Hello friends! I'm happy to be sharing something new with you today! I've been a long time social media follower of artist and designer Richard Garay. Sure, we haven't met yet in person, but I have been inspired by his creativity, his uplifting positive can-do attitude and his faithful commitment to family. Plus OMG, his craft studio is to die for! SOooo jealous!
When Richard himself reached out to me last week to see if I would be interested in using his RGStudio360 latest digital download called "Guac Life" I was ecstatic! #totalfangirl
After explaining to Richard that I had never used digital images before and my coloring skills were less than stellar,
I was ready to challenge myself.
What are digital stamps?
Digital stamps, or "digi stamps," are becoming increasingly popular. They present a stamper with a whole new range of crafting opportunities. Digital stamps are black and white images that are downloaded onto a computer where they can be manipulated before printing out. At their most basic, when they are printed out digital stamps are just like traditional rubber or clear stamped images. One of their attractions, however, is the fact that the images can be resized, flipped (create a mirror image) or manipulated in other ways before printing it out and colored in the same way that a rubber stamped image is colored. The most significant difference between digital stamps and traditional stamps is that there is no physical stamp. A digital stamp is just the image - and bonus, since digital images are stored on a computer, they don't take up any physical space!
How are digital stamps used?
Once they have been printed out, digital stamps are used in much the same way as traditional stamps. This means that they can be colored and embellished. The finished images can be cut out and incorporated into handmade cards, gift tags, scrapbooks and a whole wide range of other papercraft projects. One of the key issues about digital stamps or digi stamps is that they generally need to be cut from the paper or cardstock that they have been printed on before they are used. In the case of RGStudio360, their images come all ready for your Scan & Cut e-cutting machines.
What do I need to use a digital stamp?
The process of buying and downloading a digital stamp is simple. You don't need anything special to use a digital stamp. As long as you have access to a computer and a printer you have all you need!
Limitations of digital stamps?
Because digital stamps are printed from a printer and not stamped with rubber stamping inks, special effects that are achieved by using these inks are difficult to achieve. Techniques such as heat embossing or other techniques that require materials to be applied to the ink are difficult to achieve. This includes any techniques that impress an image into a surface such as stamping into clay, velvet or other materials. Using digital stamp images on surfaces that cannot be run through a printer is difficult. Therefore it will be difficult to use digital stamps on fabric, very thick or very thin paper and cardstock, large pieces of paper, pre-formed boxes and many other items. Again, this does not necessarily mean that it is impossible and workarounds can be found.
Richard simply emailed me the PDF for the "Guac Life" digital stamp set and I printed them out at home on my inkjet printer. I ran the images through my Brother Scan & Cut electronic cutting machine (e-cutter) and colored them in my Spectrum Noir alcohol ink markers. So easy! Well, minus the coloring part. . .
The base of this A2 sized card is made from Basic Black cardstock. The first matted layer is a 5 1/4" x 4" sheet of Lemon-Lime Twist cardstock. After printing out all the digital images, they were colored in using Spectrum Noir alcohol ink markers. (Don't judge too harshly, I'm still new to this!) To create the background, I cut a 5" x 3 3/4" sheet of watercolor cardstock. Using three colors of Ranger Distress Oxide inks in Iced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade and Twisted Citron I "ink smooshed" the background until I achieved my desired look. I adhered all digital images with Stampin' Dimensionals and added a few randomly placed faceted dots. Lastly I added a little Prismaglitter to the chips and guacamole bowl for added sparkle.
A special thanks to Richard Garay from RGStudio360 for providing the digital images for today's cards.
These avocado inspired images and sentiments were so fun!
P.S. - should I tell you now that I'm not even an avocado fan? It's a texture thing. But, they DO make great face masks!
Thanks for visiting and have a wonderfully creative day!
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