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Mothers Day digis to punch

My first set of digis to match the EK Tools “Real Estate Sign” Punch was so popular that I decided to share some more. Most are for Mothers Day but a few different takes for Fathers Day, too. I’d love to link to a card you make with one of these, so let me hear from you if you are able to use these.

Download the PDF note: this is an update. Be sure you have “ekresmday2.pdf”

Confused about how these work and/or want the first set, too? See this previous post.
Want a cut file to shadow this punch shape (not shown)? See this previous post.

April 18, 2012 at 8:11 am 21 comments

Where are the digistamps to match punches?

The big name stamping catalogs have all these great rubber and/or acrylic stamps to match punches and vice versa, but what about all those other punches and nesting dies we already have? Surely some artistic folks have put together digistamps to go with those. I mean, with these old school tools you avoid all the print and cut issues inherent with the newer technologies. Just line ‘em up and punch ‘em out. It could hardly be easier. So digital images and templates to match popular punches must be plentiful, right? Umm, no. In fact, I couldn’t find any. Instead I found all kinds of complicated instructions about how to measure and make your own MSWord etc. docs for sentiments. This seems woefully inefficient to my engineer brain, so today I am doing something about it and sharing the files I use with one of my favorite punches, the “Real Estate Sign” from EK Tools. If you own this punch, please download and enjoy this file and let me see what you do with it. If you have punch-coordinating files of your own, I hope you’ll post them and let me know so I can link you up here. And if you are a punch or die manufacturer, you can thank me later.

download the PDF here

Update: I did find one other PDF printable to match this punch here.

My tutorial on how to make these is here.

March 8, 2012 at 8:01 pm 64 comments

Easy faux Versamark™

I’ve got an easy technique to share with you for when you want a Versamark™ look but have a digital image instead of a rubber stamp. In case you aren’t familiar, Versamark™ itself is a rubber stamping ink designed to mimic the watermarks found on fine stationery. (These days we think of watermark more in terms of protecting our digital photographs which is why I don’t just call this faux watermarking.)

For this technique you will need an inkjet printer, some medium to light colored  (not white) paper or card stock and everyday software. The first thing to do is open a document in your graphics, desktop publishing or even word processing program and place a few sample elements. Squares or letters work fine or you can use images from your eventual design as I’ve done here. Pick a color you think will match your paper for one element and then choose shades lighter and darker for the others until you have a spectrum as shown in the screen capture below right. Print the document on a scrap piece of the paper you want to use, in my case kraft paper (see results below left).

Pick the shade you like from the printout and note the corresponding color in your digital document – “next to last brown swatch,” for instance. In my case, I picked the color of the volleyball (RGB code 214-185-146 if I want to use with other software). Now all that’s left to do is color your design with the watermark color you’ve determined. The pictures really don’t do this justice. It is a nice, subtle look and it really does look rubber stamped and not just printed.

My background was created from characters in the adorable Doodlebat font DB Beach Doodles. The beach chair (also from DB Beach Doodles) and sentiment (LD Handwriting font) were drawn with a Sharpie marker and cut on my Silhouette SD. The sketch-look border was created using the new Sketch feature in Silhouette Studio Designer Edition.

Versamark™ is a trademark of Tsukineko, Inc. which has no affiliation with this blog.

January 29, 2012 at 6:05 pm 7 comments

Made my first stamps

My Teresa Collins Stampmaker arrived late last week and I have been having a great time experimenting with it. I wasted 2 “Imagepacs” before getting it right, so read on for my tips to help you avoid the same fate.

Here was what my design looked like in Inkscape:

Here is what the stamps look like when they are finished and (temporarily) mounted:

Here is what the stamped images look like:

-Use the small imagepacs for your initial tries. That way if it doesn’t work you have less to lose.

-Proofread, proofread, proofread and be sure you have the image exactly the way you want it before you burn the stamp. I accidentally reversed the order in the faith Bible verse (Hebrews 11:1) when I made the stamp.

-Leave about a quarter of an inch between different designs on the same Imagepac. If you put them closer it will be really difficult to cut them apart and you may end up sacrificing some images.

-Avoid arranging images close to the corners as this is where the pouches tend to pucker. