November 5 is Digital Scrapbooking Day, and to celebrate, Stampin’ Up!® will have a whole weekend full of projects and free downloads! Log on to MyDigitalStudio.net Nov. 4-7 for fun projects, tips and info on how to get the downloads. After the 7th, they’ll be offered for sale, so grab them while they’re free! You do not have to have the digital crafting system to use the downloads. Check here for more details.
I wasn’t sure I’d like the digital crafting. I mean, I like having inky fingers and glitter on my face, and I actually enjoy tying bows and knots. But I’ve really enjoyed using My Digital Studio. For one thing, the images, colors and papers don’t “retire.” Once they’re on your computer, they’re there forever (or until you decide to remove them or your computer crashes. Of course, we all have backup copies, so that’s not a problem. Right?). If your designer paper runs out, just print more. And you can resize the images, punches and embellishments. It’s a fun addition to my craft supplies.
Here’s a hybrid Christmas card I created today. Only the stamped images are digital, so it’s about 75% “real.”
Stamps: Beautiful Season (MDS stampbrush images); Tiny Tags stamp set; Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Riding Hood Red, Old Olive, Soft Suede classic; Versamark; Cherry Cobbler classic ink refill; Paper: Old Olive, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip card stock; Holly Berry designer series paper*; Other: Chocolate Chip dotted scallop ribbon, jumbo brads, curly label punch, aqua painter, iridescent ice embossing powder, heat tool, linen thread, 1/16″ handheld circle punch, Dazzling Details, stampin’ dimensionals (*available in the Holiday Mini Catalog; all other products available in the 2011-12 Stampin’ Up!® Idea Book & Catalog)
After I printed the images, I cut/punched them, then colored them with an aqua painter and classic ink. Since I have an inkjet printer, the printer ink will bleed a little, so you need to be careful, but it’s not hard to color them. I wanted a little dazzle, so I embossed the larger image with iridescent ice embossing powder, then added some of my Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details to the berries.
For the tag, I used the tag image from the program, but omitted the “A gift for you” part. With rubber and ink, you just use markers to color the parts of the stamp you want (or you can put tape over the part you want to omit, ink your stamp, then remove the tape and stamp). With the digital system, you simply punch it out. I used the square punch, resized it to fit over the words, then filled it with the same color as the card stock (white, in this case). I sized the tag a little larger than the punch so when I punched it “for real,” I was able to avoid the outline. I punched two curly label tags from Chocolate Chip card stock to form a larger tag layer. I could have used my windows & shapers die, but I wanted to try something different. I always like to have optional ways of creating something, because not everyone has all the tools in the catalog. I dream about it, but I’m not there yet.
I’m going to try to be in bed before midnight – 2 nights in a row! Boy, am I on a roll, or what? I have a lot of designing to do in the next few days, though, so I need to sleep. I’ve been in a creative slump lately, so here’s hoping some sleep will do the trick!
Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful weekend.