Silhouette Stamping Starter Kit – A Basic Guide to Getting Started Creating Your Own Stamps

Thank you so very much to all of you that have reached out to me to say congratulations on the birth of Sean, our third baby. You are all so sweet and understanding while I take a few weeks to enjoy as many newborn cuddles as I can.

In fact, I’m still not “back to work” and certainly not getting much craft time these days, but when Silhouette said that this month’s promo was their Stamping Starter Kit, I knew I had to put up at least a quick post, since this seemed to be the new product (it was just released a few weeks ago at CHA) that all of you were most excited about.

So, as I just mentioned, this is going to be a quick post. It’s straight to the point, and hopefully it will answer a few of the questions many of you had about how to use the stamping material.

And YES! The Stamping Starter Kit is on sale this month! If you already have a cutting system, you can buy it on its own, or, if you’re ready to take the leap and purchase a Silhouette cutting system, you can get it bundled with a machine. The details on all your options, as well as all that’s included with each purchase, are at the bottom of this post!

Enjoy,

Nikki, In Stitches

1. How To Use The Silhouette Stamping Materials

Using the Silhouette Stamping Materials really couldn’t be easier. In the picture above you can see a quick set of magnets I made for my kiddos. This is an easy project (perfect for getting familiar with what works and what doesn’t when using this new stamp medium) that uses free designs that come with the Stamping Starter Kit, and is a great way to help showcase my little ones’ artwork that they have already started bringing home from school!

You can see in the screen shot below that creating the stamp in the Silhouette software couldn’t be easier. I have the balloon, which I will cut from the stamping material, and then the outline (a bit larger all around than the actual design) that I will cut from Kraft paper.

NOTE: To make the outline (the background I will cut from Kraft paper), I use the “Offset” feature. Here’s a quick picture tutorial to walk you through it!

 

 

And it’s that easy to outline a design! Separate the two pieces and now you have your background shape that you can cut from your Kraft paper, and your actual balloon design that you will cut from your stamp medium!

Note: This same trick works with text, too! You can create a background for a sentiment, or even use this technique to “thicken up” a skinny font!

Using your cutting system, cut the Kraft paper background first. Then the balloon stamp. Place the balloon stamp on an acrylic block. Ink up the stamp. And since the block is clear, it’s easy to line it up on my Kraft background, and simply stamp!

A few of you have already sent questions my way as to how the stamping material works, and I’ve answered three of the most popular requests for help below. If you have other questions, and would like them answered before purchasing, just send them over and I’ll get back to you ASAP! Nikki@NikkiInStitches.com

Do you have to use a special cutting mat?

YES! The Stamping Starter Kit comes with a special cutting mat, and you must use it to create the stamps. It is perforated with little holes, which help keep your stamp from distorting during the cutting / transferring to the acrylic block process.

Do all designs in the Silhouette Online Store work as stamps?

I can’t answer that just yet since I myself am just getting started, but I can say that with a bit of playing, you can make most of your favorites work. Keep in mind, you don’t use a transfer paper to move your stamp from your cutting mat to your acrylic block, so if there are lots of tiny pieces in your design, getting them all in the right spots could be tricky. Personally, I am starting with simple shapes and slowly starting to play with more complicated ones!

Do you have to mirror your text when making a stamp?

No. The stamping material will adhere to the block from either side, so there really isn’t a need to flip your text…just flip your stamp before sticking it to your acrylic block!

2. Silhouette Stamping Starter Kit Sale Details

As I said before, the Stamping Starter Kit is on sale this month, 20% off.

The kit includes:
• 3 sheets of stamp material (6 in x 7.5 in) • cutting mat
• 3 in x 4 in acrylic block
• 2 in x 3 in acrylic block
• 2 in x 6 in acrylic block
• black ink pad
• 10 exclusive stamp designs
• instructional DVD
• idea/instruction book

MSRP: $29.99
Sale price: $23.99

You can also purchase the kit bundled with with either a Silhouette CAMEO or Portrait.

The CAMEO bundle includes:
•Silhouette CAMEOSilhouette®
•CAMEO® electronic cutting tool Power cable/AC adapter
•USB cable
•Silhouette Studio® software
•$10 download card
•12 in x 12 in cutting mat
•Silhouette blade
•Basic Instruction Guide
•CAMEO instructional DVD
•Stamping Starter Kit

MSRP: $329.98
Sale Price: $269.99

The Portrait bundle includes:
•Silhouette Portrait™ electronic cutting tool
•Power cable/AC adapter
•USB cable
•Silhouette Studio® software
•$10 download card
•8 in x 12 in cutting mat
•Silhouette blade
•Basic Instruction Guide
•Portrait instructional DVD
•Stamping Starter Kit

MSRP: $209.98
Sale Price: $129.99

Ready to start shopping?

Click here to head over to the Silhouette site and get going!

And be sure to use promo code STITCHES to get your discount!

(This offer is only good from 9/4/13 to 9/13/13!)

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2 Responses to Silhouette Stamping Starter Kit – A Basic Guide to Getting Started Creating Your Own Stamps

  1. Terrie says:

    What a cool product! The stamps you made are really fun 🙂

    • Nikki says:

      Thanks, Terrie!
      I tried to keep the stamps simple so that all of you could get an idea of how easy they are to make. I’m looking forward to playing with more intricate designs. I’d love to make a stamp of my logo to put on receipts and bags at craft shows…that’s next on my to-do list!!

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