Stamping 101: Basic Supply List Suggestions

By | 02/18/2013

Stamping 101: Basic Supply List    

These are my recommendations for different price points when you are getting started stamping.

My Basic Recommendations Include 5 Items:

  1. Inks:  Choose a neutral stamp pad and a set of markers.
  2. Paper: Get White paper and one package of colors to match your markers.
  3. Adhesive
  4. Paper Snips
  5. Stamp Set

Sample Supply List #1:  ($33.85-38.25)   (This would be my budget friendly list for people who want to give it a try.  You could choose a kit or some basics like these.)

  • Neutral Ink Pad:  Chocolate Chip (#126979)  $5.95
  • Note Cards & Envelopes (#107311)  $5.95
  • Stamp Set:  Here is where your price can vary depending on the set you choose.  Choose one you love!  I would select something with images and sentiments like:

Pennant Parade (#122740 for wood at $21.95) or (#122742 in clear at $16.95 plus you need Clear Block C #118486 at $6.95)

Lacy and Lovely (#122887 for clear at $17.95 and you need Clear Block D #118485 at $8.50) or (#122885 for wood at $24.95)


Here are a couple of sample cards you could make with just these basics:

simple_cardsThe two on the left are made from Pennant Parade and the one on the right is made from Lacy and Lovely and I did use a technique called stamping off to create it.  I have a video tutorial for that technique on my You Tube channel.

Your paper choice will be your limiting factor for the list above, as would color.  You are limited if you only have one color to start with, but it’s doable!  The note card set gives you 20 note cards to start with.

The ink pad and stamp set will last.  (Eventually, you will need to re-ink the pad, but you will get tons of cards from that one ink pad if stored properly.)  Once you buy a clear block, you have that forever also!


If you want more color and the ability to make a greater variety of cards, my basic list is below.

Sample order list #2: ($75.20-83.70)

Early Espresso Ink Pad   (#126974)     $5.95

In Color Markers   (#126856)    $14.95

Whisper White Paper   (#100730)   $8.50

In Color Card Stock   (#126838)   $6.95

Adhesive:  Multipurpose Liquid Glue (#110755)   $3.95

Paper Snips   (#103579)   $9.95

Stamp Set:  Choose something that you love or try one of these:

Lacy and Lovely (#122887 for clear at $17.95 and you need Clear Block D #118485 at $8.50) or (#122885 for wood at $24.95)

Easy Events   (#123225 for clear at $24.95 and you need Clear Block D #118485 at $8.50)   or (#116958 for wood at $32.95)

For the Birds (#126407 for clear at $24.95 and you need Clear Block D #118485 at $8.50) or (#126405 for wood at $32.95)


My splurge here would also be a paper trimmer to make cutting the card stock much easier!  I would also add a bone folder!

Stampin’ Trimmer (#126889)   at $29.95

Bone Folder (#102300) $6.95

***If you purchase the entire list with all 3 stamp sets plus the trimmer and bone folder, your order is at around $160.  This would qualify as a hostess order and you would get $25 worth of free stamping supplies of your choice!!!!


After this, it is just a matter of adding to your ink colors, adding papers, embellishments, tools and stamp sets that you love.  Eventually, you will want a Simply Scored Tool, some punches and of course…a Big Shot!!!!

Here is a sample card with more supplies to start out with!


You can see that these cards are still simple, but so much more sophisticated with the colors and layers.  What a difference it makes!

Of course, I am dying to add embellishments and texture that only the Big Shot can add…but those are lessons for another day!


Note:  At some point you should consider adding Stampin’ Mist and a Stampin’ Scrub to clean your stamps.  When you first start out, a wet paper towel or dish cloth will work, but the proper cleaning tools will help your stamps last longer!


 Here is a printable list:  Stamping_101_sample_lists

Ready to place your order?  How can you resist that Lacy and Lovely Stamp Set?  It is one of my favorites and I haven’t done anything fancy with it for this post!!!!

Don’t forget that this is Sale-A-Bration!!!  For every $50 you spend, you get one free Sale-A-Bration product.  For beginners, here are my suggestions:

Getting Started Card Stock Pack #132199

Bloomin’ Marvelous Stamp Set #129651 for wood and #129654 for clear and clear block D should work if you ordered it from the above list!

Or…if you are looking for embellishments and pretty papers to go the next step, you can add my two favorites!

Sycamore Street Ribbon & Button Pack #130812

Sycamore Street Designer Series Paper #127540

If you order the entire second list along with the trimmer and bone folder, you can choose 3 of these items for FREE, plus another $25 worth of products from the Spring Mini Catalog or the big Annual Catalog.

This Sale-A-Bration offer ends March 22!!!!

Thank you for visiting!  I hope this is helpful to all of you who are just starting out!!!

Remember:  “The expert was once the beginner!”


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