Stamping has a special place in our hearts at Create and Craft HQ, not least because it’s great fun to do, but because we think it opens up the world of crafting to absolutely everyone, regardless of age, skill or discipline! Whilst the lucky among us are talented enough to produce stunning designs with no more than a pen or a paintbrush, there are plenty more out there desperate to get creative at home, but too worried to give it a go for fear of messing up. Stamping, on the other hand, means that putting together an eye-catching design is easy, if you’ve got a stamp or two and some stamping ink to hand!
So, if you thought that stunning scrapbook pages, eye-catching greeting cards and perfect stationery were out of your reach… then think again! Check out our pick of the best stamping essentials below, and dive into this fantastic craft to unlock a whole new world of creativity!
Designed for use on shiny papers, these stunning Tsukineko Brilliance Dew Drop Stamping Ink pads come in coordinated sets of four, and solve all your pigment stamping problems when it comes to working with shiny surfaces! Brilliance stamping ink dries to perfection on vellum, mica, acetate, photo papers, sculpey clay, shrink plastic, and much more… it’s a must for your stamping stash! We just love these colour sets in particular – Jewel Tone for adding delicate glamour to your work, Tree House for nature themes, and Planetarium for a metallic vibe!
These gorgeous Stamps by Me Abstract Powders have a high sheen finish to add a luxurious feel to any project! You can mix them with water and use as a pearlescent paint, or sprinkle the dry powder onto stamped images stamped with a sticky ink pad, to add a soft sheen. If you’re feeling really creative, you can even combine and mix them to create your own unique colours for individual projects… the only limit is your imagination with these!
Want to explore the creative world of embossing, but not sure where to start? Ranger have got you covered with this fantastic Embossing Technique Kit! Enhance handwritten notes, create one-of-a-kind projects, and learn simple embossing techniques with the help of this fab kit – it contains everything you need to get started, including a hand-lettered stamp set featuring a selection of occasion sentiments, plus a step-by-step technique sheet to guide you through the creative process.
Here’s a fantastic little must-have for creating free-hand embossed designs – Embossing Pens from Tsukineko! Use these double-ended embossing pens to write messages or draw freehand images, and then add dimension by covering with embossing powder, and heating with a heat gun. With one of these in your arsenal, you needn’t be restricted by your stamp set when it comes to adding embossed designs to cards, scrapbooks, and more! Check out the Black Embossing Pen for creating bold black outlines, and the Clear Embossing Pen for using with other colours and finishes.
Vintage Magic Pastels Embossing Powders are gorgeous creamy pastel colours with hints of hologram sparkle, that guarantee to make your crafts shine. Use them to add a hint of glamour to summer stationery, baby scrapbooks, greeting cards and more! We just love it in these beautiful Mint, pretty Pink, and cool Blue colour shades.
This wonderfully fine powder is ideal for use in more intricate designs, and will enable you to enhance cards, stationery, and more with well-defined colour and shine! These metallic Ultra-Fine Embossing Powders from Sweet Dixie make adding gold, silver and copper detailing to your project easy and effective… a must-have for stampers who take finishing touches seriously!
Tsukineko Memento dye ink delivers fast-drying, fade-resistant, even coverage to all kinds of materials, including coated paper, vellum, uncoated paper, and printer paper. Drying time is 3 to 5 seconds on coated paper and virtually instant on uncoated papers… making these fantastic for those of you who don’t want to be held up by wet ink! For a brilliancy that’s out of this world compared to regular dyes, these are a fantastic choice.
Create new vintage, stained, or aged effects with our incredible range of Distress Oxide Ink Pads from Tim Holtz. A fusion of water-reactive dye and pigment ink, these ink pads will create an oxidized effect when sprayed with water. Suitable for use with stamps, stencils or directly onto the surface you wish to ink up, these ink pads are a great investment. Check out our range of colours available… you could even buy a few and blend them to create new variations!
Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks have a multitude of uses across so many craft disciplines – we just love them, because you can use them on non-porous surfaces like glass, metals, plastics and even polymer clay! They’re acid-free and fast-drying, making them suitable for journaling and papercraft too. We’ve a variety of vibrant colours for you to choose from…. check them all out right here!
And if you do decide to treat yourself to a selection of Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks, then you’ll certainly want to check out these essential accessories to help you really get the most out of them! Mini Ink Applicators allow for the precise and mess-free application of your inks to all your projects, whilst the Alcohol Ink Palette is the perfect way to work with, hold and mix your inks as you create!