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Basic Card Making Tools

Second to materials, you’ll also need a variety of papercraft tools to ensure precision and accuracy throughout your card making. Again, we’ve summarised this into a little list for you:

  1. Metal Ruler
  2. Craft Knife
  3. Scissors
  4. Paper Trimmer
  5. Cutting Mat

Continue reading below for extra information on these tools listed. Alternatively, please see our Guide to Papercraft Tools for more detailed information on a larger variety of tools you could use across a whole range of different papercraft techniques and projects.
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Metal Ruler
There is arguably no tool as vital as a metal craft ruler – for the upmost accuracy and precision in your card making, this tool is necessary. Metal rulers ensure durability and reliability, with the ability to not succumb under heavy pressure.
Craft Knife
Craft knives are ideal for card making projects as they can cut through a variety of strong materials. Especially essential for cutting out fiddly designs, using a craft knife is an advantage if you’re planning on cutting out a series of intricate shapes.
Scissors
Although more difficult to cut smaller, intricate designs, scissors are better if you’re looking to cut a large amount of paper shapes for your projects. Usually coming with specially designed handles for comfort, scissors are important tools that allow you to produce many layers to incorporate into your card designs.
Paper Trimmer
Paper trimmers differ from scissors and craft knives as they only cut a straight line. Trimmers are perfect for providing the ultimate in accuracy, creating a crisp, precise cut every time. They can cut through thick materials or several layers of card quickly and all at once – perfect if you’re looking to create a mass amount of cards!
Cutting Mat
If you want to use a cutting knife, then a cutting mat is a vital item! Not only do they prevent you from cutting up your table, but they also help with measuring, modelling and to protect your work surfaces from other messy materials like adhesives, ink, pens and more.

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