DIY: Start Your Stash: Day 2

November 20, 2012

A sampler of colored cardstock is a must for every craftroom. Even though I typically reach for white cardstock for most projects, colorful sheets of paper are a necessity, especially when creating accents and embellishments! Cardstock samplers are especially great for beginner crafters since you’re able to get a sense of which colors you use most. The MFT cardstock sampler is one of the most comprehensive I’ve found. It contains 29 sheets of cardstock and several shades of each color, which is perfect for creating gradients.  My favorite colors in the sampler are Lemon Drop: a fabulous vibrant yellow and Natural: a beautiful muted greige color with subtle flecks throughout.

Man. I seriously love my Fiskars Rotary Trimmer. Or should I say “trimmers.” I’ve gone through two of them! I’ve tried several paper trimmers and the Fiskars rotary is my fave. It’s really easy to get a clean cut and the rotary mechanism requires very little pressure, which I really appreciate when I have to cut 100 sheets of cardstock!  The downside to their rotary trimmers is that you do have to make sure the blade is sharp and your cutting strip is not too worn. Otherwise, you may start getting warped cuts. I usually wait for a sale at  Joann’s or Michael’s and then load up on blades and such!

Click through for today’s featured project…which includes product from My Favorite Things, and a video!!!

Double Die Cut Feature Project

Storyboard Double Die Cut Butterflies

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70 thoughts on “Start Your Stash: Day 2”

  1. I haven’t tried MFT cardstock, I use Neenah Solar white and also Via Vellum Kraft – I get these in A3 sheets and cut them down to size with a big rotary trimmer which was given to my by my photographer brother when he went overseas. Cannot do without it!

  2. I’ve done the same thing with a sharpee on black pants! I’ve also used washi tape to help hold a fallen hem until I can sew it. Thanks for your blog. I anxiously wait for the next post. Love your tips and projects.

  3. I have done exactly the same thing with markers to fix pants and shoes! Also, I have a Cricut spatula that I actually use to peel apart cards that are crooked or need ribbon added rather than it’s intended use. My husband bought it for me for Christmas and called it a “fixer”. Occassionally he’s brilliant!

  4. BTW, you don’t have to have your butterfly dangling off the edge of your cutting plate. I find it easier to just put the paper and die in the middle, and put the pressure plate (the top layer) just up to the painters’ tape line. (I love painters tape too and use it all the time. Also to mask off areas for sponging and such).

  5. Haha….good old Copics! I’ve used scor-tape to hem my son’s pants that we had to buy a couple hours before a concert. Lesson learned….check the length of dress pants after a summer growth spurt!

  6. I’m sure there is something crazier, but I’ve used my markers to touch up chips in a wood piece of furniture. I’ve also used them to help me put outfits together…sometimes when I come up with a color combo I love while crafting, it makes me think of clothing I have and I start to wonder whether or not I can combine those colors to make an outfit.

  7. humm… good question, strangest way I used my craft supplies… I’m drawing a blank really. When my son decided to step in an inky pad and then walk all over the carpet, that was not my favorite way to use a craft supply.

  8. having trouble thinking of anything original and different that I’ve done w craft supplies, but I HAVE used the Crop-o-dile to add extra notches to my belts and markers to cover skuff marks on my heels of shoes … Lovin’ the collection of tips you’ve pulled together – thanx for the inspiration and blog candy opp!

  9. Love using coloured cardstock both for card bases and as accents.I have not used my supplies that unusually but once my son needed to make a diorama of a toucan so we made his branch with my woodgrain embossing folder.

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