Getting Started with Stamping

When I began this blog, I asked some family and friends for some suggestions on  topics to write about. One of the suggestions I received was to give information about how to get started with rubber stamping and that is what today’s post is all about.

Quite simply all you need to get started is some paper, ink, and stamps.

To elaborate on that point, when people ask me for assistance with purchasing some initial supplies and tools I recommend:

1. A versatile stamp set that can be used for several occasions; selections might include:

Easy Events (item #116958 as a wood mount stamp set or item #123225 as a clear mount set):

Easy Events Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!

Easy Events Stamp Set – by Stampin’ Up!

or Flight of the Butterfly (item # 111564 – wood mount stamp set):

Flight Of The Butterfly Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!

Flight Of The Butterfly Stamp Set – by Stampin’ Up!

2. A pack of card stock in their favorite color collection (Brights – item #119706, Subtles – item #119704, Regals – item#119705, or Neutrals – item #119707)

3. A pack of a basic card stock to use as a base for cards (my two favorites are Naturals White – item #102316 and Confetti White – item #102028)

4. One or two Classic Stampin’ Pads — if you are looking for an option other than Basic Black to use for outline style stamps (such as the Easy Events stamps), my favorite choices include Chocolate Chip (item #100908) and Night of Navy (item #102977).

5. A set of envelopes…important since most of us give cards in these! Most often my “go to” is Naturals White (item #107303).

One last thing, that is not absolutely essential but makes things much, much easier…a paper cutter! Using one of these is so much easier that trying to make straight cuts with scissors.

Paper Cutter - by Stampin' Up!

Stampin’ Up! carries the Fiskars Paper Cutter – item # 104152 and it does an excellent job making crisp cuts!

There you have it, what you need to get started! If you have questions about getting started, post your questions in the comments section and I’m happy to get back to you! If you are already a stamper, is there anything else you consider essential for getting started?

If you want to get started, right now is the perfect time to do so! For every $50 in products purchased, you receive a FREE product from our Sale-A-Bration brochure — take a peek at the options by clicking on the brochure along the right side of my blog. If you were to purchase card stock in your favorite color collection ($6.95),along with  naturals white card stock ($7.50), naturals white envelopes ($6.50), one Classic Stampin’ Pad ($5.95), and the paper cutter ($24.95), you could select one item from the Sale-A-Bration brochure — there are a number of stamp sets available . 

Want to know if you can save money by making your own cards? You absolutely can! Any of us who have purchased cards know that cards cost anywhere from $1 to $6 each with most cards retailing for $3 or so. If you order the items as described in the paragraph above (and that includes getting a free Sale-a-Bration stamp set) you could make 80 cards — 40 to go into envelopes and 40 without. If you chose only to give the cards that could go into envelopes, the cost would be $1.29 per card. If you spent an additional $6.50 for 40 more envelopes, the cost per card is 72.9 cents per card. Not bad at all!

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