Dreaming Tree Go-To Tools

While I’m majorly jealous (sort of) of the craft rooms with tons and tons of goodies, you don’t need all that stuff to make beautiful things with paper. Actually, everything you see on our site is made with very few items. Occasionally we’ll create items that require supplies that you won’t find below, but for the most part, the staples below are all you need!

Basics

Cardstock

100% of Dreaming Tree projects use American Crafts AC Cardstock which is an 80LB (216 GSM) Cardstock. Although it’s available in various places, the link will take you to 12×12 Cardstock Shop which is owned by a nice couple out of Utah that carries all of the colors in single sheets or packs of 25. They ship fast and offer free shipping on orders over a certain amount.

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Vellum

12×12 Cardstock Shop now carries vellum! FYI, if you don’t get it from them note that we typically use 27LB Vellum.

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Glue

I’ve tried a variety of glues and everyone has their favorites, this is mine. I prefer the smaller bottle (2oz) as it is easier to handle. There are also all sorts of optional nozzle attachments and bottles available (third party), I tried them and I don’t care for them. You might find them beneficial and that is totally okay, whatever works for you! The glue bottle is just like any artist’s tools, you just have to get the feel for it.

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Silhouette Pick Me Up Tool

This tool is great for picking up small paper pieces as well as applying rhinestones and pearls to projects. It has a tacky tip that lets you pick things up and a detachable piece that can be used to hold paper (or embellishments) down as you pull the tacky tip away. 

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Fiskars Self Healing Mat

These are the mats I use to protect my desk when I craft. You’ll see it in pretty much every assembly video!

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Cutting Machines

Cricut Maker

Not my exclusive machine, but it is the one I use for the majority of my cutting. We just recently started experimenting with the score wheel for our score lines and I’m very happy with it. The Design Space software that controls the machine is too primitive for my tastes so I still use Sure Cuts A Lot software for any modifications or quick custom work I may need to do, but the machine itself is THE most consistent machine I’ve ever had the pleasure of using. It’s simple, intuitive and “just works” every time. I wasted very few sheets of paper using this machine (as well as the Cricut Explore Air 2).

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Cricut Explore

Before converting over to the Cricut Maker, Cricut sent me the Cricut Explore Air 2 and I immediately fell in love with it. It’s just like the Cricut Maker minus the knife blade and the score wheel/rotary blade. Just as consistent and reliable but also lacking in software capabilities which is why I compliment the cutting machine with Sure Cuts A Lot.

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Sizzix Eclips 2

The Sizzix Eclips 2 is our main production machine (that may be changing soon since we’ll likely be using the scoring tool on the Cricut Maker) and is a workhorse. It’s a very capable machine, very accurate and fast and you can use eCAL software with it. eCAL is basically a custom version of Sure Cuts A Lot that was made specifically for the Eclips machine. It’s literally the best cutting software (my opinion) and is basically responsible for making this machine as awesome as it is.

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Inking

Alcohol Ink Applicator Pad by Ranger

I use these pads for inking on card stock and patterned papers. I love it because it gives me great control in tight places and I can really control how much or how little ink ends up on the project. These don’t work very well on glitter papers because the glitter grabs on to the actual material (I still use it on glitter), but it’s perfect for paper! The link below will take you to Amazon, but you’ll get them cheaper at your local JoAnn’s if you use a coupon. 

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Memento Inks

These are my go-to inks for distressing and inking edges on my projects. I like the thickness of the pad and that it doesn’t oversaturate whatever applicator I’m using. They come in a variety of colors and I don’t really use ALL of them so be sure to pick ones that you’ll use regularly as some of mine have sat for quite some time. Some of the most common colors we use are as follows: Potter’s Clay, Bamboo Leaves, Rhubarb Stalk, Tangelo, Lady Bug, Cottage Ivy and Turquoise. 

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Storage

12X12 Paper Racks

These are the 30 slot 12×12 paper racks that you may see in the assembly videos. They’re on the left and right of me. Typically only the left side is visible. Lots of great space to sort out my card stock.

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Non-Paper Supplies

Submersible LED Lights

These are the circular lights we use to light up various projects. You can turn it on and off, change the light color and intensity and make it do some other fun things with the included remote. It takes 3 AAA batteries.

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