New Crafter’s Guide

WELCOME!

Welcome to the Simon Says Stamp blog New Crafter’s Guide! This space is designed with the new crafter in mind. But, it’s also to be used as a refresher for intermediate and advanced crafters as well.

There are many things that go into stamping and card-making. From inks, to stamps, to dies, to techniques, to paper, to stencils, and so much more, it can often be overwhelming for new crafters. Let alone, you could end up spending a lot of unnecessary money too. So, you’re probably wondering …

With so many tools, supplies, and products available, where should I start?

We’re glad you asked, because you’re in the right place. At Simon Says Stamp we are passionate about smart and efficient crafting, plus, having a lot of fun while we do it. In the blogs and videos we share, our expert blog contributors help educate and inform you on what you need and how to make your supplies and products work best for you. The best place to start for tools and supplies is below with our “Beginner Necessities” featured products. And, the perfect starting point for viewing is with our select beginner tutorials, created just for you. Navigate below and explore the never-ending creative world of crafting and card-making.

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

As with most skilled hobbies and creative projects, practice is crucial. Our experts have put in countless hours of practicing, trying, failing, perfecting, doing and re-doing. It’s a process, but it’s one in which you’re not alone. There is an entire community of bloggers and crafters—newbies and veterans alike—who engage daily on the SSS blog to share inspiration with each other. It’s one big family and you get to be a part of it with us as you practice and learn the happiness to be found in hand-crafting small pieces of joy to be shared with others.

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Card Making and Paper Crafting How To: Mounting Clear Stamps

Card Making and Paper Crafting How To: Stamp Inking

Card Making and Paper Crafting How To: Stamp Cleaning

Card Making and Paper Crafting How To: Simon Says Stamp Stitched Dies

Card Making and Paper Crafting How To: Misti- Clean, Stamp Patterns and Stencils

Card Making and Paper Crafting How To: Watermark Stamping

Card Making and Paper Crafting How To: Mirror Stamping Technique

Card Making and Paper Crafting How To: Conditioning Stamps

Card Making and Paper Crafting How To: Adhesives

Card Making and Paper Crafting How To: Watercolor Pencils

Card Making and Paper Crafting How To: Distress Crayon Background

Card Making and Paper Crafting How To: Watercolors

ChibiTronic LED Lights How To with Shari Carroll

Card Making and Paper Crafting How To: Heat Embossing

Card Making and Paper Crafting How To: The Misti Stamping Tool

Card Making and Paper Crafting How To: Misti Grid Transparency

Card Making and Paper Crafting How To: Masking with Paper

Card Making and Paper Crafting How To: Colored Pencils

Card Making and Paper Crafting How To: Using Distress Markers on Stamps

Features and Benefits of Popular Black Stamping Inks - Comparison by Shari Carroll

Card Making and Paper Crafting How To: Ghost Stamping

Card Making and Paper Crafting Beginner Stamping Series - Types of Ink & When to Use Them

Card Making and Paper Crafting Quick Tip! Scoring Card Stock

Card Making and Paper Crafting Quick Tip: What Copic Marker Colors Should I Buy First?

Card Making and Paper Crafting Quick Tip: Embossing Magic vs. Powder Tool

Card Making and Paper Crafting Quick Tip - How to Refill Copic Sketch Markers

Card Making and Paper Crafting Beginner Series: Rubber and Clear Stamp Cleaning Tips

Card Making and Paper Crafting Beginner Stamping Series - Cleaning Stamps

Card Making and Paper Crafting Beginner Stamping Series - Getting a Great Stamped Image

Card Making Quick Tip: Scoring and Folding Card Bases with Cardstock

Card Making and Paper Crafting Quick Tip - Recommended Adhesives

Card Making and Paper Crafting Quick Tip - Embossing (Dry & Heat Embossing)

Card Making and Paper Crafting QUICK TIP: Recommended Scissors

Card Making and Paper Crafting Beginner Stamping Series - Types of Stamps & How to Mount Them

Card Making and Paper Crafting Quick Tip - Removing Adhesive

Card Making and Paper Crafting Quick Tip: Perfect Bow Wafer Die from Simon Says Stamp