Making your on-the-go coloring kit takes a bit of prep work, but it will all be worth it. Part of the prep work involves selecting stamps you want to color and stamping your images on white paper.
Here’s what you will need for stamping your images:
- Stamp platform
Cardstock will depend on what you will use to color with. I am using Copic markers and will need copic friendly paper. My Copic class recommended a few different papers, I use Neenah Solar White 110lbs card stock. From what I’ve learned, this paper is thick enough for copic markers and is a white paper. The markers still bleed through so you will need another piece of paper underneath when coloring.
Like paper you will need the right ink. If you are using copic markers then you will need a copic friendly ink. Right now, I am using Hero Art’s Intense black ink. I haven’t had any problems with this ink. There are other inks that are copic friendly, and one day I hope to try them all.
If you are just starting off in the stamping world, I would recommend deciding on what kind of cards you will be making. When I started, I picked birthday stamp sets because I knew I would be making more birthday cards. Buying stamps can be overwhelming because you will find many stamp sets you absolutely love.
You want to also know there are different types of stamps, rubber or clear stamps. At the beginning, I decided to keep with clear stamps with a coordinating die set. Reason why, because they worked with my stamp platform and I am able to see where I am stamping. I will venture to other types of stamps later.
Another thing that is overwhelming is what brand should you buy. Right now, I am a Lawn Fawn fan and have been buying more of their stamps set. I say pick a company that has a bunch of stamp sets you love. If you are like me, you probably already have a ton of companies that all have stamp sets you love. What I have been doing is buying a little at a time and picking one company a month and buying a few of their stamp sets. I am looking into buying subscription boxes from companies who offer them. These subscription boxes will have a few of their new release items and they are offered at a discounted price.
If you are using any clear stamps or un-mounted rubber stamps, you will need either an acrylic stamping block or a stamp platform. I have both but prefer to use my stamp platform. There are a few companies that make stamp platforms. I am happily using the Tim Holtz stamp platform. I haven’t used any other brand, so I am not able to tell you which one is the best. My recommendation is to buy one that will fit your stamping needs and budget. Best thing about a stamp platform is the ability to stamp an image twice and the precision of stamping in the right place.
I hope this has been helpful and you are on your way to stamping your images. The best advice I got when I first started was buy quality craft supplies. They may be more expensive but you will get more craft projects out of it. So you don’t have to break the bank, buy what you need for your project. Eventually, you will get an abundance of craft supplies and tools. I would love to know your favorite craft tool, post a picture of it on my Facebook page. Check out my other Crafting on-the-go posts about practicing coloring techniques on-the-go, creating an on-the-go coloring kit, and using what you color in projects.