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Going Back In Time; 18th Century Digi Stamp Release

For our latest Dig Stamp release we are going back in time to the 18th Century. Meet Miss Elizabeth – an elegant young lady dressed in her finest clothing. This is the second digi stamp in our historical fashion range. Below we will show you three different colour ways & where we found our inspiration for each one.

To make this card we’ve used;
Silver Mirror Card, White Card Stock, Pearlescent Blue Card Stock, White Feathers, Ribbon, Assorted Gems/Pearls, Sue Wilson Corner Die, Tonic Studio Sentiment Die, 8×8 Black Card

To start we’ve cut a piece of silver square mirror card & matted on of our ‘Elegant Petals’ digital papers onto it. Using a piece of white card we’ve die cut a fancy frame with a Sue Wilson corner die & then matted a square piece of blue card into the center. The Digi Stamp has been die cut with a tonic studio die & placed into the center of the card. We’ve then finished off with two white feathers, a double ribbon, die cut sentiment and lots of pearls and gems.

Shading with Promarkers – Colour Charts

If your part of our facebook group we did a poll showing you the three different colour way we shaded our 18th Century lady & the blue version was the one which received the most votes – so she was the one I picked to make my sample card with. Below I’ve made some charts so you can shade along with us – listing the promarker colours used.

The second favourite in our poll was the lilac/purple lady with blonde hair.

We always head to pinterest to find inspiration for colour palettes before I start shading a digi stamp – here is some of the pictures which inspired the colours for our 18th Century Lady

Pictures saved from Pinterest

18th Century Lady Digi Stamp available HERE

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Design Team; Snow Penguin Card Inspiration

If you haven’t had chance to take a look at the card creations from our design team using this weeks new release ‘Snow Penguin’ Digi Stamp – we have it all here. Inspiration including some of the products used for this weeks makes.

Julianne has used die cut white glitter paper to create a snowy scene, making it look like ‘Snow Penguin’ is running through thick snow. Distress Oxide inks have been used on the background. She has added in the Christmas die from Pretty Pink Posh in some blue glitter cardstock. Finishing off with gems to create a snowfall effect.

Helen has created a wonderful A5 black and white themed card. Matting the matching snow penguin digital paper onto black card. Shading in the digi stamp & matted & layered it onto another piece of black card stock. Finished off with adhesive gems and a sentiment.

Mowbray Designs has made this lovely tall middle stepper card. Using the lilac snowflake paper from the ‘Christmas Penguins’ Paper Pack. The digi stamp has been shaded in with alcohol markers & glitter used to make the snow scene sparkle – then die cut with an oval shape. Holographic card used behind the digi and the sentiment. Finished of with die cut snowflake swirls and trees.

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