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Introducing Paper Plums Digi Stamps & Colorables

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

Hi everyone and welcome to Day 1 of our Digital Stamp &  Colorables Blog Party.

The big day is finally here and I have so much to share with you that I don’t know where to start! I need to tell you about our new line of digi stamps and the fabulous designers that have created them. And then there are Colorables – a totally new concept that we came up with that will appeal to anyone that loves coloring. See what I mean…I have soooo much to tell you about so I’d better get started.

First I’d like to introduce you to our very talented new designers Mara Coman and Christine Eberle, the creative forces behind Paper Plums. Mara & Christine will be designing an exclusive line of images for Scrap ‘n Stamp and we are very excited to be working with them. Welcome ladies!

Currently living in the Vancouver area, Mara and Chris first met while attending high school in Kelowna where they became friends and discovered a mutual passion for the arts. After graduating from the Center for Arts & Technology with Classical Animation Masters Diplomas Mara and Chris have been actively pursuing their art careers.


Mara has been sketching and drawing since she was in elementary school. Her love of horses soon translated into a desire to sketch them and then she found herself drawing all types of animals and characters. Today Mara is a skilled illustrator and comic book artist but her real passion is animation and one day she hopes to be part of a team of animators that creates one of those unforgettable animated characters that everyone remembers.

Currently Mara is working on several comic books and has just finished a poster for an upcoming Japanese festival.  Her images show quite a range of styles, from classical to whimsical or cartoon-like but they all have a fresh, current appeal.

Christine has been sketching and drawing from a very early age. In school, if there was an art class Christine took it. In fact she thought she was headed towards a fine arts career but later decided to pursue animation instead. Always sketching and doodling, Christine says that she is happy as long as she’s got an artistic outlet. She enjoys painting with acrylics and has dabbled in mixed media. Christine loves learning new crafts and enjoys travel and learning about the art and culture in other countries.

Christine’s style is fun and whimsical and her images reflect her joyful approach to sketching.

And now for all the details about all the new stuff we are releasing….

Today we are releasing 22 original designs from Mara and Chris with some special images for Valentine’s Day since it is just around the corner. Each digital stamp comes as a high resolution image in both . jpg or .png format. They can be resized, flipped and overlayed to fit your specific project. That’s one of the things I love best about digis – you can make them any size you need from teeny tiny to really big. Try doing that with a rubber stamp! And they take up no space at all in your craft room. LOL!

All the Valentine’s Day images that we are releasing today have two bonus sentiments with them that are also saved in .jpg and .png formats so you can use them just like a stamp and resize them really easily.

And here’s some really, really big news!!! All our Digital Stamps will also be available as Colorables.

Okay. So are you curious? What the heck is a Colorable???

Well, Colorables are digi images that we have professionally printed for you on ultra-smooth cardstock. So, if you like our digi stamps but don’t know how to use them then you are going to love our Colorables. Each image is ready for you to color with Letraset ProMarkers or other alcohol markers, colored pencils, watercolors, Memento or LePlume II markers, gel pens or with a combination of any of them. The images won’t smear or bleed and the ultra-smooth cardstock makes it easy to lay down and blend colors.

Colorables come in packages of four (of the same image) on 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ sheets.  Many of the images are sized so that you can die cut them with a variety of popular dies from Spellbinders, Sizzix Framelits, Nellie Snellen, Cheery Lynn and more. And at just $1.99 per package Colorables work out to only 50 cents per image. It doesn’t get any better than that!

Here are links to our Digital Stamps and Colorables so you can browse through all the new images. They’re going to make you smile!

So what are we going to do all week during our Blog Party?

Well, every day we will feature a different image from Mara or Christine on the blog that they have colored with Letraset ProMarkers and we will include a list of the colors they used and some tips to help you with coloring our images. I know that I’ve picked up a lot just watching Mara color over the past couple of weeks so I asked her to share some of her little tricks with us because little things can make all the difference in your final images.

And you won’t want to miss this! On Tuesday there will be a step-by-step tutorial showing you how to color Tori from start to finish with Letraset ProMarkers.  Hair can be one of the hardest things to color but I think you will find it less intimidating after you see the tutorial. Whether you are new to the world of alcohol markers or more advanced I think you will find Mara’s tips and instructions very helpful.

Now, let me introduce you to Jenna – an original design by Mara Coman.

Isn’t she sweet? I just love those eyes and that pretty little dress!

Mara’s Tips today are all about paper. Here is what she recommends…

1 – Use as smooth a paper as possible like Bazzill Simply Smooth cardstock. This makes the markers glide over the page without catching and causing extra ink to spurt out. Some markers are more moist than others and are more prone to leaving little splatters. Just make a note of them and be extra careful when using them.

2 – Always test the colors if you are using a new paper to see how the paper and markers react. Some papers absorb markers faster than others. This can affect the way the colors blend together, the drying time and how much the markers bleed. Glossy paper will change the color and how you apply the markers significantly.

Here’s a list of the Digi Stamp or Colorable & Letraset ProMarkers  Mara used to color Jenna:

Jenna (digi stamp)

Letraset ProMarkers – Blush : Putty : Baby Pink : Lilac : Lavender : Blossom : Pastel Blue : Slate : Powder Blue : Grass : Pine : Tan : Prussian : Ice Grey 4 : Cocoa : Henna : Carmine : Poppy : Crimson

Well, that’s it for Day 1. Thanks for dropping by. I hope you get a chance to stop by tomorrow to meet Taryn – she’s all ready for Valentine’s Day.

