When I first started paper crafting, I didn’t own a scoring board. I made do with a ruler and the backside of a butter knife. It did the job for a while, but I knew I needed to invest in a tool that would make quick work of this task. Today, I own two score tools, one large one and one mini score board by Martha Stewart. The Mini Scoring Board by Martha Stewart is straight up awesome. I use if 99% of the time. It has a very small footprint which means I can use it even when my desk is cluttered with all sorts of other materials. The board comes with a bone folder that you can use for scoring, and it does the job just fine. My preference is to use this scoring board along with the MS Stylus Set…but it’s certainly not a necessity. Another great feature of this board, is the envelope scoring guide on the back., making it super simple to create custom envies. The board measures 6 1/2″ across the top and 8″ down the side. There are markings along the top that note where you’d need to score for an A2 and 4bar cards. Since most of my projects are small in scale, this product is great for me. Of course, if you craft on a larger scale, this may be too little and you should opt for the full sized MS Scoring Board.
I know, I know. You’re thinking….a bone folder? Seriously? How did that make it onto the Must Have list? Well, let me tell you. If one day, I have to run out of my house with only 30 seconds to grab stuff, I’m taking photos of family and this bone folder. First, it is made of incredibly sturdy Teflon. It won’t warp and it won’t leave a sheen on your paper when you run it across folds. It has two ends that are shaped differently, which I didn’t think would matter…but it does. Trust me. Last, since I am a big fan of very heavy cardstock, this bone folder makes it really easy to get a sharp crease, even when using really thick paper.
I love glitter. I hate the mess it makes. Enter: Stickles ! Most of you know about this stuff, but I recently familiarized myself with all the varieties of Stickles and was pleasantly surprised to find that each type offered something different! I’ve used standard Stickles for a while. They are great for adding sparkle straight from the bottle. Ice Stickles, add serious shine. It’s kind of like sticking a bunch of Swarovski crystals directly onto your paper. Love. Distress Stickles create patina-like flecks, which are especially beautiful on vintage or shabby chic projects. My favorite Distress Stickles color is Peeled Paint – such a beautiful rustic green. I used it on the Christmas card in this post to create a rustic looking wreath.
Now how about a project that uses all three of these products? I’ve come up with a treat box that you can download (for free, of course!) And don’t forget to use your Crafty Power Tape to assemble this adorable gift!
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After cutting out and assembling the treat boxes, I dotted each with Ice Stickles. I also added Stickles to the star topper, which I adhered to a toothpick, then stuck down into the box.
- Tomorrow, we’re gonna take a quick break from the Start Your Stash series for a post the I whipped up this evening. I’m hoping that the yummy project will win me a round-trip ticket to Altitude Design Summit!!! I hope you’ll come by and let me know what you think.