
You'll need something for your card base, more often than not, I use Whisper White A4 Thick Card Stock; $13.50 for 24 sheets (also available in Very Vanilla).  It is entirely up to you what size card you make.  I try to stick to something that will fit inside a C6 envelope. Which is mostly 4"x6" or 10cm x 15cm or half of an A4 sheet.

https://www3.stampinup.com/ecweb/product/140490/whisper-white-a4-thick-cardstock

Trimmer & Paper Snips:
You're going to need something to cut those bases with, right?  I have owned many trimmers in the time I've been crafting - the Stampin' Trimmer is by far the best.  Spare cutting and scoring blades are available as well as replacement cutting mats.

https://www3.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=129722&dbwsdemoid=4010072
 
I always have a few pairs of scissors around, one cheap nasty pair for cutting adhesive if needed, one pair of paper snips for ribbon and twines and another pair just for fussy cutting.  I love our paper snips because of the fine tip, I can get all the way into the finest design, using the whole blade.

I recommend labeling them somehow, I just use washi tape with "ribbon" written on it and the adhesive ones are kept separate.  Clean your adhesive scissors often, using eucalyptus oil.
https://www3.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=103579&dbwsdemoid=4010072

Adhesive:
I keep a few different types on hand depending on my project.  I always have Snail Adhesive on hand for if I'm making a card as I'm running out the door to see family for their birthday (yes I'm a terrible person!) because it's quick and simple to use and a little bit forgiving is you need to lift your paper to re-position.  I keep Tear & Tape on hand because it's easy to use and is nice and strong for all textures of paper.  And Dimensionals, I looooove layers, and Dimensionals are my absolute favourite product for this, I use one for a little bit of lift but sometimes I'm known to stack two for extra lift.
https://www3.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=104332&dbwsdemoid=4010072
Snail Adhesive Refills also available

https://www3.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=138995&dbwsdemoid=4010072

Tear & Tape, Perfect for boxes and 3D items.
https://www3.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=104430&dbwsdemoid=4010072 
Dimensionals, 300 per pack

There are many types of adhesive available on the market, and over the years I've used my fair share these three are my favourite, especially for ease of use.


Patterned Paper:
Although this is not an absolute necessity your cards will look fantastic with a layer of texture provided by your choice of patterned paper.

https://www3.stampinup.com/ecweb/products/32301/designer-series-paper,-stacks,-and-coordinating-cardstock

Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper


Accents & Embellishments:
Accents & Embellishements are a personal thing.  Each card you make will be different, some will need "something extra" and some won't.  I like to add a few Basic Rhinestones or Basic Pearls to my cards, almost as a "full stop" at the very end of my project.

https://www3.stampinup.com/ecweb/product/144220/rhinestone-basic-jewels

Rhinestone Basics


Sizzix Big Shot™:
I cannot craft without mine!  My Big Shot™sits right beside me as I craft, embossing is an awesome way to add dimension and texture to your cards.  Lots of Stamp Sets have matching Framelits available too, make gorgeous gift bag embellishments and tags - I honestly could not be without it.
https://www3.stampinup.com/ECWeb/CategoryPage.aspx?categoryid=31600&dbwsdemoid=4010072
And last by definitely not least, STAMPS!  

I would be the worst Stampin' Up!® Demonstrator ever if I didn't mention what Stampin' Up!® do best... While I think it's important that the message on the inside of your card is handwritten, there are some great sentiment stamps in different fonts and sizes.  And as mentioned above, lots of stamp sets have matching framelits - saving you from fussy cutting your images.

https://www3.stampinup.com/ecweb/product/144783/painted-harvest-photopolymer-stamp-set

Painted Harvest, available in Photopolymer

So, there you have it.  My go-to items to for Card Making, the only thing you need is your imagination, and if you're having a mind blank - check out my Pinterest Boards and I am sure that you'll find something that inspires you.

Thank you for popping in,  if you know of someone who would like to read this post please share it with them.  If there is anything that I've featured that you'd like to purchase, click on it and you'll be taken to my online store.
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