My Favorite Card Making Tools for Beginners, #1 in a Series of My Favorite Tools

I was asked by a viewers Crafts by Pwilli to make a video of my favorite tools.
For card bases: Recollections Heavyweight Card stock 110 lb. from Michaels,  in white, cream or black  $14.99 for 100 sheets (without a coupon.
For layering and techniques:  Georgia Pacific 110 lb card stock from Walmart 150 sheets for $4.88
Colored card stock Recollections 50 sheets 65 lb. weight five colors in a pack $4.99 (without a coupon)
Paper Trimmer— 12″ Cricut paper trimmer $14.99 at Joanns  (without a coupon). Two pack of blades are $4.99 at Joanns without a coupon.  Don’t make the mistake that I made which is buying a smaller paper trimmer when I started making cards.  I thought since cards are small, I wouldn’t need the 12″ trimmer, but if you ever buy 12″ card stock (and you will if you make your own envelopes), then you’ll need the 12″ trimmer.  I recommend this trimmer very highly.
Corner Rounder to make cards that have rounded corners which is popular currently.  Creative Memories ebay for less than $10
Score Board–Martha Stewart large score board  12″ Joanns $24,99 before coupons
Bone Folder–makes a professional crease.  Fiskars bone folder  large head on it so easier to use if you have issues with your hands or wrists $5.99 at Joanns before coupon
Nail file from any drug store or Walmart $1 approximately, gets rid of fuzz on cards
Pokey Tool— (Paper piercing tool)  Lowest price  Ribbon Pro  Pin Needle Detail tool in the clay department and there it’s 99 cents on Ebay,  You use this tool to take the backing off of tear tape, or to poke holes for brads.  There is another option by Tim Holtz and his is much more expensive, but is retractable.
Silicone large Baking Sheet for $1.23 from ebay #142156077801 to use as a craft mat.  Tim Holtz also sells a craft mat that is around $20.  For the price difference, I prefer mine.
Glue Products:
1.  Tape Runner– Tombow Mono Permanent Adhesive $3.89 at Amazon Prime.  I just made a video comparing tape runners and this was the one that outperformed all others.
The big ATG guns I don’t recommend if you have hand issues or are left handed, as you can’t see where you are running the tape as the ATG is between you and the tape.  It is also heavy and cumbersome.
2,  wet glue Martha Stewart wet glue 99 cents at Tuesday Morning,
3,  Tear Tape, double sided tape, Craft Chameleon 1/4″ wide tape  50 yds $3.95 or 20 yds $2.50.  It is a very strong adhesive and works well for albums, scrapbooks, or any card that you need to adhere layers together
4.  Foam Squares $2.00 at a stamp show
5.  Foam Tape (double sided)  Check on ebay or Aliexpress for best prices for the foam squares and foam tape.  Craft Chameleon has good prices for these as well.  You will use foam tape and foam squares to make your card have dimension.
Scissors–Stampin’ Up Paper Snips $10 great for fussy cutting (cutting around small images)
or Fiskars Easy Action 5″ scissors $14.99 at Joanns without a coupon, also great for fussy cutting.  get either of these scissors and you’ll be happy with them.  The easy action scissors are recommended by the Arthritis Foundation.  There is a larger size 10″ for $24.99 as well.
Tim Holtz 6 1/2″ Tonic scissors–great for trimming rubber stamps, cutting through wire etc.  These are great as they have a surface that is non-stick.  $16.99 at Joanns without a coupon
You’ll need both a pair of fussy cutting scissors and the Tim Holtz scissors to trim rubber.

You will want to have Versamark ink for heat embossing and using different mediums like chalk or mica powder on cards
$9.99 at Joanns
Versafine Onyx Black Ink–it’s a very dark black ink and dries slowly so you can use it with embossing powder. It’s the ink most stampers use for stamping their sentiments on cards $9.99 at Joanns
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink- for use with alcohol markers.  So if you intend to color with alcohol markers, you’ll need this ink as others will smear. $6.99 at Joanns

Stamping tools–  Either
Acrylic blocks $14.99 for a set of 4 pc of Recollections blocks  or the
MISTI the ultimate stamping tool that allows you to stamp and re-stamp over it as many times as necessary.  I recommend this tool for people with hand/wrist issues.  $60 My Sweet Petunia.
Tim Holtz is coming out with his version of it that is $34.99.
Stamp Cleanser—make your own with a spray bottle and
10 parts distilled water,1 tsp baby shampoo,1 tsp glycerin that you find in the nail department of Walmart or a drug store.  Put them in your bottle and shake it and you have a great stamp cleaner.  You could also use baby wipes for cleaning your stamps as well.
Blending tool–Harbor Freight Liquidators sells 1″ chip brushes for 69 cents each or $9.99 for 36.  Cut off 3/4″ and make a straight edge on the brush.  You need one for every color family and twice as many if you are going to use dye and pigment inks as you can’t use the same color brush for both types of inks.  I like this tool because I can hold it easily and it leaves a light colored finish behind.
Stamps and Dies–go to Ebay and before shopping elsewhere for them as their prices are lowest.

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