Thursday, August 20, 2009

Digital What?

Digital stamps! If I took one thing away from the blog hop over the weekend, it was the awesome new (to me) technique of digital stamping. And boy, do I have big ideas about THIS!

Digital stamps come from all sorts of websites and ETSY stores and blogs. I have found a couple of fantastic ones. Hambo Stamps is a great one - and one of the first that was linked on the blog hop. Dustin Pike also has a great selection of stamps. I am loving his style. :)

So the technique of digital stamping - involves collecting or buying these little digital images or "stamps." They are a lot like clip art or coloring pages. Then you use an image editing program to size them and print them. I am quickly finding out that there are a lot of fun pros and cons of digital stamping. The definite pros are that you can make the stamp any size or direction that you want it to be. You can also add text to your stamp if you want. You can color it digitally, or with pencils, watercolors, or whatever your usual medium may be.

Another great thing about digital stamping is this. I had an "A-HA!" moment while searching for them. It was then that I realized that I already have hundreds. . . or quite possibly thousands of them stored on an old computer of mine. I used to make clip art all the time! This is exciting, because I have a huge collection of Halloween ones, just in time. I am even going to share. :) So stay tuned.

Here is an example of digi stamp adventures from this week. I printed the fish and aquarium background stamps on to white cardstock after sizing them how I wanted. I colored the stamps using some Jelly-Roll glitter gel pens. I cut them out of the card stock with a craft knife. The background is glued directly to the card base. The fish are adhered with some 3-D glue dots, so they stand out nicely. Finally, I used some Paper Glaze to make some "bubbles."

Super fun! If you want to give digital stamping a try - go ahead and download some freebies from Hambo's or Dustin's - or Google digital stamps - there are tons of imagaes available out there. And I should have a few available soon too.

Card day club should be meeting again soon too. Hurrah!!!!

1 comment:

Scrappin' Kat Woman said...

cool card. I enjoy using digis. Hope you hop back by my blog before next week.....