People always ask me what are the things they have to have to get started making cards, if there's some kind of kit they can buy. The answer is yes and no. You can spend as much or as little as you want, but there are some basics that are hard to work without.
Here's my list of top ten card making basics. I've kept them fairly general because the specific decisions depend on your budget, the space you have to work in and what kind of crafter you are. I’ve filled in some of my favorites along with their prices and item numbers. You can click on each item to learn more about it and the different options that are available.
- A good paper cutter or trimmer (Stampin’ Trimmer, $41.95, 126889)
- Paper (Getting Started Card Stock, $8.50, 120954)
- Ink (Classic Stampin’ Spots, $26.95, 119979)
- Adhesive (SNAIL Adhesive, $9.75, 104332)
- Punch (Modern Label, $22.95, 119849)
- Stamps (Teeny Tiny Wishes, $45.95, 115370 for wood mount)
- Stamp cleaner (Stampin’ Mist, $5.50, 102394)
- Ribbon (1/4” Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, $6.75, variety of colors)
- A little bling (Rhinestone Basic Jewels, $6.50, 119246)
- Card bases and envelopes (Note Cards & Envelopes, $7.50, 107311)
So for under $200, you could purchase all the supplies to make at least 20 cards (the limiting factor here is the notecards, they come in a pack of 20), but once you take out the reusable supplies like the paper trimmer, stamps and punch, you can easily make a card for $2 or less. Compare that to the $5-15 you'll spend at any retail store!
For example, the supplies to make this card cost me $2.24, after taxes and shipping. Oh and the stamp set? Free during Sale-A-Bration!