Plan ahead. The number of stamping products on the market can seem overwhelming, but you can get off to a comfortable start with just a few basics and the build your collection over time. Choose stamps that you expect to use on multiple projects. Good early purchases include background stamps, geometric shapes, and alphabets.
Know the types. Rubber stamps come in two forms: mounted and unmounted. Mounted rubber stamps come glued on wood or acrylic blocks with a cushion. They are ready to use but are often more expensive than unmounted stamps. Unmounted rubber stamps require you to cut out the images and mount them (permanently or temporarily) before use.
Other options. Additional stamp types give you more versatility. Magnetic-mounted rubber stamps attach to a metal base and can be rearranged to spell words. Clear stamps stick to an acrylic mount, making it easy to see where you're stamping. And foam stamps are an economical way to get large letters and designs on your pages.