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Brother Scan 'n' Cut
This machine has really taken over in my craft room in ways I didn't expect. It will happily replace stamps, dies, tracing paper, scalpel and trimmers. It also loves to combine with other craft tools and adds options for foiling, embossing and glitter. Oh Brother, how I love thee, let me count the ways.
I will publish a separate post on my digital craft room shortly; covering apps, software and hardware.
Following on from the Brother, I've really taken to vinyl in a way I never did with my CraftROBO; which in some ways is mad as vinyl works easier on the CraftROBO as it doesn't need a carrier sheet. I've used it in personalisation and furniture revamp projects. Clear vinyl can also be used to make your pages wipeable or to add a gloss finish. Also, it worth adding a transfer sheet to your stash to help you transfer your design to your project.
I would be lost without my Crop-a-dile; it easily punches through multiple layers of paper, card, chipboard. There has yet to be a project where it has refused to punch. I just have the hand-held version, but there is a desk version that does make punching easier and can punch anywhere on 12x12" project. I'm saving up for a matching Corner Chomper to keep it company.
Hardly surprising, however the size may be - I use 12x12" and 12x24" cardstock as I found I could get more out of these sizes. I will be reviewing the 12x24" cardstock shortly.
My main coloured card stash comes from American Crafts; I love this card for its range of colours, strong GSM and smooth finish. It is suitable for die-cutting (both by die and by machine), take stamping well and also suitable for drawing on.
For textured card, I go to Papermania's Premium Textured Cardstock packs. Again, they have a great range of colours and good GSM for construction projects. The card die-cuts well, and it is cuttable by electronic cutters sparingly. It takes ink well around the cut edge to give a lovely three dimensional effect.
Project Life Cardstock
If I have a patterned cardstock in any 3D project, the chances are it will be from Project Life. The cared stock cuts wonderfully by die and machine, scores well and is easy to adhere. Check out our scrapbook and 3D projects to see these in action.
Punch Boards by We R Memory Keepers (WRMK)
I love the punch boards by WRMK; firstly, there is the stress relief element of punching paper. Secondly, they really make boxes and envelopes easier to do. They also combine well with the Scan 'n' Cut, as the Brother can add elements and embellishments to your project easily. See our Gift Box project to see how they can work together.
Fuse Tool by WRMK
I have a love-hate relationship with my Fuse; see my tips for using the Fuse tool. If you already have the Fuse, I recommend investing in the decorative tips as they bond better. If you don't have a Fuse, wait for the new version which WRMK are releasing later this year. The new version has a centrally mounted wheel (no more wobble), is USB powered (which my desk sockets will love).