OK, maybe I could live without these Top 5 Tools, but cardmaking would be so much harder without them! If you're just starting out, or even if you've been stamping for a while, take a look to see if there's anything on the list that would make your paper crafting both more efficient and fun!
Paper Snips are the best scissors ever for cutting out images easily and precisely. The thin, sharp blades make my cutting skills look really good. They cut accurately all the way to the pointed ends, and make it possible to snip around even the smallest details in a stamped image. The handles are comfortable in my hand, and the blades snap into a cover so both the blades and my fingers are protected.
This lightweight, compact Paper Cutter is perhaps my hardest working tool in the studio. When I'm designing and making cards, or prepping materials for a class, it really gets a workout. I have other cutters, but this is the one I use 99% of the time. It's my go-to cutter because the lines on the base allow me to make sure my card stock is lined up perfectly straight, and I get accurate cuts every time. Plus it takes up very little space on my limited horizontal surfaces.
If you've seen any of my tutorials, you know how much I use the Stamp-a-ma-jig! The first time my upline showed it to me, I was sold. I'm a bit of a perfectionist, and being able to position a stamped image precisely where I want it every time is a necessity! I know some stampers think it's too much trouble to use, but it actually saves me a lot of time because I don't have to do things over when they come out crooked!
I post this video on how to use the Stamp-a-ma-jig on almost every tutorial page I publish.
Using Grid Paper as a work surface allows me to line things up squarely and evenly. I use it constantly as a guide for positioning images with the Stamp-a-ma-jig, marking lines for sentiments and embellishments, aligning layers, and mounting stamps on blocks. It is also handy for writing down measurements and adding fractions as I design cards.
Stampin' Scrub is the easiest way to keep stamps clean I've ever come across. It has a two-sided tray with removable scrub pads–one wet and one dry. Stampin' Mist cleaner and rubber conditioner is sprayed on the wet side. I scrub the inky stamp across the wet surface, then across the dry one. Then I stamp any residual color off on scratch paper. When the pads get too inky, I rinse them under the kitchen sprayer, then let them dry. Stampin' Scrub is a simple yet ingenious system that keeps my stamps in great condition.
If you don't have these tools in your craft room, you definitely need to order them. Click Here to go to my Online Stampin' Up! Store, or click on each image to go directly to the page where you'll find that item.
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