Tuesday, October 17, 2017

DT Ale Top 5 Favorite Crafty Tools

Hello everyone! DT Ale here today sharing my top 5 favourite crafty tools / items. So while preparing for this blog post I thought it will be hard to find 5 item and to call them favourite :) when I start crafting I don't think that I used this, or that because are my favourites , I just grab the things and make my cards :)) I know this might sound crazy but I craft at night :)) after my 3 kids sleep and after I do all the other chores I have :) But how ever here are some of the things that I use almost every time I get to craft : First I will start with 1. Inks  My most used ink was Memento tuxedo black ink, and I still like it but I was searching for an ink that I am able to used both with Alcohol Markers and water colors . So I found My favourite things Hybrid ink and it became instant my favourite ! Love the idea of having only one black ink that I can use for both markers or watercolors , because my space is limited :)
Next on top of my list are Distress inks 

I used the on all my cards I am pretty addicted to ink blending and every time I am able I will do a bit of ink blending . I don't own all the colors but here are my most used ones , and if I will need another color I will use my Memento dew drops inks which are also easy to blend , affordable and come into a variety of colours .

Versa Mark ink , Heat gun and embossing powders 
Ok I couldn't mention inks without saying that Versa Mark along with embossing powders and heat gun is a really must have :) 
Love how you can make a sentiment pop from a dark background using white embossing powder , or how you can add details to a coloured background just by stamping using Versa mark without heat setting or using embossing powder .
One of the techniques that I used pretty often is embossing and then water coloring . This is one of my favourites .

And because I am talking about inks I need to talk about coloring mediums and my favourites are 2. Alcohol Markers - Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers For me these markers are the most used . I always tend to grab them first for coloring an image . They are affordable , come in a variety of colors and bled beautiful together . But just a little thing to keep in mind with this markers : when I first purchase these they had refills , which was amazing in my opinion , but currently they discontinued the reffils and I don't know when/ if  they will bring them back
Water coloring - Stabilo Markers 
This will may surprise you , since Zigs markers are very popular now , but I really enjoy using Stabilo Markers when it comes to water color with markers . They are cheap , can be found at the local crafting store and they come in a variety of colours. 
On watercolor paper they blend beautifuly and you can choosed if to use water or just blend the colors together just like Zig markers . 
One thing to keep in mind with this markers is that they only blend with watercolor paper and that their colours will fade with time .
Pencils - Polychromos 
So this ones are some currently favourites . I can now say that they are amazing and that I am very impressed with the result . While thinking which brand of pencils I should buy most people recommended Polychromos , and now I understand why : they are high quality pencils , they have a large variety of colours and the final result is simply amazing .
One thing to keep in mind is that layering the colours with the pencils may take some time , so try to be patient and don't add too much pressure .
Also I really enjoy using Gel pens to add details to the images that I color. So the black gel pen is amazing for adding eye details and the white gel pen I use to add highlights and dots to the cheeks
3. Big Shot and dies 
Now something that make me love a lot more card making and definitely a game changer is Big Shot maschine and the dies . The finished look that you get by die cutting your panels , words dies , border dies I very hard to achieve by using your scissors . My currently most used dies are this 2 from Craftin Desert Divas , which I really think they are must have Crazy Stitched frame dies Fancy frame dies
4. Glue 
Something that I really enjoy using is Glossy accents which is perfect to adhere your images or panels but also works very well with adding details to your projects . I am also loving Multi Medium Matte but currently I used it all ( need to order more :)) it's perfect to adhere sequins and acetate because dries matt 
5. Embellishments 
I really like my cards to be simple , and not really use lots of embellishments but recently discovered Nuvo drops  and I love the look of them . I like that you can put them straight to your project or how I did here ( put them on a piece of acetate and let them dry 24 h and then adhere them to the projects )
Probably my most used embellishments are the Sequins I love to use them for my cards to add a finished look to the card or use them for the shaker cards.
Now just want to share with you how my finished card look 
Hope you like it
and hope you find this blog post helpful! Thank you so much for stopping by! And for sticking until the end I know is a very long post :)


  1. It was a long blog post BUT useful ! So thanks for sharing these favorites of yours. And your card is totally adorable !


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