Yep. Stamps, Ink, & Paper are what we’re all about. And when you get started with paper crafting, that’s what you will want to invest in first. So lets start on this page about the stamps. Then I would suggest you move on to my page about Color (ink and paper). You will probably also want to read my pages about Cutting and Scoring, Adhesives, and More.
When you order for the first time, buy a stamp set that you like. If it doesn’t have many greetings, consider ordering a set with words that say Thank you and Happy Birthday and maybe Get Well and Congratulations. That will cover most of your needs. You will want some card stock. I always recommend Whisper White and/or Very Vanilla and then an assortment. You can get an assortment in any of the color families or there are packs of 3 colors that go with the printed Designer Series Paper. The get a stamp pad and refill in at least one of the colors that you selected. Don’t forget envelopes. Later, you might want to add an embellishment or a punch.
I put together some Starter Kits for people who are signing up to be a demonstrator, but each Starter Kit would also make a great set of supplies for beginner stampers.
What’s So Special about Stamps from Stampin’ Up!
Stampin’ Up! sells quality red rubber and clear photopolymer stamps in sets. Virtually all the red rubber sets are now “Cling.” They have the same quality red rubber with padding but they come with a very sticky label to help them cling to the clear blocks. They come pre-cut on a sheet. You will remove them from the sheet and add the label.
The photopolymer stamps are clear and do not have the padding. The clear stamps are very easy to use for precise placement. Since they do not have the padding, it’s best to use the Stampin’ Pierce Mat under your paper.
You will need Clear Blocks for your cling or photopolymer stamps. The catalogs now suggest the sizes you will need for each stamp set. You can probably get by with the D Block for most stamp sets, but the better the fit, the easier it is to get a good image without ink in the wrong place.
Only a few of the large background stamps will be offered in Wood Mount and only in the US and Canada.