Have you ever used digital stamps? I’ll admit, I haven’t used them much. However, with being in isolation right now, and many of our beloved stamp companies having to adjust their shipping and staff, digital stamps can be a fantastic way to support those small businesses, AND get some new images QUICKLY for you to craft with!
Digital stamps are images that you buy and download onto your computer. You can print them out as many times as you’d like. If you aren’t sure how this works, Im including a quick video tutorial below from Unity on how to print your stamps.
How to Print Digital Stamps
Tips for Using Digital Stamps:
- Decide beforehand which paper you will need to print on. 110lb cardstock goes through my printer well, so I usually use Copics with my digis. I have not tried watercolor paper, as it might be too thick.
- Let your printer ink dry completely. If you try to color while it is still wet, you may end up with some smearing. I even hit it with my heat tool for a few seconds so it is completely set before coloring.
- If you know how to use an editing program, you can combine digis to create your own layouts on the computer! Then, just print, color, mount on a card base. Done!
- Load up your cardstock with as many digis as you can before printing. You will get the most mile out of your paper. Then, just color and fussy cut the stamps as you use them.
There’s just a few tips for digital stamps. Now, let’s take a look at the stamps I was able to work with!
Watch the Creative Process
Print and Color
I was able to create with three beautiful Unity Digital Stamps. I printed these on 110lb cardstock, and colored them all using Copics. Once colored, I fussy cut them all out. When fussy cutting, you can go ahead and leave a white border, OR, if you want no white, cut as close to the line as possible, and then go around the raw edges with a black marker. I used this technique on the praying girl, and you can see that the outside lines have no white showing.
Create a Background
Since digital stamps are basically the same as stamped images that you can cut out, you can go ahead and make stunning backgrounds to mount them on. I did three backgrounds for my three different cards.
The background for my card I showed in my video is very simple. I stamped a brick wall, and then did some ink blending. It ended up being a clean and simple card, with just a bit of background. I love it!
For my floral card, I also ink blended. I left some pockets of white cardstock showing thrrough, and ink blended darker colors around. This made the illusion of bright light spots here and there. I love that the green looks like this flower is set in front of some green leaves. I also stenciled on some Embellishment Mousse, and splattered with gold splatters. It leaves you with an enchanted garden feel.
My last card has a background that I love. I did ink blending like I did for my floral card. I left some lighter area in the center and darkened the edges to achieve the feel of light in the middle of the card. Before I ink blended, however, I stamped some florals in brown, so that as I ink blended over them, they became part of the background. I then added some water splatters for some texture.
Add a Sentiment
Once you have finished coloring your image and created a background, add a sentiment! I always try to stamp the sentiment before adding my image on foam adhesive. I used sentiments from other Unity stamp sets to finish these cards. Its a great way to mix and match your stamps!
So that’s it! Now you know how digital stamps work! I hope the videos and photos have left you with some inspiration to get started with some of Unity’s digital stamps.
Until next time,