Everything You Need to Know About Stamps

Everything You Need to Know About Stamps

Most card makers stamp their images onto their handmade cards. Stamping is one of the quickest and easiest ways to create highly personalized cards over and over again. Forget spending 5 bucks  or more for a card at a local store. Purchasing a stamp set gives you an endless amount of creative potential.

Stamp sets are essential to your repertoire and come in thousands of sizes, designs, and styles. They’re easy to use, easy to clean, easy to store, and quickly become addictive! For card making, choose a set (or 2, 3, or as many as you’d like) of either Photopolymer or Rubber Cling Stamps. Both types will work well for you, it’s up to you on which you prefer.

If you’re new to stamping, I recommend this convenient resource: “Getting Started with Card Making” series where you can learn everything you need to know about How To Get Started with Card Making all in one place.

I recently recorded a video showcasing all you need to know about Stamps.  You can watch that below.

For those who rather read about different types of stamps and how to choose what stamp sets to purchase.

What’s the difference between photopolymer and cling stamps?

Photopolymer stamps are transparent, so you can see completely through them.  They come attached to an acetate sheet, but without any support or backing (no wood blocks like traditional red rubber stamps have).  An acrylic block or stampartus is needed in order to use the photopolymer stamps.

To use, the stamp is taken off the acetate sheet, then put onto the block or stamparatus to begin stamping.  Because they are clear, you can see exactly where your stamp will be positioned on your paper or project.  You can stamp or emboss with photopolymer stamps.

Getting Started with Card Making: Stamps

Rubber Stamps are the red stamps that are typically mounted to a wood block or come without a wood block (also known as cling stamps) and you can mount them to an acrylic block similar to photopolymer stamps.

Red rubber stamps are more durable and typically high-quality, making them more versatile with heavier substances.  A downside to wood-mounted rubber stamps is that you cannot see through them to view the exact placement of your image.

Red rubber stamps work wonderfully for stamping and embossing.

How to Assemble your Cling Mount Stamps

I have a quick video demonstrating “How to Assemble Your Cling Mount Stamps”

What is an Acrylic Block?

Acrylic blocks are a tool used with photopolymer and cling mount stamps.  These are sold separately from the stamps and you can save 10% when you purchase your acrylic blocks in a bundle .

Acrylic blocks are transparent blocks that come in a variety of sizes to suit different sized stamps.  A clear, photopolymer or cling mount stamp will cling to a stamping block, then you can use the block to press the stamp onto your paper, fabric or material of choice.

Deciding Which Stamp Set to Purchase First

If you new to stamping, trying to decide which stamp set/s to buy can be somewhat daunting, especially when faced with a 220 page catalogue.  Here are a few things to look for when purchasing your stamps so you can get the most use out of them.

  • Pick a stamp set that has both greetings and pictures.  This will save you buying two (2) stamp sets. Plus every card you would want to place an image and a greeting.
  • A stamp set that can be used more than once.  Example don’t just pick a fun Birthday set because all you can do is Birthday cards.  What else can you potentially do with it.
  • Try to think of 5 different ways you can use the set first.  This will ensure you get maximum use

Let’s look at this Balloon Celebrations Stamp set below

Here are a few things I can do with this Birthday Stamp Set

  • Balloons to create a fun Birthday card
  • Cloud image top left I could use as a top of a cupcake
  • Balloon strings (bottom right) I could add the inside of the balloon (image just above the strings) and create a bouquet of flowers.
  • There are multiple greetings that could make all these ideas possible.

What else can you create with the stamp set?


My challenge for you, is to look at your stamp sets, or if you’re purchasing your first stamp set look through the catalogue and pick a stamp set that you can maximize your uses of it.


Now that you know all there is about stamps to help start your card making journey, you’ll be ready to dive in and have everything you need to create beautiful, meaningful handmade cards time and time again.

Getting Started with Card Making: Gathering Your Supplies

Getting Started with Card Making: Gathering Your Supplies

Ask any card maker you know and they’ll tell you that the craft of creating cards from scratch is exciting, challenging, extremely fun, and most will even agree therapeutic.

One of the most overwhelming tasks faced with when beginning card making is figuring out which supplies you need in order to get started on your new and exciting card maker’s journey.

I want to take the guesswork out for you. I’ve recently started a new video series “Getting Started With Card Making” you can join me each week via my Facebook  Page

Below, you’ll find the essential card making supplies you want to have at hand to help you start on your card making journey.


I have summarized below everything that is in the video above for those who prefer to read about “Gathering You Supplies”

Paper Trimmer

Paper Trimmer


Card maker: meet your new best friend, paper trimmer. You two are really going to hit it off. Having a paper trimmer at hand is one of the best investments you can make, as a card maker, but also as a crafter in general.  It keeps your edges straight and square, and makes cutting so much faster.

There are many paper trimmers and cutters to choose from, from guillotine style to sliders on tracks, it’s a matter of which you prefer.  Here’s a few things to look for when purchasing your trimmer.

  • Your paper trimmer should have a trimming tool (for cutting paper) and a scoring tool (for creasing paper).
  • Right side grid for cutting thin strips
  • A ruler along the top.
  • Extendable arm to cut 12″ x 12″ paper or card stock

White Cardstock 

White cardstock is essential as it will be the base of majority of your cards: the layer that ends up holding all of your creative explorations, sentiments, embellishments, and more! Because cardstock is your card’s foundation, it’s worth investing in.

