Tools for putting the card together.
I never use tape when building my cards or layers. I use Collall clear glue, as it stays wet for while so you can move it into position. There is nothing worse then placing it in position and it not being straight:-)
If you have some intricate dies and they tear when you get them out. First run them through your machine with wax paper when you first purchase them. It works a treat and makes them easy to lift out.
Cutting your papers
I always use a guillotine for cutting my papers. You get a much straight edge.
If you are stitching round the edge of your cards, use thicker thread as there is less chance of the thread breaking halfway through.