Welcome to a World of Creativity!
Are you interested in Card Making/Paper-Crafting and wondering where to start? You have come to the right place – start with me! I am here to be your creative coach and help you take the plunge into a hobby that will fill your life with sparkle – literally! Below you will find some helpful tips. Go ahead begin your journey!
1. A good place to start - Kits:
a. My Patti: I offer monthly card kits that include everything you need to complete beautiful cards.
b. Paper Pumpkin: An All-Inclusive kit, that you receive in the mail. These kits include materials to make cards and/or 3-D items. You can choose to pay by month or a Prepaid Subscription. Everything you need is included in the kit.
c. Kits in the Annual Catalog: Some are All Inclusive (includes stamps, ink, and card stock) and there are others where the stamps and consumables are sold as two separate items.
Stamps, ink, cardstock, a paper trimmer, adhesive and scissors. these are the essentials to get you started.
3. Ink Colors:
A good place to start would be to purchase colors in a Color Collection. There are 4 Color Collections – Neutrals, Brights, Subtles and Regals. In addition, there are 2 In-Color Collections.
4. Stampin’ Up! Ink Pads:
Are a special patented design created to make sure the ink flows to the surface of the ink pad when stored. The inked surface is upside down when the ink pad is closed. As a result, your ink pads are always ready to use.
5. Ink Pads 101:
a. Classic Pads - Fast drying for basic stamping.
b. Staz-On Pad - The ink used in this style of ink pad is solvent based. It is a permanent ink that can be used when doing water-based coloring techniques. These ink pads are not recommended for use with Photopolymer Stamps, because the ink will stain the photopolymer such that you can no longer see through them. Only use with red rubber stamps.
c. Versamark – Used to heat emboss.
d. Memento - Used when using Alcohol Markers and with Red Rubber & Photopolymer Stamps. This ink pad will NOT stain photopolymer stamps.
a. Clear Mount Red Rubber Stamps: You use a clear block with these stamps. The stamps cling to the clear block while being used, and then are removed when the stamps are not in use. The clear blocks are sold separately.
b. Photopolymer Stamps - These stamps are made with see-through clear plastic. You use a clear block with these stamps. The stamps cling to the clear block while being used and then are removed when the stamps are not in use. The clear blocks are sold separately. These are the least expensive style of stamps.
7. Stamp Sets:
A good place to start your stamp collection is to purchase sets that have both images & sentiments.
Feeling confident? Now, that you are steeped in paper-crafting knowledge, why not build your skills by sign up for one of my card kits and experience, first-hand, the exhilaration of creating something beautiful!