Hello crafty readers and happy Friday! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday spent with family and friends, and I hope you are now beginning to look forward to the start of a new year. Today I'm delighted to be a guest designer again with the Coffee Loving Cardmakers. I'm also sharing my first ever creations using some of the beautiful digital stamps from Graciellie Designs, and, my-oh-my these stamps are simply stunning! I initially purchased just four digital stamps (two of which I'm sharing with you today), but after working with these two, I know I'll be ordering more!
The base of this A2 sized card is made from kraft cardstock. Using the Scalloped Stitched Nesting dies from Gina Marie Designs, I cut the first layer from Neenah Solar White Smooth cardstock. I printed out the coffee mug from the Fresh Start digital stamp set on Neenah Solar White Smooth cardstock and colored it with my Copic markers (colors seen below). I fussy cut the image and adhered the mug to the card using foam adhesive. I placed some linen thread around the mug before adhering the white scalloped layer to the kraft card base. The sentiment is from the "Words to Live By: Kindness" stamp set from Papertrey Ink. I stamped the sentiment in indigo ink in the upper right corner. I added a layer of Clear Wink of Stella to the flowers and mug for added sparkle. Lastly, I added a few turquoise rhinestones around the card for more dimension.
Here is the second card I created using the Christmas Cheer digital stamp set by Graciellie Designs:
The base of this A2 sized card is made from Neenah Solar White Smooth cardstock. Using the Scalloped Stitched Nesting Rectangle dies by Gina Marie Designs, I cut a piece of indigo cardstock. I then cut a 5" x 3 3/4" piece of white cardstock to layer over the indigo scalloped piece. Using the Kindness Counts stamp set by Papertrey Ink, I stamped the sentiment in indigo ink in the upper right corner. I printed the image from the Christmas Cheer stamp set onto Neenah Solar White Smooth cardstock and colored it using my Copic markers (see colors below). I then fussy cut the image and added it to the card using foam adhesive. I added a coat of Clear Wink of Stella to the flowers for added sparkle. Lastly, I added a couple turquoise rhinestones randomly on the card for added dimension.
Here are the Copic markers I used to color both of these images:
I am still in awe of how gorgeous the stamps by Graciellie Designs are and I hope you will try them too!
Thanks again to Amy and Chaitali for having me guest design these past two weeks with the Coffee Loving Cardmakers. I'm happy to have some new coffee loving friends!
Thanks for visiting and have a wonderfully creative weekend!
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Hi friends! Happy Friday! I hope you have fun things planned for the weekend ahead. Today I'd like to talk about digital stamping. While digital stamps are not new to the market, they seem to be increasing in popularity. Ever since I began designing cards recently for RG Avenue (who uses a LOT of digital images!) I have become a lot more adept at using this type of stamp and I have come to really like them. While I still have a lot to learn about manipulating the images, today we can talk about some of the basics of digital stamping.
What ARE digital stamps?
Digital stamps, also known as “digi stamps" are simply high-resolution digital images. The most significant difference between a digital stamp and a traditional stamp is that there is NO physical stamp. A digital stamp is just the image or images. Think of it kind of like computer clip art. These digital images can be color or black and white. They are downloaded onto a computer where they can be manipulated - resized or altered before being printed.
Below is an example of a digital stamp. No, you cannot tell the difference simply by looking at this image if this is a digital stamp or a physical stamp. This particular stamp set is called "Bold Bouquet" from RG Avenue. This stamp, like many others from RG Avenue, comes in both options - digital or physical.
What do I need?
One of the benefits of using digital stamps is that you don't need anything special! As long as you have access to a computer and a printer you have the two most important pieces. Any inkjet printer will work fine; you don’t need expensive, fancy equipment. But, if you do own a laserjet printer, this will work too.
Downloading digital stamps:
Typically after you purchase a digital stamp you will receive an email with the digital file. Most digital stamps will come in .PNG, .JPG, .CSV or .PDF files. Some digital stamps might be provided in .ZIP files, so you will need to know how to unzip a file. Save the digital stamp file to your computer’s hard drive with an easily identifiable name (trust me, this helps to find it later)! Open up the saved file using either a word processing program such as Microsoft Word, or a photo editing program such as Photoshop Elements, LightRoom or a free website such as PicMonkey or GIMP. You can either print the image(s) out directly, or manipulate the image(s) before you print them out. You can add digital image to cards, scrapbooks, home decor and so much more!
Advantages of digital stamps:
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