I have all these basic tools within easy reach of my crafting desk along with the stamps, ink and paper, something to cut with, and adhesives. I have duplicates of most of these in my Basic Tool Kit that I grab to craft away from home.

Bone Folder

Bone Folder

Always score before creasing and always use a Bone Folder for a smooth crease.

Paper-Piercing Tool

Add a row of tiny holes to add a quick and free embellishment. But you can also grab a Glue Dot, Pearl, or Rhinestone with it. Mark a measurement. Gather ribbon. Hold down a corner of your paper. Stick a Glue Dot to the back end and pick up paper embellishments. I always have a Paper-Piercing Tool within easy reach.

Stampin’ Scrub and Stampin’ Mist

Stampin' ScrubStampin' Mist

Keep those stamps clean and conditioned with the Stampin’ Scrub, Stampin’ Mist, and Stampin’ Mist Refill.

Clear Block Cleaning Cloth

Clear Block Cleaning Cloth

Keep your blocks and the back of your clear-mount stamps clean and they won’t fall off the blocks! Use the Stampin’ Up! Cleaning Cloth or the one you get from your optician.

Grid Paper

Grid Paper

Before I became a demonstrator I thought the Grid Paper was just for demonstrators. Not true! It makes a great stamping surface, the grid helps keep your project lined up, it’s very handing having the ruler right there, plus you can take notes.

My Third Hand, an alligator clip from the electrical department of your hardware store. Clip to hold Ribbon or Baker’s Twine while you concentrate on tying the knot or bow.

 

Stamp-a-ma-jig

Yes, that’s the real name. I am not making that up. This little product has earned a space hanging by my desk. I can place images exactly where I want them!

Hand Made Stamp-a-ma-jig

How to Use the Stamp-a-ma-jig plus a trick for putting labels on wood mount-stamps

Heat Embossing

Heat embossing is magic! You stamp an image. Sprinkle powder on it, heat it, and the image will be raised and shiny. Love it!

Do yourself a favor, and rub your paper with the Embossing Buddy before stamping. It reduces static and fingerprints, so you get the embossing powder just on your stamped image. If you do see any stray dots or smudges, use a dry paint brush before heating.

Put something under your project to collect the extra embossing powder. I usually use a piece of copy paper since my printer is right next to my desk. Coffee filters work well too. The use that to funnel the extra powder back in the tub. You really just use a tiny bit and it lasts a very long time. Some people store their embossing powder in larger plastic storage containers and spoon the powder over their projects with the projects positioned so the extra goes back into the tub.

The Heat Tool looks like a blow dryer, but a blow dryer will blow off the powder and probably wouldn’t get hot enough to melt the embossing powder anyway. You may be able to melt the powder by holding over a 100 W incandescent bulb (if you can find one of those these days!) but it will take longer. You may be able to find something in your kitchen to heat the powder, but typically once something is used for crafts, it’s usually no longer food safe. Buy a Heat Tool. I think the one from Stampin’ Up! is best, but go to a craft store with a coupon if you must.

The VersaMark pad is the usual ink to use for embossing. It’s sticky and takes a bit longer to dry that our Classic Stampin’ pads. It dries clear, leaving the card stock a bit darker, so you can use it to make watermarks.

But if you work quickly, you can use our Classic Stampin’ pads and Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder and heat emboss in any color.

Taggers

Paper Sampler

Evernote Not a Stampin’ Up! product, or even really a crafting tool, but I couldn’t design or keep track of my products without it.

Tweezers It doesn’t matter what kind. I have long pointy tweezers at my desk, but it’s often nice to easily hold onto little bits, especially bits with adhesive.

Digital Rulers

Bow Maker

 

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Adhesives

I used to use SNAIL as my “GoTo” adhesive. Now I use Fast Fuse or Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

The Multipurpose Liquid Glue is strong and allows a bit of time to wiggle a layer to just the right place. You just need a tiny bit. It can squeeze out and while it dries clear, it remains sticky. (If this happens, wait for the glue to dry and then use the Adhesive Eraser.) I always keep my bottles tip down in a little jar so the glue is where I need it. Otherwise, I would need to wait for the glue to move slowly. It’s tempting to squeeze and shake to get it to move quickly. Then when it finally does start to come out, it comes out too quickly and sometimes keeps coming out. What a mess!

