So maybe you have been eyeing off Stampin’ Up products for awhile, or maybe you have just discovered Stampin’ Up and you might be wondering where to start. The Stampin’ Up! catalogues are wonderful and full of great ideas and products, and of course you might already have started a wishlist! But with all those fabulous products you might have begun to feel a bit overwhelmed (along with all that excitement). So I’m here to help! I have a compiled a list of Top 10 products which I think are awesome for starting out in papercrafting. Now of course you don’t need all these 10 products to start, you might already have some things at home or you might want to substitute one of my suggestions for a different product. And believe me you can certainly build your tools and supplies up over time! 😉
So in no particular order here are my Top 10…
#1 Basic Black Ink Pad
To start out in stamping of course you will need some ink. I suggest starting with Stampin’ Up’s Basic Black Ink Pad. You can colour stamped images in with pencils, markers, etc. Black is always a “safe” colour, co-ordinating with any other colour. Now Stampin’ Up has 50 colours (49 ink pads, as there is no Very Vanilla ink), so there are numerous colours and combinations to suit our tastes and projects. But don’t be overwhelmed – you don’t need all the colours at once!! hehe
Our ink pads have a flip top design to keep the lid attached, but out of the way whilst it is in use. This design also means that your ink pad will be stored correctly, all ink pads should be stored face down to keep the ink at the top – Stampin’ Up! have thought of that for you, so simply keep your ink pad flat, with the front of the pad facing up, your ink will be upside down inside so it’s nice a juicy and ready to use. Our inks are fast drying too!
Now that you have got some ink you will need something to stamp! This is where the Teeny Tiny Sentiments set comes in! With 24 sentiments you are covered for all of the major occasions! Don’t be put off by the size of these stamps, they may be tiny, but they can be very effective. And there are some ways to make these stamps appear bigger (keep your eye out for an upcoming post!). So this little set can get you through for awhile.
If you want an alternative, check out the thoughtful banners set which has a matching punch to add to the impact of your cards!
And now you will need some cardstock to stamp on. Our cardstock comes in the same range of colours as our inks (50 colours remember!), so everything co-ordinates and you don’t have to worry about trying to match inks to papers, or patterned papers. Which is why Stampin’ Up! is so awesome!
But to start out with you can’t go past Whisper White. The one that I have linked to here is our lovely thick A4 cardstock (270 gsm cover weight). This makes a wonderful, sturdy base for all of your cards. It’s acid free so you can use it in scrapbooking and not have to worry about your photos too.
There is another pack of Whisper White cardstock which is a little bit thinner (you can find this here) which you can use for layering on the front of your cards. You get 40 sheets in this pack and this can help your $$ go further! And of course if you are in to scrapbooking or papercrafts we also have 12″x 12″ cardstock!
To trim that cardstock you could invest in our Stampin’ up! trimmer. This trimmer is so clever. It can trim cardstock up to 12″ (or 30.5cm for those of us in Australia), just flick out the extendable arm. It has markings in both inches and centimeters and a grid to help you line everything up straight. BUT not only can it cut, but it can also score! This makes it the perfect companion for cardmaking. You can cut and score your card bases in just seconds!! There is also a storage compartment of the back to store extra blades. I’ve had quite a few trimmers over the time and this is seriously the best for making small cuts, which in some trimmers is basically impossible! I really need to do a blog post on this trimmer alone!
#5 Clear blocks
Stampin’ Up stamp sets come in a range of options. There are wood-mount stamps which are permanently attached to woodblocks, you don’t need to do anything with these apart from ink them up and use them.
The other two options are clear mount and photopolymer stamps, both of which require clear blocks. Stampin’ Up! are quite clever and helpful and on the front of the case of stamps sets there is a suggested block size. There are 9 sizes to choose from so you can buy the ones to suit your sets. If you want a block that can get you through a few stamp sets to start off with I would suggest Blocks C or D and if you get the Teeny Tiny Stamp Sets I would suggest getting Block G. If you are using a block that is quite a bit larger than your stamps, just be careful not to rock (move) your stamp while you are stamping.
In general I prefer photopolymer as they are bit cheaper, you can re-use your clear blocks and you can also see through the image to where you are stamping, which ensures better placement!
So we are halfway there now…these first 5 have given you the basics and give you a great start to papercrafting. The next 5 are great to build on your supplies to give your cards that extra touch!
Now you need to put your cards or projects together you are going to need some kind of adhesive. Glue is glue right? Well yes, but there are so many options and some adhesives are better suited to different projects or supplies.
To start with I suggest the Tombow liquid glue. This glue is versatile for cards and other projects too. You can use the fine tip for smaller items and the larger tip for more glue coverage. A little bit of this glue can go a LONG way (believe me I speak from experience – so don’t be heavy handed with this glue. Just don’t! A small fine line around the edge of a shape is plenty.
Stampin’ Up offer a HUGE range of stamp sets and some of these come with options to cut out the shapes. The easiest of these options are punches. And the fabulous thing about this is you can use the stamp set by itself, the punch by itself or the two together which can give you all sorts of different looks.
Now the one I have suggested here is the Petite Petals, because I don’t think you can go wrong with flowers. You can use one flower for an accent, or many flowers to create the main focal point. This stamp set can also create an effective background (like making your own patterned paper!). This set has 6 different flowers that can give a variety of looks; elegant, modern or brushstroke.
Stampin’Up! also offer other co-ordinating options including framelits and dies. These use a machine called a Big Shot. Whilst there is an outlay for the machine and dies initially you can get so much use out of this machine! You can even emboss your cardstock or Designer series paper to add a textured look to your projects. It makes crafting super quick and easy and the effect it gives, is just amazing!! Now I know that this isn’t in everyone’s budget, especially when you are starting out, so punches are the perfect option to help add layers and effect to your project.
#8 Colour Markers
Those beautiful stamp sets I’ve suggested above need some colour. The best way to do this is of course with ink. But I know that can be overwhelming, so to help you stretch your budget further you could buy markers. I suggest these lovely markers from the Brights collection which covers a lot of your basic colours and just look fun and happy! Just colour your stamp and “huff” over the top before you stamp on your paper. This will give you a different look than a normal ink pad. These markers can of course also be used to colour in an image or write/ draw with.
We are almost there! I’m saving my favourite two for last! Now I’ll be honest…you don’t “need” these, but really you do! haha
These seemingly, funny shaped stickers are THE BEST! You can add interest to any card with one of these. Simply pop a dimensional on the back of a shape, or cut out sentiment and voila instant 3D effect!! The petite petals are the perfect punch to use them on too.
It’s rare if I don’t use at least one of these babies on a card! hehe.
#10 Wink of Stella
Glitter! Need I explain more? haha. A quick brush of this on a shape and you have instant glam and interest. It is beautiful! Stampin’ Up! has two different brushes – clear and gold. My favourite is clear! It dries much quicker than normal glitter glue and is of course less messy too.
And there we have it – MY top 10 products for starting out. I hope you have enjoyed this post and it has given you some ideas on where to start! All of the links should direct you straight to my store to make it easier for you.
If you need any help or advice, just contact me!