When you need a piece of paper for a project, consider the project you’re making and what exactly that piece of paper will be doing in that project. Is it acting as a base for a card you plan to cake with embellishments? You’ll want to choose a heavier weight cardstock. Is the piece of paper acting as a border for a picture? A lighter weight paper will suffice. Generally, paper weight ranges from 100-300g  (10-140 lbs).

As you move along in your card making pilgrimage, you may find you want to invest in specialty papers, patterned papers, handmade papers, and more. Don’t be afraid to try new papers!


One of the tools I use over and over is a ruler.  Yep, as simple as it may be there are many reason why a ruler should be an essential part of your Card making tool kit.  I have ruler that measures in both inches and centimeters.  A rule is great to 

  • measure where key elements are to placed on your card
  • draw lines
  • line up die cuts and sentiments
  • score cardstock
  • and more

If you’ve been following my for awhile you would know that I prefer to work in inches, plus I ‘ve come across many papercrafters who are unsure how to read a ruler.  So here’s a break down of the measurements in a ruler and key measurements that I use often.

In the video at the top of this post I will explain how to read a ruler.

Pencil & Eraser 

Some people create paper cuts freehand, without drawing them first.  However, I find that perfecting the design is half the fun, so I always use a pencil first.


You’re going to need a variety of adhesive types for your card making journey – and you’ll find that you go through adhesives a lot more quickly than you ever thought capable. There’s really no way around it. Adhesives are usually in an affordable price range and different types complete different tasks, so there’s a fair bit of cross-use.

When attaching photos and paper to cards, scrapbook pages and gift bags, you can’t just use school glue or tape. What you want is something lightweight but strong enough to hold paper together. An adhesive runner, like SNAIL, or Tear Tape does the trick.


Even though you have a paper trimmer, nothing can replace a nice pair of scissors. From cutting thread to embellishments, or fussy cutting around the edge of a sentiment, a pair of clean, sharp scissors is going to be a desk-top favourite of yours.

Nowadays, scissors come in a wide variety of styles, sizes, and types, so pick the one that best suits you!

Bone Folder

So what’s all the fuss about bone folders? Simply put, this basic craft tool is the “multi-tasker” of tools. It does it ALL. Bone folders are ideal for making cards with great folds, invitations with perfect smoothed liners, stationery with clean creases, scrap booking scores for recessing photos, and virtually anything in the realm of bookbinding. A bone folder makes anything you create look more professional.

Two (2) of the most popular things a bone folder is used for is –

  1. Scoring your paper crafting projects to create score lines for Cards, boxes and other paper crafting projects
  2. Burnish a fold

Grid Paper

Clean up quickly and easily when you use grid paper / scrap paper to protect your work space.  The added bonus is it’s ruled in both inches and centimeters, so you can use it to measure as well.


Gather your key essential supplies for card making, as described above.


Now that you know all of the essential supplies for starting your card making journey, you’ll be ready to dive in and have everything you need to create beautiful, meaningful handmade cards time and time again.

Join me next week were I will be sharing with you all about “Stamps”

Getting Started with Card Making!

Getting Started with Card Making

Getting Started with Card Making!

If you’ve never made cards before then you don’t know what you’re missing!  Making your own greeting cards is a wonderful hobby that you can enjoy either on your own or with family and friends.

I find that card making is becoming more and more popular as time goes by.  Once a novelty, hand made greeting cards are becoming more and more mainstream.

Why pay $5 or more for a card (and that’s considered cheap now-a-days) when you can make a card for less than $0.50?

Besides, cost-savings aside, in this era of instant messaging, emails and text, people really appreciate the fact that someone took the time to make them a card. It’s more personal, it’s more individualized and it really shows someone you care.  And guess what?  It’s also incredibly easy to make your own cards.

You don’t have to be creative and you don’t have to have a lot of time.  You also don’t need a whole lot of supplies.  You can start making cards with a few basic things, then add to your supplies as time goes on.

So, now that you know all the reasons why you should start making your own cards, what next?  How do you actually get started card making?

That’s where this series of tutorials comes in! I’ve designed these card making tutorials to help beginner or “wannabe” card makers get started.

During my workshops, I find that first time rubber stampers and card makers often feel overwhelmed at the thought of making their own cards.  Common questions are “Do my card kits come pre-cut for me?”, “How do I cut my cardstock?”,  “How do I decide what size to cut my mats?”, “Where do you get your ideas for your cards?”, etc. etc.

One of the things that I discovered as I’ve been surfing the web is that although there are a ton of phenomenal tutorials out there on blogs and websites that showcase awesome techniques and 3D projects, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot on how you actually get started making cards, and basic stamping techniques.

So it is my intention to attempt to fill that need.  My tutorials will  provide step-by-step directions with pictures, and video tutorials and will cover all aspects of card making using rubber stamps.

It’s my plan to add segments weekly or bi-monthly if time permits.  All products used in the tutorials and on the projects are from Stampin’ Up!.

You can view these tutorials at https://www.kristycoromandel.com/getting-started-with-card-making all in one place

While there are many awesome products on the market, as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, these are the products that I represent and hence specialize in.  Besides, regardless of the fact that I am a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I find that Stampin’ Up!’s products are extremely high quality, and I’m always pleased with how my projects turn out.

If you’ve found these tutorials helpful, be sure to check out the rest of my blog and my Facebook Page (www.kristycoromandel.com/facebook) for more project ideas and for the latest information on Stampin’ Up! customer classes & specials.