My selection of tools and materials for cartonnage
1. Cutting tools
A cutting mat is highly recommended for cutting with a cutter. This base is a good product, with reticles on one side that will help you work with precision.
It can be used on both sides, although on the other it does not have reticles. It has a suitable size for most cardboard projects that I propose. Strong and durable.
A little smaller and cheaper than the previous one, making it easier to store. It is adequate in size for the simplest projects, although for others it may be a bit small.
Like the previous model, it includes reticles on one side and two useful surfaces in green and black. It has a high resistance to cuts from the cutter.
Zwilling scissors are famous for their durability. Many people buy them to use in the kitchen, but in fact they are used for almost anything. They cut really really well.
They cost a little more than conventional scissors, but their quality is worth it. Over time it is possible that small spots appear on the metal, without affecting the quality of the cut.
Fiskar scissors are of excellent quality. They are built in Finland with very good materials.
This model has a slightly blunt tip to avoid accidents.
Includes a sharpener and even a thread trimmer and bottle opener.
The blades can be easily removed for use as a knife or cutter.
X-Acto is a precision knife with number 11 fine point blade for exact cuts. It is very comfortable to use, and the edge of the blade is very resistant.
It has a sharp and durable zirconium nitride coated blade, and the value for money is excellent.
It easily cuts paper, fabric, thin metal, and plastic.
You will not regret this purchase.
It cuts wonderfully. The blades are very sharp and sturdy, and you will have no problem cutting slightly thick sheets of gray cardboard.
Bring five spare blades that you can easily change.
Its metal structure gives it great robustness, while it is very comfortable and pleasant to use.
And not least, it’s not so expensive, so you will not regret buying it.
2. Measuring and marking tools
A metal ruler is indispensable for cutting straight pieces of cardboard with a cutter.
This ruler is very solid and has a stainless steel edge for long lasting use.
It has a non-slip material at the base so that it does not move when making the cut.
A 12 inch aluminum ruler will do very well to measure, since the bigger rulers are a bit cumbersome for that. This ruler is of good quality, and has a non-slip material so that it does not move when making the cut.
Be aware when using a cutter that you can easily shave slivers off the ruler when trying to follow a sharp line.
It is such a complete tool that you don’t know how you could manage it when you didn’t have it.
Includes protractor, circle template and removable stop.
It has many possibilities, and it is also very well built.
In summary, a highly recommended purchase.
Occasionally you will need a protractor to make angles for certain projects.
This circular protractor is a little more expensive than the most common ones that can be found in any stationery store.
However, it has a professional quality that will make it last for many years.
Be sure to have an angle protractor between your cardboard tools.
A compass will be very useful for drawing circles and for making some geometric figures, such as hexagons and octagons, which you will eventually use in some advanced cardboard projects.
Staedler products tend to work very well at a reasonable price.
It is a product designed for school use rather than professional. But considering that you will only use it once in a while, I think that with this model you will have more than enough.
3. Adherent products
A highly recommended product for gluing cardboard. The white glue sticks very well, but it has the disadvantage that you have to wait long for it to dry. With this gun, instead, you will glue the cardboard on the spot.
It will be very useful for any of the many crafts that I propose on my blog (for example, sticking stickers or decorating rings for dream catchers).
It has a selector for two temperatures, the glue does not drip and heats up quickly. Includes some test bars (transparent and colored)
White glue works very well for gluing cardboard and paper, but it has the disadvantage that it takes time to dry well.
However, diluted in water it is an indispensable product to perform some special techniques.
This particular brand will give you very good results.
You can choose the 250 g package or the 1 kg package.
Adhesive tape can help you quickly make joints in simple cardboard projects, such as those you do with children.
It is also useful for temporarily holding parts still.
All Tesa brand tapes are usually of good quality.
4. Cartonnage books
An excellent book that explains the basic principles of cardboard.
He has many beautiful projects: boxes, albums, candy boxes, sewing boxes, chests and much more, in the refined style characteristic of the French cardboard school.
Everything is made with exquisite technique, and it comes with many photos and very detailed instructions.
100% recommended, although if you are a beginner it will cost you to do some of the projects.
Book in English. A classic from the 70s, which is about how you can create your own furniture using recycled materials.
Although it does not deal only with cardboard objects, it will give you great ideas and teach you some basic principles that will help you create your own furniture and everyday cardboard objects.
Although the material is still fully current, the layout and style of the book are a little out of date.
If you are interested in making cardboard furniture, this classic can not miss in your library.