Have you ever sat down to craft and realize you did not have what you needed to create? Do you struggle with knowing what to buy because you have so much in your craft room? Or maybe you are just starting out and do not know what to buy. If you answered yes to any of these questions, this article is for you!

The truth is you do not need it all. In fact, if you try to have it all you will end up spending a lot of money and probably not able to use it all. These supplies will be the staples in your craft room that will allow you to create whenever the mood strikes you. They also will be foundational in that you can add other paper crafting supplies to them — things you truly love!

So what are the basic supplies you need?

  • Adhesive
  • Paper
  • Stamp Pad
  • Blending Tool
  • Storage Case


There are three types of adhesive I recommend depending on how you paper craft. Adhesive Foam is great for adding layers. You also can use it to create shaker cards. Glue Sticks are perfect for art journaling. You can use it on deli paper and cardstock to add elements to your journal. Last, but not least, liquid adhesive. Liquid adhesive is great for adhering everything else. It is important that you have a good one. Otherwise, you could have buckles in your art and possibly things coming apart. I like Art Glitter Glue best.


Paper probably seems like a no brainer regarding craft supplies you need. But, the type of paper is important and can be confusing. A nice quality white flat cardstock is best. You want something that you can blend color on and stamp. Cheap paper tends to pill and dissolve as you color on it. Paper is something you can drop a lot of money on, so it is important you use it on the things that matter. You want to use it as your card front and create your card base out of cheaper alternatives. For further explanation check out my video. I also go over each of these basic supplies you need in more detail.

Stamp Pad

If you are a stamper, you have got to have a good black stamp pad. I like something that holds up to different mediums and is archival safe. I do not do much stamping with colored pads. In fact, I use the majority of colored pads to create backgrounds and paint with (yes you can paint with them!).

Blending Tool

I actually prefer a cheaper blending tool over the expensive ones on the market today. I have never been able to blend well with anything other than a foam top on a blending tool. I do prefer the dome foam tops over the flat ones because there is less of a chance of getting a harsh line. I do need to swap out the dome tops every other year. Even with the replacements they are less expensive than other alternatives.

Storage Case

I like to keep my blending tools in a storage case. This allows me to see what I have and grab the color I need right away. By keeping them in a storage case it also allows for the colors not to touch and possibly transfer to the project I am working on.

Supply List:

These are my favorite basic supplies and direct links. I purchase all of these at one time about once a year making sure to get three packs of paper. I craft a lot, so you may be able to get away with only purchasing them every other year.


Did I miss something? Please share in the comments section!

Until next time – Happy Crafting!