Card Basics

These are the basics which I follow in my card making.

Unit of Measure
My choice of unit of measure is inches simply because 1/8" is the smallest and clearest measure on the ruler to read.

Card Size
I trim down A4 sheets to measure 8 x 11" and  cut each in half to make two card bases.  The finished folded card measures 4x 5 1/2".

Essential Tools
Adhesives - various are needed for different purposes.
     Multipurpose Liquid Glue (my go to for most gluing)
     Fine-Tip Glue Pen ( perfect for adhering embellishments and intricate cut dies)
     Mini-Glue Dots (great for sticking ribbon and other embellishments)
     Stampin' Dimensionals (adheres and adds depth)
     Adhesive Remover ( rubs away unwanted glue and smooths rough edges of paper)

     Paper Snips (scissors)
     Stampin' Trimmer

Clear Blocks - various sizes required for clearmount and photoplymer stamps.  Guidance for matching size is recorded in the catalogue or on each stamp case.

Stampin' Mist Cleaner - liquid cleans ink from stamps. (Prefer over Baby Wipes as the Stampin' Mist cleans and conditions stamps.  Baby Wipes are good for cleaning inky fingers.)

Stampin' Scrub - two black fibre scrub pads in tray case. Spray Stampin' Mist Cleaner on one side and rub clean. Rub dry on other side. Pads need to be regularly removed and washed for clean stamping.

The above tools will get you off stamping but there are more very useful tools to help take your stamping further.

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