Category Archives: Digital Stamps

Using digital stamps in craft projects

Another Freebie Round-up

As promised I have hunted down some more “former freebies” that were removed during the website conversion.

You should be able to download any that are of interest by clicking on the image.  If you would like to share these freebies, please direct your friends here to download them rather than sharing the files directly.

Its a little early, but here is a Christmas stocking digital stamp:

Christmas Stocking Digital Stamp

Christmas Stocking Digital Stamp

Christmas Stocking Digital Stamp

Christmas Stocking Digital Stamp

A snowman digital stamp.  This was made a few years ago when we had a winter when it just would not stop snowing.  Explains the sentiments huh?

Snowman Digital Stamp freebie

Snowman Digital Stamp freebie

Snowman Digital Stamp

Snowman Digital Stamp Sample

And since we are all wintery, here is a  Penguin Pals mini-kit that was shared on Facebook.  It matches a kit in the shop:

Penguin Pals Mini-kit

Penguin Pals Mini-kit

I hope you enjoy the files and find them useful.

Stay tuned this week for some actual new products (*shock*).

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Sharing some digital freebies and working on a fresh start

So… where have I been?  Well life has changed a bit as it always does.

My Dad passed away in June. He had been battling various health problems and fell and broke his hip. I think it just all got to be too much.  I know he is much more “himself” where he is now.

I took some time to re-group and to help my Mom. And to putter with some other projects.  I wanted to wait long enough to get excited about designing again. And I did!

I decided to start adding new products to my store at the Digichick this coming weekend (since its Digital Scrapbook Weekend, it seemed like a good time).

In the meantime I thought I’d tackle another thing that was on my list. When I redid my website, the links to the freebies in the old store were broken. So I thought I’d start bringing them back through direct links in the blog – instead of linking them through the store at all. That might make it easier to keep them active.

So, here are a few Fall themed ones. These have all been posted in the past either in the old store or on Facebook.  So you might want to check if you have them already in your stash before you bother downloading. But if you can use them,  just click on the picture to download.

An Autumn themed mini-kit:

Autumn Aundance Digital Scrapbook Freebie

Coordinates with the More Autumn Abundance kit

Coneflower digital stamp set from 2010.  Its made from a pen and ink I did of flowers from my garden.  The vase was reproduction green glass from Jamestown.

Coneflowers Digital Stamp set

Coneflowers Digital Stamp set

coneflower card sample

coneflower digital stamp card sample

And a fall still life digital stamp from 2009.  This is the first digital stamp I ever made..

Fall Still Life Digital Stamp

Fall Still Life Digital Stamp

Fall Still Life card sample

Fall Still Life card sample

I hope you find these useful.  If you would like to share them, please just send along a link to this post so others can download them here rather than sharing the actual files.

I have some others (winter and Christmas) around here somewhere.  If this has been helpful, let me know and I’ll go hunt them down.



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Hybrid Happiness Card Making Class Day 3

Welcome to week 2 – lesson 3 of our hybrid card class.

Today we will be talking a little about digital stamps.  Then we will be preparing a card from a new template and adding a digital stamp.

What are digital stamps?

Digital stamps are black and white images that can be printed and used like you would use a traditional stamped image.  There are some advantages to digital stamps:

  • the images are generally less expensive
  • they take up little storage space
  • they can be resized to fit your projects
  • they can be flipped, altered and combined (no masking required)

The challenge with digital stamps is coloring them without the stamp lines bleeding into your coloring.

In this part of the class we will be exploring all the advantages of digital stamps and discussing ways around the main disadvantage.

 Downloading today’s digital stamps

In today’s course supplies you will find a set of floral digital stamps.  You can of course also use any digital stamps you already own. You will also find a PSE template for today’s card.

You can download your Day 3 supplies here.

Generally, digital stamps come in 3 file types, and many digital designers include all 3 in their products.  If you are curious about the file types and their differences, take a peek at this video.

Day 3 video 1:  Digital Stamp File Types.

We will also be creating a sentiment using the text tool.  If you would like to use the same font that I’m using in my sample you can download it here:

Will and Grace font

Coloring digital stamps

Digital stamps provide amazing creative opportunities, but they do have one drawback.  Since you are printing the image, you cannot easily control the type of ink used.  This means you will need to adapt how you color to suit the ink.  It is the opposite of what we generally do with rubber stamping, where we decide how we want to color and then chose the ink the works best with that coloring method.

It also probably means you want to use a different type of paper for coloring your digital images than what you use to print your digital papers.  The brochure paper or photo paper is coated to make the printer ink more vibrant.  But these same coatings may not be what you want when hand coloring.  For example, the coating will grab marker ink (Copic and others) and make it much more difficult to color smoothly and blend.  For this reason, I recommend printing your digital stamp images separately from the rest of your card.  I will show you my method of doing this in the video.

