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

Keep your blocks and the back of your clear-mount stamps clean and they won’t fall off the blocks! Stampin’ Up! used to sell one, but it has sadly retired. Use 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.



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.


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



If you haven’t already, I suggest you go back to read my page about Stamps, Color (ink and paper), Cutting and Scoring, and Adhesives.

If you have already read those pages, it’s time to get stamping! I have listed a lot of extras on these “Basics” pages. Remember that you really just need stamps, ink, and paper. Happy stamping!







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