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New Crafting Tools

Dear Fellow Crafter,

Every mofnth, it seems to me, a new gadget appears on the market begging us to buy it. “IT” promises to be the latest and greatest and cleaner ads which are strategically placed in TV ads or magazines try and convince us to spend our hard-earned money. While I totally understand all the logic, my crafting soul nags me into at least taking a peak. So here is my peak on the newest (read “must have”) crafting tools:



Essential Tools Part 3

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Part 3 of our series is here! Enjoy.


Piercing Tool: The English crafters call this a “pokey tool” because, well, it does resemble one. The tool is designed to pierce holes in paper to create a mosaic effect. Before Spellbinders designed the tool we all know and love, we used this one to remove the excess paper from dies.

Roll Away Tool: This tool, again designed by our friends from the UK, has a roller with a high-tack surface. Its sole purpose is to remove excess paper from dies and to keep the work surface clean We, in the US call it a lint tool.

Quilling Tool: A quilling tool aids in creating a coiled object, often a flower.

Scoring Board:  I bought one of these last year and really like it. The board has rulers along two edges that allow you to create accurate score lines for folding base cards. Some boards allow you to even create envelopes.

Stencil brush: This brush allows you to apply paint to stencils. The brush has short bristles so that any paint will not bleed under the stencil.

Tweezers: Perfect for applying small embellishments and to keep your fingers from burning when heat embossing card stock.




Essential Tools Part 2

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Part 2 of our series on Essential Tools follows:

Glue Eraser: I never really thought I needed one of these, until I made a card and too much glue seeped out from under an embellishment one day. An ordinary eraser did not work; a paper towel stuck and in the end, I had to abandon my original idea and start over! You can find these in almost any craft store.

Heat Tool: Back in the day, these tools cost a “pretty penny” but were essential if you wanted to heat emboss. I would also suggest that you buy a anti-static tool to wipe the surface of the card before stamping. This will ensure the powder sticks only to the inked parts.

Heat Mat: This is similar to a craft mat. You use it to keep work surfaces safe when using a heat gun or hot glue gun. If you want to safe money, you could use an old ceramic tile instead.

Hot Glue Gun: This electric-powered tool works by heating glue sticks to a high temperature that creates a durable, clear adhesive. It’s really good at attaching gems and flowers to surfaces.

Paper Distressed: This bladed tool fits in the palm of your hand. You use it to create a distressed look to the card surfaces.

Paper Trimmer: This really essential tool cuts edges in one quick movement. Many trimmers come with various blades such as scallop, straight or wavy edges.

Part 3 next week.