With numerous birthdays, special occasions and holidays to keep up with, there's nothing more rewarding than taking the time out to have a relaxing making session creating your own personalised cards to stock up on!

Here's 10 must-have items you need for the ultimate card making tool kit, so you can start impressing your friends and family with your papercraft creations.


  1. Cardstock

Cardstock is the first essential you'll need to get started. A collection of coloured cardstock will set your inspiration alight and send you on your way to creating beautiful cards, with endless design possibilities.


  1. Paper Trimmer

To create professional-looking cards, you will need a paper trimmer. Whether you have a trimmer or prefer a guillotine, having a tool to size and cut your cards are essential for producing consistent clean-cut lines.

  1. Bone Paper Creaser

A bone paper creaser is a must-have tool for giving a professional finish to your card. Folding your cards by hand will give a rough and amateur finish, which will make all your hard work go to waste. A bone paper creaser will produce a clean-cut score making it easy to create a beautifully crisp fold.


4. Sizzix Big Shot Machine

The Big Shot gives great versatility for a range of making projects, from cardmaking to home décor. Compatible with a range of dies, from Thinlits to 9" wide plastic-backed dies and embossing tools. This portable roller machine cuts and embosses, allowing you to create your own one-of-a-kind cards effortlessly.

5. Dies

Dies are the ultimate helping hand when it comes to making. Instead of cutting by hand, create professional and clean-cut designs with dies. Choose from hundreds of designs, from basic shapes to adorable animals and intricate backgrounds, all available at Sizzix.

  1. Adhesives

A variety of adhesives are available depending on your needs. Permanent Adhesive Rollers are an essential for a multitude of making activities, including card making, allowing you to embellish your makes!

  1. Scissors

A staple in every maker's tool kit. A trusty pair of scissors are needed for a range of little making jobs, so find a pair of clean, sharp scissors that are ergonomically friendly and suit your making needs.

  1. Stamping Set

Alongside dies cutting, stamping is one of the easiest and most popular ways to decorate handmade cards. Sizzix offer a range of stamp sets for every occasion where you'll find the perfect design to complement your cards. Before you can begin stamping, you'll need an Ink Pad and Acrylic Block. An acrylic block allows you to attach and interchange stamps, unlike a wooden block stamp, meaning you're just a stamp away from creating a brand-new card design.


9. Embossing Powder and Heat Tool

Embossing powder is the perfect accessory to add some dimensional and style to your card makes. These making essentials give a professional finish using a fun and simple technique where embossed elements are created through the use of embossing powders and heat, giving a textured 3-D finish.

10.Envelope Maker/Die

After producing your own beautiful handmade card, you want to present it in the best way possible. Create your own envelopes to complete your make and add intricate detail with envelope liners. The perfect finishing touch to your personalised cards!


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