I am rather tickled…

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Featured-Stamper

Although I am “Featured Stamper” # 550 I am still rather tickled that I was chosen. Not too sure what the criteria is but obviously it must be very high class  ; )

I submit quite a few of my cards to the Splitcoaststampers website, mainly to the “Clean and Simple” category. They challenge you with a new topic each week and you can upload as many cards as you would like that meet the challenge. I almost always add a card, either newly made for the challenge or gotten from my stash of already made cards.  Even when you upload them to the specific forum all cards uploaded also go into the main gallery so lots of people see what you have done and you will often get positive comments sent to you on your art work. It is lots of fun. If you are not familiar with Splitcoaststampers be sure to go to their website and check it out. It is great way to get ideas. They have a number of galleries, tutorials, and forums.

Using a “Digi Stamp”

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I have become a huge fan of “digi stamps.” These are digital stamps that you purchase online. They are sent to you in your email, after purchase, where you then download them and add them to your computer files. I keep mine in separate files for each company I buy them from within a file for my card making images I use all the time. Some of my favorites, so far, are Bugaboostamps, A Day for Daisies and Tiddlyinks. For some reason their images just speak to me. They are gentle and sweet and sometimes humorous. They usually come in sets of both a jpg and png image. The jpg image has a white  rectangle around it while the png image is clear around it. As a result the png images can be put over or under each other without anything getting in the way. Below I will show you an example of before and after and two png images that have been overlapped and painted for a card. A friend recently had a family have to put their elderly dog down. She asked if I could come up with an appropriate sympathy card. Much to my surprise Bugaboostamps had the perfect digi stamp. As you will see I was even able to add the dog’s name to the tomb stone.

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PNG image before coloring with Zig watercolor paints

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PNG image before coloring with Zig watercolor paints

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Combined PNG images colored and made into a card

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Another Digi Stamp from A Day for Daisies. Colored with Zig Watercolor brushes, with wings made to sparkle with Wink of Stella (Too bad you can’t see it in the picture. It is gorgeous!) It is double matted with lime green then a darker shade of green. The picture is raised with a sheet of fun foam to make it stand out and a corner punch to make the edges more interesting.

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