Yesterday I posted a pic of some quick cards I made as a gift set over on the facebook page. This is a great idea for using up some of your old coordinating papers and having a cute gift ready to give away as well!
Today on the blog though I thought I would share some of my favourite tools and why I like them. Perhaps you will want to add them to your Christmas wish list or use them as a gift idea for a crafty friend.
Sizzix Big Shot - This is a great machine for using to cut out metal dies and emboss using embossing folders. There are so many different and fun die cuts and embossing folders around from a range of manufacturers.
We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper - this is a great tool for rounding corners and will do more than one sheet of card at a time. It is super easy to use and rounding corners on cards is a great trick for 'adding' something extra to the card without adding any more embellishments. There is a new one out that does a 'reverse' corner so it looks like a notch has been taken out of your paper.
Tim Holtz Design Ruler - This is a fabulous tool for using to create faux stitching by piercing holes in the paper and then joining them up with a pen in any colour. Or you can just leave the lines of holes as is. This adds just a bit more detail to cards and scrapbook pages without a lot of effort. It is also useful as a guide for lining up your embellishments and has a metal edge so you can use it to cut lines with a craft knife. To get the most out of this you would need a paper piercer or needle to use to make the holes.
Prima Ingvild Bolme Distressing Tool - I have a couple of distressing tools but this is my favourite because it is easy to use, has a wire brush on one end you can use for distressing photos or papers, has three different files that you can use for distressing paper etc and getting rid of any rough bits on the edges of chipboard. One side also has an edge for scoring. If you like distressing and the vintage look this is probably a tool you would get a lot of use out of it. I love it.
Kraft Sheet - This is a heat resistant sheet that is really versatile to use. It protects your work surface, you can apply inks or distress stains or mists or water directly to it and then just wipe them off. It is great for using in a bunch of techniques particularly using the distress range of products but with other products too. You can use your heat gun over it and not be worried about it melting. I love mine and wouldn't be without it.
Martha Stewart Scoreboard - This is great for using to create embossed lines on your cards or scrapbook pages to create frames. It is great for clean and simple designs. It can also be used to score in the middle of your cardstock when you are making a card so that when you fold it, the fold is smooth. It is also great for using to make boxes and easel cards.
Mister bottle (filled with water) - having a mister bottle filled with water is an essential for me. It is great for misting water to use with inks, Dylusions Spray Inks, Twinkling H20s, distress markers and I use it on my kraft sheet to create a palete for when I am painting.
We R Memory Keepers Crop-a-dile - This is a great tool for punching holes. It has different size holes and you can also use it to do some dry embossing and make a dotted background. My favourite feature of the crop-a-dile is that I can adjust the settings on the side so that I can make sure that the hole is punched the same distance in from the edge of the paper. This makes things heaps easier when you are making mini-books or albums as you get consistency with every page. You can also use it for setting eyelets.
There are other great tools as well but these are just a few of my favourites. I'll be back later in the week with a card using the Secret Admirer Collection and if I get the time to add some photos to my MME Christmas Album will share that too.
Hope you have a great week!