The Fast Fuse has a learning curve to use. Often people press too hard, but really it will work best if you just gently roll the tape where you want it. Then the strong adhesive needs to be broken before you lift the roller. I find a little twist works very well. Stampin’ Up! says use a check mark move. If you press too hard and then make this check, the tape can be pulled off to the side. If you do not break the adhesive, you’ll get a string of “spaghetti” and then there won’t be any adhesive at the tip next time. If you get spaghetti, just press the adhesive into place and keep rolling. If there’s no adhesive on the tip, just use your finger to roll it until the adhesive is in place.

Fast Fuse

If you don’t like the Fast Fuse or the liquid glue, use Tear & Tape when you need a strong adhesive for 3-D projects and SNAIL for those quick and easy projects.

Fine Tip Glue Pen

The Fine Tip Glue is a thin adhesive kind of like Super Glue. It is not particularly sticky, so you will need to allow at least of few seconds to dry before your small embellishments and detailed paper cut-outs will stick. You can also apply the glue to the paper and allow to dry for a glossy look to your card stock. Looks great to create glass jars, shiny candy, or dew drops on flowers.

Specialized Adhesives

Stampin’ Dimensionals raise elements up a bit. It’s a rare project that I don’t use Dimensionals somewhere on it. You get 300 in a pack, and that’s not counting the edges which are very useful. They are a very easy and inexpensive way to add a lot to your projects.
Foam Adhesive Strips came out in the 2016-17 catalog and what a live saver they are for shaker cards! I have bought carpet tape in the past. I had to cut it into narrower strips and it’s not really tall enough. The Foam Adhesive Strips solve all that, plus it’s narrow enough and flexible enough to make curves. It’s very easy to make shaker cards without the confetti escaping! And here’s a tip. Apply the adhesive strips to the Window Sheet, then before adding the confetti, dust your project with the Embossing Buddy. It will reduce static on your Window Sheet and it will also block any adhesive from capturing your confetti. Then finally pull off the strip and adhere the other layer.
Mini Glue Dots work great when you need a tiny instant adhesive. They work great for holding down corners of card stock, larger embellishments, a tag, a bow, or whatever. You can roll them up into a ball to hide behind even a Baker’s Twine bow.

Other Tools for Adhesives

Adhesive Remover works great for erasing anything sticky. It will also remove those fuzzy edges you get when it’s time to change your cutting blade.
Silicone Craft Sheet is helpful when you are sticking tiny strips or other little things. It will keep your work surface clean. The adhesives don’t stick to the Silicone. If adhesive does stick, just wait for it to dry and flick it off. It’s especially great when using a hot glue gun.
Heat Tool What? This isn’t an adhesive! But it does help when you have stuck a paper layer in the wrong place and you can’t gently wiggle it up. Use the Heat Tool to warm whatever adhesive you used. And here’s another helpful tool. I don’t often send my customers to craft stores, but here’s an exception. Go to a craft store and find the section where they sell electronic cutting machines. Look for what they call a spatula. Here’s one on Amazon. Warmed adhesive and a spatula can help you remove the most stubborn oopsies without messing up your card stock.

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Stampin’ Up! carries everything from excellent snips, punches, the Big Shot die cutting machine, to punch boards that cut and score envelopes, boxes, and bags.

Paper Snips

I know you probably have scissors. I thought one pair of scissors is just like another until I tried these. I can cut detailed images much easier with these sharp, pointed snips. Definitely worth the price! Now I have these snips in my Basic Tool Box that I take to craft away from home so I don’t have to settle for cutting with other scissors.

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Stampin’ Trimmer

The Stampin’ Trimmer is one of those essential tools that I think you will want. There are other trimmers on the market. I love that the one from Stampin’ Up! can cut and/or score a full sheet of 12″ x 12″ paper or card stock and yet is small enough to tuck away. The numbers on the trimmer itself are very easy to see and do not wear off like some other brands (and frankly the older Stampin’ Up! trimmer.)

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Cutting and Scoring Card Bases and Layers


Basic Card Bases and layers chart

Simply Scored

I didn’t spot a video just about the Simply Scored tool, but here is one showing a project that can be made with it. And you’ll find lots of projects that I’ve posted that I’ve relied on the Simply Scored tool.

