After showing some photos of my latest card the other day, I was talking with a friend about how its hard to find supplies for card making. I’ll tell you I’m really blessed for my Mum to be a scrapbooking consultant who generously lets me use any of her supplies, and that helps me a lot! For a while I felt like I was in the same boat as you might be, because I just didn’t have the little things that make a card a card. Over the last year or two I’ve built up a box just for card making supplies. They are the ‘extras’, not really the basics (I use Mums’ supplies for that) but they add those extra touches to a card that we just love.
Basic supplies for card making:
- Card: strong enough to hold some weight and stand propped up on its own
- Paper: plain paper has its moments but patterned paper really changes the card from ordinary to different. Think of different sorts of papers and cards you could use – cork, vellum, grooved.
- Pop dots
- Paper or silk flowers
- Material and thread
- Stamps/embossing tools
Other ideas: I was given a flower press for my birthday that I would like to use for card making sometime. You can use the clear plastic of a ziplock bag to make windows or pockets. After a little practice, when I know the tension is set right, I’ll be able to use the sewing machine to add a little beautification to my cards. There are all sorts of techniques out there just waiting to try out!
My favourite card making book by Company’s Coming Mum and I picked up from the local post office, so keep an eye out for books wherever you go, not just in a craft shop. My current little stash of ribbons I found at our $2 shop, and I painstakingly chose the pop dots and brads when I went to a big retail craft shop in Darwin last year.
I hope this helps you get an idea of what sort of things you could keep an eye out for to build a small card making collection of your own!
What supplies would you like or are your favourite tools?