Stampin’ Basics Lesson 4

Stamping for beginners course - card and patterned paper

Hello and welcome to Lesson 4 of the HCHC Stampin’ Basics Series. The series is the perfect introduction to stamping for beginners or a refresher for those with some experience.

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!

stamping for beginners - card and patterned paper

Last week…

In lesson 3 of my ‘stamping for beginners’ course we looked at the different inks available from Stampin’ Up! and when to use them. The blog post is a great quick reference guide. If you missed the video or the associated blog post you can find them here… Lesson 3 video, Lesson 3 blog post

This week…

This week’s lesson features Card and Patterned Paper. In the video I discuss the different types of card and patterned paper (Designer Series Paper or DSP) available from Stampin’ Up! My main aim for this lesson is to give you lots of inspiration for using DSP. Many people hoard patterned paper but it deserves to be used and loved by both you and the recipient of you project! I hope the range of applications I show you for DSP encourages you to take the paper packs off the shelf and put them to good use!

If you haven’t yet seen the video scroll to the end of this blog post to watch.

Paper and card products available:

  • Stampin’ Up! card is available in all 50 current colours – this card is perfect for card bases or layers
  • Stampin’ Up! card is available in Basic Black and this is also suitable for card bases or layers
  • Stampin’ Up! Whisper White and Very Vanilla card is available in standard and thick – standard should be used for layers, whereas thick is perfect for card bases. The standards versions are available in A4 or 12×12″
  • Stampin’ Up! cardstock is available in colour family and In Colour packs, in both A4 and 12×12″
  • 6×6″ DSP packs are available for all colour families and In Colour sets
  • Packs of DSP are available which coordinate with the Stampin’ Up! Suites – some of these are 6×6″ and some 12×12″
  • Speciality DSP has foiling on some sheets – in the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue these are: World of Good Speciality DSP and Ornate Garden Speciality DSP
  • Shimmery White cardstock is perfect for colouring or adding subtle shimmer to your project
  • Fluid 100 Watercolour Paper is designed specifically for watercolouring
  • A4 Vellum cardstock is great for overlaying other card or DSP to tone it down or cutting out with punches and dies to add delicate decorative elements
  • Velveteen Paper, Rainbow Glimmer Paper and Foil Sheets are great ways to add sparkle, texture and colour to projects

To shop for any of the Stampin’ Up! paper and card products, click here.

Ways to use your DSP:

Here is a list of different ways to use DSP. Refer back to this list whenever you are stuck for ideas.

  • use for layers on cards
  • stamp on it
  • die cut it
  • make envelopes from it
  • decorate envelope flaps with it
  • create 3D projects
  • decorate 3D projects
  • scrapbooking
  • add colour using Sponge Brayers, Sponge Daubers, Stampin’ Blends etc.
  • one sheet wonder

Take home message…

Don’t forget, that patterned paper may be making you happy on your shelf but if you use it on a project it will make someone else happy too!

For more information on any of the projects shared in the video, please email me.

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 5 of my ‘stamping for beginners’ course, you will learn all about adhesive! I’ll talk you through the products on offer from Stampin’ Up! and which applications to use them for.

Lesson 5 will premiere on Monday 8th June at 09:00 on my YouTube Channel.

Don’t forget…

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If your Stampin’ Up! shopping basket ever reaches £99/129€ the best thing to do is to purchase the fully customisable Starter Kit! For £99/129€ you can choose £130/175€ worth of products and get FREE shipping. Contact me for more details or purchase the Starter Kit here.

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

Lesson 4 video…


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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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