New to Card Making?

Jackie’s Guide to Getting Started

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!”

Getting started on your card making journey can be overwhelming at first.  This “Getting Started” guide will help you determine the best products to start with, and then include several examples of cards you make with these product groupings.  Use this guide to make out your list to help ensure you have everything you need to start creating beautiful handmade cards.

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Stamps, Ink & Paper

This is where the magic begins…..stamps, ink & paper.  


The first thing you should do is select 1-2 stamp sets that you like.  These 2 are my recommendations to start with as they are very versatile and will enable you to easily make cards


Next you will want to select a few ink pads.  The In-Color collection is perfect, especially is you select the Pretty Perennials stamp set.  Or, select 4-5 other colors that you prefer.  And make sure to get a black ink pad.


And finally, you need something to stamp!   Basic White Cardstock and Envelopes are the “basics” you need to start.  I then recommend adding an assorted pack of colored cardstock that coordinates with the ink pads you select.

Essential Tools

Besides stamps, ink & paper, you are going to need a few essential tools in order to get started making cards. 

You will need clear blocks to put your stamps on.  The CLEAR BLOCK BUNDLE is a the best deal and has all the sizes you will ever need.  But, if you want to start a little smaller, the ones shown above are the suggested blocks for the 2 stamp sets I recommend.  If you select other stamp sets, the catalog does list the suggested blocks you will need.

You will need a way to cut your cards tock.  If you don’t already have a paper cutter, the Stampin’ Up! Paper Trimmer is awesome.

And finally, you will need adhesive, a scissors, and a way to clean your stamps.  Above are my recommendations if you do not already have something to use.

Shop For Suggested Items

Are you ready to get started?  Just click the box below to see the complete list of suggested items for getting started.  You can easily add them to your shopping cart to place your order.  

Make These Cards With This Product Collection

These recommended “getting started” products will give you everything to make this fun all occasion cards.

(I did not use the HAPPY THOUGHTS stamp set on these cards)

Want to Step It Up a Little?

Now let’s see what we can make by adding in the HAPPY THOUGHTS stamp set, a punch, and some Linen Thread.

The Happy Thoughts stamp set is a great selection, no matter what main images you pick.  It allows you to add an greeting to your card to cover any occasion, plus it has some great “inside” verses.

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Learn to Stamp Videos

I have a lot of videos on my YouTube Channel that focus on learning to stamp using the SIP method of card making-using just STAMPS, INK & PAPER. Each video is filled with stamping tips and ideas to help you learn to create beautiful handmade cards.

Learn To Stamp Videos

Card Making Basics Videos

This YouTube playlist is my collection of BASICS videos.  In this playlist you will find videos that explain the different types of stamps, ink, how to cut cardstock, how to color images, and much more….

Please keep in mind that many videos in both of these playlists may contain retired products.  Please see the current catalogs for product availability–but all the tips and information are still very helpful as you learn to create handmade cards.

Card Making Basics Videos

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