12 Must-Have Paper Crafting Products

12 Must Have Paper Crafting Products

Today I wanted to share with you 12 Stampin’ Up! products that I consider a must-have for any paper crafter.  They are a staple in my craft room and use them on almost ALL of my creations.  If you are new to paper crafting, the following list will give you a good start to building a perfect paper crafting collection. 

Mary Fish Stampin' Pretty Stampin' Up! Must-Have Basic White Thick Card Stock

#1. You need to start with a card base and the Basic White Thick Card Stock is the best! Basic White 8-1/2″ x 11″ Thick Cardstock Is extra thick, so it’s perfect for card bases. It’s high quality, acid-free, and lignin-free. 24 Sheets

Mary Fish Stampin' Pretty Stampin' Up! Must-Have Basic White Card Stock

#2. You need something to stamp on and the Basic White Card Stock is high quality for a crisp and clean stamped image. Basic White 8-1/2″ x 11″ Cardstock is a classic, heavyweight cardstock that’s acid and lignin-free. 40 sheets. 

Mary Fish Stampin' Pretty Stampin' Up! Must-Have Paper Trimmer Cuts and Scores

#3. You need a tool to cut your card stock to the size you need, but why not have a tool that scores your folds too? The durable, portable Paper Trimmer has an extra-wide 7-3/4″ cutting base and extendable 17″ ruler to accommodate large paper projects.  It comes with 1 paper cutting blade and 1 paper scoring blade. Mary Fish Stampin' Pretty Stampin' Up! Must Have Stamparatus Stamp Positioning Tool

#4. Need help with perfect stamp placement and crisp and clean stamped images?  The Stamparatus is here for you! A must-have tool for all stampers, the Stamparatus helps you perfectly align stamp images, stamp multiples of the same project quickly and precisely, and get complete ink coverage.

The Stamparatus was created by stampers for stampers, so it has all the features you want.  You can see more details here

NEED STAMPS? You can see all available stamps in my online store here:  All Stamps

Mary Fish Stampin' Pretty Stampin' Up! Must-Have Tuxedo Black Memento Ink

#5. Every crafter needs a go-to black ink pad. You’ll love the coverage the Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad gives. It’s great to use with Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers and as a general-purpose ink pad.

Mary Fish Stampin' Pretty Stampin' Up! Must Have Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machines Standard or Mini#6. Spend your time crafting, not cutting! The Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine makes precise cuts and detailed embossed images every time. Use with dies and embossing folders to easily create accents and elements for cards, scrapbook pages, party invitations, classroom projects, and more.


STANDARD: This machine has a wide 6″ platform for larger dies and full-size embossing folders. Works with all Stampin’ Up! dies and embossing folders. Includes 1 Base Plate, 1 Die Plate, 2 Cutting Plates, and 1 Specialty Plate.

MINI: This cute machine has a compact footprint for easy storage and travel. The 3-1/2″ platform works with many of Stampin’ Up!’s smaller dies and embossing folders. Includes 1 Mini Base Plate, 2 Mini Cutting Plates, 1 Mini Embossing Plate, and 1 Mini 3D Embossing Plate

You can see more details of the standard and mini machine here

NEED DIES OR EMBOSSING FOLDERS? You can see all available dies and embossing folders in my online store here:  All Dies, All Embossing Folders

Mary Fish Stampin' Pretty Stampin' Up! Must-Have Multipurpose Liquid Glue

#7.  A glue for almost everything!  Crafters’ must-have glue. Securely adheres small embellishments. Includes narrow tip and broad tip. Strong bond; dries clear. 0.9 oz. Acid-free.
Ideal for cardstock and paper, embellishments, glitter, 3D objects and accents, and detailed die cuts.

Mary Fish Stampin' Pretty Stampin' Up! Must-Have Stampin' Dimensionals#8. Every card could use a little dimension!  Double-sided adhesive foam dots add depth and dimension. Great for heavier embellishments, too. Instant bond. Acid-free. Stampin’ Dimensionals®: 300 pieces, 3/8″

Mary Fish Stampin' Pretty Stampin' Up! Must-Have Basic Medium Envelopes

#9.  Provide the perfect finishing touch for your cards. Fits standard 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ cards. 40 envelopes. The Perfect Polish!  Decorate your envelopes to coordinate with your cards!

Mary Fish Stampin' Pretty Stampin' Up! Must-Have Simply Shammy

#10.  Keep those stamps clean! This reusable stamp cleaning cloth makes stamp cleaning effortless. Just add water, then wipe stamps on the shammy. Durable, thick shammy easily cleans ink from narrow grooves. No lint, no chemicals—just clean! 

Mary Fish Stampin' Pretty Stampin' Up! Must-Have Paper Snips

#11. Perfect Paper Snipping Precision! Paper Snips are a staple tool for expert cutting even in small areas. The precision-ground stainless steel tips cut cleanly all the way to the end of the blades. 2-1/2″. Includes a safety cover for the blades. 

Mary Fish Stampin' Pretty Stampin' Up! Must-Have Baker's Twine Essentials Pack

#12.  The Baker’s Twine Essentials Pack is a crafting staple and multipurpose twine in five colors. The variety of colors makes this pack so versatile and perfect for tags, trimming, and tying. Five spools. Crumb Cake and white, 10 yards each; black, Gray Granite, and Very Vanilla, 5 yards each. 

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  1. Thank you for this list. My clients ask all the time what they need to get started. Most of this is on my list and I will add the rest from yours.

  2. Celia Cawthon

    Absotively. 100% agree. These are literally on my work space at all times!

  3. Kadie Labadie

    Your list is 100% COMPLETE. These are MUST HAVE products that should be in any papercrafters room. TFS.

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