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Christmas In July; Making A Penguin ‘Flip it’ Card

Happy Monday! It’s another Christmas In July release.
Who is loving our Penguin Digi Stamps so far?
This weeks release is ‘Snow Penguin’ a cute little penguin dashing through the snow in her scarf and bow. We created a ‘flip it’ card for our make this week and below shows you some simple steps on how to fold and die cut your card so you can make one too.
Let get started…

What you need to create this card;
A4 White Card Stock / Silver Mirror Card / Shaped Die / Background Paper (we’ve used one from ‘Christmas Penguins‘) / Snowflake Dies / Foam Pads / Glue / Adhesive Gems / Glitter / Double Sided Tape.

Step By Step Creating The ‘Flip It’; Folding & Die Cutting

Step 1: Take your A4 piece of card & mark the center fold line. Score the center with a bone folder or you could also use a scoring board (I have used The Big Score). Once score line has been made, fold the card stock in half to create an A5 cardr
Step 2: You will again need to find the center point this time on the right hand side of the previous fold. Score this line & fold the card back on itself – creating a backwards Z when stood up as you can see in the picture above.
Step 3: On the fold line you’ve just made, grab your chosen die (I’ve chosen an Xcut die) & make sure you have equal spacing top & bottom of the die. You will only be cutting the die up to the fold line so you will need to find the center of the die too, before using some low tack tape to stick it the piece of card. Once you have done this place the card with die on the edge of the die cutting plates, this will only cut the die up to the center fold line. Remove the die & your card should look like the above picture
Step 4: Fold the card back on it self down the score line and the die cut part the the other side – you should now have the base to start creating your flip it card.
ps. you can use an shaped die to create a flip it – you could even create multiple flip it’s on one card – using smaller dies

‘Snow Penguin’ Digi Stamp is now available to download; CLICK HERE

How To Guides

What Is A Digi Stamp and How Do I Use Them?

If your new to the world of Digi Stamps then the questions What Is A Digi Stamp? & How Do I Use Them? Is a very important one – I’ve seen it asked many times on social media and people are always helpful when responding to that question. Today I’m going to explain what a digi stamp is. Talk about file formats, what card stock to print them off on, how to resize your digi’s and show you the wonderful world of digital art!

What is a Digi Stamp?

A Digi Stamp (also know as a Digital Stamp) is a black and white line drawing – which can be drawn on a computer (digitally) or hand drawn & made digital. You download them onto your computer, where they can be resized before printing. Digi Stamps can come in different digital formats such as; JPEG, PDF, or PNG. PNG files have a transparent background. There is no physical stamp – but they can be printed as many times as you like when you need them.

What Do I Need To Use Digi Stamp?

To start using digi stamps you’ll need a computer, a reliable website to purchase stamps from (I recommend Etsy.com) a printer, card stock and colouring equipment.
Once you’ve purchased and downloaded your digi stamp, you can open your file in a photo application or a pdf reader (follow my instruction below on how to start printing). I recommend at least 300gsm super smooth card stock – if your using alcohol based markers to shade your digi stamp this will help prevent bleeding.

Printing and Resizing Your Digi Stamps…

Here I will show you how to print and resize your digi stamp via a PDF Reader. There are other way to do so ( You can also open JPEG files in a Word & resize you image this way) – but I find the PDF way the easiest & if your a beginner this is a good place to start

Step 1; open your chosen digi stamp in a PDF Reader & locate the little printer icon (this will normally be on the top bar)
Step 2; Once the printing menu box comes up, locate the button which say ‘Properties’ & click
Step 3; You may need to change the orientation of the page from either ‘Landscape’ or ‘Portrait’. Use the drop down box for ‘Paper Type’ (I normally stick with Plain Paper) and check the drop down box for ‘Quality’ I normally change this to high – then click ok once you have the setting right
(Different printers may have a different options layout – I have an epson printer but most will have the options I have listed above)
Step 4; under ‘Page Sizing & handling’ click on the box which say ‘Custom Scale’ here you can adjust the percentage to increase or reduce the size of the image. When your happy with the size click print – then you can start creating

What colouring equipment to use?

Alcohol based markers and coloured pencils are best for digi stamps – due the printing ink, it’s not recommended to use any medium too wet as this will make the lines run and distort. You can still use your favourite embellishments and glitters to add finishing touches.

Digi Stamps and Copyrights?

Different artists will have different angel policies so don’t forget to check those out before you start using your digi stamps.

Why I Love Digi Stamp?

Even though unlike traditional stamps which you can stamp in a variety of colours. I love digi stamps because they are instant – if you want a start a project you can simply find and download a stamp & get going – no need to hang around the letter box waiting for your purchase or have to hurry down to the craft shop. They can come in any size you require and there is some many fabulous designs from very talented designers.

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Christmas In July: Creating A Framed Playful Penguins Card

Today we have another two new releases and we are going to showing you how to create this fun card using frames, stamping and heat embossing. We also have another quick colouring video with hints and tips of how to shade this lovely new digi.

We’ve used a blue and white colour palette for this card. Snow is the one thing I think we all wish for at Christmas time – only it’s a very rare occasion we have a white Christmas here in England – so alot of my card creation features snowflakes/snowfall, to me it’s a symbol of the festive season. The backing paper we’ve used is from our ‘Christmas Penguins‘ Paper Pack

My favourite thing about this digi stamp is the fun the season which is captures – kids love to get out on their sledges when there’s fresh snow fall & you can just see the joy on the little penguins face – very cute!


Let’s get creating…

Step By Step; Creating your framed card

Step 1; Take a black 8×8″ card we’ve then used a ‘Stamps By Chloes’ snowflake board stamp, VersaMark embossing ink pad & Wow Embossing Powder ‘Glacier’. Stamp round each edge of the card (have a spare piece of paper to shake the embossing powder onto) Then use your heat glue to seal the stamped image.
Step 2; Print and shade your digi stamp in – see youtube for colouring tips.
Step 3; Cut your matt and layers with square nesting dies – also cut a frame.
Step 4; To create snowfall in the background of the digi, place small glue dots around the image & shake glitter over the top – this will need to left to dry. Make sure your glue is dries clear.
Step 5; Stick pattern paper, & your matt and layer digi to the card – i’ve put the digi on at an angle. & place foam pads around the inside edge of your frame & stick
Step 6; finish your card off with a sentiment, die cut snowflakes and adhesive gems

Need help shading – watch this speed colouring video;

Here is a list of the promarker colours we used throughout the tutorial. If you don’t have all these colours you can mix it up a little & try combinations of your own.

New Releases for this week;
Playful Penguins Digi Stamp; CLICK HERE
Christmas Trees Digital Paper Pack: CLICK HERE