A Black Friday Special – What to buy for your creativity stash

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Black Friday is coming up and I have to say I absolutely love the shopping that is available and the discounts that one can get. It is just amazing. This is the perfect time of the year to stock up on some crafting supplies or if you’re starting out to get a few big ticket items for less. Here is my list of the creativity musts you should buy this holiday season.

1. Die-cutting machines
2. Dies and Embossing Folders
3. Acrylic Paints
4. Watercolors
5. Paper Punches
6. Precision Scissors
7. Paper Trimmer
8. Adhesives
9. Paper
10. Good Black Pens – Micron or Faber-Castel

1. Die-Cutting Machines
These are such amazing machines – and I’m talking about the good old fashioned manual ones. These work amazingly well with a variety of materials. The Cuttlebug and Sizzix Big Shot are both machines I have tried and both retail for less than $100. I got mine for $50 and $70 respectively. You will definitely find good deals on these online and in store. I would suggest getting the Sizzix Big Kick since it’s a sturdier machine but if you want something compact go for the Cuttlebug.

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These machines will let you cut shapes using dies and will also allow you to emboss using embossing folders. When using the hardier Sizzix Bigz dies I have been able to cut soda can metal and plastic, corrugated card and fabric.

I have also been able to emboss the soda can metal and plastic packaging – You can read more here.

2. Dies and Embossing folders
The Sizzix Bigs dies – the ones I like to use can be priced but I have built my collection over time – shopping at sales and using 40% off coupons for craft stores – you can find 40% off coupons for most major craft stores by just searching online

Embossing folders are cheaper – you should look for the Darice brand online and in store. The ones on sale can be as low as $3. That’s a great deal for a tool that will be available to you forever. That’s why I invest in tools more than supplies. These tools can help me make some of the supplies I would otherwise have to buy – stamps, stencils, embellishments and more! Blog post coming soon on 10 creative uses for your die-cutting machine subscribe to stay updated

3. Acrylic paints are awesome for painting and making mixed media and recycled paper sheets, creating fun paper backgrounds and so much more. The cheaper paint can be at little as 60c per bottle at Walmart!

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4. You can also find the Simply Art brand at Walmart. I love their paintbrushes and watercolour paint pan set of 36 colours. I’ve used them and they are awesome for the price point – less than $5!

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5. Paper punches are also something I collect using coupons and sales. These have helped me embellish everything from invites and cards to scrapbook pages and gift packaging. I have even created embellishments using paper punches!

6. A good precision scissor will save you a lot of many as you will be able to cut out images to use in your crafting projects from magazines – much cheaper than buying stickers, embellishments and patterned paper.

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7. A good paper trimmer is great if you want to create some clean lines and edges for cards and paper crafting projects.

8. Adhesives – A good tape runner, E6000 and a bottle of ModPodge are all you’ll need.

9. Paper – Paper packs are awesome! I am especially in love with the Ultimate Tag Stack from DCWV. These are 50% this holiday season!

10. Good black pens from Faber-Castel or Micron will help in doodling, entangle, journalling and so much more. These are available individually or in sets.

Here is a sample of the Michael’s Black Friday Ad – you can google Michael’s Black Friday Ad 2016 to see the full ad. Look at all the coupons!

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I hope this list helps you to get creative this holiday season and in the future. Do you have any favorite tools you would like to share with us? Please list them in the comments below.

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