Saturday, 3 March 2012

Digital Stamping

I love rubber stamping and colouring the images and I have always bought "real" stamps to do this with. I have read about digital stamps but always thought they look quite tricky. I also thought that my standard printer ink would not cope with my Promarker alcohol pens and the printed image would smudge.
So I continued happily with my stamping until I was a  lucky winner of some digital stamps not once but twice! My first win was for 3 digital stamps from an American company. I decided that as I have very few male stamps that I would try some that would suit male and general cards.






Here is one of the images, a cute crocodile taking life easy. I sized down the image and copied and pasted it a few times then printed it out onto 160g thin card using  my very ordinary HP printer.
I was concerned that my Promarker alcohol pens would smudge the lines but they stayed totally sharp. On the left are some practice colourways I tried. As usual I highlighted my colouring using Prismacolor pencils.















These are the 3 images I won






















And this shows how you can size the image on the computer to which ever size you want. Clever isn't it?










My most  recent  win of  another 2 digital images was from my friend Kerry, owner of Ladybug Crafts Ink on their recent blog hop. I was able to choose 2 images from their  gorgeous new floral range. I chose these 2 beauties.








I will certainly been having a play with these soon as I think they will make wonderful Easter as well as birthday cards.









 I have one of my friend's son's 17th birthday coming up next week so I decided to make my very first "digital" stamped image card using one of the crocodiles I had coloured. Boy's cards are even harder to make than men's cards so I hope he likes this...


I followed a really good sketch which is being used by Papertake Weekly for their card challenge this week.






Here he is in close up...a rather cool dude I think ;0)


I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;
Papertake Weekly Challenge Blog Sketch #65
Party Time Tuesdays  #57 Anything Goes
Whimsey Cards Inspiration blog Paper Piecing #28
Creative Card Crew #5 Humour
Papercrafting Journey #4 anything goes
Craft us crazy #22 color inspiration
Stamp, Scrap and Doodle Use your stash I have used some of my stash of papers and also an old sentiment that has been in my stash for a long, long time!
Divas by design Spots and/or stripes #24 I have used green striped backing paper.
Secret crafter Saturday Challenge  Go for green #175
Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes


So I have finally joined the digital age. It's funny that digital stamps have been around for some time but I thought they looked really tricky to use. They are nothing of the sort and the great advantages of them is choosing the size of the image plus they are so much cheaper and need no "real" storage space. Nothing will replace "owning" my stash of stamps but this has opened a whole new world of rubber stamping to me.

I hope you are all enjoying a great weekend? We are forecast some much needed rain here tomorrow but today is another lovely sunny day. We have been helping my son and his girlfriend paint their new flat. They hired a van today to transport their few bits of furniture and have officially "moved in ". If you missed my post New beginnings  have a quick read and you will know that this is a very significant day for our family. I raise my glass to the happy couple and wish them so much happiness in the future in their new home.

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x

44 comments:

  1. Thanks for joining our "Green for Go" challenge on SECRET CRAFTER SATURDAY CHALLENGE this week :)

    Hugs Jane x

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  2. Congrats on your wins and for expanding your tech horizons! The card looks great. Wishing your son and his girlfriend the best in their new beginnings!

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  3. Welcome to the world of digital stamping Jane...just shows you can teach an 'old dog' a new trick tee hee...I am now one of those 'old dogs too!! Congratulations on your wins...that crocodile is a hoot and your card perfect for a teenage boy...after all they do sleep a lot!! Good luck to your son and his girlfriend and to his new business. xx

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  4. oh super card and love the take on the colour scheme, thank you so much for sharing your lovely work with us at the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge
    Hugs Kate xx
    ps I have candy if you are interested :)

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  5. That is great that you are learning a new skill that will expand your card making horizons! I love your "boy" cards! Enjoy your weekend and keep in touch. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  6. I have amazed myself Linda and I am not that tech minded at all! Thanks for your good wishes, enjoy the weekend,
    Jane x

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  7. LOL Kerry, I really am convinced now...I know you said I would be! Thanks again for my prize, I will have fun using your gorgeous new digi images (hey look I'm even using the correct techno speak ;0)Thanks for your kind wishes to Matt and Charlotte.
    Jane x

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  8. Hi Kate, thanks for your visit!
    Jane x

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  9. Hi Teresa, I have really enjoyed using these digi images, they are so easy and the world of stamping images is now my oyster. Have a great weekend too, "see" you soon!
    Jane x

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  10. Always good to try something new Jane. The stamps all look great and I especially love the little watering can one!
    Your new card looks great, good luck with the challenge.
    So glad Matt and Charlotte managed to get moved in today, best wishes to them!
    Have a good Sunday,
    Vivienne x

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  11. I agree with that Vivienne, it never hurts to come out of our comfort zone does it?! I thought you would love the watering can image, I shall have to play with those really soon. Matt and Charlotte are still busy painting but I took them up some food tonight and told them to have the night off, they are exhausted but very happy in their flat. Enjoy the rest of the weekend,
    Jane x

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  12. Hi Jane! Congratulations! You were lucky to win those digital stamps - other wise you wouldn't have tried them yet. Your choises are wonderful and it's great you can fix the size. I'm sure your new card is going to be loved!
    Enjoy sunny Sunday! Also here it's getting again cloudy.
    x Teje

