Cardmaking begins with simple stamping using stamps, ink & paper!
Cardmaking begins with basics, after you get the hang of basic cardmaking, you may want to explore other techniques, but the recipient of your cards will be so touched with the simple card you made!
I suggest you being with a relatively easy set of stamps that have both images and sentiments in the set.
Pictured here is a set (Shaded Summer)that will look great even stamped in a single color, with versatile sentiments.
Pick an ink you have that you feel would work well with your images & sentiments. You may pick just one color or several depending on what you have. If you are just starting, I suggest black/Memento first then add colors. If you are unsure, start with basic inkspots.
Stampin’ Up currently has 50 ink colors plus black (Memento) and white (pigmented ink) in their product line. They are divided up by coordinating collections: Neutrals, Regals, Subtles, Brights, In-Color 2021-2023, In-Color 2022-2024.
Pick a cardstock that coordinates with your ink selection(s). You may choose to just use basic white cardstock and stamp directly on your card base or stamp on a basic white piece and adhere it to a coordinating color card base.
Stampin’ Up currently has 50 cardstock colors plus black, white & vanilla. They are the same colors as the inks so they coordinate and are also divided up by coordinating collections: Neutrals, Regals, Subtles, Brights, In-Color 2021-2023, In-Color 2022-2024.
Suggestions to Start
Cut cardstock in half so that your piece is now 8 ½” x 5 ½” and score at 4 ¼” so that your folded card size is 5 ½” x 4 ¼”. If you are using just basic white, I recommend using the thick cardstock.
If you are using a colored card base with basic white adhered on the front, cut your piece of basic white 5 ¼” x 4”.
Stamp your image and/or sentiment on the cover/white piece.
Stamp a sentiment on the inside of the card; make sure you stamp the cover & inside in the same direction – landscape or portrait.