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Craft Kit

One of our members e-mailed me asking as a new cardmaker what she needed to  get as a basic crafting kit. That is such an individual thing, I’m sure everyone’s is different, but here are the things I use most.

Scissors

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Craft Kit

I use these huge Fiskars scissors for nearly all my cutting. I know they are big, but I love them!

The Tim Holtz scissors are non-stick, so I use those for cutting my double sided tape, and for cutting wire and things that might damage my Fiskars.

These little Cutterbee scissors have a really pointed end, and are great for getting right in to corners for decoupage.

Rulers

I use retractable pencils as they stay nice and sharp. I have a Judikins ruler for cutting along, as it has a metal edge, and the grid printed on it is great for lining up. However, I don’t find it very quick and easy to see the measurements, so I have a cheap plastic one I use for most of my measuring.

Cutters

I have a heavy duty Dahle guillotine for cutting several sheets, or thicker card.


I also have two Fiskars Euro Trimmers. These are really useful - you can cut apertures easily with them too. The reason I have two is I keep one with a scoring blade in, and one with a cutting blade. Extravagant I know!


I also have my Fiskars knife which I use with a self healing cutting mat - obviously the pictures here are not in proportion - that would be extremely scary!

Adhesives

I do use double sided tape from time to time, but mostly I use my ATG gun. Although it looks big and cumbersome, it really is very light and extremely easy to use. A roll of tape just goes on and on, lasting for ages!

I use Hi-Tack PVA glue, which I transfer into my Fine Tip applicator


I also use Glossy Accents a lot - and it now comes in small bottles which are a lot nicer to hold, and don’t get blocked as easily.

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