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Punches

This video was published in 2010 when the “new style” punches first came out. Many of the punches shown have been retired, but it shows basic information about how to use this style of punch. There are more current videos about specific punches. Here are links to videos about the Festive Flower punch, the Fox Builder punch, the Bow Builder punch, the Blossom Builder punch, and the Scallop Tag Topper Punch.

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Big Shot

It took me quite a while to decide to invest in this costly product. Stampin’ Up! is making more and more Framelits and Thinlits that coordinate with stamps. Now I have to work at designing projects without it for new customers. I think you are going to want a Big Shot!

Big Shot – The Basics

Framelits can be tricky to match with some stamped images. If you are using a nearly symmetrical image, mark your stamp and the matching position on the Framelit. The Wondrous Wreath stamp and Wonderful Wreath Framelits in the Holiday 2104 catalog come with tabs to help you.

Big Shot Magnetic Platform

The Secret Garden set shown in the video has retired, but check out Flower Patch and the Flower Fair Framelits. There are many coordinating stamps and Framelits now.

Getting More Life from Cutting Plates

Embossing Folders

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Shop for the Big Shot, accessories, embossing folders, and dies.

Envelope Punch Board

Envelope Punch Board Boxes

Envelope Punch Board Boxes

All these boxes were based on the smallest envelope listed on the chart on the Envelope Punch Board. I just added 1/4″ up to 7″ for the height of the box. I was experimenting to see how much I would need to add to get the thickness (or height) I wanted. Envelope Punch Board Box Height Chart The ones made with Melon Mambo can be made with 8 1/2″ X 11″ card stock. For the Basic Gray ones, you’ll need to use 12″ x 12″ card stock.


 

Gift Box Punch Board

Gift Box Punch Board

The Gift Box Punch Board makes boxes with square bottoms. If you start at the S line your box will have a 1 3/4″ square bottom, M will be 2 1/2″, L will be 3 1/4″, and XL will be 4″ square. You can vary the height of the boxes using the chart printed on the board. To make a box, it’s basically punch, score three times, turn, and repeat. I have a video and a chart with a few additional sizes beyond what comes with it.

Gift Bag Punch Board

Gift Bag Punch Board

The Gift Bag Punch Board makes bags in three widths, S = 2 1/4″, M = 3″, and the L = 3 5/8″. Front to back is 2″ for all three sizes. The height of the bag can be any where from 2 3/4″ to 10 3/4″. Somehow I found this punch board hard to figure out at first. I finally got it! Here’s a video

and I made a little cheat sheet with the Gift Bag Punch Board Directions.

 

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Paper and Ink

I believe one of the biggest strengths of Stampin’ Up! is the quality of their paper and the coordination possibilities. You can get printed paper, solid card stock, ink pads, markers, and embellishments in the four core color collections and the two sets of In Colors. Coordinating projects is easy!

Brights

Subtles

Regals

Neutrals

2015-17 In Colors

2016-18 In Colors

Card Bases

Click here for the pdf with directions and layer measurements

Firm Foam Pads

The video says you’ll need to refill your ink pads often. I have not needed to refill nearly as often as this video suggests.

More ways to use those labels!

To open the stamp pads, hold the the case with the big label right side up. Push the top away from you. The end of the top should have a section without ink. Flip that end up and toward you. If it doesn’t flip easily, wiggle it a bit to get it to the right place in the track. Push the pad onto the base. To close, reverse that process.

The lid and base can separate, but they’re not difficult to put back together.

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Markering

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AquaPainter vs. Blender Pens

Consider using Watercolor Paper or Shimmery White Paper when water coloring. I also recommend you use Stazon Ink

Color Tools: Charts, etc. on this website

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Here are some other ways to add color.

Stamping Sponges

Stamping Sponges can be cut into 4, 5, or even 6 pieces to sponge color all over a project, around the edges, or with Decorative Masks from Stampin Up or cut from sticky notes.

Sponge Daubers

Sponge Daubers give more precision. I use both, probably depending on how much space I want to cover. I keep mine in a special box with this insert.

Sponge Brayers

If you have a lot of territory to cover, use a Sponge Brayer.

 

 

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flipping-florals-birthday

This card looks complicated, but it’s really easy peasy. Don’t you love when that happens? It uses some of my very favorite products including the Florals Boutique Designer Series Paper, the Falling Flowers stamp set, and the May Flowers Framelits.

Here are the full detailed directions.

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These products are not on sale yet, but they will be on the 28th for another 24 Hour Sale.

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