If you’re like me, you’ve wondered where do I start? How can I get started stamping? I really want to try it but when I look at everyhing I get overwhelmed so I end up not doing anything. Well you’re not alone. Looking at all the pretty paper, stamps, ribbon, and embellishments is exciting but CAN be overwhelming. There’s just so much out there it’s hard to know where to start.
Just as with any new skill you want to learn you have to start with the basics. You can’t play Pachelbel’s Canon in D without first learning how to play scales. It’s the same for stamping and cardmaking. You can’t make explosions boxes without a few basic tools so let’s take a look a where to start.
First, you’ll need some paper. It’s a good idea to get some basic white paper and an assortment of colors you like. Good quality cardstock is a must! Next you can select some pretty printed paper (at Stampin’ Up! we call is Designer Series Paper or DSP for short) to add a little interest to your card. One of the BEST things about Stampin’ Up! is the color coordination. It’s so easy for beginners because everthing from our cardstock to our DSP to our inks and embellishments match. You can’t go wrong! Don’t forget to get some envelopes so you can send out those beautiful cards you are going to make.
Next you’ll want to get some basic tools – a good paper trimmer, paper snips (scissors), a resuable clear block to mount your stamps on, and a shammy to clean the stamps after you’ve used it. Don’t worry about all the other fancy tools for now – you can always get those down the road if you want. But if you’re just starting out, the tools listed above are must haves for all stampers and papercrafters.
Stamps & Ink
Now you’ll need to select a stamp set you like. If you are just starting get one that YOU like. Chances are if you like it you are more apt to use it. You can never go wrong with a happy birthday/thanks type of stamp set. Those seem to be the most common types of cards we send. Next pick out an ink pad or two that coordinates with your cardstock and designer series paper. If you’re not sure what color to get you can always start with a basic black like Memento Tuxedo Black. It’s a good all purpose ink for general crafting needs.
Lastly you’ll need a good quality adhesive to hold your layers together. When choosing an adhesive it all comes down to personal preference. Some people like tape runners while others prefer liquid glue as it allows for a little “wiggle room” if you don’t place your layers on correctly at first. That’s why liquid glue is a good choice for beginners. Tape runner adhesives are not as forgiving as liquid glue.
So now that you know the basics needed to get started you’re ready to start stamping. Here’s a visual representation of everthing I’ve talked about so far.Product List
You can click on the Add All to Cart button right now to get started on your stamping journey for $125. But what if I told you there’s a way to get all of this for just $99 (plus tax) would you be more interested? How about if you could save 20% on all future purchases (with the chance to increase that to 25%)-would you like to know more? If so keep reading.
Join Stampin’ Up!
When you sign up as a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, you get to select $125 in products and pay just $99 (plus tax) – NO SHIPPING! You can customize your starter kit with the products you want most. Once you join you have the flexibilty to make the most of your membership. Want to have a fun new hobby and save money on your supplies? Great – Stampin’ Up! has lots of hobby demonstrators who joined just for the discount. Looking to earn a little extra income while doing something you love? Stampin’ Up! has tons of resources to help you be successful.
In addition to saving on top quality products, when you join Stampin’ Up! you join a community of stampers who share ideas, creativity, and fun! Check out this brochure for more infomation.
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