Top 10 tips for tools
Follow these helpful tips to get the most from your papercraft tools
Invest in some good storage for your tools to help keep them in tiptop condition. Clear plastic boxes with dividers are always a good option, as you can see straightaway what’s stored where. A cost-effective alternative to a heatproof mat is an old ceramic tile.
Regularly clean out your die-cutting machine to remove any scraps of paper and card or general debris. This will stop it jamming up.
Invest in a cordless glue gun so you aren’t confined to the area next to a socket.
For intricate or shapely cutting detail, try using a finger swivel knife instead of a standard craft knife.
Tweezer scissors are perfect for fine cutting and découpage work with their small 15mm blades and an adjustable depth for different materials.
Don’t be tempted to substitute a heat tool for a hair dryer when heat embossing – you’ll just scatter your powder everywhere and make a mess!
Want to try quilling before you buy a specific quilling tool? Use a needle, knitting needle or pencil as a simple alternative.
Have separate pairs of scissors for cutting card/paper and fabric/ ribbon/twine, as cutting card and paper will blunt the blades more quickly.
Be sure to replace your paper trimmer blades and craft knife blades every so often to keep them sharp so you get nice smooth edges.