My Favourite Tools


This picture (above) shows how I use the EK-Success Precision Tips and a Making Memories craft knife to cut out clip art. Normally I prefer X-Acto to Making Memories, but I snapped my last blade while misusing it… The EK-Success Precision Tips are designed for accuracy in detail cutting, I have had them for 2 years and have never run across a piece of clip art they couldn’t handle. : ) The shown piece of clip art could actually have been done without the craft knife, and I don’t know how I ever managed to get along without them [precision tips].


This picture (above) shows the Provo-Craft Chizzel-It. Images 2, 3, & 4 show me using the brush tip and a Tim Holtz Distressed Ink pad (vintage photo) to antique the edge of a piece of scrapbook paper. I came up with this technique while trying to find a quick and accurate, but not time-consuming and messy, fashion of antiquing torn edges. This is a rotary tool, so while one side of the brush is picking up the ink, the other is depositing and brushing the ink into the paper. I added to additional images, one is of the porcelain sanding tip sanding a papier mache chess piece, the other is of the engraving tip sanding an eyelet to be repainted. The engraving tip is not meant to be used this way, but the Chizzel-It is one of those tools that you can misuse to your heart’s content without it being any the worse.


This is the Provo-Craft Silent Setter, no hammer needed. Both the punching and setting processes are accomplished by simply applying pressure to the top of the handle. The Silent Setter also comes in handy for things like this…


Postage piece from K& Co.

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