Wednesday 8 July 2020

#3 Card Making for Beginners 2020 - The Essential Starter Tool Kit

Hi there everyone,

Today I am continuing my series of posts for beginner card makers and this time we are going to be looking at the products which I feel would make a good starter tool kit. Theoretically all you would need to make a start is stamps, ink and paper (SIP!!) but in reality there are a couple of other things that would make your first attempts a lot easier and give a more professional look!

Today I am not going to talk about stamps and stamp sets - that is a subject for another day. But instead, we will look at everything else you might need. 

If you would rather watch than read I have made a short video showing you everything in more detail which you can view by CLICKING HERE or on the image below. 

But if you like to read - here we go..... to begin with, you will need something to stamp on - card stock or a card blank. And for anyone just starting out, I would recommend a pack of our Whisper White notecards. 

These are made from our thick Whisper White card stock and so are a great weight for stand alone card blanks. And so they have a super smooth surface which means you will get crisp, clear images from your stamping. At only £6.50 for 20 cards and envelopes they are good value too!

The notecards come already scored, ready to fold into card blanks and the next item I am going to recommend will help you to get a really crisp folded edge - a bone folder. This is a really useful piece of kit - you won't be sorry to have bought one!

Next you will need at least one clear block to mount your stamps on. I would initially recommend a "D" block which is a good mid-size block and a lot of stamps will fit on it. Our clear blocks are ergonomically designed and are a pleasure to hold and stamp with, with an indentation to make them easier to hold - this is not the case with a lot of cheaper blocks - ask me how I know!!

A "D" block costs £8.00 and will serve you well. However, if budget permits I would also recommend buying one of our smallest blocks - "A" as well - as this will make stamping with very small images much easier - and it is only £3.75!

And then we get to ink pads. Stampin' Up! have such a fabulous range of 50 colours and if you are like me you will find it hard to choose just a few to start with. And with our full sized pads costing £7.00 it can become quite expensive quite quickly! In our new catalogue, Stampin' Up! has made that a bit easier by introducing a set of Stampin' Spots in 8 of our most popular colours and at a very affordable price of only £22 - that is less than £3.00 each!

However there is one full sized pad that I would definitely recommend and that is a Memento Tuxedo Black pad. 

Next, you may want to consider a mess free way to clean your stamps after inking and our Simply Shammy is brilliant for this - only £7.50 too!

As a paper crafter, another essential item to have in your tool kit is a really sharp pair of scissors. You may already have a pair around the house but if not our Snips will fit the bill!

Before long you are also likely to need some glue and there are a whole range of different ones. Initially I would recommend our Multipurpose Liquid Glue - it does what it says on the tin (!) - it really does serve multiple purposes and can be used for most jobs where an adhesive is needed. 

The other thing I would recommend is a pack of sticky pads or Dimensionals as Stampin Up calls them. These can be used to add a bit of dimension to your projects. Again a very reasonable cost - £3.75 for three sheets which will last forever!

Lastly, I am going to recommend rather an expensive purchase - a paper trimmer. This is a bit of an investment at £23, and whilst you might not need one initially, you soon will find it invaluable. 

I made a video reviewinging our Paper Trimmer when it was first released which you can view here. And it does not only cut, but will also score which will be very useful.

And that is it - well nearly. If you watch my video posted at the top of this page, you will see me talk about a few other bits and pierces which I find useful in my paper crafting - tweezers, cocktail sticks, a small jam jar, a Pringles lid and, of course, a pack of wet wipes to keep those inky fingers clean - watch the video to learn more!!

I hope you have found this list helpful. All the items are listed below and you can click on any of the images to go straight through to my online shop to have a closer look.

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Product List
Bone Folder
Stampin' Mist
Paper Snips
Paper Trimmer

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