Here is a post I’ve been wanting to share with you for quite some time. There are actually many posts I wish to share with you in this topic – I promise I’m constantly trying to fit them in amongst the regular crafty tutorials!
Today I sharing with you what I keep in my toolbox on my table. This box contains the items I touch each time I make a card. I don’t think I’ve completed a projected that hasn’t used a majority of these items so I keep them within arms reach at all times.
Just so you know, I am not affiliated with any brands or products at the time of this post, so all opinions and suggestions are truly my own.
I have a video to go along with this post, if you’re interested in watching it, I’ll leave the link here:
Let’s get started!
First up, double-sided tape. I feel like this is a staple item for all paper crafters. I grabbed all of mine here:
I typically use The Paper Mill’s 12mm, 9mm and 3mm.
Next up is ink. While I do have a space to store all of my inks, I keep my jet black ink close by as I use it the most. I could not find the exact ink that I use (I think it might no longer be made). So I will link the Lawn Fawn Jet Black Ink, which I know is fantastic, I just need to find a re-inker for mine.
The second I will link is one I have heard great reviews about, and I personally have this one arriving soon in my latest Lawn Fawn order. I will ensure to post my thoughts on it once I have had a chance to use it.
Lawn Fawn Jet Black Ink can be found here: https://www.scrapdragon.com.au/lawn-fawn-premium-ink-pad-jet-black-lf1302
Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink can be found here:
I own a few acrylic blocks. my smallest one gets the most use. I have had it for so long, I honestly can’t remember where I originally got it from, but here is the closest I could find!
Here’s the link: https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Clear-Block-Scrapbooking-Stamp-Essential-Tools-Transparent-Pad-Scale-Acrylic-/274068434130?_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49292
My Ultra-Fine Tip Glue Bottles are my favourite for adhesive application. Not only are they super handy, but they’re super affordable. Here is where I purchased mine from (and as I’m writing this, they’re on sale again!):
To fill these bottles, I use this Kid’s PVA glue. I’m really not sure how much of a difference there is between Kid’s PVA and regular PVA, but it has not affecting my crafting in any way.
I buy mine from here: https://www.bigw.com.au/product/uhu-kids-pva-glue-250ml/p/804954/
Also from Big W, I grab my Frixion Eraseable Pens:
These are great for marking lines where I need to trim my paper as I can rub them away. I personally prefer them to using pencils, which I often find leave smudges.
Next up is another pen with an entirely different use! I love the Wink of Stella pens – they add such a beautiful, even layer of fine shimmer. I have recently received a “White” one, I was meant to reorder “Clear”. White is ok, but I will likely grab myself another clear one too!
I grabbed mine from. here: https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Kuretake-Zig-Wink-of-Stella-Glitter-Brush-Pen-15-Colors-Free-Postage-/192504595386?_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49292
My EK Success Powder Tool has been a much-needed addition to my collection in order for my embossing to be neat and reduce the chances of my shaker elements becoming stuck! There seem to be a few on the market, but I will link my exact one and leave it up to you if you would like to research the other options (some are a bit cheaper!).
My Liquid Stardust is perfect for adding sparkle to my watered down distress inks or for adding silver sparkle to anything and EVERYTHING!:
Tweezers – I have a few sets!
You can find the Cricut Tweezers as part of this set. This set also contains the extra blade and scoring tool for my Cricut trimming tool, and my Cricut scissor, so I won’t do a seperate link for them:
I remember purchasing my purple tweezers from Blitsy, but that store no longer exists. So the closest I could find was this set from Universal Crafts. This brand is great and very budget-friendly, so I can imagine they would be decent quality and do the job well!
Here are the tweezers that I use when embossing. They have a silicone grip on each side, ensuring that the heat from the heat tool doesn’t travel down the metal towards my hands. This is great for my shrink plastic work too, as I find the heat tool is used for longer periods of time. You can find them here:
My white Gelly Roll pens are a must have in my craft stash. My cards just don’t feel complete without them!
This is where I found my 3 pack of assorted sizes, this site has many others too!
Also from Craft Online, here is the link for my X-Acto Knife:
Here are the links for both the Tombow Adhesive Dots Dispenser AND the refills!
Here is the link to my Artline Pen. I have had one of these in the house since high school. They are so handy to have around.
Here is a link to the little spray bottle that I use to water down my distress inks and spritz my backgrounds:
My Marsy Jewel Picker has been so handy when making card with tiny embellishments and sequins! Here is the link:
The last item on my list is my little foam squares. Each time I place an order with craft online, I try to remember to add another packet. I use these up fairly quickly as I am always adding dimension to my card fronts, and I find these the best for that!
That’s all for now!
I hope you find these links helpful or at least the names of each of the products useful to find them on your favourite online craft stores.
I would love to know if there’s anything else you would add to a “must-have” list of crafting tools!
I’ll be back with some tutorials soon,
Bye for now!