Today we're taking a closer look at Digital Stamps, also referred to as "brushes." Digital stamps can come in a variety of file formats dependent on where they are downloaded from but will almost always be offered in an easily-accessed file format like .png or .jpg.
Digital stamps can range from handdrawn outlines, to full illustrations,to being offered in black, white, gray or even full color. Some digital stamps are distressed to mimic the appearance of actual rub-ons or stamps, while others have a cleaner look to them.
Three Reasons to Love Digital Stamps
Below are a few of the reasons I love using digital stamps in my paper scrapbook pages and projects:
No 1. - You can use digital stamps to replace stamped images and sentiments on your handmade cards.
Now I've never been a big stamper or card-maker, I just don't have the patience that is often required of these two skills. However, once it occurred to me to try out digital stamps on my cards I found that I was much more likely to take the time to make a card, rather than buy one.
I made this no-fuss hybrid card, by simply printing a hand-drawn digital stamp by Creashens onto textured cardstock and adding a few simple embellishments. However if you're someone who prefers to put a little more effort into your handmade cards, digital stamps can also pair nicely with mediums like watercolors, copics and more (though laser printing is usually recommended to prevent the ink from running).
No. 2 - You can use digital stamps to make your own stickers, rub-ons or even fabric transfers.
There are a wide variety of printable mediums available to crafter's today, including sticker paper, transfer paper and rub-on film--just to name a few. Digital stamps can be paired with these products to make affordable gifts as well as physical embellishments for your scrapbook pages.
The minute I saw this adorable ice cream cone digital stamp by Celeste Knight, I knew that it would look great on a cute little tee for my niece.
No. 3 - You can use digital stamps in lieu of real stamps on your scrapbook pages.
There are two things that appeal to me about using digital stamps over the use of acrylic cling and wood mount stamps in my paper scrapbooking: 1). Digital stamps are less expensive and take up less physical space and 2). With a digital stamp, I feel like I have more control over the final result.
In my page, Coming Into Focus, I printed this awesome f-stop digital stamp by Shannon McNabb onto a vellum mat which I layered over my patterned background. The digital stamp acts as a foundation for my design and creates a striking focal point, that captures and guides the eye.
Now it's your turn...
Get started today by picking one of these ideas for using digital stamps to try out in your next page or project. You can find a large selection of FREE digital stamps hand-drawn by Michelle Houghton over on the Get It Scrapped blog or try searching "free digital stamps" on Pinterest.
Join me tomorrow for ideas on using digital journal cards in your paper scrapbook pages and projects!