Above are some examples of the “Spotted Owl” digital stamp used different ways for card making. I love designing these free digital stamps! This “Spotted Owl” digi is an extra bonus for you! I’ve decided to add this cute owl as a permanent freebie to the site. As you know, if you follow Card Making Artists, we offer a free “Kitty” stamp from the kitty digital stamp series. This owl digi is something different and great for all kinds of card designs. I used watercolor pencils, pastel pencils, pens and glitter on these digital stamps. I love how easy the images are to cut out and arrange on cards. Whether you cut the owls entirely out or use the PDF formatted version of the digital stamp they are fun to play around with. I would love to see your creations using the digital stamps, let me know if you create a card with the digi stamps!
I’m offering this digital stamp in JPEG and PDF formatted to 3″ x 4″ with a light gray line for easy cutting out and attaching to cards, just as you see above. For more information about digital stamps and how to use them go HERE! I have a retired digital stamps HERE similar to the one shown above.
The fancy blue and green owl in front (above) is my favorite! I designed this card last because I didn’t know what I was going to do. The other card designs were so colorful I was thinking I wanted this one to be simple. I’m not sure how simple this card is but I love all the glitter and sparkle. The giant jewel was kind of a funny last minute add! I thought the jewel would be to big but I like the way it looks. I added a strip of glitter paper to the inside of the card so it would show through the scalloped holes on the edge of the card. You can just barely see the glitter in the picture above.
For this spotted owl (above) have some awesome Pitt pastel pencils I used to create his yellow, green and blue feathers. He looks ready for a birthday. After I colored my owl with the pastel pencils I spray a little aerosol hairspray on the image to seal the chalky pastels. With the image above I decided to keep his feet and eyes as is. It’s not necessary to color every part of the image. Sometimes just a touch of color here and there will be just right.
Tips & Tricks
I like to use rivets (above in red) that were so popular a few years ago. My Trick is to hammer them flat and then attach them to the card with glue. I do this instead of punching a hole through the paper and banner then using the tools to attach them to the card. Just smash and glue!
I wanted to use my Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils on this owl (above). I colored his wings orange, yellow and red. I just drew strips of the colors then used a small watercolor brush to go over the lines. I made sure to wash my brush between the colors just a little so the red wouldn’t take over. I have a video here that shows how to use watercolor pencils on stamped images and digital stamps. I swiped the rickrack from my Mom-In-Law’s sewing stash. She actually begs me to use up her old stuff so she was in on the swiping! I’ve been using the boxes of DCWV card folders. They have great colors and are all ready for card making. I like that they come with envelopes too.
I am having so much fun designing these free digital stamps. There are endless possibilities for using digital stamps in card making and paper crafting. I will have some online classes and events coming soon to help with project ideas. I also hope to have some videos and classes specifically designed for children. Check back often for more. I hope you will join the fun!
Let me know if you have ideas for classes, questions or anything you would like to see from me?
Tools & Links:
- Digital Stamps 101
- Digital Stamps on Etsy
- Digital Stamp Videos
- Kitty Series Free Stamps
- Pitt Pastel Pencils
- Stampin’ Up! Card stock
- DCWV Card Folders
- Barbara Trombley’s Glitter