What Do I Really Need to Start Stamping?

This is a question I get asked a lot. When you start a new hobby many times you are confused with so many offerings that you just aren’t quite sure what to buy.  You may purchase items that are a little too advanced yet and then get frustrated when you don’t get the results you want.  Stamping is just like learning to walk.  You need to start out slow and then build on what you have learned gaining knowledge and confidence as you go!

I have made up a list of basic supplies that every stamper should possess.  As you progress you will want to add other toys but this list will get you started creating beautiful works of heart!

Below are my suggestions for colors and supplies.  Remember these are only suggestions but it will give you an idea of where to start!  The most important thing is buy what really speaks to you and what you like, there is no right or wrong way to rubber stamp!

  1. A black ink pad, such as Basic Black Archival ink.  This pad lets you color without bleeding.
  2. Several dye based ink pads in colors that you love.
  3. A pair of really sharp scissors
  4. A paper cutter
  5. Liquid adhesive
  6. Adhesive tape such as SNAIL or Fast Fuse
  7. Quality stamps, I suggest a set or two that are versatile and can be used for many occasions.  Before you choose wood mounted, clear mounted or photopolymer please click here to learn the differences and what accessories you will need for each.
  8. A set of markers that coordinate with your stamp pads
  9. Colored cardstock, this is where Stampin’ Up! really shines.  The cardstock is a perfect weight, colored throughout no white center
  10. White and vanilla cardstock
  11. A bone folder
  1. A few spools of ribbon or bakers twine
  2. Pearl or Rhinestone accents
  3. Stampin’ Dimensionals
  4. Stampin’ Sponges or Sponge Daubers
  5. Blender Pens
  6. Wink of Stella Pen
  7. Designer Series Paper