Now that you have your stamps, paper, and ink and you have your cut your paper into card bases, layers, and shapes, you’ll want to stick them together. Stampin’ Up! has several options. You may want to select one, but I use all of them. They each have their purposes and strengths. There is a chart on page 201 in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog. The chart shows suggested uses for the various adhesives.

The Multipurpose Liquid Glue is strong and allows a bit of time to wiggle a layer to just the right place. You just need a tiny bit. It can squeeze out and while it dries clear, it remains sticky. (If this happens, wait for the glue to dry and then use the Adhesive Eraser.) I always keep my bottles tip down in a little jar so the glue is where I need it. Otherwise, I would need to wait for the glue to move slowly. It’s tempting to squeeze and shake to get it to move quickly. Then when it finally does start to come out, it comes out too quickly and sometimes keeps coming out. What a mess!

SNAIL Adhesive is pretty easy to use. It is basically a double-stick tape without the tape part. The case holds the roll of tape and as you roll it on the paper, the adhesive is laid down along the trail while the tape part rolls back onto another wheel in the case. I used to use it almost exclusively (except for 3-D projects) because it is so quick and easy. Some people find it does not stick well over time. I suspect it depends on the local climate and weather. You can get SNAIL Refills. I still use SNAIL often. I even use it when wrapping gifts.

Tear & Tape is a strong adhesive that comes on a roll of paper. It’s about 1/4″ wide, so it’s very convenient. We used to sell another product that used red plastic instead of the paper. I loved the strength of the adhesive but really hated that red strip!!! It was always full of static. You had to work to pull the strip off the project and then work again to get the static to release it into the trash. I literally cheered out loud when we started carrying Tear & Tape. It works like the “red line” tape but you can just tear off what you need and easily remove the paper strip. I call it TNT because it’s dynamite!

The Fine Tip Glue is a thin adhesive kind of like Super Glue. It is not particularly sticky, so you will need to allow at least of few seconds to dry before your small embellishments and detailed paper cut-outs will stick. You can also apply the glue to the paper and allow to dry for a glossy look to your card stock. Looks great to create glass jars, shiny candy, or dew drops on flowers. Be absolutely sure to cap it tightly as soon as you’re done using this glue. You do not want the glue to dry in the tiny tube tip! There is a wire in the cap that will go into the tube to keep it open. Place this wire against your finger and then use your finger to guide the wire into the tube.

Specialized Adhesives

Stampin’ Dimensionals raise elements up a bit. It’s a rare project that I don’t use Dimensionals somewhere on it. You get 300 in a pack, and that’s not counting the edges which are very useful. They are a very easy and inexpensive way to add a lot to your projects. And now we also carry Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals. We used to have to cut up the regular ones for those small and/or skinny additions and now we don’t have to!
Foam Adhesive Strips came out in the 2016-17 catalog and what a life saver they are for shaker cards! I have bought carpet tape in the past. I had to cut it into narrower strips and it’s not really tall enough. The Foam Adhesive Strips solve all that, plus it’s narrow enough and flexible enough to make curves. It’s very easy to make shaker cards without the confetti escaping! And here’s a tip. Apply the adhesive strips to the Window Sheet, then before adding the confetti, dust your project with the Embossing Buddy. It will reduce static on your Window Sheet and it will also block any adhesive from capturing your confetti. Then finally pull off the strip and adhere the other layer.
Mini Glue Dots work great when you need a tiny instant adhesive. They work great for holding down corners of card stock, larger embellishments, a tag, a bow, or whatever. You can roll them up into a ball to hide behind even a Baker’s Twine bow.
Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets can make it easy to adhere those detailed shapes you cut with your Big Shot and dies. Peel back one side of the backing. Cut the card stock to about the size you need. Stick the card stock to the adhesive sheet, then cut your shape in the Big Shot. Then just remove the backing and it’s like a custom sticker.

Other Tools for Adhesives

Silicone Craft Sheet is helpful when you are sticking tiny strips or other little things. It will keep your work surface clean. The adhesives don’t stick to the Silicone. It’s especially great when using a hot glue gun. If adhesive does stick, just wait for it to dry and flick it off. Or if you have lots of little bits of adhesive, cover the Silicone Craft Sheet with packing tape. When you remove the tape, the Silicone Sheet will be all clean.
Heat Tool What? This isn’t an adhesive! But it does help when you have stuck a paper layer in the wrong place and you can’t gently wiggle it up. Use the Heat Tool to warm whatever adhesive you used. And here’s another helpful tool. I don’t often send my customers to craft stores, but here’s an exception. Go to a craft store and find the section where they sell electronic cutting machines. Look for what they call a spatula. Here’s one on Amazon. Warmed adhesive and a spatula can help you remove the most stubborn oopsies without messing up your card stock. You can also use dental floss to separate that softened adhesive.




