Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Basic Tools for Stamping

Hello Friends,

I am not going to share any card today.....yaay...! It is theory session for the crafters who are starting their journey in this vast field of paper crafting. With all the online exposure and all the craft supply companies coming up with new products everyday, it is overwhelming for a beginner to decide how much is enough and from where to start. So, today I will discuss about few basic products, for stamping, with which you can start and can build your stash as you go.

Supply for stamping :

 1.) Stamps : There are two main types - clear and rubber. As a beginner, I would recommend to go for clear stamp sets as it contains multiple images and relevant sentiments too. While selecting a set, keep in mind to have mix of images and sentiments in one set. That way you can work with limited supply.

2.)  Inks : Largely, you can divide stamping inks in two main category.
                 a) Dye Inks - Altenew Inks, Memento, Archival, heroarts etc.
                 b)Pigment Inks - Colorbox, Mama Elephant 

                  You can use any of these inks for stamping. Though distress inks are dye based too but they are primarily made for ink blending. You will not get crisp image like other dye inks or pigment inks which are made specifically for stamping.

Black Archival or Versafine pad is a must if you are going to use water coloring medium.

3.)  Card Stock : A good CS is the key to get the best out of your stamps and inks. Bielo is excellent for stamping and many other card making techniques like ink blending, copic coloring, water coloring etc. You can read the full post on Bielo HERE !
 There are many colored card stocks and Metallic card stocks too which you can use as a base or for stamping too! 

4.) Clear Acrylic blocks : They are used to mount your clear stamps. As they are clear, you can see through it and stamp in desired place. It also has grid which helps to align the stamp 
specially sentiments so that it will be straight.

5.) Stamp Foam Pad : This give that much needed under pressure to get crisp, even impression of your stamp. If you keep you paper on a hard surface like table top, you may miss few section of image while stamping. This pad gives required bounce /pressure from beneath the paper which gives  even impression even with detailed stamp. You can use any thick magazine or mouse  pad instead of  this, but this pad is a cheap option and can work for years so I would say it is a good buy!

6.) Stamp cleaning supply :
      You can use mild soap and water to clean your clear stamps. Old, wet handkerchief is my go to cleaning tool as far as dye inks are concerned. Bu t if you are using archival or pigment inks, professional stamp cleaners are recommended.

          - Stamp Cleaner : I love 'Ultra clean' by Hero Arts.I can't recommend it enough. It works for all kinds of inks. It even cleans stamps used with  StazOn . We are getting this soon in the store.

           - Stamp cleaning Scrub Pad - It is a foam pad with nylon fibers. You can spray the stamp with cleaner and scrub on the pad. The nylon fibers will remove all the residues of ink from the stamp. It is excellent for pigment inks as the powdery pigments get deposited on the stamp even if you clean stamp with damp cloth.

Many crafters use baby wipes, but those fibers of wipes are really irritating and spoils your next impression .

7.) Coloring supply: You will need any coloring medium e.g. water colors, distress markers, copics, spectrum noir, zig clean color real brush marker, distress inks , colored pencils, water color pencils etc. Choices are plenty but you need only one medium initially. I would suggest to learn some basics of coloring with medium of your choice. 
If you are planning to buy distress inks, I would like you to use them for coloring too. If not you can start with any good water colors e.g Gansai Tambi, koi etc.

I started with 4-5 wood mounted stamps & few inks. I believe, you use your supply more efficiently if you master them first and then move towards next. Practice is the key... give some time to the medium you are working with , play with it, experiment with it! 

That is all for today! If you have any question you can ask in the comment below or mail me @ Enjoy !


  1. So beautifully written Neha...concise and comprehensive at the same time
    Dr Sonia

  2. A much needed post for beginners :)

  3. A very essential and clear post for beginners!

  4. Fab post Neha...I wish we had this when we started!! Well done!!

  5. Thanks for sharing Neha. excellent post. I also have so many doubts about this, selecting ink, cleaner etc. well explained

    1. Thank you so much Suzna! You can write to me any time !

  6. Wow, love the way you have explained everything! It's a fab post :)

  7. Perfect post for beginners! To the point and covers all tools 😊

  8. Love the way you explained thanks for sharing


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