If I remember (or even better get freebies in lieu of advertising 😉 ) I’ll list all the suppliers of kit that I mention in the blog:
By far the cheapest source of Moleskine books I’ve found. As well as loads of other books!
Suppliers of no-nonsense unmounted polymer stamps with many effective designs and a large selection of greetings/verses for use in and on cards. I’ve found them exhibiting at a local craft fair and they often carry heavily discounted seconds.
Supply all things bead/jewellery related, but I especially like their Czech bicone crystals as an economic alternative to Swarovski bicones.
Manufacturer of the highest quality acrylic paints and craft supplies on the market. Their product lines include Americana®, Americana Decor® Chalky Finish, and DecoArt Media®. They bottle, box, and ship our products from our US facility to our distributors and consumers located around the world. DecoArt support me through their Helping Artists Programme, so if you’d like to try before you buy, arrange a session with me to demonstrate their Media line of products for mixed media work.
Manufacturers of the great ProMarker – in alcohol-based, water-based and new metallic versions. I’ll be upgrading to their professional range of Tria markers in due course, with 300 to choose from as well as benefitting from the three nibs per pen: brush, chisel and ultra-fine point. I’d also recommend their LetraTac Super adhesive (although apparently they can’t find the ingredients at the moment). I also like their Hobbyline metallic strips as an alternative to peel-off borders.
Noodler’s Bulletproof Black Ink
This ink somehow bonds with the cellulose in paper which when dry is permanent and unmovable by water, acid, solvents etc etc. The makers reckon the paper will wear out before the ink does. They also reckon its fully lightfast and does not fade even under UV light. Great for tangling and all other artwork. I’ve also used it with ProMarkers, and it doesn’t smudge as long as it is completely dry. It’s not that cheap, but a bottle goes a long way. One tip: shake well before filling pen.
Large range of rubber stamps featuring an eclectic mix of Victoriana, whimsy and outline images ideal for metal embossing work. They are also UK supplier of Ten Seconds Studio products and metal embossing tool sets.
The Range superstore recently opened in Leicester, and offers ‘mid-price home, leisure and garden products, drawing together everything that could be needed for the stylish home at affordable prices’. It also offers cut-price or heavily discounted art and craft products. Of note is that they supply inch-deep frames in 12×12, 8×8 and 6×6 inches suitable for scrapbooking and altered art mounting.
Ranger Industries Inc.
Ranger manufacture a huge range of art and craft materials: melt pot and UTEE, Adirondack Color Washes and ink pads, Tim Holtz products such as distress inks/stickles/stains, Perfect Pearls, Claudine Hellmuth mediums and acrylics, beadazzles and so much more. The website has pages of tips and techniques and project ideas.
Ryman’s Bright White Card 200gsm is ideal for use with ProMarkers – it does bleed through a little, but is smooth to apply ink to, and holds the ink well for blending as it is coated.
Tando Creative Ltd
Provides laser cut chipboard kits and bespoke cutting service. Lots of imaginative shapes, forms and storage solutions. Website is currently trade only, but a list of stockists is available alongside a gallery of completed projects.
Master of all things distressed and altered, Tim Holtz’s website gives details of his products, his blog, demonstrations and a gallery of his work. Things to look out for: distress inks, distress embossing powders, colour washes, non-stick craft sheet, configuration boxes and loads and loads of ephemera.
Manufacturers of various pens and ink pads, but of particular note is their Memento™ ink pads. Memento™ dye ink is fast drying and fade resistant. The innovative pad delivers finer impressions and exceptionally even coverage. It’s really good for use with ProMarkers as it does not bleed once dry, unlike alcohol-based inkpads.
Wow! Embossing Powders
I’ve been impressed with these powders since discovering them in early 2011 – since then we have added them to our staple stock for craft club, and I’ve been using them more and more in projects. They are much less static than normal powders making them easier to use on all surfaces, but especially on acetate. I particularly recommend their ‘dull clear matt’ for resist techniques. They regularly have give-aways on their Facebook and Twitter accounts – more details on their website.