It can be a bit overwhelming when you discover a new enjoyable hobby, but don't know where to get started.
Here are some tips so that you can confidently create your own handmade cards to send to those special people in your life.
Basic Tool Kit
Here's my suggestions for some essential items to get started. Below the descriptions you can find pics with shopping links if you need them and a video to give a few more details on each of these items and how to use them.
Paper Trimmer - You can cut your cardstock with the cutting blade and you can also score fold lines or decorative lines with the scoring blade. Fold the arm out for larger pieces. This is such a great trimmer. I love mine and use it all the time. Replacement blades are available.
Simply Shammy - This is to clean your stamps. Simply wet it then wring it out and dab your stamp to clean off the ink. I like to store mine in an empty DVD case.
Clear Block D - We have a large range of clear acrylic blocks to pop your stamp onto. This is one that I use a lot - it is a very versatile size.
Paper Snips - If you've got scissors already you won't need this but if your household scissors are a bit blunt grab yourself a pair of paper snips - super sharp and great for papercrafting. Hide them from everyone else - wink!
Adhesives - We've got a bunch to pick from. I've listed our liquid glue - great for sticking down cardstock layers as it gives you a few seconds of wiggle room if you happen to pop a layer down a little crooked. I've also listed our foam hexagons - Stampin' Dimensionals. Trust me - you NEED these. I can't make a card without them. If you love them we also have packs of mini ones and some in black.
Memento Black Ink - Black is a handy colour for stamping images and greetings. I think all stampers need a black ink in their stash.
Whisper White Thick Cardstock A4 - I love this cardstock. It is a little thicker and works beautifully for card bases. I'm a huge fan of white cards. You can also use it for layers and can stamp on it.
Some Essential Items To Get You Started With Cardmaking:
Do you need all of these? Here's a handy link to click to add them all to your shopping cart (you can untick anything you don't need.) Buy these 8 Essential Tool Kit Items.
Just click on the 'add all to cart' button on that page then you can continue shopping if you need to add any other items.
Here's a video I put together for you to show a few snippets about these items and how to use them in your cardmaking.
Stamp A Greeting
Next up for very handy essentials - greeting time! I'd recommend choosing one greeting stamp set and one coordinating punch. Here's some I use ALL the time.
The top row here features the fab Classic Label punch. Many of the greetings from Itty Bitty Greetings fit this one and Clear Block G is a good size for these thin narrow stamps. I keep this one on my desk as I use it so often. Scroll down for a video using this option showing you a bunch of cards you can make.
The next two rows have several of our larger punches that are terrific for greetings too. Choose the shape you like the best. The Many Mates greeting set has quite a few versatile sayings for those occasions we always need a card for.
There are lots of great greeting sets in our range, and other stamp sets that have images plus a nice couple of greetings so browse through and see which ones you think you'd use most often. If you need advice on which punch would fit your chosen set - please get in touch and I'd be happy to help.
I've got another video here showing you a bunch of cards you can make using just those essential tools plus a greeting set and punch. I've also added a pack of patterned paper and two ink pads.
Product List for the cards in the video
If you love to use patterned paper in your cards, this video from my beginner series might be handy. It has some useful measurements I use all the time when making cards with patterned paper.
Here's one more of my videos I've put together especially for beginners. In this one we use our 8 essentials plus your favourite greeting stamp/punch combo and we add in the Rectangular Postage Stamp Punch and a patterned paper (DSP) pack that takes your fancy.
Page being renovated: I've got a few more 'getting started' supplies to add to this page so pop back soon for a few more tips. Measurement tips coming soon too.
Another way to get started is to select a card kit. We've got a range of kits with materials plus project instructions to help you create some cards quickly. Some are all inclusive and some need some other supplies - check the item description for all the details.
Product List: Some of our current kits
Well I hope that was a little help if you are keen to start stamping and cardmaking but are not sure where to begin.
Good luck building your kit of supplies. If I can assist with advice or ordering please contact me. I'd be happy to help.
Phone: 0417 377 057