I buy most of my crafting supplies at Simon Says Stamp because they have a wide selection of products that cannot be found in local stores. But I do shop at Joann and Michael’s if I find some products that I need and don’t have to purchase online.
- Stamp Press – my favorite is the Fiskars Stamp Press because it helps me be precise in my stamping and I prefer it over an acrylic block.
- Black Ink – for Copic friendly inks, my favorite is Memento Tuxedo Black ink, but for water-proof and for a crisp, black impression I prefer Versafine Black Onyx ink.
- Colored Ink – my favorite ink lines are the Hero Arts and Simon Says Stamp because they have the same formulation that stamps splotchy but dries smooth, and when combined they have a great color palette.
- Other Ink – Distress Inks are great for techniques with watercolor and ink blending, and Versamark for watermark stamping and heat embossing (it also comes in a pen form).
- Score Board – I use the Martha Steward Score Board because it is large enough for bigger projects or tri-fold cards.
- Adhesives – my favorite tape runner is Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive but I also use the Tombow Mono Permanent Adhesive and the Tombow Mono Removable Adhesive. My favorite liquid adhesives are Ranger Multi Medium Matte Glue, Ranger Glossy Accents, and Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue. My favorite foam adhesive is 3M Scotch Double-Sided Foam Tape. For spray adhesives, I use the Krylon Easy Tack Repositonable Spray Adhesive because it’s great for stencils and stays sticky for multiple uses and I also use the Krylon All Purpose Spray Adhesive for adhering intricate die cuts together.
- Paper Trimmer – I like the Fiskars Premium Cut Line Paper Trimmer because it has a wire to guide you to make precise cuts.
- Scissors – I use the Fiskars Spring-Assist Micro-Tip Scissors because it helps with fussy cutting and doesn’t hurt your hand too much.
- Tweezers – my favorite is the EK Success Craft Tweezers because they stay closed and only have to be pressed to open, so it’s ideal for holding paper while heat embossing or picking up intricate die cuts and gluing them down or laying out sequins on a card.
- Work Surface – I use the Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet all the time when creating cards because I can easily clean it up after I make a mess.
- Cutting Mat – I like the Dahle Self-Healing Cutting Mat and recommend doing what Jennifer McGuire did with her mat and craft sheet. I think it’s a brilliant idea! (She talks about it in her video at 7:23)
- Ruler – my favorite is the C-Thru T Square Ruler because it helps you get straight lines across your paper.
- Stamping Tools – I sometimes use the EK Success Stamp-A-Ma-Jig Stamp Positioner because it helps with perfectly aligning smaller stamps, but I recommend the MISTI Stamping Tool because you can stamp images again if you don’t get a perfect impression easily (and it’s great for stamping on watercolor paper).
- Heat Gun – I recommend the Hero Arts Precision Heat Embossing Gun because it prevents your paper from warping too much if you apply it to the paper when it gets really hot.
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