What Tools Does a New Stamper Need?
Whether you have been crafty all your life or not, don’t worry, I am here to help you get started with this great hobby of paper crafting using the right tools that won’t break your budget!
LIST #1 – FOR BEGINNER STAMPERS ON A BUDGET, YOU’LL NEED 6 ITEMS TO MAKE CARDS WITH ONLY STAMP, INK, AND PAPER
The Biggest Wish Photopolymer Stamp Set is great for easy birthday cards, a set of Basic White Notecards & Envelopes will help you get started quickly, one Clear Block D to put your stamps on so you can stamp well, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink to begin with, Memento Ink Refill (the reinker will keep your black ink pad stamping beautiful images), and a Simply Shammy to clean your stamps.
LIST #2 – 5 ADDITIONAL ITEMS FOR BEGINNER STAMPERS
A pack of Basic White Cardstock is helpful if you want to start layering some of the words in the Biggest Wish Stamp set on your card fronts. The Paper Trimmer will help you cut your cardstock precisely. Regular Dimensionals will raise a layer on your card front to give dimension. A pack of 11″ x 17″ Grid Paper provides a protective placemat that you can create your cards on. It also helps you line up things and check measurments. A pair of Paper Snips (small scissors) will let you cut out and raise some of the words on your cards. If you want to have two layers of cardstock together you will use Stampin’ Seal adhesive. Of course, you’ll need some Medium Basic White Envelopes to send your cards to friends and family.
LIST #3 – AS YOU ADVANCE YOUR SKILLS
At this level you are ready to move to slightly larger cards you will cut and crease yourself. A Bone Folder helps to really crease your card folds (without breaking a fingernail). Add one colored ink pad and matching package of colored cardstock (of your choice) (I chose Real Red as it goes nice with Black & White). Add a Clear Block I to create the ability to stamp longer sentiments.
LIST #4 – AS YOUR CONFIDENCE GROWS
Now’s the time to expand your collection of adhesives. Mini Glue Dots are for securing ribbons and baker’s twine. Stampin’ Seal refill is a strong adhesive for layers that will stay together. Tear & Tape is also a strong adhesive used in box and gift bag construction. Multipurpose Liquid Glue used sparingly can take the place of any of the other glues mentioned. However, you will probably end up with a favorite that works well for you. It is always a good idea to have paper trimmer refill blades on hand. Lastly add a package of Neutrals Baker’s Twine to add a little bow here or there.
So What’s Next?
After these initial items build your stamping tool kit, there is so much more to learn. That’s what I’m here for to help you build your confidence and be a creative, crafty superstar!
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