Vintage French Stamps, Japanese Style & Amazing Fairy`s Garden

Versatility with Digital images and card making

Ginny at my Dt is also surprising me , this time shed offering you a comnplete tutorial about working with Digital Stamps,so directly for her blog:This image set is also by Nicecrane Designs and it is from the Vintage French Post Card Collection.

I want to give you a few Ideas for using digitals, especially one you can add your personal embellishing touches too.
I am going to first use the Swallow Tail Stamp

With my older printer I have to make an adjustment to the image before I can print. My printer is heavy on the ink and I use 100# paper.The extra bulk of the paper means that it creates more pressure on the ink jets causing a deeper saturation. If you have problems with getting over-saturated images with your printer I can help you SIMPLY remedy that. Just leave a question in the comments box and I will get back to you. I won't go any details right now, I don't want this simple process to sound complicated!!

Here are some additional supplies I used for my cards:

Glue, Distress glitter, Pebbles Chalks and a piece of designer paper, not pictured here because of after thought, glossy accents and distress ink pads.

The first is very simple:

With this card all I did was print the image, mount on several framing layers, add two Script stamps, a bit of distress ink on the edges and a half bow. Total time 6 minutes. I made a half dozen using different layering colors, this is a A6 size.

These images can go from teeny tiny to a whole 8x11.5 size. It's up to you to determine the size! Wouldn't this make a cute 3.5 x 4 thank you note??

Next I added a little chalk on Colored Designer cardstock for the base.: 

This card took me about 8 minutes to make. The "Thinking of You" was made in Microsoft Word.
Lastly a bit more glamorous:

With these cards I printed the digital image out on the flowery paper, then fussy cut the post mark and the bird. I added the black layer, black lace bow, Used Glossy accents on the Swallow on the left and without the Gloss on the right.

These cards took about 10 minutes each to make not including the drying time for the GA. I only mention the amount of time to give you an idea how simple it is to use a digi.

Here are two of the Chair images, These will end up having "Bring on the Cake" sentiment labels in the lower right hand corner. I often make cards without sentiments, and then when it is time to use the card I put the appropriate sentiment on it.

The color on the image face is distress ink layered until I like the affect. Again SIMPLE.
I do use alcohol markers and enjoy using them very much, but I am not into "coloring" images that are cartoonish, I prefer things that have a more painterly look.
Speaking of which, next post I am going to show you how to turn your images into a more "painted" look, with things you most likely have in your craft stash, and guess what: it is SIMPLE!!



Ginny also is offering a detaied  Mod Podge Tutorial in her blog,,,and she also used a image from my "Japanese Garden" _Collection,,,so I am showing an extract frm her incredible Mod Podge Technique HERE. Visit the link to get the complete tutorial.

The following  image is a NiceCrane Designs image fromn the Japanese Garden Collection, I made another 20 of these for Birthday cards for my Oriental Stamp Arts Group.

Printed image, sized for an A6 card

With the Mod Podge coating

With out:

It's a hard choice, but it gives you another option with your stamp art: digital or rubber, it works beautifully! If you mod podge your image it also become very durable and you can wipe it down. I use it often when I am making books and book marks!

Some previous works with this collection:




Fairy Garden Fun With Blocks

Mitra Lee, sent me this absolutely stunning work,,,,,,,so I can`t miss the opportunity to sahre it wi you al: lThis project was inspired by a really cool cutting file, a little fairy and some mushrooms I picked up at the local gift shop as well as a great digital file.

Regina has a cutting file called FUN WITH BLOCKS at the Cutting Cafe that created the structure for this piece. They are really cute for a lot of things, but I really wanted a fairy garden and a nice way to display my small fairy and the mushrooms.These images are from Ignacio s store Nicecrane Designs and are called Colorful Nature. So pretty and vibrant!

A Stunning Fairy Garden by Mtra Lee

Here is a close up of some of the images I used. They went along nicely with my fairy & reminde me of SPRING!I am in desperate need of some Spring...can you tell? All that white stuff in the background giving you a hint?


Special Thanks to The Team,,,,for these incredible inspirational works.


misteejay February 18, 2014 at 11:17 PM  

What fabulous creations. Love all the ideas that have been shown.

Toni xx

Redanne February 19, 2014 at 12:18 AM  

Thanks so much for sharing some great tips and wonderful inspiration. Anne x

KarinsArtScrap February 19, 2014 at 2:58 PM  

these are beautiful and a great project it's made.

gr karin

Unknown February 20, 2014 at 10:34 AM  

These are all wonderful! Love these projects!! Hugs, Ira x
Ira’s Crea Corner

MaryH February 21, 2014 at 1:55 AM  

So very cool, and love these ideas! Wonderful designs..of COURSE! TFS

Carole Z February 21, 2014 at 7:28 PM  

Fabulous inspiration, gorgeous creations, Carole Z X

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