Hello my crafty friends! Today I am going to share with you my favorite tools for crafting. I will provide links to as many products as possible. These are not affiliate links, I provide them to enable your crafty shopping. I have quite a few, so let’s get started!
First up in my Big Kick, which is very similar to a Big Shot. To be honest, I really don’t know the difference. I don’t know where I’d be without this machine. It cuts, it embosses, it is just amazing. I really love using my metal shim from Simon Says Stamp, it makes die cutting intricate dies a breeze. If you are to get any accessories for your Big Kick/Big Shot, this would be on the top of my list. I only just got this less than a year ago but I haven’t stopped using it since. It saved me so much when I was working on Christmas card orders with tons of very intricate snowflake die cuts that the cards required.
Another product I CAN NOT live without is my Santoro London Gorjuss Girl Self Healing Cutting Mat and Craft Knife. One side is measured in centimeters and the other side is measured in inches and broken up into quarter inches. When I bought this it came with extra blades for the craft knife but since I mainly use the knife for peeling the backing off of my Scor Tape, I haven’t had to replace it yet. The mat is spongey but sturdy and makes crafting really nice. The only thing is that I have to use my paper craft mat for when I am doing things like ink blending because if I do it on the cutting mat it will get all over the back of the card and stain other cards which I really don’t want to deal with. I know there are a lot of cutting mats out there and I think once you find the one you really love, your crafting will be changed. For good, I mean.
I’m sure by now, everyone and their mother owns a stamp positioner of some shape and form but I really love my MISTI Stamping Tool by My Sweet Petunia. As you can see from this picture, this product has been used and abused through the years I’ve had it. I prefer the bar magnets to the circular ones because I feel they have better hold on the paper. I laminated on of the grid sheets in the MISTI so I could mark up various ways to line my cards up. Also pictured is one of the Picket Fence Studio Life Changing Blending Brush that I got in one of the Simon Says Stamp card kits. I have found these brushes to be really great at creating a soft background. NO MORE HARSH LINES, I love it! Finally, the Crystal Kubaton which I purchased at this year’s IMATS. Up until this point I had been using nail gem tools to pick up my gems, pearls, and sequins. I had tried the Marvy Jewel Picker but it lost it’s stick and no matter what I tried, I couldn’t get it back. This is amazing, it’s twist up so the tip is always protected when you’re not using it. If it looses it’s point all you have to do is use a pencil sharpener to bring it to a point again. It grabs onto my embellishments really easily and releases them on the glue with ease as well.
My two favorite paper cutters are my Fiskars Wire Trimmer and my EK Success Cutter Bee Scissors. The Fiskars wire trimmers are my ride or die paper trimmers. The wire along the cut line gives you a precise cut, with very little if any error. The wire is sturdy and can stand up to every day wear and tear. The Cutter Bee scissors are my favorite scissors because they are incredibly sharp and slice through paper like butter. They are perfect for fussy cutting because the tip is so narrow you can get into the little spaces other scissors can’t get. I really like that it comes with a cover because it does come to a fine point and it protects crafters as well as the scissors. That way neither will get injured.
Next is how I store most of my dies. I use the Art Bin Magnetic Die Storage Case and magnetic sheets to store my favorite dies. I don’t have room for storage bins in my craft room so I found the next best thing. Actually, my mom picked it up not knowing how much it would become a key part in my craft room. The storage case is sturdy and can hold up to 21 magnetic storage sheets. You can fit a lot onto each sheet. The box itself is about 10″ x 9″ x 3″. It comes with a sturdy lock and handle making it easy to maneuver, too.
The adhesive I like to use is the Scor Tape in the 1/2″, 1/4″ and 1/8″ size, that way I have options open to me. They do come in larger sizes too but I find these sizes to be the best when it comes to cardmaking. These tapes have incredible hold, once it’s down it will not come up without ruining your project. I love to heat emboss every chance I get so of course I have to mention my Wagner Heat Tool. This isn’t the one that is on the market now, but they both do the exact same thing. This gun is the one that heats up the fastest out of the ones I have used in my time crafting. It’s sturdy. I’ve dropped mine many times and it still works, even the little stand part hasn’t broken off! A heat tool is great for heat embossing with embossing powders as well as helping the drying process when it comes to watercoloring. I also use it when I work with resin and make my resin pieces.
The last two products I want to share with you are from the same Etsy shop, MakeItbyMarko. They make these Large Glue Tier Holders, the rainbow thing, to hold your glue upside down so when you’re in the middle of a project you can grab your glue and it’s already to be used. This has changed the game for me, I’m now able to use every last bit of glue in my bottles because this gets it to go all the way to the tip. Plus, it can hold practically any size glue bottle making it versatile. The other product is their Stamp Shammy Holder. Before I bought this I had so much trouble storing my stamp shammy and with it drying out too quickly. Now I put it in the holder and I know where it is, and I can put the lid on it when I’m done at the end of the night. It’s got holes in the bottom to allow for ventilation meaning your shammy won’t go moldy, the evaporated water has somewhere to go but it does allow it to stay damp longer than when I just set it on my craft desk. I saw these on Instagram and I am SO glad that I did, they are both worth every single penny!
There you have it! My current craft tool favorites. I’m always on the hunt for something new, what about you? What is your favorite crafting tool? I hope you enjoyed today’s post and if you did, please consider following/subscribing here and on Instagram to stay up to date on what’s going on. I post every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, thanks for stopping by and checking my little blog out! XOXO