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Old 08-06-2010, 07:52 AM   #1
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I have been wanting to get into the digital side but just haven't taken the time. Now that we're moving and I want to make some "We've Moved" cards, I thought this would be a good time - maybe a bit quicker than stamping. Can someone tell me where to start?
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Old 08-06-2010, 09:15 AM   #2
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You can go to freedigitalstamps.blogspot.com and see what they have up for free digis that might suit you. There are thousands of digital stamps, but a few of my faves are Mo Manning, Meljen, Stamping Boutique, Michelle Perkett, Tiddly Inks. If you google any of those names, you'll find their stores. If you go to their PaperCraft Planet groups, they sometimes have freebies posted there as well. Also on Crafters Digital Art Centre, a lot of the artists are offering freebies.

That should get you started for images. Then you'll need to be able to print them out. I use Domtar Cougar 130# if I'm going to colour with copics. I also use Wausau Exact Index 110# and 80#. I bought mine at Office Depot in Calgary, but I think WalMart also carries this brand of card stock. Your ink may or may not smear/bleed. I think its a kind of hit or miss with whatever printer brand you have. I found that if I heat set, or let it set over night that I'm good to go for most colouring (except watercolouring). If its smearing or I want to colour right away, I use a spray workable fixative (Prismacolour is the one I have right now). A quick light coat and then I can use the image right away.

Digi images are so fun, I'll bet you'll be hooked in no time at all.
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I have a post on my blog here

Paper Transformer: Digital Stamps: Information and Uses

which is geared toward beginners since I really needed help when I first started. Good luck

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I have a post on my blog here

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which is geared toward beginners since I really needed help when I first started. Good luck

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Very helpful information Sandy!! Thanks for sharing!!
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I bookmarked this thread so that I can click through the list to lots of digital stamp sites.

You might try the Create with TLC blog for free text digis. She also has a store with lots more "wunnerful" stuff.
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Old 08-12-2010, 07:32 AM   #6
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Jenny, I am glad that you found it helpful ;o0

GarnetJ, that is the post I was looking for. I don't know where it went but I also bookmarked it so now I can find it easilyl
I love TLC. Paulette is super sweet and her store and freebies are beyond words. I love the vintage ones she has shared. I think I downloaded way more than I will ever use, but I NEEDED them. And of course leaft some love and donations as she definately is too generous.

Thank you for your help )
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Shoot, I need to know what kind of printer works best with digital images and colouring with copics since I am currently in the market for a new printer I want to purchase one that I know will not bleed when I print and then colour. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Sandy, I am in a similar position. I downloaded a whole bunch of digi stamps but I don't know if i can make a card without that block of wood or plastic in my hand! I don't know, maybe I will change my mind when I get started.
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Thanks for the site! I book marked it!!! I want to download more!!!!!
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I used to lose track of what stamps were what and I like to give credit so here it how I would label a stamp I got from say Bugaboo Stamps (who has a Friday freebie and is one of my fav digi stamp artists!!).... CU Bugaboo Stamps Angel Holding Heart ~ Original....... I do it that way so that I know whether it is CU=commercial use or PU=personal use. I use the original on the end so I know that it's the original I downloaded.

I also have them categorized in a big folder. Like christmas, baby, angels, sports, kids etc and then I make a master list of all the images in a document for easy reference (trust me after a while you're going to need a way to find them all, there are SO many freebies out there. lol)

I did this tutorial on my blog, I give away scripture freebies (here'a a link for it on the forums here) This is a VERY easy way, I always create sheets of one image, usually I can fit around 8-12 and I cut them all at once and save the ones I'm not using for another time.

From my blog:

Here's what you do... well, here's what I do after I've created them.....

1. Click on the image and it will go to another screen and be huge.
2. Right click and save it to your computer.
3. Open up whatever Word program you have on your computer. I have Windows Office 2007.
Now you can do this next part 2 different ways.
4a. Look for a tab at the top that says "Insert", click on it.
4b. Click on the icon that says "Picture" and find the image where you saved it on the computer.
OR..... 4c. You can right click on the picture and "Copy", then "Paste" it into the document.

5. Right click on the image when it's in your word program and select "Size"
6. Make it whatever size you would like.
7. Once it's the size you'd like, print it out onto the paper that you want it to be on.
8. Cut it out and craft to your heart's content!!
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