PS We’d love to hear what you think about the new digis & colorables so leave a comment for us and we’ll enter your name in a draw to win the digi or colorable of your choice. Let us know what your favorites are or just leave some love for the designers – either way you might be the lucky entry and win a freebie.

Designer Showcase – Happy BOO! to You

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

Wow! It’s hard to believe that Halloween is just a week away. This year we are going to be carving lots of pumpkins and decorating the front of the house to welcome all the little Trick or Treaters. It’s so much fun! And I’m going to try not to buy too much candy like I did last year. It was horrible! All those little chocolate bars that I just had to eat so they didn’t go to waste. LOL!

Some of my favorite little Trick or Treaters aren’t able to come to our house because they live too far away so I decided to do something a little special for them this year and will be sending cards with a ‘goody’ inside. I didn’t really have a plan until I got together with some friends last week and everyone decided to make ‘Waterfall’ cards. They are so cool and I knew that the kids would love how you pulled the ribbon and saw all the different pictures. Thanks for the inspiration ladies, my little friends are going to love their cards.

Finding images was really easy. Our new Halloween Digital Stamps gave me lots of selection and they were really easy to print in just the right size so that I could cut them out with my Spellbinders Nestabilities. Digis are so amazing to work with because you can make them any size that you need (try doing that with a rubber or clear stamp).

And to entice you a little bit more to try them we have put a Halloween set together that includes all the stamps that I used for these cards at a ghoulishly good price of only $5.95. You save 40% off the price of buying them individually. The set includes five (5) high resolution pngs files that you can print, resize and play with to create all kinds of great projects.

If you haven’t tried digis yet but want to get started check out our Digital Basics Tutorials for step-by-step instructions. Believe me, once you try them you’ll be hooked.

As you can see each card turned out a little bit different. I had so much fun coloring and embellishing the images – definitely brings out your inner child. I used Memento Markers for all the coloring and then added some bats I had punched out, a little glitter on a couple of the cards and some droplets just to finish off. The patterned paper and cardstock I used were from the DCWV Citrus paper stack & cardstock stack – the bright colors in these stacks were perfect and I all I needed to add was some dark purple Core’dinations cardstock for a little accent.

This was the first card I made and I used glittered paper for the background so I decided just to outline the edges around the images.

The second card has a little bit of glitter on each image and outlined edges.

And, last but not least, I decided to cut out circles with my Nesties for my third card and of course added a little bit of glitter.

Hope my little creations give you some inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by. Happy Halloween!

© Scrap ‘n Stamp Canada

Introducing Studio K Digital Stamps

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Have you ever wished that the image on one of your rubber stamps was just a bit smaller so you could cut it out with one of your Nestabilities? Or maybe you would like to print out 25 of the same image for invitations and have each one come out perfect. Now, that isn’t a problem because you can do all that and more with our Studio K Digital Stamps. You can make them any size you want and print them as many times as you want – quickly and easily. And for a fraction of the cost of rubber or clear stamps. No wonder digital stamps are becoming more and more popular.

And, the best part is you don’t have to be a graphic artist or computer whiz to work with them. There’s no fancy software required – a basic word processing or photo editing program is all that you need.

When you are first learning how to use digital stamps it can all seem a bit confusing. Downloading, unzipping – what does it all mean and how do you do it? So, we wanted to make some of the ‘scary’ stuff easier for you. We created our Digital Basics Tutorials to do just that. By following the step-by-step instructions you will learn all the basics to start using our Studio K digital stamps on your own unique projects in no time.

Why are digital stamps so great?

Because…

  • – they are very inexpensive compared to rubber or clear stamps
  • – you can make each image any size you want -really small or really big – all with the same image. Try doing that with a rubber stamp!
  • – each image stays crisp and clear when it is resized
  • – Studio K digital stamps have transparent backgrounds so you can do more with them
  • – storage is never an issue – digital stamp files are small and take up very little space on your computer
  • – you can do almost anything with a digital stamp that you can do with a rubber or clear stamp
  • – they work beautifully with a lot of the supplies that you already have like inks, watercolors, glitter, papers and dies
  • – you can create completely ‘digital’ projects with them or you can print them and create beautiful ‘hybrid’ projects using your other crafting supplies
  • – there are no shipping charges and you receive your stamps as soon as we receive your payment. Talk about instant gratification!

How do you do all this? It’s easy! Just DOWNLOAD, PRINT & CREATE!

1. Download a Studio K Digital Stamp and save it on your computer.

– Digital Basics – How to Download & Save Digital Files

2. Open the file in your choice of software.

Don’t let this step worry you. Keep it simple by using a program like Microsoft Word or Paint. You may already be familiar with these programs so it will be really easy for you to PLACE or INSERT your image in a document. From there you can resize it and print it.

– Digital Basics – Using Digital Stamps in Word

Some of you may have Photoshop, Photoshop Elements or other photo editing or design software. If you do then you can do even more with your digital stamps. More tutorials are coming that will show you some really cool things you can do in those types of programs.

3. Once you have printed your stamp just the way you wanted it there is no limit to what you can do with it. Cards, scrapbook embellishments or pages, journals, home decor. Let your creativity flow and apply some of your favorite crafting techniques to make a truly one of a kind project.

Our Designer Showcase and Tuesday Tutorials will be featuring lots of samples and projects using Studio K Digital stamps so be sure to check back regularly.

We are very excited to be introducing our new Studio K Digital Stamps. The selection that you see is just the beginning.We have many more fantastic Studio K Digital Stamps and Printables to share with you in the coming weeks so click on What’s New when you visit the store to see all the latest images.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderfully creative week!

Kate

Scrap ‘n Stamp Canada