Welcome to The Stamping Life! So many new visitors and people wanting to know more about this hobby that has kept me busy, productive, and feeling hopeful for over 30 years!
It's easy to really go all out in this pursuit, so I've narrowed it a bit for today. If you've never stamped before, the above is a snapshot of some products to get you started for basic tools, and you would want to check the catalogs below to look for some stamps that you like:) Spoiler/disclaimer: I am not responsible for you wanting all of them!
That said, there is one basic thing to keep in mind. When considering images, look to see if they are line designs [think 'coloring book'] or solid images--which need different ink pad colors, or markers to color them before stamping. In the materials I've assembled in this post, I am recommending finding a line image set like the floral one pictured on the Stamparatus panel.
Stamparatus detail: this Stampin' Up! exclusive is more than meets the eye. It comes with two removable panels that can be repositioned for repetitive stamping; the ability to purchase extra panels [a game changer for making holiday cards, and invitations!] PLUS...the stamp designers utilize the spacing parameters to make the most of this tool coordinating with Stampin' Up! stamp sets!!! You can use the Stamparatus for any size stamp, and/or purchase individual universal clear blocks. [Our size D and E shown above will fit most images.] You can economize by purchasing fewer blocks or start collecting them for faster, easier crafting.
I'm working on some videos so check back again soon for more how to's and tips/tricks!
In the meantime, here are some links to other catalogs and if you decide to purchase products before the end of March, there are special Sale-A-Bration free products for every $50 you spend! [available while supply lasts!]