What are the measurements of your cards?
In Austria, the standard card size is DIN A6, in other words 10.5 cm by 14.8 cm. For a folded card, the size is 10.5 cm by 29.7 cm, where the score line is at 14.8 cm. I usually use this card size unless stated otherwise because it is more convenient for me. In regard to paper weight, I use papers of different weights. For card bases I usually use papers with a weight of about 220-300g/m², for decorative elements about 100-130g/m².
What supplies do you use?
For my cards, I use the following basic supplies:
- white and coloured cardstock: any cardstock that I can get my hands on.
- stamps and their coordinating dies: I absolutely love the clear stamps from Lawn Fawn. They are the most adorable and versatile stamp sets I have ever seen! When purchasing stamp sets, I usually also buy their coordinating dies. My die-cutting machine is Provo Craft Cuttlebug V2. As far as I know, this model is no longer sold. The newest version is the Cricut Cuttlebug Mint Machine (as of October 2017)
- ink pads: I mainly use the Memento Dew Drop ink pads by Tsukineko and the Ink Cube Packs by Lawn Fawn. For (watercolour) backgrounds I use the Tim Holtz Mini Distress Ink pads.
- markers and coloured pencils: I mainly use Copic alcohol-based markers because I like that the end result always looks very neat. Plus with some techniques you can achieve great effects. When I colour with Copic, I use Copic-friendly paper.
- adhesive: when assembling cards (i.e. glueing panels together), I prefer tape runner over liquid glue so that the paper does not warp. For smaller (decorative) elements, I use liquid glue or foam tape (for dimension).
Where do you purchase your supplies?
I purchase my supplies from different sources: my local craft store and online. My favourite Austrian suppliers include Pipilonia and Stempelwunderwelt. For international online stores, I usually go for Amazon and Simon Says Stamp. The latter I mainly use for supplies that are hard to come by in Europe. However, I rarely order from Simon Says Stamp because the delivery costs are extremely high for me and it takes several weeks for the order to arrive at my home – last time I ordered, I had two wait for two months :-(.