I love trying new craft products. And through my experience, I’ve found a handful of items that I absolutely love and will not go without. I’ve compiled a link of my favorite products and links for where to find them incase you’re inspired to use them too!
Paper Source is my one-stop shop for all of my envelope needs. They sell envelopes in multiple sizes and multiple colors.
Side Note: Paper Source has locations all around the United States. I wouldn’t consider Paper Source one of those Big Box Retailers because they make several products for their own stores. If you have a location near you, stop in and check out everything they have. Their Paper Bar is a DREAM.
If you’re using Paper Source for their envelopes, you need to invest in their Envelope Liner Template Kit. This is a must. It’s a 1-time investment (just don’t accidentally cut yours like I did), and will take your card to the next level.
Aside from a detour using an off-brand from Amazon, I currently use almost exclusively Copic Sketch markers. Some people prefer Sketch, and others Classic. I like Sketch because I’ve found that they’re easier to find in-person to purchase and I believe they come in the most colors.
Do your research before shopping. I’ve bought my Copic Markers at several locations.
My favorite online store to buy them at is Carpe Diem Markers. They offer free shipping for orders $35 or more, carry a huge selection of colors, and sometimes offer amazing sales to get the most bang for your buck when it comes to Copic Markers.
Also, if you have a location near you, check and see if your local Big Box Retail Craft Store carries Copic Markers. Most of the larger retailers offer heavy single item coupons almost weekly, and I’ve found you can use these coupons at Copics at most stores. I’ve gotten Copic Sketch markers for as little as $3.20 brand new and in-person, so you don’t have to worry about shipping!
Ink for Coloring
I’ve actually tried a few inks for coloring my images with Copic Markers. You do have to be careful to choose the correct ink so it won’t bleed when you start to color.
When I started coloring with Copics, I read a recommendation once to use Lawn Fawn Jet Black Ink, and I’ve used it ever since with no issues.
Ink for Creating Backgrounds
Ink- General Use
I’ve also read that a lot of makers also use Memento Inks, so I do have a small collection of Memento Dew Drop Inks to use, which are mostly for if I want my stamped sentiment to be in color.