Friday, August 31, 2012

Top Ten - Craft Supplies

Crafting Supplies

 Most people don't know where to start - there is an infinite amount of money you spend at Michaels on cardmaking or scrapbooking supplies. But you don't need everything. Only really a few key items will give you SO MUCH versatility and usefulness. I am listing my top picks for cardmaking/general crafting. This list would be a little bit different if you are more into actual scrapbooking.

1) Designer Paper. Suggestion: buy a "pack" of it, that is double sided, and all the colours coordinate. Stick with these colour themes, so make sure you pick something you love/with broad appeal. (Ie: colours include, purple, blue, green, white)

2) White cardstock. This will be the background/actual card, so make sure its a stiff lb of paper. Stampin' Up sells 80lb cardstock, which is just perfect, but harder to find at Michaels

3) Coloured cardstock. Suggestion: get one or two shades of cardstock, that will match with the paper you've selected. Perhaps opposite spectrum (male/female colours, like a purple and a blue)

4) Paper Trimmer/Cutter.

5) Dark Brown or Black ink pad.

6) 1 or 2 very multi-purposeful images (stamps). Suggestion: A large flower set, or something with geometric shapes. Something you can invision working for a ladies birthday card or a thank you card, or a thinking of you card, etc.

7) adhesive tape runner AND sticky strip (red backed double sided tape)

8) 1 or 2 shaped punches. Suggestion: a scallop circle, a basic flower, or a circle

9) 1 set of markers (crayola/crafting/anything) OR a few coloured ink pads. Suggestion: start with red, green, blue, purple. Either stamp your images in colour, or colour in an image stamped in black or brown.

10) A few small "3D" embellishments. Suggestion: a packet of buttons, or coloured brads, or a spool of thin twine

TIP: Don't buy a "words" stamp set, until you are very sure you will use it. It is very easy to pick a cool font, print off any wording you like, cut out, "frame up" on coloured paper, and adhere to card. 

Believe me, you can make unending amounts of things with just these few supplies. It will keep your husbands happy that you aren't blowing all the discretionary money too:-)

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