my favorite supplies

There are a handful of supplies that I keep stocked in my studio. These are items that I’ve used for years and are some of my favorite products. There are new supplies that come out all the time in the craft industry, however there are some things that I just REALLY like using and refuse to change. *laugh*


watercolor paper

When I’m watercoloring images or using Distress Oxides for my backgrounds, I like to use Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Smooth cardstock. I use a 9”x12” pad. It has lasted me for months!

Strathmore Smooth Bristol Pad 9x12 - Amazon

Strathmore Smooth Bristol Pad 9 X 12 - Ellen Hutson Shop


There are a few tools that I keep in my studio within arms reach for card making and scrapbooking.

  • My Gemini Junior is my absolute favorite tool for die cutting.

  • When I’m heat embossing or drying my watercolor project, I reach for my Wow heating tool.

  • The paper trimmer I use is a small 6 inch by Tonic Studios, I’ve had it for ages. There are several on the market now that are similar & slightly larger.

  • My Crop-o-Dile hole punches are another tool I’ve had in my studio for years. For my October Daily & December Daily albums, I always use my 1/4” Hole Punch by Crop-o-dile for adding large photos or dividers into my 6x8 albums. When I’m punching holes on gift tags, my Eyelet & Snap Punch is the one I use.


Crafter’s Companion Gemini Junior

Chandler Dual Temp Embossing Tool

Crop-a-Dile Power Punch, 1/4”

Crop-a-Dile Eyelet & Snap Punch

Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper Tool

Tonic Studios Mini Guillotine Paper Trimmer, 6-Inch

Ellen Hutson Shop

Crafter's Companion Gemini Junior

Dual Speed Heat Tool, WOW

Crop-A-Dile Power Punch, 1/4"

Crop-a-Dile Eyelet & Snap Punch

Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper Tool

Guillotine Trimmer, Crafter's Companion

blending tools

Picket Fence Studios sent me a set of the Life Changing Brushes to test when they first came out and I was hooked right away. They are easy to use, they allow a range of color intensity with minimal pressure and there is a wide range of sizes. I typically use them with my dye inks, but on occasion with my hybrid inks.

When I am blending my Distress Oxides I usually like to use the Mini Ink Foam blending tools or the Distress Blending Brushes, both by Ranger.


Ranger Ink Foam Blending Tools

Ranger Ink Blending Brush

Ellen Hutson Shop

Picket Fence Studios brushes

The Stamp Market brushes

Ranger Ink Foam Blending Tools

Ranger Ink Blending Brush

white cardstock

Most of my card bases are made from 80lb Neenah Solar White cardstock. I like to use the 110lb paper when I die cut images for use on my cards so that they’re a little sturdier when I pop them up or when I’m creating an interactive card. This brand of cardstock works great with Copic markers.

Neenah Solar White 80lb, 250ct - Amazon

Neenah Solar White 80lb, 250ct - Ellen Hutson Shop

Neenah Solar White 80lb, 25ct - Ellen Hutson Shop

Neenah Solar White 110lb, 25ct - Ellen Hutson Shop

colored cardstock

When I’m using a colored card base or adding a colored frame to my cards, I like to use a heavy weight, color core cardstock. I often reach for colored cardstock by Hero Arts. When I first tried this cardstock, I picked up the Sampler Pack of 4-1/2” x 5-1/2” samples. It lasted me a couple of months!

Hero Hues Sampler Pack, Hero Arts Cardstock - Amazon

Hero Hues Sampler Pack, Hero Arts Cardstock - Ellen Hutson Shop

BLACK inks

For watercoloring projects, VersaFine Clair in Nocturne is my go-to ink pad. I also use it for sentiments on cards because it leaves such a solid impression when used with stamps.

When I’m coloring with Copic markers (my markers of choice that are always on sale at the Ellen Hutson Shop), I like to use Lawn Fawn in Jet Black or Memento in Tuxedo Black. I’ve been using Memento since I started making cards and it has always worked really great for me, but both ink pads are great options that I keep on my desk.


VersaFine Clair Ink Pad, Nocturne

Jet Black, Lawn Fawn Ink Pad

Memento Ink Pad, Tuxedo Black

Ellen Hutson Shop

VersaFine Clair Ink Pad, Nocturne

Jet Black, Lawn Fawn Ink Pad

Memento Ink Pad, Tuxedo Black

Copic Markers

dye inks

My favorite dye ink is by Catherine Pooler. The colors are vibrant and there are so many color options! It’s rare that I don’t get a clear, crisp impression with the first stamp with these ink pads.

Catherine Pooler ink pads - Ellen Hutson Shop

hybrid ink

I really like blended backgrounds on my cards and when I create them my favorite hybrid ink to use is Distress Oxide inks. They blend so smoothly and you can do all sorts of creative patterns with them when you add water.

Distress Oxide ink pads - Ellen Hutson Shop


If you have a question about any of the supplies listed above, please fill out the form below. I’m happy to answer your product questions! Thanks.

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