I believe one of the biggest strengths of Stampin’ Up! is the quality of their paper and the coordination possibilities. You can get solid card stock, ink pads, and markers in the four core color collections and the two sets of In Colors. I’ve listed just the basics in the color families below, but you can also get the paper, ink pads, and refills individually. There are also lots of embellishments and printed patterned papers in these same colors. Coordinating projects is easy!

When you’re done reading about Color on this page, you will probably also want to read my pages about Cutting and Scoring, Adhesives, and More. And if you haven’t already, I suggest you go back to read my page about stamps.





2017-2019 In Colors

2018-2020 In Colors

Classic Stampin’ Pads

Stampin’ Blends

Click here for a chart with 2018-2019 colors with Blends, Ribbon, and Embellishments (as of the Holiday 2018 Catalog)

Watercolor Pencils

Shop Watercolor Pencils

AquaPainter vs. Blender Pens

Consider using Watercolor Paper or Shimmery White Paper when water coloring.

Color Tools: Charts, etc. on this website

Shop AquaPainter and Blender Pens

Here are some other ways to add color.

Stamping Sponges

Stamping Sponges can be cut into 4, 5, or even 6 pieces to sponge color all over a project, around the edges, or with Decorative Masks from Stampin Up or cut from sticky notes.

Sponge Daubers

Sponge Daubers give more precision. I use both, probably depending on how much space I want to cover. I keep mine in a special box with this insert.

Sponge Brayers

If you have a lot of territory to cover, use a Sponge Brayer.

Color Revamp

Coming in the 2018-2019 annual catalog, there will be a Color Revamp… new stamp cases, 13 colors going away with new coming in and a few beloved retired colors returning to the core color families. Some colors are moving from one to another. There will wonderful new cases that should be easier to open with tighter fitting lids. And they take less space and best of all, they stack!!!

Click here for more details about the color changes. 

There was not the wonderful color spectrum like there was on page 183 in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog, so I made my own.

Click here to download the full size chart.


Click here for even more Color Tools












You’ll be ready to grab and go with this tool kit. All the essentials, each held in its own special place. Bring your own adhesive? Ready! No more waiting for the Paper Snips. Traveling? Grab a stamp set and card stock and you’ve got it all.

I made my first Basic Tool kit for my Getting Started Challenge and found that I loved having these tools ready to go. I initially dumped all the tools in the case, but perhaps you’ve seen that I like organization. 🙂  So I added a pocket here and a magnet there. This is what I have now.

Basic Tool Kit Instructions and Placement Guide

Basic Tool Kit Case Insert

In addition to the supplies and tools from Stampin’ Up! you will need an alligator clip (in the electrical department), a paint edger refill pad, and Gorrilla Super Glue Gel from your hardware store.

From an office store you will need small sticky notes and a pen or pencil less than 5″ long.

You will also need an empty hand sanitizer sprayer. Mine is about 1/2″ diameter and 5″ long.

Magnet Source: K & J Magnetics  I bought their 3/8″ x 1/32″ Disc Magnets, D601. You wig story ll need at least 9, but I suggest you buy extra. You may decide you want a firmer hold and you’ll want to use 2 magnets for some tools. These magnets are also fabulous as box or bag closures, etc.

Getting Started Challenge Silver LiningA card for a friend who is going through tough times. The Dazzling Details, sparkly sequins, and silver thread will help bring a little joy.

This card is one of my Getting Started Challenge projects. I’m showing how you can use a few supplies to make many very different projects. Find out more about the project here.

Detailed instructions pdf
My 2015-16 Getting Started Series Supplies

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20151111_113827_resizedStamping on the go again. I’m in San Diego waiting eagerly Saturday’s OnStage, a mini convention. I planned to record this video creating a baby card with my Getting Started supplies, but somehow I managed to leave both Sprinkles of Life and the stamps from the Watercolor Wishes kit at home! I did have the supplies for my Christmas cards with me. Somehow I think it works.

Click here for the pdf with directions.


My 2015-16 Getting Started Series Supplies

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Happy Halloween - Getting Started 15-16 2Who knew you could make a Halloween card with the Sprinkles of Life stamp set from Stampin’ Up!? This is one for my Getting Started Challenge: Make lots of projects with a few select supplies. Free instructions

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