Tools & Tips

There is a saying "You're only as good as your tools" and that's so right when it comes to paper crafting. 

I would go as far as also saying that your work is only as good as the quality of your materials as well. 


I thought it would be useful to list which tools & adhesives I use on a regular basis and the reasons why I love them so much. You can click on any of the pictures for more details or to purchase them from my online shop.

If you have any questions, please add these using the comments section at the end and I will answer them to the best of my ability!




#1 STAMPIN' SCRUB ® & STAMPIN' MIST ®
The easiest and most effective way to clean your clear mount, wood mount or photopolymer stamps. Spritz one side with the Stampin' Mist ® and scrub your stamp on the pad. Then use the dry pad to remove any liquid or ink left on the stamp. Every now and then just rinse both pads under the tap until the water runs clear and let it air dry. So simple and quick, I literally couldn't craft without this.
#2 STAMPIN' TRIMMER & REPLACEMENT BLADES
There are lots of trimmers on the market and I have owned several of them. I can't explain why but I get the best results with this trimmer - my cuts are always at perfect right angles. Just make sure you always have a spare set of cutting and scoring blades stashed away in the little compartment underneath. I once got caught out and had to make a few cards with a blunt blade. 

Watch the video below for a quick demonstration!


#3 SIMPLY SCORED
The perfect tool for making boxes and scoring perfect lines. Whilst the Stampin' Trimmer has a scoring blade, I tend to prefer to use this to score my cardstock. Just remember this uses imperial measurements - but there are also 2 other plates you can insert for diagonal lines and a metric scoring plate.
#4 BONE FOLDER
Once you have scored your cardstock or paper in preparation for folding, you'll need to burnish the lines with this handy little bone folder so the folds are sharp. 
#5 PAPER SNIPS
These are cute little scissors, perfect for detailed work. Just be careful as those blades are sharp!
Paper Snips
£8.95

#6 GRID PAPER

Perfect for protecting your work surfaces and for writing quick notes/measurements as you are crafting. Ideal for placing on tables when holding a workshop. You get 100 sheets so they won't run out in a hurry.

Top Tip - Use the grid paper to help line up your clear mount of photopolymer stamps onto your clear blocks.
#7 ENVELOPE PUNCH BOARD
This little gem means you can make your cards whatever size you like as now you can make an envelope to fit your card perfectly. 

Watch the video to see how its done!

Envelope Punch Board
£17.95


#8 PAPER PIERCING TOOL & STAMPIN' PIERCE MAT
The paper piercing tool and Stampin' Pierce mat is all you need to create paper piecing patterns on your projects. If you want to take it a step further then check out the paper piercing plastic templates that coordinate with stamp sets and punches.

Top Tip - Place your paper piercing mat under your cardstock when using your photopolymer stamps to get a clean crisp image.

Stampin' Pierce Mat
£4.50
#9 BIG SHOT DIE CUT MACHINE & MAGNETIC PLATFORM
This is an essential but expensive piece of equipment for all paper crafters. Die cut shapes using framelits, edgelits and thinlits and emboss cardstock using embossing folders. The magnetic platform is a must if using framelits to die cut stamped images.

Watch the video to find out how this machine works!




#10 STAMP-A-MA-JIG
This is the perfect tool to keep you from ever ruining a whole project with one crooked image! The stamp positioner gives you the ability to place an image exactly where you want it, every time.
#11 HEAT TOOL & EMBOSSING BUDDY ®
If you are going to do any embossing then you'll need a heat tool to melt the powder. The Embossing Buddy ® will help keep unwanted flecks of embossing powder or glitter from sticking to the paper. 

Top Tip - Rub the Embossing Buddy over the surface of a bold image stamp to help it accept ink evenly.

#12 CIRCLE HANDHELD PUNCH
These handheld punches are perfect for punching precise holes into your projects. Different sizes are available so you can have the perfect size hole for placing your brads or threading through your ribbons.


#1 TOMBOW MULTI PURPOSE ADHESIVE
This is probably my favourite adhesive. Its easy to apply and you have two different nozzles to choose from. I like how you get a couple of seconds of wiggle room to position your piece perfectly before the adhesive sets. 
#2 STAMPIN' DIMENSIONALS ®
These little hexagon shaped foam pads are perfect to give your projects dimension. I love these as they are quick and easy to pick up and place. The backing sheets are also really easy to peel off.

Top Tip - Layer the Stampin' Dimensionals® to create a deeper dimension and remember to use up the edges so you don't waste a thing!

#3 MINI GLUE DOTS
I just love these mini glue dots, they are great at fixing ribbon into place and also little flowers or shapes that you are adding to your project. They are so much easier to work with then similar brands...the glue dot is a lot firmer and easier to pick up and place.


Top Tip Use the Paper Piercing Tool or Simply Scored Stylus to pick up and accurately place the glue dots.
#4 SNAIL ADHESIVE ® & REFILL
Perfect for quick projects or demonstrations. Although I don't recommend that you use SNAIL Adhesive ® when making boxes that are for heavy contents. The glue may not always be strong enough to hold the contents.
#5 FAST FUSE & REFILL
Super strength adhesive, perfect for making boxes or quick projects where you need the adhesive to be strong.

#6 STAMPIN' GLUE STICKS

Just like a prit stick but instead of being round it is diamond shaped so you can get glue into those hard to reach corners.

Stampin' Glue Sticks
#7 ADHESIVE REMOVER
So you've just finished making a card and you've noticed that some dried adhesive is visible. This adhesive remover tool works just like an eraser to rub away any dried glue from your projects.
ANY QUESTIONS? 
If you have any questions about any of these tools & adhesives, please post them under comments or click here to contact me by email

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