Are you interested in rubber stamping and want to know what supplies you will need to get started? I get asked this question a lot, especially from beginners attending my workshops so I thought that I would address this issue in today's post.
Ask anyone and the very basic necessities are obviously stamps, ink and paper. The best way to decide on the stamp set and colors of ink and cardstock is to decide what projects you would like to create. Are you looking for an all-purpose general stamp set that you can use on a regular basis that would work for multiple occasions? Do you want to create a wedding album or baby announcements? Once you know what it is you would like to do with your stamps, you can go on to picking the right stamp set to serve your needs.
The next question is what type of stamping appeals to you? Do you like to ink up the stamp and stamp it on the paper and be done with it or do you like an outline image that you can color in or watercolor? Depending on your answer or the look you would like to achieve on your project, you can browse the catalog to see what types of stamps will fit the bill.
The next step in chosing your supplies is to pick the colors of inks and cardstock you will need for your project. What type of stamp set did you choose? If you like watercoloring, you probably chose an outline image and will need an ink pad to stamp your outlines. What colors will you need to use to color in your stamped image? What medium will you use to color your stamped image in? Do you like colored pencils, watercolor crayons, ink pads or markers? What will you need to apply those items to your image? Now that you have your stamps and inks picked out, what color cardstock do you need to coordinate with your project? Most finished items look the best with one neutral and two colors of cardstock.
Some other supplies that I suggest are a paper cutter, SNAIL adhesive and a refill, bone folder, white gel pen, Paper Snips, Stampin' Scrub and Stampin' Mist. Some people might not think that a gel pen is a necessity for a beginner, but it is a staple in my stamping tote and bring it everywhere. It is good for adding faux stitching, dots or other accents to take your projects to the next step without getting too advanced.
Another nice thing to start out with is a Stampin' Around Wheel, Handle and Ink Cartridge to be able to make your own backgrounds or add accents to your projects. They are also great for rolling images onto gift bags or wrapping paper for a special event. Many beginners chose wheels because of their versatility and ease of use.
If you would like to order any supplies, I would be happy to help you get started. You could also host a workshop to be able to use the products in person and see the different styles of stamps available to you. When you hosting a workshop you will be eligible to receive a FREE hostess stamp set and also free products. You can contact me to set up a time for your workshop by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by calling me at 802-380-0222.