If you’ve never stamped before, you do need a couple of supplies. A lot depends on your personal style, tastes and what you want to stamp—but for now, let’s talk about the basics.
Pretty much the most basic thing you’ll need! You can choose between a wood-mounted stamp or an acrylic stamp—both are good options. Acrylic stamp sets usually come in a coordinated set and wood mounted stamps are usually sold separately.
Start with a versatile focal image that appeals to you: A flower, a butterfly, a tree—whatever image you think you’ll use a lot. A flower, for example, can be used for all kinds of card-giving occasions, or on a scrapbook page. A sentiment stamp (or stamp set) is another good option. Look for basic greetings like “Happy Birthday” and “Celebrate”.
If you’re just getting into acrylic stamps, you’ll also need to buy an acrylic block. They’re sold separately from the stamps and you can find them at Paper Wishes. You’ll want a variety of mounts to accommodate your different stamp sizes.
An acrylic block that’s slightly larger than your stamp is perfect. If the stamp is too big for the mount, you won’t get a good impression. And if the mount is much bigger than the stamp, it’s hard to ink without inking your acrylic mount, which can lead to stray ink marks. Be sure to clean your mounts as well as your stamps.
You’ll need something to ink that stamp. A Black StazOn® ink pad is great because it can be used on paper as well as non-porous surfaces like plastic or metal. Branch out into different colors and types of ink as you get more experience. There are also re-inkers, so when your ink pad is dry you don’t have to buy a new one. We explore all kinds of inks in our About Ink Pads section.
Once you have your image stamped, you’ll probably want to color it in. You can use chalks (most scrapbookers and cardmakers have a set already—so put ‘em to use!) but you can also use colored pencils and markers. Read more about this on our Coloring section.
This is another must-have. Start with scrap paper (like computer paper) for testing out your new stamps. Then stamp them onto glossy paper, patterned paper, cardstock or whatever you are working on. You can buy paper in packages, or by the sheet. Check out our Types of Paper section for specifics.
Stamps are perfect for card making. Sure, you can fold a piece of cardstock in half and have a blank card, but I prefer having packages of pre-scored blank cards that come with perfectly-sized envelopes.