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Stamping 101: Basic Supplies


If youve never stamped before, you do need a couple of supplies. A lot depends on your personal style, tastes and what you want to stampbut for now, lets talk about the basics.

Stamps
Pretty much the most basic thing youll need! You can choose between a wood-mounted stamp or an acrylic stampboth 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 treewhatever image you think youll 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.

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stamping project
stamping project

Acrylic Blocks
If youre just getting into acrylic stamps, youll also need to buy an acrylic block. Theyre sold separately from the stamps and you can find them at Paper Wishes. Youll want a variety of mounts to accommodate your different stamp sizes.

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stamping project
stamping project

An acrylic block thats slightly larger than your stamp is perfect. If the stamp is too big for the mount, you wont get a good impression. And if the mount is much bigger than the stamp, its 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.

Ink Pads
Youll 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 dont have to buy a new one. We explore all kinds of inks in our About Ink Pads section.

Coloring Tools
Once you have your image stamped, youll probably want to color it in. You can use chalks (most scrapbookers and cardmakers have a set alreadyso put em to use!) but you can also use colored pencils and markers. Read more about this on our Coloring section.

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stamping project
stamping project

Paper
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.

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stamping project

Blank cards
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.

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