Monday, December 10, 2012

Holiday Cardmaking Week: My Papercrafting Tools

Good morning, readers! Christmas is steadily approaching, but there's still time to make and send your very own holiday cards this season. This week on the blog is all about one of my very favorite hobbies, and the one that keeps me the busiest this time of year: card-making! Be sure to stop in throughout the week for more papercrafty goodness! But first...

I thought the best way to kick off my carding-spree would be with the very basics, so today I'd like to share a little bit about my most-used paper-crafting tools.

 These are a few of my sharp, cutty things. First, I have a few different kinds of pattern-edged scissors, which are really inexpensive and are great for subtle details such as decorative edging. Second, you'll see my Exacto-Knife, which comes in handy for precision cutting and tracing. Next is my favorite little guy, my Fiskars cutting tool. It's much like an Exacto-knife, but it's a little easier to manipulate and uses the exacto-same blades! Finally, as you may have guessed, one of the tools that ends up getting used the most are scissors. Mine are shears which used to be very sharp, but now say "CRAP SHEARS" along the opposite side so everyone knows that I'm not ruining my good fabric shears to cut up all this crap.

Finally, what's the point of cutting up paper if you can't put it back together? Here are just a few of my favorite adhesives when it comes to paper-crafting. On the far left is my crazy-awesome adhesive dot strip applicator. I found this thing on sale at the dollar store and it was love at first sight. Instead of leaving a solid strip of stickiness, this little guy leaves behind a trail of teeny-tiny sticky dots. Then we have good old-fashioned Tacky Glue, which should be used sparingly and only when adhering card-stock to card-stock, as it tends to seep into thinner papers. While you'll find that any type of glue stick will get the job done 90% of the time, sometimes you need just a little more dimension. When you want to give a layer on your card a subtle pop and make it stand out, you can try Glue Dots, which come in a few different sizes to fit your needs.

There are a few additional basics that do not fall into the cutting and pasting categories. Do you see the gridded surface in my "Holiday Cardmaking Week" image at the top of the page? This is my self-healing cutting mat, which can be found at any craft store, is great for keeping your surfaces safe, and doubles as a measuring tool. Speaking of measuring tools, you're going to need a ruler! I have a sturdy metal ruler to use as a cutting straight-edge, and a plastic one that grips my mat better, to keep from sliding out of place. I also have a few stencils, stamps, and punches that I've collected over time that you just might be seeing more of in the near future!

As always, thanks for reading! I can't wait to teach you a thing or two about making cards this week! ;)

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