My cousin has just started cardmaking, what could I buy her for Christmas?
Julie Copp, via email
Angela says: Congratulations to your cousin for discovering the best hobby in the world! It’s a lovely idea to get her stash pile started by buying her some bits and pieces for Christmas. There’s a whole wealth of products out there, as we all know, but some good basics to invest in are quality cardstock, an appealing pack of papers – and it’s never too early to introduce budding crafters to the wonders of washi tape! Hobbycraft has a great range of cardmaking basics online and instore. Introduce your cousin to a rainbow of colours with a pack of cardstock in a range of hues from pink to turquoise and purple to brown. A pack of 80 sheets of Premium Textured 6x6in cardstock costs £8 and will go a long way. Your cousin will develop her own design style in time and there are loads of papers out there to inspire her. We love the Dawn Chorus by Paper Boutique (£7). Its six pastel patterns are designed to charm and will make delightful cards. And finally, no crafter should be without a few rolls of washi tape and the Heidi Swapp Hawthorne set of eight (£9) is sure to wow. The dark floral and vintage inspired collection can be used to add decoration, borders and texture to cards. To buy these products, go to your nearest Hobbycraft store or www.hobbycraft.co.uk
Great starter stash for newbies to cardmaking