When creating cards and crafts I find myself using a few supplies repeatedly and often so I thought I would share them in this post and tell you a little bit about my opinion of each of the supplies. I commonly use Close to my Heart product for many reasons. A few reasons being :
1) Close to my Heart (CTMH) is a well known and reliable company who care about their customers
2) CTMH product is durable, works well and is easy to work with. CTMH even has videos posted by consultants to give you tips and show you creative ways to use their products.
3) It is easy to buy, just shop online!
Inks: Close to my Heart exclusive inks stamp pads are unique and have some great features that benefit anyone making crafts. First, they all stack nicely to keep things neat. The lid is made to swivel instead of completely come off the base which makes it easy to keep track of. As a card maker I really enjoy these inks because of their ease of use and the comfort in knowing that the ink is pigment and safe to use because it is pH neutral (it won’t wreck your paper over time!).
Embellishments and adhesives: Embellishments such as rhinestones, gems, studs, brads, flowers, ribbon and I thought I should throw in adhesives in this category as well. Personally, if I could only choose only one embellishment it would be gems! The important note about these are that they are going to be safe to use on your paper. You can buy embellishments anywhere, but from my own experience I enjoy Close to my Heart’s gems and studs because I know the adhesive on the stickers will last and their gluing products are photo/paper safe and will not stain or ruin your paper.
Scissors: I never really believed that using micro tip scissors would make a big difference in the quality of cutting and the amount of time I spend cutting. However, when I tried my CTMH scissors out on cutting an intricate stamped paper, I was very impressed! I will never go back to my old scissors again!
Distressing Products: The term distressing refers to aging your project using different techniques. There are tools such as sandpaper, edge distresser, and sponges. They all have unique ways of adding that finishing touch to your project. I use all three of these distressing products for different techniques, so you will see how to use them throughout my blog.
Blocks and Stamps: I choose Close to my Heart Acrylic stamps and blocks because they are beautiful as well as easy to use and clean. The blocks are clear and they have a thin straight line at the top so that it is simple to line up the stamp on the block and see what you are doing. The acrylic stamps stick to the blocks well and the stamps themselves last when taken care of.
– Cleaning of blocks and stamps: Simply wash the stamps in water and use the spritz spray every once in awhile to condition the stamps, to keep them fresh and lasting longer. When having a gathering, or making multiple cards I would recommend having a ‘double scrubber‘. This allows for easy and convenient washing and drying of the stamps in one place.
Thanks for reading! Keep checking back for craft ideas,