Top 10 things a new crafter needs.

  • by craftingwithhannahj
  • 07 Apr, 2017

Are you new to crafting?

When you start out in crafting it can be overwhelming trying to figure out what you need, what is best. I know for me when I got into crafting anytime I went out shopping any crafty thing I saw, I bought it! I ended up with so much random stuff that I didn’t really have any use and I still haven’t used.
Depending on your craft your top go to tools will vary, for me, I mostly do papercrafts I have put together my top 10 things I think a new crafter needs.
1.Paper Trimmer.
This is an essential tool for accurately cutting your cardstock, paper and depending which trimmer you get, you can even cut chipboard.
 
 
2. Scissors
Again scissors are necessary for pretty much any craft that you do. An important point to remember is if you are going to be cutting paper and material you need to have a separate pair for each. If you use one pair for both it will not cut properly, you will end up with frayed edges, I have no idea why this happens but trust me it does. I have three pairs, small snips a large pair and one just for ribbon.

3.Bone Folder
A bone folder is a simple little tool for scoring and making crisp folds on paper and cardstock. I didn’t realize how much I actually used it until I recently lost my favourite one, I had to order a new one straight. I have other ones that I could have used but they just didn’t feel as nice to use!
 
4.Wet Glue
Particularly as a new crafter it can be difficult to get things lined up so using a wet glue is perfect as it gives you a bit of wiggle room before it’s stuck. A glue that dries clear is best just in case you get glue where you don’t want it! You also want it to be acid and lignin free so it does not damage any or your precious photo’s.
 
5.Cardstock
There are so many different brands and places you can buy cardstock from, for me the most important thing I look for is cracking. If you make a lovely project the last thing you want is for your score lines to crack, a good quality card stock will not crack when you score and fold it.
6.Ink Pads
When it comes to ink the choice is massive, I have done a whole video talking about the different types of ink which you can watch  here . When shopping for ink pads it’s a good idea to buy the reinker at the same time so you don’t run out of your favourite ink half way through a project.
7.Stampin Scrub
If you are working with stamps a stamp cleaner is essential, you don’t want to just use baby wipes. They don’t fully clean your stamps and I have been told over time they will damage your stamps. The Stampin’ Scrub has washable, plush, black fibre scrub pads to clean even very detailed stamps.
 
8.Double sided tape/tape runner
Tape runners and double-sided tape are basically the same thing, they have different strengths depending on which one you get. I recently found Sookwang on Etsy, they are the manufacturer of Scor Tape which I cannot get shipped to the UK unless I pay a small fortune. I brought, you have to wait a little time for delivery as it ships from Korea but the quality is fantastic. You can find Sookwang Tape   here .
 
9.Cutting Mat
For most crafts you do you are going to want to protect your work surface, the two most common choices are a glass cutting mat or a self-healing mat. Which one you choose is totally personal preferences, glass mats are very easy to keep clean but they are slippery. Self healing mats can stain and the markings can fade after cleaning but they are non slip.
10.Score Board
When I was looking for a score board the one thing that was most important was the increments on the board, I work in inches and I wanted it to have down to 1/4″ increments but believe it or not that was really hard to find. So many of the boards I found only had score lines for specific folds, a gatefold, a box etc and for me that was not good enough. This may not be the first thing on the list but it is essential for exact score lines.
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Now I have called this the top 10 things you need but in reality the only thing you really need is imagination and to want craft and fun so whatever enables you to do that is all you really need.

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