Wednesday, March 18, 2020

STAMPlorations digital stamps with patterned paper

I'm over on the STAMPlorations blog today with five digital stamp projects. You could win a $15 GC to the store for comments left here and there. Just sayin...

So as I mentioned in my last Digital Wednesday post, I'm a newbie to digital stamps, but there are definitely some benefits to digi stamps - no smudges, perfect coverage without a MISTI, image resizing, even layering images (though I've yet to give that a try).

My technology tools are limited to Microsoft Word and my Canon ink jet printer. I watched this video for a great intro to digi stamps.

For today's projects I used a pad of patterned paper from the dollar store. The pastel colors caught my eye. The paper is thin however, so to print on it I used cellophane tape to attach the 6x6 sheets to a normal sheet of copy paper. This went through my printer without any problem.

TIP: First I print the image onto copy paper and then hold that up to the light with my 6x6 PP in front of it to see where I would like the image to be. (See how I lined up the flower on the floral PP so that one of the red roses was in the center of the bloom?)

Here's a look at the PP pad and some of the images I printed.

Another TIP: I use Photoscape to edit photos. I'm no pro. But since I knew I was only using the bloom from the latte-cup-with-bloom image, I cropped the image to remove the top portion of the to-go cup. This was then what I printed to waste less PP. (As if I don't already have enough PP to last 300 years...)

Let's get to my cards, shall we? First up, I used a cup of blooms image and thought I was going to mix and match cup and blooms - paper piece just the mug from PP onto the image printed on white cardstock and then give the white blooms just a little dab of color. But I liked the look of the image on the watercolored-look PP so much I couldn't cut it apart! So these two cards happened.

For the first, I fussy cut the image printed on Neenah solar white, added dabs of color to the flowers and adhered it on a floral PP.

Cupful of Blooms digi stamp
alcohol markers
patterned paper

Then for the second card I added color to the centers of the flowers on the image fussy cut from the pretty watercolored-look PP and added it to a shimmery, linen texture cardbase.

TIP: Look for pencil colors fairly close to your PP colors to keep the contrast minimal. I used a pink, a purple, a blue, a gray and a green cuz they were closest to the tones of the watercolored-look PP.

Cupful of Blooms digi stamp
Prismacolor colored pencils
patterned paper
embossing powder

For my next card I used an image that covers the front of an A2 card. I printed it once onto white cardstock and once onto PP. When fussy cutting the blooms from the PP to paper piece on the other panel, I carefully cut out the frame too.

TIP: When I fussy cut the flowers touching the frame on the PP panel, I made sure to leave the thick black line around the frame intact. This enabled me to use the frame for a second card. In general when paper piecing, fussy cut on the black line. Since you will be adhering the fussy cut piece to a stamped or printed image, those outlines will show.

I lightly applied some Spun Sugar and Squeezed Lemonade to the Neenah panel before adhering the PP flowers. Then I stamped the sentiment and added some sequins.

Coffee Blossoms digi stamp
Distress inks
PP, sequins

To accompany the fussy cut PP frame, I shrunk one of the other coffee cup images, printed it onto contrasting PP (twice so I could see which size I preferred) and fussy cut just the flowers to use to embellish the second card. (This was when it dawned on me to use Photoscape to crop the image so only the part I need would print and I wouldn't waste PP ;)

Added a sentiment in the form of a clear sticker to the frame. And colored the leaves of the flower spray and added gems too.

Coffee Blossoms digi stamp

This last card was such fun. I printed the image (sized to my liking) onto four different patterned papers, felt like I was back in kindergarten as I fussy cut the flowers and then arranged them on my cardbase.

TIP: Use the bits and pieces you trim off around the edges to fill some of the white space on your cardbase. I only had four flowers but it looks like I used seven.

I did not add adhesive to the outer edges of the petals so there's some dimension. I love how the sequins fit perfectly in the flower centers. Adds dimension. And that sentiment die with the drop shadow adds even more dimension.

Holiday Lattes digi stamp

Whew. That was a lot. Don't forget to leave me a comment. And on my Digital Wednesday post here too, for another chance to win.

With card #1 I'm playing over at:
The Flower Challenge - Anything Goes
SSS Wednesday Challenge - Whatever the Weather (card's going to girlfriend who combats stress with coffee)


MadeByMeghanK said...

I love these floral papers and gorgeous paper piecing you did!

Heather said...

These are all so gorgeous!! When I remember I love to paper piece clothing on digital images, but I've never tried it on florals before. Maybe because I don't have a pad of paper this soft and pretty! : ) They are all beautiful, but I really like the first and last the best!

Bunny said...

Your cards are beautiful. Your paper piecing skills are grand. I love the look of paper piecing. [Bunny]

Sue D said...

Beautiful cards and thanks for all the tips.

Becca Yahrling said...

How very pretty - all of these! Love the paper pieced flowers,
but being a coffee addict, those two are my faves.

Bobby said...

One little pack of paper sure inspired you, Maria. All those cards are lovely and so creative. I have only done a few digital images and would like to know more about it although I have trouble with paper feeding through my printer, especially if I want to watercolor or use Zigs. I use a light-weight mixed media paper that works fairly well. Thanks for including the tips on your post and thanks for sharing the first card (and my favorite) with us at The Flower Challenge.

Ms. Tamp said...

Good details on how to complete the projects.

Tina Z. said...

wow, absolutely beautiful, I love these soft colours.

Dana M said...

Gorgeous cards! So clever to print the images on patterned paper. I love how you pulled the elements together in your cards.

KT Fit Kitty said...

I love this technique! Your cards are gorgeous, Maria! Really loving the first one and last one!

Lucy E. said...

These pastel creations are so lovely!
Great display of these digital stamps.

Kellyskardsfl said...

These are beautiful!

Valerija said...

Amazing cards. I love them all. Really creative and inspiring projects.
Valerija xx

Carol Wortman said...

These are amazing. I have never used a digi and these beauties make me want to dabble in it! I love the idea to print on patterned paper. Thanks for the inspiration! Be safe!♥️🌻

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