New to card making? Start here!

Whether you’ve dabbled in the wonderful world of card making or are brand spankin’ new, this blog post is here to help you! Read on to get the low down on how to SIP (stamps, ink, paper) into stamping!

The number one thing I hear from new crafters is how overwhelming the catalog can be. I get it!

The Stampin’ Up Catalogs are designed with casual crafters in mind. But don’t worry if you’re not there yet! Stampin’ Up has created this fun acronym to help: SIP. It stands for stamps, ink and paper and that’s just what you need to get started!

The first thing I recommend is stamps of course! Below, you’ll find some of the stamp sets I think are perfect for beginner stampers and why I love them.

Clear Block E

Before you even pick your stamps though, you need a clear block for them to stick to. A clear block helps give even pressure to you stamp so you get crisp, clear images & phrases.

If you’re not ready to purchase the clear block bundle (which I think you eventually should), I suggest at least the clear block e. 90% of our stamps fit on a clear block e and by getting it you’ll be ready to stamp as soon as your order arrives!

Grassy Grove Cling Stamp Set

With both images and a variety of sentiments, this stamp set is perfect for those just getting started. The “shadowed” images in this set make creating a beautiful card fool proof.

Textured Florals stamp set

Textured Florals is a great choice because it has beautiful images as well as versatile sentiments!

There are dies that coordinate with this set, but if you’re just starting out, you’ll likely streer clear of those… for now!

Wonderful Thoughts Stamp Set

I love this stamp set for beginners because of the wide range of sentiments. There’s one for every occasion in this set. Pair it with images you love or a pretty Designer Series Paper (patterned paper) and you have a card!

The main thing to remember with stamps, pick ones you like and that are versatile.

Memento Ink
Stampin Spots

Next up is ink. For inks I recommend either picking 3 colors that you enjoy plus black or going for one of our ink bundles. These Stampin Spots are affordable 1 inch ink Spots that offer variety without breaking the bank. This assortment includes 8 colors!

Brights Collection Ink Pad Bundle

The ink pad bundles offer all 10 colors in the collection for one price. The color collections are Brights (shown above), Neutrals, Regals, Subtles & 2 sets of In Colors. In Colors are exclusive Colors offered for 2 years before they’re retired. Since there are 2 sets, we get new In Colors every year!


Lastly is paper. I recommend the Assorted cards and envelopes because it gives you 20 card bases to start stamping on!

Neutrals Cardstock

Aside from the notecards, I also recommend the cardstock multi packs. These also come in all 4 core collections plus the 2 in color sets.

Tools of the Trade

I also recommend some basic tools to get you started. They are:

  • Paper Trimmer to cut and score your paper
  • Simply Shammy to clean your stamps
  • Paper snips for easy cuts
  • Clear Block Bundle to mount your stamps
  • Multi Purpose Liquid glue
  • Stampin Dimensionals to add height to your projects
  • Stampin Seal
  • Embellishments such as Opal Rounds or Rhinestone Jewels to add a bit of bling.
Kits Collection

If all that is still too overwhelming for you, we offer the Kits Collection! Our kits come with everything you need to get started including artistically designed projects, step-by-step instructions, precut pieces, and more. Choose the kit that’s right for you from an assortment of options designed for a variety of occasions and styles. New kits added regularly and are available while supplies last.

I hope this post helped you to figure out where to begin on your Stampin Journey! Feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have!

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