Now that we have discussed the 3 essentials to stamping AND explained the necessities of a basic tool kit, I am going to contradict myself for a moment and say,
It is possible to create with less than the necessities!
Yes, it is true! How, you ask? My answer is…. SU! All-Inclusive Kits!!
Stampin’ Up! does an amazing job of planning for every type of crafter and creating opportunities to make stamping and papercrafting possible for everyone!
SU! All-Inclusive Kits are the perfect solution for those that are looking for a way to get started with the least amount of investment. You will find several options of these kits in the current Annual Catalog (pages 6-10). I will feature 2 of them today today that I feel are great starter kits for card makers. One makes a gorgeous collection of cards for just about every need a card giver may have and one features a technique that is very on trend in the paper crafting world.
What makes these kits so great? Well, they arrive in a cute giftable box (meaning it can be used once you have completed the kit to package a present in) and you receive almost everything you need inside that box, including an exclusive stamp set, ink, block, and pre-cut and scored paper pieces plus embellishments to complete 20 cards! Refills for each kit are also available allowing you to get more bang for your buck! The only items you would need to have on hand to complete the projects are adhesives and something to clean your stamps, The Simply Shammy is perfect for kits because it also fits in the box making kits very transportable and perfect for on-the-go stampers! Watch and enjoy!
Are kits just for beginners? Of course not! Because they are so transportable, they are the perfect solution for those that wish to take a craft project on holidays with them or even to complete while sitting at the ballfields during your little one’s batting practice. Because much of the prep work has been thought through and completed for you, it is so easy just to toss in your Simply Shammy and a few adhesives and go. Plus, they are sharable! Quality time made fun when you sit with a friend or loved one and complete these projects together! Even the most experienced cardmakers can take the bits and pieces provided in these kits and pair them with supplies they already have to create their own works of art. There are just no limits!
In addition to the kits you will find in the annual catalog (and don’t forget to check the seasonal catalogs as well, SU! includes seasonal kits in those publications), we also have Paper Pumpkin!
Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription kit that is delivered to your mailbox, fully equipped and ready for a crafting escape. There is no commitment necessary with this subscription and you can choose to skip the month if you wish or even up your subscription to more than one kit if you have someone in mind you want to share it with (maybe your mother is coming to town, or a grandchild and you want to have something available for a rainy day activity). The contents are always a surprise but the kits are always seasonally appropriate. Pre-purchased gift subscriptions are also available. You can read more about Paper Pumpkin and how to subscribe HERE.
Watch me unwrap and put together a project from one of my latest Paper Pumpkin kits.
While I think Kits are a great way to get your feet wet, supplement your hobby with fun new projects and ideas and/or provide a source for quick and easy crafting, who wants to stay in a bubble? Let’s move on to the next lesson and learn how to draw from inspiration to create a card of our own.