Saturday, August 31, 2013

Stampotique New Image Release

Did you just arrive here from visiting Roc Nicholas ?  Fun right?  If not, we are BLOG HOPPING featuring the new images from Stampotique.  I'm joining the Stampotique Design Team this month to show you my new images and I couldn't resist to use a couple of new ones from Kira Nichols.  So here we go!

My little befuddled flying monkey completes the Wizard of Oz
set that was in the last release.
 Clouds, trees, shrubs, a little Paris inspiration...
 An up-cycled cigar box --- fun to decorate with Stampotique images.

And little taxi that will travel from Paris to Pisa...
 Beep, beep, honk, honk...
A little cat family
And a family of dogs... 

Kira Nichols's characters had to frolic in my little Paris
I hope you enjoyed your visit.  You are here  Janet Klein .  Below is the rest of the hop in order, follow the next hop stop and visit Kira. If you'd like to start at the beginning click here Stampotique Designer's Challenge . 

Thanks for taking a look!

Monday, August 19, 2013

New Coffee Cup Collection - Digi Stamps

There are new images in the Vera Lane Studio Etsy shop.  A fun and funky collection of seven assorted coffee cups and mugs and two additional accent stamps.  The loose style lends itself to quick coloring and card making. 

Arrange a page with assorted images of cups. Flip, re-size, overlap, and print.  Place them in a file for a last minute card or tag that can be quickly assembled.  The loose design allows for quick coloring and the simple shapes are fast and easy to cut out. 

See my previous post of how to use colored inks with your digi stamps.  You can easily create a layout and print a set of personalized notes.  Combine with envelopes and tie with a ribbon for a quick and inexpensive gift that was hand-crafted by you!

If you have any questions on how to create your digital layouts please email me.


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Changing ink colors for digi stamps

There are a variety of ways to work with digi stamps.  Once you
become familiar with the tools in your Word program, the more you will be able to do with your images.  In this tutorial I am using MS Word 2010. 

Since I like to cut out most of my images, it makes sense for me to fill a page prior to printing.  You can take best advantage of your paper real estate by flipping, turning, and resizing your images.  Fill up a 8.5" x 11" sheet --if you are not using all the images right away you have them on hand for quick last minute cards.

Images import in black and print in black, unless you tell your image to print otherwise.  There are thousands of ink colors at your fingertips in your Word program.  Match your favorite chalks, inks, Copics, Prisma, or Bic colors. 

Once you have created your layout click on the image you want in a color.   An icon marked "color" will be a visible tool in the top tool bar.  Click on it and a pull out menu with lots of options will appear. 
In this screen shot I have already selected and colored several images.  Arranging images close is possible with png files.  If you are using jpeg images you will have that white box fixed around the image and waste paper.  Make sure your digi stamps are high resolution and a .png file.

The screen shot on the left shows you the many color options in the pull-out menu.  You will have a choice of tone, saturation, and color fill (which is kind of cool because the outline remains black and the image is a solid fill).
What if you want to customize your colors and go beyond the options in view?
At the bottom of the menu you will discover there are additional tools to select color variations or customize your own colors.
 I like to print on a nice white cardstock that takes media well.  My preference is Strathmore 88 lb. cover Bristol in Ultimate White.  It's an elegant paper and makes lovely note cards as well.

Before you print check your print settings.  To get a deep crisp outline be sure to select best quality  (or photo quality) as many printers have ink saving features and will default to draft print.

Any questions?  Please contact me at: