Greetings all. This is my very first layout for A2Z scrapbooking as one of their design team members. So truly honoured to be a chosen one. Remember, if you want to receive 15% discount at their etsy store, to use the code DELIA15.
Okay, so this was my first foray into the world of digital stamps and I must say that I had always been a tad reluctant to use digital stamps as I was just not sure how they would work with scrapbooking. I could understand card making and their use, but not so much for scrapbooking, but it turns out, it is just like making your own bits of ephemera to use.
So, I imported the digital files from Hero Arts into photoshop, but you can use any program that will allow you to manipulate images. If you are just doing it for sizing and don’t need to do any colouring, you can even use Word. However, there is a great online program for FREE called Pixlr that you can access easily. Here you can create your entire layout digitally if you like, or you can just use the program to resize and colour them, then print them out. Then using whatever colour mediums that you like, colour them up. I used my Chameleon pens as I love the way they shade, though I am still learning how to use them.
In this layout, I have used 13 digital stamps, which is the entire Hero Arts Vintage Travel Set. First I used the map and printed it out at almost A4 size and in light grey as I then used a brown pen to go over all the lines and then I got out the brown inkpad with a dauber and roughly coloured in the paper to give it a weathered type of look. I also smoked up my craft room because I remembered in school … all those years ago, that I burned the edges of my pages to make them look authentic and so I did that here also as I was going to make the map print into a scroll in the background. After the burning edge process, I used a paintbrush to curl the edges in opposite directions, then mounted it on a few pieces of cardboard so it sits right up off the page. I do not do flat designs.
Next up, I printed out the various digital images at various sizes, mounted them on light card, cut them out and coloured them in. So now I have all my elements to be used on my base, which was a piece of Kaisercraft paper with a map on it from a very old paper pad.
I then used postage image stamps with black ink around the page, on went the scroll as my image base. Next up is the ephemera, flowers, trinkets and bling around the photo panels and it is done.
So, digital stamps are like clipart really and you can use them entirely digitally, or you can print them out and use them like ephemera. Easy peasy.