FAVES & MUST HAVES

Here, you will find a collection of my favorite tools and must haves from Fun Stamper's Journey.

Please know, that this list is constantly evolving as I discover new, must-have products.  
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Teflon Bone Folder

I have been reluctant to purchase one of these for years, because the cost put me off, however, I recently discovered that there were many more affordable options on the market now, so I invested.  And I LOVE it.   The beautiful sharp creases this creates in my card bases - without leaving a mark - makes it totally worth the cost!  I also love that it's nonstick, so I don't have to worry about adhesive getting on it. 

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Reverse Tweezers

These awesome tweezers work in the reverse of a normal set.  You squeeze the body of the tweezers to open the pinchers, and release to grip.  This makes holding small pieces of paper for heat embossing, or placement super easy!  I love my set, and have had them for many years.


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This is a newer item in my tool box, but I'm not quite sure where it has been all my crafty life.  The sticky ends make it so easy to pick up, and place, small gems or sequins.    





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No list would be complete without this handy tool.  You can both trim and score with this tool, and can measure out 6.5" lengths on the left - without extending the arms, that are both top and bottom, to measure out to a full 12".  On the right, you can measure 2" to trim smaller lengths, without the need to do calculations.  




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I've used many pencils, markers, and watercolors over the time I've been creating.  In terms of price, quality, and color selection, these are definitely at the top of my list!  Inside the lid of the tin, there is an index that shows how to mix and match the pencils within, to match any of the Fun Stampers Journey colors.  The pencils are soft, and easily blended to allow for some great 3D coloring.  




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Journey Platinum Machine

This amazing machine will quickly become your favorite.  The full 8.5" x 11" platform, allows you to cut a full sheet of card stock at a time.  Able to cut thin and steel rule dies, as well as emboss with embossing folders and dies.  I've had a few different die cutting machines over my time paper crafting, and this is my favorite so far! 





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Journey OvalsCircles, and Rectangles Dies 

These dies are frequently used on my cards.  The basic shapes are a must have in my book, and the added individual pierced dies allow for more variety in how the dies are used.



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Black Licorice True Color Fusion Ink Pad



All of the True Color Fusion Inks are equally amazing, but every crafter has to have a great black ink in their arsenal.  Because of the fusion ink, there are so many more possibilities.  This ink stamps clean and clear, and is permanent on glass, wood, and even fabric - with just a little heat setting.  



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White Liner

Of all the adhesives that Fun Stampers Journey carries, this is probably my most used.  I love the White Liner tape for holding together boxes, sleeves, and cards.  It is the first adhesive I reach for when creating a dimensional project.  Make sure to burnish the tape into the card stock fibers for the strongest hold.  



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Grand Pro Shears / Detail Pro Shears

Both pairs of these shears are so handy!  First, I actually like that the bright green color doesn't tend to get lost on my desktop as I create.  The Grand Pro Shears are a nice weight, and the non-stick - and self sharpening! - blades mean that you will want three or four pairs just to have around the house for various uses.  The Detail Pro Shears are the perfect size for fussy cutting images.  They move through card stock smoothly.


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This may seem like an oddball choice, given that it's storing the amazing FSJ clear blocks with their rounded, beveled, and contured edges - which make them super easy to hold - and the deep etched grids to make lining up your stamps super easy.  However, as someone who put off finding a good storage system for her clear blocks for YEARS - this tote is incredible!  With 11 pockets (one for each size block FSJ carries), it stores and protects your clear blocks when you are going to crops, or just in your craft room.  It's easy to see when a block is missing (super handy!).


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Sparkle Silk

This little bottle right here, is swirling, sparkling, magic.  Watching the face of someone - who has never seen Sparkle Silk in action - see it splatter over a project for the first time, is so fun!  People turn into little kids when they see that glimmer magically appear.  And as someone who likes sparkle, I love to add it to my projects.  Either flicked over the top of a project to add a sparkly, silvery, splatter; or put onto a pallet and diluted with water, so that I can paint on some subtle shimmer.  Sparkle Silk is a must have!  Can it come in gallon size already?


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