Stampin’ Basics Lesson 3

Stamping for beginners video series - lesson 3 - Ink explained

Hello and welcome to Lesson 3 of the HCHC Stampin’ Basics Series! The series is the perfect introduction to stamping for beginners or a refresher for those with some experience.

Stamping for beginners video series - lesson 3 - Ink explained

In this Series you will learn how to stamp and how to get great results from your stamping – whether you are interested in making cards, scrapbooking or any other paper craft. Once we’ve covered the absolute basics we’ll step it up and discover some great techniques that will take your projects to the next level. But, don’t worry, we’ll make sure you have all the ground-work in place first!

Last week…

In Lesson 2 of my ‘stamping for beginners’ course, we covered the different types of Stamps that are available, how to choose and how to get the best out of them. If you missed the video or the associated blog post, you can find them here… Lesson 2 videoLesson 2 blog post

This week…

In Lesson 3 of my ‘stamping for beginners’ course, we will talk all about ink! I’ll cover all of the different types of ink available from Stampin’ Up! and when to use them. There will also be some hints and tips along the way!

Stamping for beginners video series - lesson 3 - Ink explained

Take home message…

The most important thing I would like you to learn from this Lesson is to always buy the reinker for the ink pads that you purchase. Otherwise its easy to forget that you can and purchase a new ink pad instead! Plus, you can use them for other techniques as well (I mention some of these in the video).


  • Classic Stampin’ Pads – water based dye ink available in 50 colours; use for general stamping; use for watercolour washes or watercolouring images stamped in StazOn; refill available; quick drying; can be used with Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers. See the selection or shop here.
  • Stampin’ Write Markers – water based dye ink available in 50 colours (plus Basic Black); use for stamping, colouring or writing; refillable with caution (!); quick drying. See the selection or shop here.
  • Memento Tuxedo Black – water based dye ink; use for general stamping; use when using Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers; refill available; quick drying. See links below.
  • StazOn Jet Black (Saddle Brown also available) – solvent based ink; can be used on almost any surface (not fabric); permanent; use for stamping images for watercoloring; not recommended for clear stamps; use StazOn Cleaner. See links below.
  • Versamark – oil based, ‘sticky ink’; use for heat embossing and tone-on-tone stamping; refill available; slower drying. See links below.
  • Craft Stampin’ Pad Whisper White – pigment ink; use on dark coloured cardstock; refill available; slower drying. See links below.
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I hope you are enjoying the course so far. If you have any questions or comments about the content in Lessons 1-3, please leave them below or email me at

Next week…

In Lesson 4 of my ‘stamping for beginners’ course, you will learn all about cardstock and Designer Series Paper (DSP). You’ll find out the differences between different types of cardstock and lots of ways to use patterned paper (and, yes, you will need to open the packet and use it – not just admire it lovingly!)

Lesson 4 will premiere on Monday 1st June at 09:00 on my YouTube Channel.

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That’s all for now, see you next time! Happy crafting, h x

If you haven’t seen it yet, you can watch the video here…

Stampin’ Basics Lesson 3…


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Author: Helen

After 15 years working in the NHS I decided it was time for a change. Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts began in 2017, selling cards and gifts at local craft fairs. In 2018, I also became an Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator which allows me to share my passion for papercraft with others via workshops and other events.

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