Back to Basics: Stamp a simple card, cut cardstock and ink stamps!

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We're going Back to the Basics here at with a sale in the shop and series of basic stamping videos!  Read to the end for all the details and links to all the products on sale right now.

First…the stamping!  In this video, we'll cover:

  • basic supplies for getting started with stamping and card making
  • tips for storing your stamps in the original package which is economical (=more money for more stamps!) and is eco-friendly
  • how to cut cardstock
  • how to ink a stamp and the things NOT to do when stamping!
  • how to clean your stamps
  • best practices for inks that stain your stamps (a stained stamp is a sign of a loved stamp and proves you're using them!)
  • how to make a simple card



Cutting Cardstock for Cards:  cut your cardstock in half, then fold in half.

Cutting Layers: My layers are usually 1/4″ smaller than the one before.  So if my card base is 4-1/4 x 5-1/2, then the next layer will be 4 x 5-1/4.  When this is adhered to the card base, there will be a 1/8″ border around the layer.

Inking:  light pressure on your stamp is perfect, when you stamp, go straight up and down and do not rock your stamp.  Don't press too hard, if you do the photopolymer that your stamp is made out of will smoosh down and blur the lines.  I also recommend practicing on scrap paper.

Stamping:  when you are starting out stamping, or you are a traveling stamper, look for well rounded stamp sets.  A variety of images, border stamps, small stamps for backgrounds and a variety of sentiments are good choices.

Clear Acrylic Blocks: CP blocks come in a variety of sizes and are lightweight for their size, have grids which make lining images up easy and have a comfortable indented grip.  You will LOVE them!

Cardstock: CP cardstock is bright white, 100# so it's great for card bases and layers, and really smooth so it stamps beautifully.

Ink:  you're definitely going to want red, orange, green, blue and black…of course, you'll want more than that!  But if you are just starting out, these colors are a must!

Below are all the products we have on sale in the shop right now at 18% off to celebrate the 2018 school year!  

Thanks for stopping by, I'll see you tomorrow with another video tutorial.

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