Wednesday, February 17, 2021

What Tools Do You Need to Get Started with Papercrafting?

Most of us have a junk drawer that has a few tools in it. Maybe a screwdriver, a pair of pliers, and a small hammer for hanging pictures on the wall. Maybe you have more.

The tools I have in my stamping room aren't too different really. I have a variety of brushes, scissors, rulers, cutting tools, glues, an assortment of adhesives, water spray bottle, heat gun, rags for clean up, punches, dies, seal healing mats, piercing tools, paper cutter, power strip, and lots more.

Q: What should I do if I just want to give papercrafting a try before I invest lots of money?

A: The simplest of answers is if you want to just try papercrafting out, I would recommend Stampin' Up!s monthly subscription box called Paper Pumpkin. For $22 a month you get practically everything you need to start stamping cards right away. All you have to provide is scissors and glue. With your first kit you get a clear stamping block to attach the photopolymer stamps to. Photopolymer stamps are "see-through" stamps that make it easy to position. All the paper pieces and accessories come prepared for you including envelopes. You even get some adhesives. You get a small ink spot in a coordinating color to go with the kit. The monthly price includes shipping. When you are done making the contents of the kit you have the clear block, ink spot, and stamp set to use again elsewhere. This option is a great way to start building up your supplies.   Click the box image link to begin the sign up process.


Examples of ink spot and quantity of stamps you receive per kit  

Q: If I am truly gonna be serious what should I buy first?

A: Of course, I'm biased towards Stampin' Up! products, but trust me, I've used other brands purchased at the big box craft stores and nothing compares to the quality, durability, and color coordination that Stampin' Up! offers. Like I mentioned in an earlier post this week, their customer service is excellent!

My recommendations is to phase in your purchases as you build your tools and supplies: 
I am happy to provide you with an Annual Catalog, just let me know or check out the attached link in the right margin.

(These Phase 1 products can be purchased through my online store, just click on the hyperlinks.)

Phase 1:  $87.75 plus cost of chosen stamp set, 10% shipping and your sales tax rate.
Paper Snips     $10
Basic White Cardstock  $9.75
Basic White Envelopes  $7.50
Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad $6  and ink refill  $5
A stamp set you like - price varies
Clear Block D at least  $8.50
Adhesives - Multipurpose Liquid Glue $4 and Dimensionals  $4
Simply Shammy  $8
Phase 2:
Select another Stamp Set from a Suite in the Annual Catalog, then purchase the matching Designer Series Paper, add one package of coordinating cardstock, ink and ink refill, and spool of ribbon 
Thick Basic White cardstock
Expand your adhesives with Seal, Mini Dimensionals, and Glue Dots
Take Your Pick Tool
Pearl Basic Jewels
Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Bone Folder
Grid Paper
More Clear Stamp Blocks to expand your set

Phase 3:
Keep adding more cardstock to match your previous selection above
Tear and Tape adhesive
More Embellishments
Score Board for doing boxes, larger quantity of card bases at a time
More Clear Stamp Blocks to expand your set

Then you can decide which of these paths you'd like to take next:

Die Cutting Option:
Cut & Emboss Machine
Embossing Folders
Die sets that match a stamp set 
Take Your Pick Tool Die Brush Tip
Stampin' Pierce Mat

Some match stamp sets
Some are more generic and can be used many ways

Heat Embossing Option:
Heat Gun
Versamark Ink
Embossing Powder

Raised Textures:
Embossing Paste
Basic Pattern Decorative Masks
Palette Knives

Coloring Tools:
Blending Brushes
Sponge Daubers
Stamping Sponges
Sponge Brayers
Stampin' Sprizers
Blender Pens

Coloring Options:
Stampin' Blends
Watercolor Pencils
Stampin' Write Markers

Fancy Papers:
Watercolor Paper
Glimmer Papers

To Make Shaker Cards:
Adhesive Sheets or Foam Adhesive Strips 
Window Sheets
Loose Sequins

As your collection grows - you may see retired stamp sets and more that you have to have. Always check out Ebay, Etsy, Facebook Buy & Sell groups, and there are specific Facebook Groups that do In Search Of/Buying/Selling, so be sure to check those out too! (Just remember there will not be any Stampin' Up! customer service attached with these purchases.)  

I know today's post could be a bit overwhelming, but I wanted you to see an overview of all the possibilities of tools and supplies out there that Stampin' Up! distributes. That way you know what's ahead on the journey to become a full-fledged papercrafter!

Excited to share the journey with you!

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