Stamping 101

I love all the beautiful projects but where do I begin?

I remember the first time I was handed a Stampin’ Up Annual Catalog and being totally overwhelmed. There was just so much! I remember taking home the catalog, pouring over it, loving so many gorgeous projects, and having no idea on where to begin.

Kits are a great way to get your feet wet.

Stampin’ Up! offers several fabulous all inclusive kit options for those just getting started (click the pictures for the direct links to my Online Store).

Paper Pumpkin is the Stampin’ Up! $22 monthly subscription box. Paper Pumpkin kits are all inclusive kits that are designed for anyone who wants to quickly and easily achieve beautiful, handcrafted projects—anytime and anywhere! Each month you get a new project that’s great for all types of crafters. It always includes fun coordinating products – a stamp set, ink spot, and all the consumables to make pre-designed projects but also the kit can unleash your creativity to design your own projects using elements in the kit. You can find out more here.

Kits (pages 6 – 9 in the 2020-2021 Annual Catalog or in my Online Store here)

Looking Up Card Kit (#149651 $29.00) – Create beautiful all-occasion cards in minutes using the Looking Up Card Kit. Perfect for new crafters, busy crafters, or crafters on the go. Makes 15 cards; folded card size: 4” x 6”. Kit includes the Looking Up Stamp Set. Complete using your choice of adhesive. Coordinating colors: Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Lovely Lipstick, Petal Pink, Pool Party

Kit includes:
* Set of 7 photopolymer stamps and a clear acrylic block
* 15 card bases: 3 each of 5 designs
* 15 printed envelopes
* Ink spot and embellishments

Simply Citrus All-Inclusive Card Kit (#153128 $32) – Makes 15 cards, 3 each of 5 designs, using the included Simply Citrus Photopolymer Stamp Set. Folded card size: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″. Includes 9-1/4″ x 9-1/4″ x 1-7/8″ printed cardboard box. Available in French.
Coordinating Colors – Calypso Coral, Garden Green, Just Jade, Mango Melody, Night of Navy, white.

Gorgeous Posies Project Kit (#153131 $32.00) – Makes 16 cards: 4 each of 4 designs. Folded card size: 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″. Complete using the Gorgeous Posies Cling Stamp Set (sold separately). Includes 6-5/8″ x 5-3/8″ x 3″ designer box.
Coordinating Colors – Blackberry Bliss, Blushing Bride, gold, Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather, Mint Macaron, Purple Posy, Shaded Spruce, Soft Sea Foam, white.

Gorgeous Posies Cling Stamp Set
Price: $19.00

Boho Indigo Product Medley (#153132 $70.00) – Stamps, paper, dies, and accessories for creating whatever you want—let your creativity run free! Includes 11-piece photopolymer stamp
set (clear stamp blocks sold separately: suggested blocks b, c, d); 48 sheets of 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper, 8 each of 6 double-sided designs*; Very Vanilla 6″ x 6″ dry embossed sheets, 2 each of 3 designs; die cuts with gold foil accents, 2 sheets each of 3 designs; Night of Navy 1/2″ Frayed Grosgrain Ribbon (10 yards); Very Vanilla/gold 1/4″ Pleated Ribbon (10 yards); paper flowers 20 each in 2 sizes; 12-piece Boho Indigo Dies (use dies with a Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine; see p. 170). Refill kit available (sold separately). Available in French.
Coordinating Colors – Garden Green, gold, Misty Moonlight, Night of Navy, Very Vanilla, white

Boho Indigo Product Medley Refill – (#153925 $23.00) – Use the Boho Indigo Product Medley refill kit to make even more creations! Includes the paper products from the Boho Indigo ProductMedley: 48 sheets of 6″ x 6″ Designer Series Paper*; 6 sheets of Very Vanilla 6″ x 6″ dry embossed paper;6 sheets of die cuts; 40 paper flowers.

What are the Essentials I need to get started?

These are my crafting essentials on my desk and in my go bag ~

Crafting Essentials:

Tools to gradually add later:

I want it all but what should I order first?

Jumping into a new hobby can be overwhelming & can quickly become expensive (especially when we want it all) and most of us have to stick to a budget.

First take a look at my Crafting Essentials list – tools aren’t as sexy as stamp sets and pretty paper but they can make your creating experience easier. I would suggest getting the Simply Shammy and at least one adhesive on your first order. The Simply Shammy makes keeping your stamps clean (ink can quickly get everywhere) and you’ll need adhesive to create your project.

Next look for one stamp set (be aware of what the suggested clear blocks you’ll need) that has a mix of images and sentiments that you love. Does it have a coordinating Punch? Is there one pack of Designer Series Paper that would coordinate with the stamp set you’ve picked? The important thing is to choose something that you can’t wait to create with.

Then choose 2 or 3 classic ink pads in the same color family or that is listed in the coordinating colors on the Designer Series Paper pack that you’ve picked. The BEST thing about Stampin’ Up! is that their inks, papers, markers, embellishments, and ribbons all match making it easy to color coordinate our projects.

Once you’ve chosen your colors you’ll need some paper. I would suggest getting our smaller sized Whisper White Note Card & Envelope pack for your pre-cut card bases (especially if you don’t have a paper trimmer) or a pack of Whisper White 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock to create your card bases and Whisper White Medium Envelopes. Then maybe add a pack of 8 1/2″ x 11″ Assortment cardstock in the color family of your chosen colors.

And then don’t forget the bling. Again Stampin’ Up! has color coordinated the ribbons and embellishments. So pick a pack that matches the colors you’ve chosen or choose a pack of Rhinestones or Pearl Basic Jewels that match everything.

If you want to recreate a card or sample in the catalogs or that you’ve found on Pintrest I will help you figure out what you need.

How do I put the stickers on my new stamps?

Stampin’ Up! Inks

What’s a Stamparatus?

*Please Note – the extra Stamparatus Plates are no longer available


Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine (Standard)


**I will be adding videos and tips to the section so be sure to check back!

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