Here’s a comprehensive list of everything you need to make amazing photo cards.
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Multiple sheets of standard cardstock are used for the lids, sides, and various envelopes and embellishments.
65 lb cardstock is perfect for these!
Scrapbooking paper works too, but most of the time it will have a white line where it’s folded (such as on a lid or an envelope). If the paper pattern is light, often it won’t be too noticeable.
For solid core cardstock, Recollections 65 lb. cardstock is a crafter-favorite. When you bend it into envelopes, lids, or other embellishments, there is no white showing on the edges.
It’s also available at most craft stores such as Michael’s or Hobby Lobby.
Most of the pop-up cards and explosion box elements use 8.5 x 11 cardstock.
A few projects, such as the large envelopes to send pop-up cards in, use 12×12 cardstock.
Glitter card stock is perfect for adding some bling to your projects.
Looking for some REALLY special cardstock? Check out the 12×12 Cardstock Shop for every type of paper imaginable!!
Lots of papers are available as individual sheets too, so you don’t have to commit to an entire package. Just choose the prettiest ones!
This is my favorite pack so far!
The Little Black Pack Mixed Media Variety Pack includes 27 sheets of the most beautiful BLACK cardstock and specialty papers! Try everything, including smooth and textured cardstock, glitter cardstock, embossed cardstock, mirror cardstock, and more.
Tools For Paper Crafting
Use a Cricut scraper to keep your mat free from debris; clean it with baby wipes too.
The scraper is also used to gently pry the paper away from the mat.
This whole toolset is great to have:
– scissors are small and sharp to trim small details
– tweezers are used to place small details or grab the insides of letters when weeding
– hook weeding tool is used constantly if you use any type of vinyl
Cricut Cutting Machine
The original Cricut Maker is more budget-friendly than the newer model, but still has the tools so you can engrave, deboss, and perforate.
The Maker also cuts thick material with the knife blade and fabric with the rotary blade.
The Cricut Maker 3 is the latest model. It’s supposed to cut faster, but it always measures the entire mat (usually twice) so you have to wait to finally press the “Go” button. It is able to cut without a mat if you use Cricut’s Smart Materials.
Like the original Maker, it has tools so you can engrave, deboss, and perforate.
It also cuts thick material with the knife blade and fabric with the rotary blade.
I love my Explore Air!
It’s actually my favorite for paper crafting. It doesn’t have all of the extra options the Maker does, but it has everything needed to cut and score paper. It doesn’t measure the mat so it’s actually quicker than the Maker 3.
Photo printing and accessories
Print out any photo to the correct size and shape yourself. This water-resistant, vinyl glossy sticker paper is perfect for photos and stickers for explosion boxes. You can even take it off and reposition the sticker without tearing it.
** Printing on this paper is my preferred method of getting photos off your phone and into cards or explosion boxes. I also love making stickers with it. Grab two! **
If you need photo paper immediately, you can pick up the Pen&Gear brand at Walmart.
It’s just $8 for 50 sheets so it’s super budget-friendly.
This glue is the best. It allows you to slide the paper around to the exact position you want and it doesn’t wrinkle the paper AT ALL.
It’s similar to rubber cement, so it does create some “strings” of glue.