What stamps and accessories will you choose from the new 2016 Holiday Catalog from Stampin’ Up!? If you’re like most of my cardmaking and paper crafting customers, you’ve marked a lot of items that you’d like to buy. But since most of us need to be careful with our stamping budgets, you’re now faced with paring down the wishlist. How should you decide what to get and what to let go?
Since the Holiday Catalog goes live tomorrow, it can be helpful to consider some tips for choosing stamps and accessories that you will use over and over.
First: Know Your Style
When you first start stamping, you may not know your style very well, but over time you’ll come to understand what fits you best. For example, I know my style quite well by now. I love elegant stamps and dies, with nature themes, especially flowers. I prefer images that are realistic rather than cartoon-like.
When I opened the Holiday Catalog for the first time, there were a few sets I was drawn to right away. One is the Starlight Bundle, and here’s the first card I made with it. It definitely fits my preference for elegance.
Second: Look for Versatility
When you look at stamp set or bundle, try to imagine how many ways you might use them. If you can only see one possibility for a set, you have to decide if you like it enough to buy something you may only use once, unless you plan to make several cards of the same design.
The Star of Light stamp set looks very versatile to me, and I can imagine several ways to use it, especially when combined with the set of dies.
Here are some questions you can ask yourself:
- Does the stamp set have more than one image you can use for a focal point?
- Does it have images you could use to create interesting backgrounds?
- If you look on Pinterest and other websites, do all the cards made from that set look very similar, or is there a lot of variation?
- How many of the sentiments would you actually use?
Third: Remember the Occasions and People You Create Cards For!
If you make lots of cards for kids, you’ll be attracted to different stamp sets than if you only make cards for adults.
For example, Merry Mice is a set that makes me laugh, and I wanted to color the cute little mice images. But I realized that once I’d used each of the mice images in a card, I’d be finished with it. I decided to borrow the set from a friend instead of buying it.
Other things to consider:
- Do you have a lot of friends and family members getting married or having babies?
- Do you need plenty of cards for men?
- Do you like to send Birthday Cards, Anniversary Cards, Thank You Cards, and/or Friendship Cards?
- Do you need plenty of Sympathy and Get Well Cards?
- Do you like to make cards you can use for any occasion, adding the appropriate sentiment when you’re ready to send it?
- What holidays do you celebrate? And which do you actually make cards for?
- Will you make time to create the cards you’re envisioning?
As you look through the new Holiday Catalog, I hope these tips will help you choose your purchases wisely!