Last week, I shared 5 of my Top 10 Favorite Crafting Tools. Today, I am sharing the rest of the best!
6. Glossy Accents
This stuff rocks! Essentially, it adds a 3 dimensional coat of gloss to anything you put it on. Sort of like modge podge dimensional magic but comes out clear so you can easily remove any bubbles. It also does not take as long to dry as the modge podge. I have had problems with the tip clogging but I have an unlimited supply of sewing pins to fix that. This dimensional product can be used on jewelry, paper crafts, as an adhesive, and for creating your own embellishments such as beads and drops. The tip is thin so you can also use it to write or with loose glitter.
7. Copic Markers
THE marker company. As in, I will never buy another marker again. I have used artist markers since I was a child and these are the best I have found. They are quite pricey but they are refillable. I heard something about they would be coming out with a non-refillable line to cut down on the price. Maybe someone can update me. Anyways, these markers blend purrr-fectly. No streaky lines. They are made to be blendable so if you want to create an ombre background, you can do so with these. Google a few you tube videos and see some amazing portraits done with these babies.
8. Washi tape
Who knew tape could be so versatile? And pretty! I have heard that people collect washi tape rolls the way people used to collect stamps. There are tons of lists out there on creative ways to use washi tape. Of course I use it in scrapbooking and wrapping packages the most, but I have seen everything from wedding decor to wrapping votive candles in washi tape.
9. Silhouette Cameo
Silhouette America makes a cutting system that hooks to your computer. If your familiar with the Cricut, think of it as that but on steroids. This baby is worth its weight in gold and then some. The Silhouette line can tackle a lot of mediums from etching glass to paper, fabric, or vinyl. Why is this the single best tool, ever? If only because you can take any, ANY black and white image off of the internet and your computer will cut it for you. Like photoshop, it requires some tech savviness but once you get the hang of it, your options are limitless. Yes, it is around $260-300, but after having a silhouette for about 7 years, I have probably saved at least $1000 or more. And if you don’t want to bother, they have a shop where you can purchases pre-made designs (usually $0.99-2.99).
10. Xyron Sticker maker
This little roller machine adds an adhesive backing to whatever semi-flat material you roll through it such as rhinestones, chipboard, or tiny bits of paper. I love this for gems and intricate designs such as snowflakes or doilies that do not work well with other adhesives. It is also less messy than traditional wet glues. If you have a silhouette cameo already, this is amazing just for letters or title diecuts. Added bonus – if your working with a bunch of paper bits, the adhesive rolls out on sheets and keeps everything organized and together. The xyron sticker maker comes in several sizes from 1in width up to 5in width varieties.
Honestly, I kind of feel inspired to work again writing about my favorite crafting tools. Unfortunately, my office space is in a shambles since we moved it last week. Oh well, the floor is fine for me, I guess. Hope you learned some new tools that you could use in new and creative adventures.
Have a great weekend!