My Favorite Crafty Things 2016: Stamps and Stamp Care

Welcome to My Favorite Crafty Things 2016!

Over the next several days, I will be sharing my favorite crafty products of 2016. Each day will have a different topic with videos. I have lots to share, including big giveaways (see below) and even store discounts:

Simon Says Stamps is offering my readers $10 off purchases of $75 or more! Use the code “JENFAVES” through 11:59pmEST on 11/24/16 when shopping HERE.

Let’s get started! Today I am focusing on stamps and stamp care/essentials. I have two videos.


I have TWO videos today. One on stamps and the other on stamp care. First up? Stamps!

[Warning: This video is long. You can instead just check out the stamps below. All products are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails. Affiliate links may be used. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

If you are interested in any products, click on one of the abbreviations under the product images… SSS for Simon Says Stamp, EH for Ellen Hutson or the manufacturer’s abbreviation.

Let’s get started with stamps…


The most important element on any card is the sentiment. Therefore a good collection of greeting stamps is helpful! Here are a few that won me over this year:


Background stamps are so very versatile and great for techniques. Check out these great options:


I am so glad many companies are continuing to develop stamps that layer or build on each other. By stamping images together and/or layered, you can easily get results that look dimensional and realistic. These are good ones to try:


We can’t leave stamp-and-die combos off the list! Try these:


After putting so much love into a handmade card, it is always fun to decorate the envelope, too. Here are a few sets perfect for that:


And finally, here are a few other must-have stamps that have won me over and I think you will like too…

If you are looking for the card examples I shared in this video, you can enter the product name in the “search” bar at the top of my blog and you will find them!


Here is a video showing stamp care and essentials

[To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

Here are my recommended stamp care products:


This list of Favorite Crafty Things could also make a great gift guide. Feel free to pass along this link or print the page and circle what you are interested in. Don’t forget the discount code above!

See you soon for more of My Favorite Crafty Things 2016. You can keep up to date on all the topics HERE… and for my lists from 2015, click HERE.


Throughout this series, I will have LOTS of prizes! Today I have giveaways for TWO lucky winners! You could win one of these prizes:

  • $50 Gift Certificate to Simon Says Stamp (Thanks, Heidi!)
  • THREE of the stamp sets mentioned above.

For your chance to win a giveaway, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 12/5/16 telling me your favorite stamp set from above. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected, emailed and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too.)

See you soon!

[Please note that I purchased most of the products in this post personally, but not all. However, the decision to include them in this list was my own. I truly like these products and companies.]

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1,574 thoughts on “My Favorite Crafty Things 2016: Stamps and Stamp Care”

  1. World stamp set or perhaps the doodle circles background or the “Wishes” oh my I really like them all tough choices! Thanks for such great videos I am new to your videos and blog excellent information, tips and inspiration! I am officially a Jennifer McGuire junkie!

  2. My favorite stamp set from the ones above is the Simon Says Stamp “Thankful Hearts Stamp Set”. Thanks for all of your creative ideas on your blog and youtube vids, I learn so much and more importantly you inspire me to create. Thanks Jennifer.

  3. I love layering stamps, so my favorite stamp set from the ones above has to be Sunny Studio Holiday Style Stamps!
    Thank you for all your videos.

  4. The are several nice stamp sets and you have enabled me to by a few of them! One of my favorites that you showed is the Altenew tulips

  5. I’m always looking for hello stamps and dies. I really like the Pink and Main set. The size is perfect for cards. The HA Dot Moire looks like a great background stamp.

  6. Thank you for being so generous with all your knowledge and skills. It’s been such an amazing learning experience for me. My favorite of these stamps would be the clearly besotted from all of us set.

  7. Wowzers!! So much good information – Thank you so much. I always have a hard time finding sentiments and sympathy sets. LOVE your thoughts on the different companies. I have been almost exclusive to Gina K, who mentioned your blog in a recent tutorial. This give me confidence to try some of the other companies.

  8. I really love the postcard and plenty blooms background stamp. These just open up the possibilities for sending special gifts in the mail.

  9. So very few of these sets are available in South Africa, but thanks to your videos Jennifer, the horizon is shifted to what’s available on the other side of the world! Concord & 9th Perfectly Penned and Mama Elephant Meowy Woofmas would surely create some loveliness…

  10. The Technique Tuesday Snail Mail stamp would probably the most useful, as practically every card goes in an envelope. It is my favourite because the sentiments echo the care and thought that has gone into crafting for someone. Could even bring a smile to a foot-sore postie.

  11. Too many to list!!! But if I had to pick one it would be the Honey Bee Thanks and Giving stamps it is so useful for everything!!

  12. I want them all!!!! I love all the sentiment sets, especially MFT All Occasion Sentiments Stamps. And the layering stamps… and the monsters ;-)!!! Thanks, Jennifer. You’re always an inspiration.

  13. I love the monochromatic ombre cards you show when you’re discussing some of the stamps, such as the Hero Arts Dot Moire background stamp. Do you have any videos showing how you did those cards? They’re so nice and clean and beautiful.

  14. Jennifer, I am curious about keeping track of stamp sets you already have to avoid buying duplicates. Is there some kind of inventory system or AP that you use that lets you keep track of what you already own?

  15. I am a Lawn Fawn fan for sure. And I love the Simon Says storage pockets. You taught me how to store my stamps and dies.

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