Ever wonder what card making tools you need if you want to start making your own greeting cards?

Of course, the main things we think about are stamps, ink, and paper, but there are some additional tools that are necessary and/or make things easier.

I’ve been making my own cards for over 25 years now so I want to share with you my Top 10 Card Making Tools for Beginners or anyone who doesn’t have them yet…

Top 10 Card Making Tools

  1. Paper Trimmer – For cutting and scoring your paper for card bases and any layers you want to add to your cards. Watch this quick video for tips on how to get a straight cut every time.
  2. Bone Folder – to add a nice crease to your card bases, score lines, rough-up edges of paper, and more! Watch this video for 3 ways to use this handy little tool.
  3. Paper Snips – These sharp little scissors with a pointed tip are perfect for any time you need to trim something or want to fussy cut out an image. I sometimes use the tips of these to pick up and place my embellishments too.
  4. Silicone Craft Mat – This handy little mat will help keep your paper in place and best of all, avoid making a huge mess with adhesives.
  5. Clear Blocks for Stamps – most stamps these days need to be mounted so you can use them. Clear Blocks come in a variety of sizes, but my most used size is definitely the D block from Stampin’ Up!
  6. Simply Shammy – Quickly clean your stamps by wiping them on the wet shammy. Rinse it out and re-wet it as often as needed. I store mine in an empty stamp case.
  7. Take Your Pick Tool – This has multiple tips helpful for placing embellishments, gently peeling apart taped layers, paper piercing, and more. Additional Crafter Tips are available for creating perforated patterns, precision cutting, and removing pieces from intricate die cuts.
  8. Stampin’ Pierce Mat – This foam mat protects work surfaces as you paper pierce and is perfect for underneath your paper so that you can get even pressure and ink coverage with your stamps.
  9. Grid Paper – This will protect your surface while you’re stamping and the grid lines make it easier to line up your stamps and paper layers. Check out this post for tips for lining up paper.
  10. Stamp Positioning Tool (Stamp-a-ma-jig, Mini Misti, Stamparatus, etc.) – This is the only tool that you can’t purchase in my online store because Stampin’ Up! no longer carries a stamp positioning tool. The two I use the most are the Stamp-a-ma-jig – super easy to use once you get the hang of it and perfect for red rubber stamps, and the Mini Misti – this one will work with clear or red rubber stamps. If you already have a Stamp-a-ma-jig watch this video for a reminder on how to use it.

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Now you’ll also want stamps, ink, paper, adhesive, and other consumables like embellishments, but these are the basic tools you can invest in and use for years in your card making.

If you need some inspiration on what to do with your supplies, check out the Getting Started section of my blog!

Happy Stamping!

Jessica Taylor

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