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There are so many paper craft tools available today. It can be confusing when you first start out with your new hobby. Of course, more experienced papercrafters like to know about all the new tools that are coming out.
The same tools can usually be used for card making, scrapbooking and other paper projects. I believe they are certainly worth the initial cost as the proper tool can make all the difference in your papercrafting results.
"To crop or not to crop,
that is the question. ~Author Unknown"
These pages are by no means a complete list but they do tell you about the tools I know and love. These items can often help to make your projects look much more complete, accurate and professional and even make your crafting more satisfying and fun.
I will add to this list as I try out new tools and find ways that help to show you examples of scrapbooking, cardmaking and paper craft tools and/or how they work.
Many of these items featured can be purchased from my Stampin' Up! store (click on the catalogue picture to the right), but I have also tried other brands of useful items out so you may not find everything I mention here in the catalogue.
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I love new paper craft tools.
I have a new tool to talk to you about. It is so new, it won't be generally available till June 2018! But you can find out about it now.
It is the Stamparatus from Stampin' Up!
I just received mine and have been playing with it and putting together some information about it for you. ☺
My Stamparatus sure made getting these cute pandas pretty perfect! I wanted them to be super saturated and black, so I positioned them with the doors of the tool, then used a mask to make sure the two of them held hands right, and reinked and re-stamped to my heart's content.
This is a wedding card so it had to be right!
By the way, this is also an Eclipse card.
All I did was stamp my images, then arrange the word 'love' on top with my Large Letter Alphabet framelits, and send the whole thing through the Big Shot. I took the letters and their little paper chads out, then popped up the main letters with Stampin' Dimensionals. They fit right back into their negative shapes.
The Rich Razzelberry mat underneath the letters subtly provided a bit of depth for my letters too as it just barely peeks through under the letters.
But I digress.
Here's more information about the tools I have in my stash
Here are some of the paper craft tools I currently use:
Box making boards are wonderful for making custom sized boxes and more. You can also make your own boxes without using a board, but a board makes making large number of boxes consistently much easier.
A Die Brush will help you quickly and easily remove cardstock from an intricate Big Shot die. It also helps you clean the die of chads afterwards.
Distressing Tools can add a lot of texture and interest to your paper craft projects.
An Embossing Buddy is a small pillow of fine powder that can help prevent extra glitter or embossing powder from sticking to your project. Just rub it across your cardstock before applying the ink, glue and powders/glitter.
Envelope Punch Boards are wonderful tools for helping you make your own customised envelopes but you can also make your own envelopes if you don't have a punch board yet. If you do have a punch board, here's how to use it.
Heat Guns or Heat Tools are used for a number of surprising purposes but never for drying your pet dog! The tool is much too hot for living things!
Paper Crimpers are tools that easily create handmade embellishments for your papercraft projects. Add dimension and interest with the twist of your wrist!
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Personal Trimmers or Guillotines are very useful for cutting photographs and other paper to size.
I find some of the smaller trimmers are best used for photos only as other types of paper tends to dull the blade.
Choose a larger and heavier guillotine for cutting scrapbook pages and cardstock, especially if you need to handle a large amount of paper cutting for workshops, home classes or other events.
are wonderful tools for cutting longer pieces of paper or card stock. These tools usually have very sharp blades that can be replaced as needed.
Good quality trimmers can complete large numbers of cuts before a replacement blade is necessary, so do choose a trimmer to suit your frequency of use.
Here are some more ideas about maintaining your paper crafting tools:
I hope you gained some information about the types of paper craft tools available and how to use them by reading these pages.
I'll be adding pictures and more pages as I keep discovering more goodies, so do check back often!
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