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ScrappinGirl162
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Hey Everybody!! I want to know (as it says at the top) what are some card making essentials? thnx.


 
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You can make great cards with just cardstock, scissors, adhesive and a pen.

I like stamps for "sayings" or you could use your computer to print something out. Some people use stickers, too.

That being said....I like punches, ink for edges, my Big Shot for embossing and nesties, Cricut for die cuts, Stickles, pearls, gems, ribbon for bows. I could go on and on. And on.

What's "essential" for me is not what's "essential" for making a great card.

If you've never made a card before perhaps a kit would be nice? I've never used one.

I'm interested in the responses you'll get--great question.


 
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thnx for your help i kinda had an idea.. i was just looking for an accurate list


 
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I think a scoring board is a must if you are serious about making different types of folds (I love my Martha Stewart one ... only $10 with a coupon at M's) and a good trimmer is another essential

after that, it depends on your style ... I use punches, ribbon, ink, buttons, and flowers a lot


 
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What tools do you already have?

I used to make cards with just card-stock, ink, coloured paper and scissors, and a marker pen.


 
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I have card-stock (various colors), scissors, paper trimmer, ruler, some ribbon, buttons, embellishments, pens, and colored pencils.. (& basically stuff i use for scrapbooking)


 
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MY essentials are,,,,

scoring board
GOOD bone folder
great trimmer
cardstock and pp and the BEST white cs I can find for card bases.
ink,,,,,,lots of colors of good quality ink
GOOD stamps,,,,I currently have a love affair with Justrite stamps and Crafty Secrets stamps.
lace
ribbon
pearls
gems
nestabilities
access to a good color printer so I can print images and sentiments I do not own.
and a cricut and/or border punches come dang close to essentials!


 
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oooohhhh thnx a bunch!! I'll have to go shoppin!


 
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this even help me! thanks! I have a question though, what type of thick paper material do you use? thanks!


 
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thick paper material?? I use Georgia pacific 110 lb cardstock for card bases because it's good quality,,,,,,and cheap (5 bucks for 150 sheets at WM), if that's what you mean,,,but then almost anything I have for covering the base and matting, etc.


 
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  • CommaHolly Said:
MY essentials are,,,,

scoring board
GOOD bone folder
great trimmer
cardstock and pp and the BEST white cs I can find for card bases.
ink,,,,,,lots of colors of good quality ink
GOOD stamps,,,,I currently have a love affair with Justrite stamps and Crafty Secrets stamps.
lace
ribbon
pearls
gems

nestabilities
access to a good color printer so I can print images and sentiments I do not own.
and a cricut and/or border punches come dang close to essentials!




I would say these are absolute essentials along with double sided tape in a few different widths, foam dots/squares for dimension, a self healing cutting mat and a craft knife and small sharp scissors.

I ADORE my cuttlebug, but never had it when I started. If I wanted an "accent" or "focus point" for a card I would cut something out of patterned paper (eg. journalling cards) or print something from my computer.


 
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whats a scoring board?


 
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Oh yes, scoring board is a definite must for me. I honestly don't know what I ever did without it.

I have the Martha Stewart one, I L O V E it.
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Scor-Pal - Scoring Board (Discontinued)


 
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thnx again you guys are so helpful i'm sure to go shopping by the weekend.. lol


 
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a score board (pictured above) is a board with grooves in it at certain measurements,,,,,

so if a card directions say 6x12 and score at 4, 5.5, 7 and 10,,,,,,

you put your 6x12 paper on the board, find the grooves for those measurements and just draw the bone folder down those lines, making a nice, crisp, even score line


Edited by CommaHolly on 08-31-11 03:02 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
ScrappinGirl162
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oh.. thanks a bunch!


 
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I'd get the MS one if you ever want one,,,,more grooves for more scoring AND it's cheaper,,,,20 bucks,,,,but you can use a coupon at M's


 
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get one @ J's on sale! 14.99


 
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just got one at Ms for 40% off.


 
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A trimmer, a few punches, and some stamps and ink should get you started nicely. Just my opinion. I buy slabs of paper and cardstock when it is on sale. Even the "ugly" ones in the slab are good for mats or punches. Best wishes... you can PM me if you need any more help.


 
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You can also use your trimmer for scoring if it is the kind with the blade. Just put your paper in and measure and then run the bone folder in the slot where you would use the blade. You don't have to remove the blade or anything. I have made cards for a few years and would never have thought of this until I went to a card party and someone else was doing this. I do have a MS scoreboard ( half off at M's) and I love it but wouldn't say that is is a "must have" to start with.


 
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Holly...what is the BEST white cardstock?


 
ScrappinGirl162
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I got a MS board @ ACM's for just $10!


 
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YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


 
CommaHolly
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  • deedee49 Said:
Holly...what is the BEST white cardstock?




I like to buy georgia pacific at WM for about 6 bucks for 150 sheets,,,,,

it comes 8.5x11 and I can cut it in half for 2 A2 size cards,,,,I use it for bases,,,,,,

there are other good brands too,,,,,but I buy that because I do not have to order it online.

works well with my copics too!


 
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YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



I know i saw the special and practically annoyed my dad till he said "Fine, lets go.." I was so happy when i came back going to have ta play around with it

BTW what does WV mean?


 
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Quality card stock is top of my list. It has to be 300gsm or over. There's nothing worse than giving a flimsy card that falls over on the shelf.


 
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youtube videos for inspiration!
usernames:
starofmay - new card vid every fri, sometimes monday
heroarts
jennifermcguire
tamiwhite
tresa black (thestampgoddess)
lilypadcards (new vid every sun)
prairiepaperink (amy r)

oh and there are sooo many more. lawnfawn stamps also does cute vids with their products.. lawn clippings is what they're called. also gina k of stamptv.

HAVE FUN! i am addicted to these vids..


 
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ooh.. so excited u got the MS scoring board!! and for a steal, too! WOO!
now search youtube for martha stewart scoring board. there are several neat tutorials on how to make basic cards and envelopes, even boxes. they teach you how to use the wedge guide too (that triangular piece).
one thing - the bone folder that comes with the MS scoring board is a little too 'sharp' for some people's preferences. if you have another bone folder, you'll probably prefer using it. or a stylus tool (a handled tool with metal ball on the end of it) - it works really well.

also... for years, i've used the side of a pen (one that won't leave marks) to crease my folded items with and that works quite nicely (and it's handy).


Edited by msdixie on 09-29-11 09:02 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
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