Acetate: Transparent sheets that can be used behind aperatures, as an overlay or for glass painting

Adhesive: Anything that sticks one material to another e.g. glue

Aperture: A shaped hole cut from the front of a base card

Appliqué: The technique of layering fabric shapes onto a fabric background

Basket weaving: Weaving threads, ribbons or strips of fabric over then under one another to create a woven effect.

Brayering: Applying ink to surfaces using a rubber roller to create background effects


Circle cutters: An adjustable bladed tool for cutting perfect circles

Craft Foam: Foam sheets that come in varied colours and thicknesses.

Craft wire: Malleable thin, coloured wire

Daubers: Bottles filled with ink or paint, with a sponge tip that facilitates even colour application.

Decoupage: When a 3D image is created from layers of paper

Distressing: A technique where card or paper is distressed with a tool to create a rough-edged, aged finish.

Embossing: A raised, textured shape on paper or cardboard.

Fabric papers: Extremely thin sheets of fabric with a sticky backing that allow them to be stuck on to card and paper.

Flock: Fine velvet powder that can be used in the same way as glitter.

Flower pressing: Drying out and preserving a fresh flower.

Glass painting: Using specialised glass paint to paint on glass or acetate for a glowing finish.

Glimmer mist: A water-based spray that contains mica pigments, it has a shimmering effect when sprayed onto paper or cards

Heat embossing: A process that gives stamped images a glossy, raised finish after sprinkling embossing powder on to an image stamped with pigmented ink that is heated with a heat gun which melts the powder resulting in a shiny, raised image.

Iris folding: The art of building up an image using folded strips of paper.

Metal embossing: This makes use of the same technique as embossing, the only difference being is that metal is used instead of card to create a slightly different effect.

Origami: This is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding to create 3D shapes.

Parchment craft: the art of embossing and piercing specialist paper to create a pattern.

Pigment ink: A slow drying ink that is used for heat embossing as it remains tacky for a longer time allowing the embossing powder more time to stick.

Polymer clay: Modelling clay used to create 3D embellishments

Quilling: The art of using a quilling tool and strips of paper to create swirls and coils to make 3D images.

Rub-ons: They are transfers that work similarly to stickers; the backing is removed and the image is rubbed down onto the desired surface.

Shrink plastic: These are plastic sheets that shrink when heated. They are normally stamped, coloured and cut into shapes before they are heated and shrunk to make embellishment for cards

Stencils: These are useful tools that are commonly used with ink, paint and chalk to create an outline or with an embossing tool to create a raised outline on cardboard or paper.

Sticky fixers: These are double sided sticky foam pads that are used to give a raised or 3D effect when attaching one item on to another.