When I first started crafting I was a bit daunted by all the craft tools and choices and wanted everything. I didn’t know if I would use everything but I wanted it all. I still get a bit over excited at just the thought of craft supplies and have to sit on my hands a lot of the of the time to stop myself buying everything. My craft storage is groaning at the sides as it is.
So if your starting out, here are the main things I use. Hopefully if your a bit lost on what you need this will give you a bit of an idea on where to start.
Guillotine – I have the 12″ Maxi guillotine and I think its one of the things I use everyday. When I first started out I thought I wouldn’t need one as anyone could cut straight lines. Yeah right. I soon learnt that if it wasn’t important I could straight lines with scissors. But if it was important and for a card then no matter how much I tried I couldn’t cut straight and when I tried to do matting and layering the un-straight lines really showed.
Heat Gun – for heat embossing you need a heat gun. This was something I bought right at the very beginning but took me awhile to appreciate its usefulness. Its main job in my craft room is for using with embossing powders and stamps but I also use it when I have stamped or inked something and impatient for it to dry.
Big Shot – For me this has to be THE main thing in my crafting . I love the variety of things you can do with them. I have the Big Shot which for me works well as I love Tim Holtz dies and they are thinker than most dies but go through nicely in the Bigshot. Though I have to admit I am saving up for a Grand Calibur as the Grand Calibur works up to A4 size.
Dies and Embossing folders. Ohhhhh there is so much yummyness to choose from. Because there is so much choice I started off by deciding what sort of card I wanted to make and then buying the dies for that. Another way is to look at other peoples cards on their blogs or on Pinterest and then looking to see what materials they used. That way you have a better idea how the die will look.
Glues and Adhesives – a variety of glues is a must otherwise nothing stays on. You will soon find your proffered glue of choice. At the moment I am loving the tape pens and glue dots.
Mats, Knives and Rulers are also useful. They are the sort of things you don’t know why you would need them but then find you use them all the time.
I have also discovered there are three ways of getting card stock. First look out for craft magazines as they quiet often give away free card pads in the magazines. Secondly buy in Card Stock is specific colours from a supplier, this is how you wil get the best quality card stock. Lastly you can print your own . These are called digi papers and come in every design and colour. You will need a printer and computer to print them out and take into account your using your own plain paper stock and printer ink. If you want some ideas have a look at Pink Petticoat.
Promarkers. These are my second most favourite thing in crafting. If you ever loved colouring in as a kid you will love colouring in with alcohol pens. There are other varieties like Copics which are more expensive but supposedly the best. And there is also Spectrum Noirs which are slightly cheaper than Promarkers. Promarkers are affordable and do a good job so until I win the lottery I will stick with my Promarkers and Spectrum Noirs. My best advice is to try a pack first that will give you some base colours. Then watch some videos on You Tube to see how others use them.
Inks Pads come in different forms. There are coloured ink pads for inking sentiments and images and there is also inks like Tim Holtz distressed inks. These are used in stamping but mainly for edges to give inked or distressed edges.
Lastly Stamps. Pick a few like sentiments and a few images you like and these will set you up.