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Digi Stamps 101

Card made by a digi stamp

Wonderful Digi Stamp Card

Using digi or digital stamps in card making is easy!  While it’s fun to collect and use rubber or acrylic stamps, I am having fun with the digi stamp world.  A few months ago I didn’t know what a digi or digital stamp was.  Some people think digi stamps are clip art or graphics.  Not so! A digi stamp is a digital download of an original illustration, hand made drawing or digital art meant for using in card making.  When you download an image from a digi stamp site you can flip it, re-size it or even digitally color the image in before you print it out. The difference between digital stamps and traditional stamping is ease of use, storage and availability.  Digital stamps are printed out and ready for use, traditional stamps use ink and rubber or acrylic stamps. Most of the digital downloads or digi stamps are sent to your computer JPEG or PDF style. Storage of your digital stamps are in your computer while traditional stamps are bulky and can create storage issues. I’ve discovered I can printed my digi stamps on card stock and watercolor paper for versatility.

After down loading the digi stamps you can print out an existing size or size them just how you want.

Here I will show you one of the ways I am offering digi stamps on etsy. I’ve illustrated this owl and scanned him into my computer.  Next I re-size the image to 3.5″ tall.  I like my rectangle images for card making 3.5″ x 2.5″ if possible. Then I create a PDF of four identical images. I’ve also included a very light gray line to show where you can cut the image out to fit your card making project. Use regular scissors or a cutting board. Print, cut and assemble. Cool right? One of my biggest hesitations with digi stamping was how to re-size the digital images after I download them.  For people who have no problem with re-sizing and editing you will also receive the re-sizable JPEG of each image.

Use the light gray guide to cut out an image for a specific project.

I printed the owl on regular typing paper.  Technically it would be better to print the images out on a card stock weight, 80+ lbs. paper.  The heavier weight paper is easier to embellish. I wanted to show a card using regular light weight typing paper in case you don’t have card stock.  Most printers can handle card stock…my printer can handle card stock and my printer is such a sad, old little thing!

Here I’ve mount the digi stamp image on an accent color. In this case the Owl Digi Stamp is mounted on an orange card stock cut to 3″x 4″. You can use whatever card design you like.

Print out your digi stamps on card stock or plain white typing paper.

Sometimes I use a tape runner to mount my images and sometimes Elmer’s school glue does the trick!  Today, Elmer’s it is.

Tools:

  • Stampin’ Up paper and ribbon
  • Illustrations by Tam Hess
  • Fiskars Scissors
  • Elmer’s Glue

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