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  13. Those wins were very lucky weren't they Teje as they were the only reason I had a play with digital stamping . I'm so glad I did . The much needed rain has arrived this morning. Have a great Sunday .
    Jane x

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  14. Such a gorgeous card and your colouring in looks fantastic, congratulations on your win
    Lindsay xx

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  15. Thanks so much Lindsay, enjoy your Sunday,
    Jane x

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  16. Lovely card & welcome to the world of digi stamps lol. Thanks for playing with us at Divas this week

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  17. Fab card, love the image...Thanks for joining us at Divas by Design this week.
    Wendy xx

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  18. Hi Dawn, it is indeed a whole new world out there.
    Jane x

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  19. Thanks Wendy, he is rather cute for a ferocious crocodile isn't he!
    Jane x

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  20. Hi Jane,
    Great to learn a new skill and to master it so easily. I love the male card, it is a great image! Can't wait to see more. So happy for your daughter and son-in-law to be! Exciting times.......
    xoRobin❤

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    1. Welcome back Robin great to see you here. It's actually my son who has just moved out.....my nest is fully flown!
      Jane x

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  21. Hi Hun fab card and image our challenge at whimsy this week is paper piecing and although your card is fab I can't see any paper piecing on it so I am afraid it is not eliable for the challenge sorry about this please don't be put off joining future challenges

    Hugs Wendy DT WS

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    1. Ooops Wendy I have misunderstood what paper piecing is then...I shall look it up and make sure I find out it's correct meaning as I thought my layout was paper piecing- lol! Thanks for your visit and kind comment.
      Jane x

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  22. Great little card. Thanks for joining in with Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge 'Green For Go'
    Hugs Sonia xx

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  23. Cute card, Jane! I used to find the word 'digital' attached to crafts things put me off, but not any more! Your description of using your digital stamps is a very good one.
    Hope you have a lovely week.
    Helen x

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  24. I agree Helen, it is only recently that I bought some digital papers and they are fab...and so much cheaper than buying sheets in the craft shops. Have a great week,
    Jane x

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  25. This is such a fun card! Love that snoring alligator!

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  26. He's great fun isn't he Lori!
    Jane x

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  27. Hi Sonia...my reply disappeared to you, perhaps the croc ate it! Thanks for your kind visit..he is certainly going for green!
    Jane x

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  28. Hello dear Jane,

    Hooray for some more winnings! Lovely new stamps, and the printer works perfectly I would say! And what a lovely find those crocs are, there really are not too many designs for guys (even that's so cute I wouldn't mind having one myself!), those are so versatile!

    I wish all is almost set in that new nest, and maybe Billy could visit them... ;)

    Happy Tuesday!

    Yours,
    Mia

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  29. Hi Mia
    He's a great croc isn't he.....I wonder how he would come up coloured pink ;-) The love nest is getting there they went to Ikea to get some bits last night. The one thing Matt does miss is our Billy. At least that is a reason for lots if popping in here! Happy Tuesday
    Jane x

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  30. Great card! Beautiful coloring...I love the digis too and I have this same one! So cute! Thanks for sharing and for joining the SSDS challenge!!!! Hope you join again soon!
    Tammy, SSDS DT

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  31. Thanks for your visit and kind words Tammy,
    Jane x

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  32. He is one cool croc!!

    Thanks for joining us at the Creative Card Crew for our challenge #5

    Margaret DT

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    1. He is a cool croc indeed Margaret.
      Thanks for visiting me
      Jane x

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  33. Such a cute card, great colouring... thanks for joining us at Simon Says Challenge blog

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    1. Hi Joy he was fun to colour and I even tried a blue fantasy colourway which I liked too.
      Jane x

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  34. Your digital stamps look wonderful Jane..It must be a huge plus to be able to resize your images too...
    Best wishes to Matt & Charlotte..It's such an exciting time moving into your first home isn't it?...
    Although not too easy for us parents to adapt to..time just flies by...When I see my girls becoming increasingly independent I have to tell myself this is how it's meant to be and that we must have done a good job!
    Hope you are having a lovely week,
    Susan x

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  35. Hi Susan, I am really enjoying using my digital stamps, they are so versatile. Matt and Charlotte are getting settled....bless them- all they had was a sofa and a bed in an unfurnished flat so there has been lots of buying for them and lots of gifts of useful things!It's a super flat though, so light and airy and with a lovely outlook. It is strange not seeing him everyday but as you say I do feel I have done my very best in leading him to independence. My dear Hb and I are back to being "Us 2"!!
    Jane x

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  36. Hi Jane,
    This looks fab. Love the laid back image. Thanks for joining us at Secret Crafter's Saturday Challenge, Divas By Design & Creative Card Crew (Phew!)
    Hugs,
    Andie xx

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  37. Wow Andie that's a long sign off! Great to see you here and that you like my cool croc.
    Jane x

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  38. Thanks for joining in the fun at Paper Crafting Journey Anything Goes!

    Love, Laura

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  39. Thanks for your visit Laura,
    Jane x

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Thanks so much for leaving a comment; I really enjoy reading every single one of them.
Jane x