Stamping 101

Are you ready to start making cards?

You may be feeling overwhelmed and just don’t know where to start.  I am here to help you.  I have been stamping for over 25 years and I can honestly say, “you do not have to be creative or crafty to do this.”  I love to help new card makers, especially since my passion is “quick & easy cards!”

Grab your favorite beverage, get comfy and start here.  This page is full of information to help you get started!  

Card making can be very overwhelming and confusing, but it does not have to be that way.  If you start out with the right products, you will enjoy the experience and have everything you need to make cards.  



Stamping & Card Making 101: Video Tutorial

Why are we calling this Stamping 101???  Well, there are several reasons….

  • This post & video is a beginners guide to getting started with stamping & card making
  • You will learn to make good decisions when purchasing products so you have things that work together
  • The video is filled with tips for stamping, cleaning your stamps, and designing your handmade cards
  • and more….  (you just have to watch the whole video!)


Stamping & Card Making 101: What You Need to Get Started


Selecting stamps can sometimes be overwhelming but it is the most fun part of selecting items you need.  Make sure to watch my video to learn how I started and why it did not work.  You don’t want to make those same mistakes.


Whether you are brand new to card making, or are just looking for a fun set for quick and easy cards, Butterfly Gala is the perfect stamp set.  And don’t forget the coordinating punch.



Another tricky decision you will need to make is which inks to get.


You will want to make sure you get colors that will coordinate with the papers you select.  I always recommend getting a few colors from the same color collection PLUS Black, and then building on that collection as you purchase more.

Make sure to scroll to the bottom of the post to see everything I used for today’s projects.



Once again, you want to make sure that you have coordinating products.  I think the best purchase you can make is a package of the 6″ x 6″ Color Collection Designer Series Papers.  Make sure to get the color group that goes with the colors you selected in ink pads–that way everything coordinates and you can mix and match everything together making it easy peasy!

NOTE:  The Designer Series Paper I used in these cards is no longer available, however, there is one very similar (just the patterns are different)

Besides the Designer Series Paper, the White Notecards and Envelopes plus a package of Whisper White will give you everything you need to get well on  your way to making some beautiful cards.



My Product Recomendations

Here is a great bundle of products (stamps, ink and paper) that work together perfectly and that I used for all 6 of my cards today.  With these products you will have everything you need.  If you’d like to place an order, you can click on any of the little pictures below to go directly to the online store and order.

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Stamping & Card Making 101: 6 Different Card Layouts to Get You Going

With the above products, you can make all 6 of these cards.


Designer Series Paper is cut into 1 1/2″ squares


The Gingham DSP on the above card is 1″ x 5″

Make sure to watch the video to see how easy it is to put the paper on the envelope flap.


Another square piece of Designer Series Paper.  This one is a 2″ square

Make sure to watch the video to see how I stamped the insides and also added a little pretty paper in there too.


Gorgeous Grape DSP is 3 1/2″x 2″

Daffodil Delight is 3 1/2″ x 1/4″


As you can see, all of these layouts can be done with any of the colors of paper.  And I only used 2 colored ink pads + black on all of them.  That is the beauty of the color groups–they all coordinate.

Melon Mambo DSP is 3 1/4″ x 4 3/4″


Granny Apple Green paper is 1″ x 5″


Stamping & Card Making 101: Other Essentials Supplies

For those of you just starting out, the other essentials you are going to have to make sure you have are a Paper Cutter, Adhesive, Shammy (or something to clean your stamps with) and a good scissors.


Earn Free Stamps

Paper Snips


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Beginners Catalog

Sometimes the big catalog is overwhelming, so Stampin’ Up! has this small beginners catalog for you if you are interested in just looking at a small selection of products.  It also has some great getting started products and suggestions.

Beginner Catalog


Easy Stamping Video Playlist

I am always adding to my collection of SIP VIDEOS and projects.  Click the picture below to go to a YouTube playlist that is filled with SIP cards–tons of quick and easy ideas to help you get started on your card making journey.


Stamping & Card Making Basics Video Playlist

This YouTube playlist is my collection of BASICS videos.  In this playlist you will find videos explaining the different types of stamps, inks, how to cut cardstock, all the different adhesives, different ways to color images and more….  Grab your favorite beverage and spend some time learning all the basics!



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