Essential Papercraft Tools

Essential papercraft tools

What’s in my bag?

I am going to share with you the essential papercraft tools I keep in my bag pencil case.

This post is a collab with Emm. We thought it would be fun to share a ‘what’s in my bag‘ type post. Emm is a lifestyle and beauty blogger, so naturally she’s sharing the contents of her makeup bag. I don’t wear makeup, though. Instead, I have chosen to post about the papercraft tools in my pencil case, although the first item could be in a make up bag as well!

Essential papercraft tools
Essential papercraft tools

What are my Essential Papercraft Tools?

These are the papercraft tools that I use for almost every project, so I keep them all together in a handmade pencil case and grab them at the start of every papercraft session. My pencil case is similar to the one I made here:

Nail file / Emery board

You might be surprised to know that I have an emery board in my pencil case. It’s not primarily for my nails – although it’s a handy standby! It’s there because I use it to quickly round off sharp corners or smooth rough edges of paper or card. I have a corner punch as well, but for small projects or where the corner is the wrong angle to fit the punch, the emery board is perfect.

Another use for the emery board is actually the opposite – you can use it to distress paper and make it look rough and worn. You can rub it over the top of embossing to reveal the underneath layer.

Embossing tool / scoring tool

This double ended tool is what I use to score fold lines and make raised patterns or shape flower petals. It’s the tool that came with my envelope maker. My envelope maker is another essential papercraft tool but too big for my pencil case haha!

Another essential tool for my papercraft, but too big for my pencil case

Pointy tool

Everyone needs a pointy tool. You can make pilot holes with it so that brads (paper fasteners) go through easier. They are also great for poking bits out of die cutters and the die cuts themselves. I also use mine for lifting the backing from double sided tape if my finger nails aren’t long enough. If you have the patience you can use the point to make evenly spaced holes along an edge to add an extra decorative dimension.


These aren’t my only pair of scissors, but they’re my all purpose ones. I have some special scissors for “fussy cutting” which are very small and sharp.

Glue stick

Pritt Stick is ok for lightweight items, but some things need a stronger PVA glue. Pritt can also be used to stick unmounted rubber stamps to an acrylic block and it washes off afterwards.

Double sided tape

This red tape is quite strong and excellent for a fast fix when you don’t want to use wet glue. It can be used with embossing powder and transfer foil to make decorative lines.

Thanks for reading about my essential papercraft tools. If you would like to know more about anything, please ask 🙂

In my next ‘what’s in my bag’ post I will share some essential tools for keeping a journal. Let me know if you would like to join in!

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10 Responses

  1. hanmwill says:

    I wish I spent more time crafting but I’m not very good at it and I already struggle to fit everything on my list into 24 hour days, haha! Really interesting post though, was definitely surprised about the emery board but it makes perfect sense!

  2. Mishkat Al Moumin says:

    Nice and useful posts! Thank you for sharing.

  3. Chloe Chats says:

    Such a fun post! And some great lil tools, I don’t have a crafts bag, but would love to get into crafting a lot more!

    Chloe xx

    • Marie-Celine says:

      Thanks for commenting Chloe. If you would like to get involved with doing some crafts I would be so pleased to see what you make 🙂

  4. Kim says:

    Great post. Scissors, a glue stick and double sided sticky tape are in my craft box along with various colours of card stock. I hadn’t thought to use an nail file to smooth the paper’s edges, great idea.

    • Marie-Celine says:

      Thanks for commenting Kim. Sometimes die cuts need a little bit of smoothing and I use my nail file for that.

  5. Michelle says:

    Using a nail file for rounding the edges of the paper is a great idea!

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