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Start Card Making With a SIP – 3 Easy Steps

As you look through the catalog I am sure you are saying, “there is so much STUFF! Where do I even start?” I want to teach you how to get started with a SIP!

With the right products you will be able to begin creating without being overwhelmed.

You truly do not need a lot of products to get started, however, the key is to select the RIGHT products so that you have the things you truly need.

I like to help people start using the SIP METHOD of card making. STAMPS, INK & PAPER – that’s all you need to get started.

Start with a SIP, make (& send) some cards, then build from there.

1. Select Your Stamps

You will want to select a stamp set or 2 that you like.

Depending on your “likes” and what type of cards you want to start making, look for something versatile and that includes “greetings.” Here are a couple of my favorites for getting started.

The options are many, these are just a few of my favorites that I have also featured in videos/blog posts. These are also stamp sets that I feel are easy to create with so I just know you will be successful as you begin your card making journey.

But don’t let these suggestions limit you, pick something YOU like!

2. Pick Out a Few Ink Pads

Next, you need ink.

Depending on the stamps that you select, you will want at least 3-5 different colors + Black.

If you need help deciding on what colors will work best for the stamps you select, let us know – we are happy to help.

You can also refer to the samples I have created with each of the above stamp sets for color suggestions.

Again, don’t limit yourself, pick colors YOU like, but make sure you have enough colors that work together for the stamp set you select.

3. Decide on What Paper (Card stock)

One of my favorite recommendations for starting out is a package of Note Cards & Envelopes. These cards are 3 1/2″ x 5″ and perfect for getting started. You get 20 in a package and they include the envelopes. These are perfect for the beginner as you do not have to cut anything.

They come all ready to create a card!

Or, start with a few basis: Basic White card stock, envelopes, and an assorted pack of colored card stock.

A Few Other Basics You’ll Need

Besides Stamps, Ink and Paper, you will need a few basic tools and supplies to get started.

Make sure you at least have the recommended size blocks for the stamp set you select. Best value is to purchase the block bundle–then you will always have everything you need!

Simply Shammy makes cleaning your stamps easy.

A good paper cutter and scissors are a must, as well as adhesive. My favorite “go to” adhesives are the Multipurpose Glue & Dimensionals.

My Favorite SIP Suggestions + Step-by-Step Tutorials

suggestions for stamps, ink and paper for getting started making DIY cards

My goal is to help you not be overwhelmed. But I get it….there are so many awesome stamps, papers, accessories and more….

We want it all….

It’s all amazing…..

I want to help. Check out this article where I give suggestions to put together a collection of stamps, paper and ink to get started with. I even have a video and a step-by-step tutorial to use the products to get started stamping and make your first cards!

Don’t Be Overwhelmed

The biggest mistake that many people make is becoming overwhelmed with TOO MUCH STUFF. Start with a SIP, get the essentials and start making cards. We all start someplace – start small and don’t get overwhelmed.

Once you have gotten the basics and began to stamp you will soon fall in love with your new hobby and be ready to expand your stamp collection and supplies.

Remember – start with a SIP! To start, you need STAMPS, INK & PAPER.

Now What? Where Do I Begin?

The most common question asked is, “where do I find ideas to make cards?” I’ve got you covered. I have a lot of card making ideas that YOU CAN COPY. Yes, I said COPY! It is OK to copy!

Find a card that I have made and copy it! Below you will find several blog posts showing quick and easy cards, most using the SIP CARD MAKING METHOD, that will help you make your first card. Even if you don’t have the exact same stamps or colors, use the basic design and layout and copy it.

You found your way here to my website because you like the card making projects that I share, so copy them and make cards just like I do. The more you copy, the more you will become creative and start coming up with your own designs.

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