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I'm often asked about the products used in making the paper flowers and other cutting machine crafts seen on this site and on the @esppaper Instagram feed. So, here are a few of my favorite things with links to the products on Amazon in case you'd like to give them a try.
PanPastel Soft Pastels - Currently my favorite medium for adding color to paper craft projects. These are very soft pastels that come in a flat tub — similar to blush. And it turns out that cosmetic sponges are a really great way to apply the color. They blend well with each other and can be worked to fade the color and create a gradient — a nice way to create color that starts at the base of petals and fades to the edge.
Scotch Quick-Drying Tacky Glue - This glue works as promised and drys quick! Just a small dab will hold small pieces together and dry in just a few minutes. I also like to apply this to the back of rolled flower centers to keep the roll in place. Just spread a layer over the entire back. This type of application takes longer to dry, but holds strong.
Silhouette Cameo - My cutting machine is from Silhouette America. I am actually still using the same one I purchased 7 years ago! And I've cut A LOT with it. The new machines are a little fancier and cut larger paper, depending on the version you get. Although I love my Silhouette, many of my customers use a Cricut Explore and upload designs to Cricut Design Space.
Cricut Adhesive Cutting Mat - Although I use a Silhouette Machine, I prefer the Cricut brand cutting mat. Just be sure to get a size that will work in your machine! I've found these to be less expensive than the Silhouette brand mats so I feel a little less guilty about switching to a new mat as soon as the cut quality starts to degrade from a worn out mat.
Quilling Tool Set - Although these simple tools are not a must have, they make it much easier to start small rolled flower centers. Plus, you can try your hand at a little paper quilling, too! This is the exact set that I use and the ones that you'll see in videos and photos.