Saturday, 28 November 2015

Getting Christmassy with Digi stamps

Hello All. Well, I've been getting into the groove of making Christmas cards this week - if you're looking for the Copic class that Aileen and I have been doing, please keep your eyes open mid week :)

A few weeks ago images of some unbelievably sweet digital stamps by @mom2sofia were going the rounds on Instagram and after having read Laurie's post about using digi stamps - if you've never read her blog, I can highly recommend as she is very talented indeed -  I decided to take the plunge because the little children reminded me of my two little girls, and I'm glad I did:

They are remarkably cheap (£2.02!!!) and easy to reproduce. I printed these on Copic friendly paper, Neenah Classic Crest 110lb, and managed to print four on one page then cut it to size. They coloured up beautifully as you can tell - I did two in Copics and two in coloured pencils - and were extremely simple to put together.

After colouring with Copics:

as well as pencils:

[Supplies: Christmas Elves Digital Stamp; Neenah Classic Crest 110lb Smooth Solar White card stock; Hobbycraft White Premium Smooth Cardstock 300gsm; Copic Markers; Wink of Stella; Lawn Fawn 6x6 Paper Pads - Let's Bokeh in the Snow; Let's Polka; Let's Polka in the Dark; Derwent Artist's Pencils; Caran D'Ache Fancolor Metallic Pencils; Double Sided Sticky Tape]

I cut them to size to fit an A2 size card leaving a little gap at the bottom for some of my Lawn Fawn patterned paper (I love these!!).

Although they are not as flexible as actual stamps, given you can't use for embossing, or playing around with on paper in different ways, and I'm not sure how they'd watercolour (please let me know if you know!!), I am hoping to purchase some more digital stamps in future. I can see the potential for easy Copic colouring, price wise they are very reasonable and they certainly don't take up a lot of space. I'd say a great addition to my vastly growing arsenal of crafty items.

While I'm here, I'll take the opportunity to remind you of the Mind Crafternoon I was talking about a couple of weeks ago - it's the weekend of 5th and 6th of December and an ideal opportunity to craft with friends and get those Christmas cards going.

Thanks so much for reading. I always appreciate you stopping by and your comments mean a great deal :)


Lucie Chr├ętien said...

I did not know how to use digital stamps and if that was easy, thank you for your post. Your cards are lovely and your coloring is perfection!!

Aileen (mum) said...

Wow such beautiful cards. Love all of them copics and pencil. They look brilliant and soooo cute.
You can use for watercolouring but you need to experiment and see what paper goes through your printer. I always use A4 sheets of watercolour paper for printing. I have heard people say they spray the paper before using. I just make sure I print up in advance and leave for a couple of days before I watercolour. You do need to be a bit more careful and not saturate the paper. I tend to use colour to paper then add a bit of water to pull out colour. Dont worry about going totally to edge. Inktense pencils work brilliant on this.
You can manipulate your images as in bring images in together as long as they are png files, some graphics are only sold as jpg. I will post a card of two images put together to show you. You can also move your images around and select only part to use i.e. Crop the face and only use that. There is so much you can do you will totoally enjoy. Ohhh my goodness I wrote a book here lol.
Enjoy, there is so much more to come.

Marika said...

These are brilliant, Ruth! Thanks for adding the follow button, I'm your newest follower!! :)

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Fabulous colouring Ruth! I use digi stamps occasionally and print out on an inkjet and as long as you keep within the lines and not touch them too much with a wet paintbrush, it's OK. I tend to use watercolour pencils mostly with digi stamps, as I find them easier to control. I just colour as I would with ordinary coloured pencils and then use a damp brush to smooth them out, rather than a wet brush and they are fine! Have a great upcoming week my friend! Hazel xx
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LaurieC said...

Ruth, these are fantabulous!! Both the Copics and the pencil colouring are just awesome!! Thank you so much for the super kind words and the shout out to my blog! Love you so much­čśŐ!!

Leigh Penner said...

These are so sweet!
I got to meet Elena (mom2sofia) this summer when I traveled to Montreal with my kids -- she's wonderful!

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

I certainly will learn some Copic coloring from you! Thank you for providing such detailed posts! And thanks or following me too, I hope you continue to like my blog :)))

Some Bits and Pieces said...

Oh Ruth, these are adorable! Thank you for pointing me to these! And they are colored so nicely! Great job! :)

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