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  • Basic craft items.....

    HELP

    I have recently started to make different items for weddings....

    Anyway, I am starting to get orders in and have realised pretty fast I need to get some craft tools in. I think mainly a paper trimmer (scissors are a pain for cutting straight), and something to fold the cards - I am assuming some sort of creasing tool and board. I have been using prefolded cards but I don't like the price anymore, it would be so much cheaper if I could make my own.

    How do you make envelopes to match - or is it easier to but them in packs and just make the cards

    What kinds of crating tools to buy, are there good ones, should i get the cheapest or the most expensive....

    Thanks peeps, really appreciated

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    if you are just folding cards in half you could just use a bone folder as this gives a nice crease you can use this in conjunction with a ruler to make different size and shape cards creasing boards are good as they give ideas and instructions for folding different cards.a cutting mat a craft knife good scissors various types of glues tapes and foam pads are all basic cardmaking essentials.depends on what type of cards you make to what tools you will need but if you look at some card tutorials on web you will get an idea of what you will need.im sure other people will give you more ideas if ive forgot anything but once you start collecting stuff for cardmaking you can go on forever theres always something else that you must have and then space to store it can become an issue and how much your spending to make it cost effective hope this helps a little.
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    • #3
      Thanks Jan

      I already have a lot of glue and tape etc, i just bought some card to mess around with and made some cards, but only one of them each. I am now getting orders in and instead of buying packs of cards each time I just want to buy card and fold it myself. Due to the nature of the cards I make, I will need to fold them in most shapes and sizes, DL, A5, A6 and gatefold being the main ones. I want to buy a board and creaser, but I'm not sure if I should be buying the cheapest I can find, a creasing tool and separate board, or one of those all in one fancy things....
      I have a small knife ordered, it should be here sometime next week.
      At the moment I only offer about 10 different designs, as I have only been up and running about a month....I do hope to expand in the future though. The main problem at the moment is folding the cards, as I have seen products advertised between 2 and 2000 and I'm just not sure what the best kind is to buy.....

      Thanks for your reply sweetie - much appreciated
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      • #4
        I use a bone creaser from Lakeland (about £3) and its great! Although you do have to make sure that you've measured properly otherwise it will go a bit wonky!!

        I also have an envelope template from Lakeland too - can do 3 different sizes of square and also 3 different sizes of rectangle, plus they sell the glue stuff to put on the envelopes - it dries and then when you wet it, it's sticky.

        Lot of Lakeland stuff there!!

        Hope this helps!

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        • #5
          I always use a bone folder too, I bought it from my local craft shop. When I amke my own envelopes I usually use a template, such as Fiskars. I do have a crafters ultimate companion, it includes a card creaser, cutter, embossing and envelope and box templates. I got it out of the boc to look at when I got it around six months or so back but I haven't used it yet. But it looks good really must give it a try
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          • #6
            Originally posted by ickle pickle View Post
            I do have a crafters ultimate companion, it includes a card creaser, cutter, embossing and envelope and box templates. I got it out of the boc to look at when I got it around six months or so back but I haven't used it yet. But it looks good really must give it a try
            I got the Crafters Companion Ultimate Board mainly cos it looked great for making the big envelopes I needed to make myself (A5?...the ones that fit an A4 folded in half card anyway )

            ...and it is...great I mean

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            • #7
              i have the crafters companion too its good as you can make envelopes cards and comes with full and easy instructions and you can match your cards and envelopes and you can buy lick and stick glue to seal envelopes
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              • #8
                cool, it definitely sounds like something I should invest in. I was looking at them the other day....

                I have at least bought a proper craft knife, I think I will definitely need a creaser, maybe I should get just a board and a bone, and an envelope thing....

                anyway - you girls have been great x x x
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                • #9
                  the crafters companion comes complete with scoring tool and it may work out cheaper than buying things seperate but i wouldnt be without my bone folder as you can get really sharp creases
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