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Digi Do's (& Don'ts!)

Being new to the digital side of paper crafting I am finding a lot of fun & inspiration in working with the digital images out there.  I have also made a few errors & figured out ways around them.  I'm sharing my experiences so you don't have to do the same trial & errors that I have!! From time to time I will also update this page with any new info I come across

$$: Have I mentioned the affordability of digis? WoW!  You'll need a way to print and a simple Word program or photo fix (I use Media Impression).  You can get whole sets of images for just a few dollars at most sites and do SO MUCH with them!!!
Both blue stripes applied identically,
the darker stripes are without fixatif
HAND COLORING: If you've already figured out how to print out your digital image you're over half way there!!  When I first went to color my freshly printed image the printer ink bled terribly into my inks & watercolors; even days later.  WORKABLE FIXATIF is a great solution for this problem.  Just Spray it over the printed image & wait for it to dry.  Workable Fixatif also alters the way your inks flow/absorb                 on the page so test it out before using on your "real" project!!  Here's a link to the differences I've experienced.  I have also used the heat gun to "super dry" the ink on water color paper. That worked about 98% of the time.

VERSITILITY: A great example of the versatility of digital stamps, using  "Rose Block Trio" as an example:

The easy to use sliding color scale
I use in MDIS editor
If you look closely at the above you'll see that the large rose is actually part of the original stamp.  With digital stamping you can reduce or enlarge any portion of the stamp that you select. In making the large rose I chose to clip out the butterfly (digitally, before I printed), enlarge it to fit my card and I also colored it on the computer using my Microsoft Digital Image Standard 2006 Editor.  For the second card, in black & white, I clipped apart the three rose blocks, stretched and skewed them - then stacking them around each other until I got my desired shape and effect. 

SIZING: Simple and probably self explanatory. (I no doubt do this the old fashioned way. I'm self taught so there might be easier ways to do this!!)  I cut & paste the image to a Word doc, I drag the corner as a starting place to size up or down the image without losing its proportion.
You can also use the top or sides to squash or elongate the picture.  For me putting this on a Word Doc ensures that I have the size correct, because I have a visual scale knowing my sheet it 8.5" x 11".  I never know how it will print if I just go from my jpeg to paper!! Like I said ~ self taught!!

I will be posting more on these subjects soon ~

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