My cousin has just started card­mak­ing, what could I buy her for Christ­mas?

Julie Copp, via email

Cardmaking and Papercraft - - Crafter’s Q&a -

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

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