If I use a good quality cardstock with my printer, I have no problem coloring with Copic Markers, Prismacolor pencils or chalk.

But water coloring often causes the image lines to run and water based markers are difficult because I will get ink smears if I touch the lines with the marker.  If I have my heart set on water coloring or using water based markers, I have to spray my images with a workable matte fixative.  This does help, but the ink will still bleed if I use too much water.

Having said all of this, keep in mind that there are many different combinations of printers, inks, cardstocks and coloring methods being used.  Print outs from laser printers are usually much more resistant to smearing than inkjet printers, but most home printers are ink jet printers.

You may need to do a little experimentation to find out what works best for you and your printer.

Coloring tips

If you have trouble with the image lines smearing you can try some of these tips.

Print your digital stamps on good quality cardstock, the same you would use for stamping.  I mainly color with Copic markers and my 2 favorite papers are X-Press It Blending Card and Neenah Classic Crest, but there are many other good quality cardstocks out there.  Keep in mind that the cardstock will need to pass through your printer, so some of the very heavy weight cardstocks may not be the best choice.  They may not feed through the printer easily.

If smearing is still an issue, try letting your printed images sit for a while (or overnight) to dry completely.  You can also try heat setting the ink if you have a heat gun.

If you have access to a toner based photocopier, try photocopying your images on to the cardstock you wish to use.  Toner ink is bonded with the paper and more resistant to smearing.

Use a coloring method with as little water as possible.

Try spraying your images with a matte workable fixative to reduce smearing.  You can find workable fixative in the spray paint or artist section of you local craft store.

Some other things to consider:

Keep in mind that your printed digital papers may react to water as well so avoid spraying or splashing them when cleaning up.

Other water based products like adhesives (crystal effects, Mod Podge) and glitter glues (Stickles) may also react with the printer ink.  You may want to test them before using them on your project.

Font Sources

There are so many wonderful fonts available to make sentiments and word art for your cards.  Many of the fonts are available for free for personal use.  If you plan to sell your work, you should check the terms of use for the font to make sure it can be used commercially.

I’ll post links to a few of my favorite font sites in the class forum thread – and hopefully others will too.  I love finding new font sources!


 Creating a card with a digital stamp

Below are some videos describing how I created the card with the digital stamp above.  I’ve broken them into shorter segments to make it easier to view the parts of interest.


In this video, we will set up the template with our digital supplies and talk about shadowing layers.

Day 3 Video 2: Adding Papers to the card template


In this video, we will use the text tool to create the sentiment and learn how to clip a digital paper into the text.

Day 3 Video 3: Using the text tool to create a sentiment


In this video, we will size the digital stamp for our card and prep it for printing.  We will also discuss using templates with manual die cut machines and cutting dies.

Day 3 Video 4: Adding the digital stamp


On Thursday, we will be creating focal image for a card using multiple digital stamps.  We will also be having our second card challenge – so come by and check it out!


If you are interested in additional digital stamps, I have a coupon code for you. Just enter pgpclassfun and the shopping cart will take 50% off all digital stamps in the Paper Garden Projects store  at the Digichick (most of the stamp sets are on page 3). The coupon is good through Feb. 15, 2013.


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Do you “Boo”?

I have a new Craft Kit in my Digichick shop.  It’s called “Boo To You” and I made it specifically for my daughters to “Boo” their friends (although I think it is useful for other crafty Halloween projects too).

Have you heard of “Booing”?

Basically, you secretly  leave some surprise treats for someone in the neighborhood with instructions to pass the fun on to another neighbor.  If they want to play along, they can “Boo” someone else by leaving treats and instructions.  Its kind of fun to watch the “boo” travel through the neighborhood.  My girls are so excited to play this little “trick” on their friends.

The kit has plenty of images, tags, titles  and papers to decorate your “Boo” package.  There is even a complete set of “Boo” instructions all ready to include with your treats.  Here is a peek at the kit:

To make things even easier, I also created a Door Hanger Treat Box cutting file.  You can use it to create a cute treat holder that simply hangs on the door.

Here is a picture of my first “Boo” package.  My girls are already discussing how they want to decorate theirs, who’s getting them and what will be inside (there is a lot of interest in those Peep Ghosts).

Both of these are on sale at the Digichick for 30% off through Sunday.  So maybe you want to boo too!

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Birthday Buddies – Easy Greeting Card Made with your Silhouette Cutter

Just wanted to share this beautiful card that Cathy over at Scraps of Life made with the Birthday Buddies Card Making kit.

Isn’t it wonderful?  Cathy always does just an amazing job arranging elements in her projects.  Go check out her blog – its so worth the trip!

Birthday Buddies is still on sale if you want to some buddies for yourself.

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