Paper craft supplies - there are only a few basics needed to start paper crafting. As you get into the hobby you may want to experiment and create with the many exciting tools and materials available.
If you are already an avid paper crafter you probably have boxes, cupboards or even a room full of equipment, tools and materials.
I think there is no such thing as too much paper…. but thankfully paper crafting is a hobby that you can start inexpensively.
You may already have some of the basic tools and you can start with a small supply of card and paper. You can supplement any bought materials with recycled papers, card and embellishments.
Start with plain white and colored papers and from there build up a stash that suits your paper crafting requirements. You can recycle brown paper packaging and tissue papers. I use old envelopes and brochures in my bookmaking.
There are specialist papers for all your paper crafting projects : acid and lignin free scrapbooking papers, handmade papers, vellum, crepe and tissue, origami papers etc.
Card stock is available in different thicknesses. I use a medium to heavy weight for making cards so they are stable, especially when I add a lot of embellishment. For 3D decoupage I use a lighter weight so I can shape the edges. Card also has different surfaces. I like to use smooth card for stamping, coloring and printing on. Textured surfaces add variety to your projects.
You can start with a glue stick and pva glue and then buy other adhesives as you need them. Useful adhesives to buy are 3D foam pads or tape, double sided tape - regular and the super sticky red tape, low tack tape and silicone craft glue.
You can manage with one pair but it is useful to have different pairs for different jobs.
A large pair for cutting sheets of paper. Small ones for finer jobs - decoupage scissors are good for this. I keep one pair of scissors just for cutting sticky stuff e.g. foam pads and red double sided tape, so I don't get my paper cutting scissors sticky.
I mainly use disposable, retractable knives. When the blade is blunt you just snap it off and the new sharp one is ready to use. A fine tipped scalpel knife is useful for cutting out fiddly and tiny shapes.
I recommend a clear metal edged ruler, try and find one marked with centimetres and inches. A ruler without a metal edge will get cuts and nicks in it when you cut along its edge.
These are necessary to protect your work surface if you are cutting with a craft knife. You can buy rubber self healing mats or glass mats. A larger size is useful if you are going to cut 12 x 12" papers.
This is a small plastic tool used to make folds in card. See instructions here for scoring and folding. You can use an alternative, for example a toothbrush handle or the back of the spoon.
Once you have your basic paper craft supplies there are many extras you might like to buy that enable you to try different techniques.
Some of my favorites are:
crop a dile
ATG tape adhesive gun
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