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Digital Stamping

Reported by Jenny Chesnick


So let’s be honest how many stamps do you own and never use? I am ashamed of my stash of stamps. I can truly count on two hands how many times I have used them. Recently I have been digital scrap-booking more and more. I stumbled across “digital stamping” from a friend and decided to do some detective work.

Digital stamps are black and white images you can download for free, or for purchase, from sites around the web. You use them just as you would traditional stamps. You can manipulate them, color them, flip them and print them over and over, without the bulk of storage! Once printed you can embellish them much as you would traditional stamps. Copic Markers are all the rage in stamping and can be used for these stamps as well! If you have any knowledge of PhotoShop or Microsoft word these stamps can be manipulated in layers to create one of a kind stamps.

I search high and low around the inter-web to find free stamps, software tips, videos and the like to share.

Free Digital Stamp sites:

Bird Cards
Free Digital Stamps
Dustin Pike
Two Scoops Rice Designs
A walk on the mild side
Pollycraft
Squigglefly
Craft Gossip
Master list complied by About.com lots of great links for free stamps!

Tutorials:

Sugarplum Paperie
Digital Scrapbook Place
Beginners Guide to Digital Stamping
Blisstree, How to make a digi stamp
Soft Pencil
Squigglefly, Tons of Videos!
Digital Scrapbooking Source

Pros:

  • Relatively cheap and or FREE!
  • Easy to store
  • Instant satisfaction of delivery plus no shipping!
  • Images can be manipulated and used over and over
  • No “stamp”

Cons:

  • You must be techno savvy
  • Limited in what you can print the images on
  • Techniques can be a challenge (you can’t really heat emboss a digital stamp)
  • You must pay attention to commercial licensing if you want to use for your own commercial use.
  • Cost of computer ink verse traditional stamping ink

So are you a digital scrapper or stamper? Link up your favorite FREE sites for everyone to enjoy!

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5 Responses to Digital Stamping

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    Gina Lee Kim June 28, 2010 at 4:44 pm #

    Once again, such valuable & helpful information. Thank you so much!

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    Melissa 'meljen' Jenkins June 28, 2010 at 10:46 pm #

    Hey there! Feel free to add my Meljen’s Design Team blog to the list, we offer a freebie every week on the blog. I’m the artist – I’d love to get the word out to share with more people. 🙂 http://meljensdesignsdt.blogspot.com

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    thefrugalcrafter June 29, 2010 at 6:45 am #

    Hello Jenny, I have a free stamp every Thursday on my blog: http://thefrugalcrafter.wordpress.com/
    Thanks Lindsay (Lindsay’s stamp stuff)

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    Jan Castle June 29, 2010 at 7:39 pm #

    Have downloaded a few, but wish someone would do a ‘beginners how to’…not sure just what to do. Love the idea of the storage issue!!!
    Jan Castle

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    mrschez July 3, 2010 at 11:46 am #

    hi Jan, most of the videos on the site show some cool how too’s and projects! HTH