First up is my favorite paper trimmer and scissors. It would be a little hard to craft without these. The paper trimmer is Fiskars 12" Rotary Trimmer. It gives you clean cuts and lasts a very long time (I've only bought 1)
The scissors are Tim Holtz's nonstick serrated scissors by Tonic. These are a really comfrtable pair of scissors that are great for detail cutting and your uncut foam mounted stamps.
Next up is my work surface. The Ranger Nonstick Craft Sheet is the best thing to ever happen to my craft table. Nothing sticks to it (even permanent marker) and it can withstand high temperatures, protecting your work surface. It works great for inking, painting, gluing, melt art and lots more. Many of the Distress Ink techniques really just aren't possible with out this craft sheet. It comes in 2 sizes a 15"x18" sheet and by the foot on a 36" wide roll. I have a 24"x36" piece that covers most of my work surface and it's fabulous. Just don't use your cutting tools on it, you still need a cutting mat for that.
Next are two products that you will see me use on just about everything. Tim Holtz's Distress Inks together with the Inkssentials Blending Tool. While they are great for adding that vintage, weathered look to projects I love to use them on everything because they give your projects so much more dimension. There are so many techniques and different looks you can achieve with these inks, they really are amazing. They come in 36 colors, plus there are 4 seasonal sets that each contain 3 colors, for a total of 48 gorgeous colors!
For adhesives I have 3 go-to ones. The Tombow Adhesive Dot Roller for paper to paper. Scotch Quick Dry Tacky Adhesive, I use this one for embellishments and also for intricate die cuts. And finally Ranger's Wonder Tape in 1/8 inch and 1/4 inch as well as the full sheets. This adhesive has a super strong hold. I use it on ribbon and also for putting mini album pages and pockets together. The sheets are great for chip board or grunge board die cuts. Apply the Wonder Tape to the chip/grunge board before die cutting and you have an instant adhesive back shape. It's great for adding glitter, flocking or embossing powder to your die cuts.
The last product I'm going to share is my go-to stamping ink. Archival Inks are an oil based dye ink that are permanent on many surfaces. They work great on both red rubber and clear stamps.I don't get the beading on my clear stamps that I do with a lot of other inks. They also give a very crisp image. I'm not a big Copic marker user but they seem to work fine with the few that I have (I only use the skin tone ones) and they do work great with colored pencils and other markers.
I hope you enjoyed today's favorite things and if you haven't tried any of them check them out. I use these not only in the projects I post here, but als in my classes and I recommend them to my students. Let me know what your favorite go-to products are! Maybe my next Friday Fav will be something you use!
Tomorrow is the big day for prizes and the last day of the relaunch. I have really enjoyed this whole week and it feels great to be reconnecting with the online crafting world. As a big thank you and my final giveaway for the week, I am going to give one lucky winner a set of the new Summer Seasonal Distress Inks. The colors in this set are unlike any of the previous Distress colors. They are super vibrant and beautiful! Al you have to do is leave a comment before midnight tonight Can't wait to see you all tomorrow and if you're just finding the blog be sure to go back through the posts from this week for your chance to win!