Everybody is a beginner in something at some point in their lives and here at Crafter’s Companion, we love nothing more than to help people get started on their crafting journey. We all have to start somewhere, so we’ve all been in the position where we aren’t sure about paper weights, what kind of art mediums to use or what is needed in a kit. So to help you kickstart your crafting obsession, we’ve put together a list of 12 blog posts that are perfect for beginners!
1. How to start your craft kit
If you’re a beginner in crafting, we know how daunting it can be to know where to start. There’s so much talk of craft kits, but how are you supposed to know what to put in it? If you’re currently in this situation, don’t panic! We’ve put together this handy guide on how to start a craft kit.
2. Which paper or cardstock is best for my project?
When it comes to selecting card or paper for your project, it can be a little bit of a minefield. There’s a huge number of different finishes, weights and properties that can factor in, and deciding which pack to buy can be difficult! Don’t worry, we’ve all been there, so to help you decide which card or paper is best for your next project, we’ve put together this handy post!
3. Which die-cutting machine is best for you?
When you’re getting started in die-cutting, it can be a little bit overwhelming because there’s just so much to learn. There’s all of the plate combinations and the different types of dies, but at the base of it all is the machine. Finding the right machine for you is essential and there are a lot of factors to consider before you make a purchase. Thankfully, we’ve put together this handy post that gives you all the details that you need about our different Gemini die-cutting machines.
4. The beginner’s guide to die-cutting
You all know how much we love die-cutting, here at Crafter’s Companion. It’s one of our favourite ways to embellish our papercraft projects, especially because there are so many different die designs available. It’s a technique that can be used for absolutely any occasion, any kind of papercraft project, like cardmaking, scrapbooking and home decor, and with a huge variety of materials.
5. The sandwich menu – a guide to die-cutting and embossing sandwiches
Roll up, roll up and view the sandwich menu! If you’re hungry, you’ve come to wrong place because today, we’re not serving up BLTs or Club sandwiches. Instead, we’re giving you a handy guide to die-cutting and embossing sandwiches, so that you can create the most exquisite embellishments possible. We promise, they’ll look almost good enough to eat!
6. What is matting and layering?
If you’re a bit of a beginner to papercrafts, you may have heard a few words or phrases that have made you think, “what on Earth does that mean?” We’ve all been there, but whether you’re new to the craft or an expert, it’s always great to have a refresh and possibly learn something new.
7. The beginner’s guide to stencilling
Stencilling is a craft and art form that has been around for years – 35,000 to be exact! It’s loved by children for making fun shapes in drawings and loved by adults for creating beautiful backgrounds for projects, but where exactly do you start? If this is a question you’ve been asking yourself, you’re going to love this post!
8. Adhesives 101
A good craft room needs a great stash of adhesives, but it can be quite tricky knowing which adhesive is best for your project. With so many different types on the market, it can be quite overwhelming! But don’t worry – we’re on hand with this useful adhesives 101 guide to help you discover which adhesive is the one for you!
9.Flower Forming Foam 101
Our Flower Forming Foam range has gone global and we hope that you’re just as excited to get stuck in with it as we are. To celebrate the full launch of this beautiful range, we thought we’d write up a little 101 guide to help you get started. We know how daunting it can be when you first get your hands on a load of new products, but this blog post will give you that boost you need!
10. 10 reasons why you should start sewing
Sewing is a hobby and craft that has stood the test of time, and given people so much happiness over hundreds of years. But did you know that there are more benefits to sewing than meets the eye? We’ve put together this post with ten reasons about why you should start sewing, from mental health benefits to the more practical things. Take a look and see if you’re inspired!
11. 9 essential tools for your sewing kit
We know how daunting it can be when you’re first getting started in the world of sewing, quilting or patchwork. There are so many different tools that claim to be great for beginners, but turn out to be completely useless or very difficult to use. If you’re currently in this situation, don’t panic! We’ve put together a list of nine essential tools that we think you should have in your kit. It doesn’t matter whether you’re interested in sewing, quilting or patchwork – these bits and bobs can be used across all three disciplines. So what are you waiting for? Take a look and stock up that sewing kit!
12. 8 essentials for your art kit
Starting up an art kit can be quite the daunting task. With all of the different colouring mediums, bases to add the colour to, tools and so much more, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and worry about where to start. But don’t panic! We’ve put this handy blog post together, which will help you to put together a basic art kit
We hope that this little collection of posts has inspired you and given you the advice that you need to get started in your crafting journey. You can take a look at our beginner’s guides too, or reach out to us on social media – we’re always willing to help! Come and chat to us or show us your photos on Facebook UK, Facebook USA, Twitter, Instagram UK, Instagram US, Pinterest UK or Pinterest US using the hashtag #crafterscompanion.