As my Mum and Grandma ( and Mary Poppins) have always said ‘Let’s start at the very beginning…’
So that’s just what I am going to do.
Sorry to those seasoned or veteran stampers but I became aware that not everyone knows, or understands, the glorious world of stamping and of the company Stampin’ Up!®.
At the start of the new year my lovely neighbour asked if she could come with me when I walk my dogs, just to get a bit of exercise.
It was on one of the walks that I rattled on about stamping and this amazing company I had discovered.
She actually thought I was talking about ‘postage stamps’.
Once I had explained, without any props, what I was actually talking about it dawned on me that some people may not know about stamping.
My aim with this blog initially is to show you the wonderful products and what you can do with them; however after my dog walk I thought I would start with the basics. (Plus it gives me somewhere to start).
So, to start with you need three pieces of equipment:
- The stamps (not postage)
- The ink
- The card
Let’s start with the stamps.
They come in three different materials.
- Classic rubber. High quality wood mounted rubber stamps.
- Clear mount. Made with high quality rubber but are repositional whereas wood mounted are not.
- Photopolymer. Entirely transparent, repositional and flexible.
Whichever material you choose is really down to personal preference. I have a selection of all but personally prefer the clear mount then photopolymer.
As long as you look after your stamps they will last a long time.
Now we come onto ink pads.
Stampin’ Up® ink pads are an amazing flip top design that can be refilled.
They have a large surface area so that large and small stamps can be ‘inked’ with little effort.
Referred to as card stock ( I don’t know why). 216gsm weight card (which I take to mean good quality but not too thick).
The thing I love about Stampin’ Up!® card stock is that it matches perfectly with the ink pads (and other products I will come onto in another blog).
So, now you know what basic materials you require, you simply need to purchase them and once they have arrived you can create simple, beautiful creations.