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Over the last few years digital card making has become increasingly popular.
If like me you've avoided it I'd like to encourage you to try it in your card making.
I enjoy the hands on part of crafting and use it as a release from working in front of the computer.
The idea of spending more time on the computer held no attraction. As it took me way from the aspect of card making that I loved. The process of creating something handmade.
So, what made me change my mind?
It usually takes months of work to develop and manufacture traditional stamp kits.
Digi stamps can be produced in super quick time and can respond to current events.
During the fires in Australia downloads were created to help raise funds for the relief work.
Just a week or so into pandemic lockdown companies were producing gratitude downloads.
This made me realise I needed to embrace the new order of doing things.
So, time to give digital card making a chance!
Digi stamps are downloadable black and white images - either a PNG or JPG image. They can be edited with a photo editor to change the size, rotation and position on a page.
They are simple to download and save to folder on your computer.
From there you can use them multiple times.
Printing out the image depends on your printer. I've a mid range inkjet printer - nothing fancy.
It managed to print on Neenah Solar white 80 lbs card after a few adjustments to the paper settings.
The big surprise was the ink was suitable for alcohol markers - my preferred method of colouring.
Unfortunately, my printer didn't like the thicker Bristol or watercolour paper.
To change your image you need to use a photo editor.
There are many photo editing options available. From free to use GIMP to the expensive Photoshop.
My preferred option for manipulating images/photos for digital card making is Picmonkey. It is straightforward to use for annual fee for £54.00. There is a free 7 day trial.
Picmonkey is very user friendly. It's a good investment if you also want to edit your pictures for a blog or social media.
Another easy to use alternative is Canva.
Digi Stamps are great if you are into colouring your images.
However, if you want to add other card making techniques you have to use different strategies.
Die Cutting - you either have to fussy cut or use use a digital cutter like the Brother Scan N Cut
Heat Embossing - use an embossing ink pen instead of stamping with an embossing ink pad.
Masking - use a photo editor to create a scene by adding additional images in layers. This is a bit fiddly the first time as you need to resize images and move images from the back to the front and visa versa.
Free digital images can be found from the following sources:
ConieFontArt (Etsy shop)
Impression Obsession (also has a downloadable guide to working with digital stamps)
Maxam Made (Bible verses and downloadable images for card making)