Nine Stamp Room Essentials, part 3
We’re down to the last three essential stamping tools. Kudos for sticking with me though all nine! If you’re just tuning in and want to know what the first six products were, here’s part 1 and part 2. At the risk of sounding a little wishy washy, these last three are very arbitrary. Once you get past the basics – Stamps, Ink, Paper, Adhesive, Cutting Tools – the rest is just fun. So – again, with the “beginner stamper” who is just starting to build his or her craft room, here are the last three things I would purchase.
Stampin’ Pierce Mat
One of my first purchases was a stamping mat. It was before Stampin’ Up! offered our Stampin’ Pierce Mat, but I had read that using a mat was very important if you wanted crisp, clean images. And whatever I had read was totally correct. I do get better results by using a mat – and our Stampin’ Pierce Mat is very affordable! And if you’re using photopolymer stamps, it’s definitely an essential. A word of caution – I always lay a sheet of paper over the mat. A lot of times, I stamp on the edge of the cardstock, so some of the ink will transfer to whatever is under the cardstock – which, of course, would be the mat. Water based ink will wash off the Stampin’ Pierce Mat, but if you don’t clean it off immediately, it can also transfer to your project. So stay safe and keep it covered.
Now that you have your Basic Black Archival Ink (or Jet Black StazOn), and Whisper White, Very Vanilla, or Shimmery White Cardstock, or Watercolor Paper, you need some coloring tools. If you’ve bought a few Classic Stampin’ Pads in our core colors, you can use them to color. Simply squeeze the closed pad together to transfer ink to the lid, then open the pad and you have a little palette with color. You’ll need either Aqua Painters or Blender Pens to pick up the color and use it to watercolor an image. I prefer Aqua Painters with Watercolor Paper and Shimmery White Cardstock, and Blender Pens with Whisper White or Very Vanilla.
You can also purchase our Stampin’ Write Markers. These are super easy to use and very versatile. You can use them directly on the image to color, or you can scribble on a stamp block or stamp case, then pick the color up with an aqua painter or blender pen, then watercolor the image. You can also use the markers to color directly onto the stamp. You can purchase the Many Marvelous Markers collection (all of our Core Colors except Very Vanilla and Whisper White in a really cool box), or you can purchase them in Core Color and In Color Collections.
My favorite coloring medium is our Watercolor Pencils. Our current pencils were debuted in the 2017 Occasions Catalog, and there are 13 pencils in the set. Simply color with the pencils, then use a Blender Pen or Aqua Painter to blend the color. The best thing about these pencils is you can blend them with each other and get hundreds of different colors. Use a scrap of Watercolor Paper as a palette and blend away. I used Watercolor Pencils on this card with the Beautiful You and Mediterranean Moments Stamp Sets.
There are lots of other coloring tools available, but these are the basics.
So now – number nine. Our final essential.
I use my Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine on almost every project I create. You can die-cut images, create bags or boxes or other 3D items, and you can emboss – with just a quick pass through the machine. Whenever Mike & I go out of town, this is included in my bag of “must haves.” It’s pricey at $110, but if you’re going to do a lot of crafting, you need it. Take another look at the card I posted. I used the Layering Ovals Framelits and the Brick Wall Textured Impressions Embossing Folder with my Big Shot for the card.
If you’re serious about crafting, you’ll want to join my team of demonstrators. For only $99, you can order $125 in product, so you can order the Big Shot and add $15 in other products to your order. PLUS – if you join during Sale-a-bration (through March 31), you can add two stamp sets of your choice to your starter kit. After that, you’ll enjoy a minimum 20% discount on all your orders while you’re a demonstrator. And there are absolutely no strings. If you don’t want to hold classes or “do workshops,” you don’t have to. I signed up because I wanted to save money on my purchases. I was already ordering $100 every month, so I figured I could save $20 each month by ordering from me! Little did I know I’d actually be making money one day!
If you have any questions – or if you have “essentials” I’ve left out, leave a comment! I’d love to know what you use in your projects!
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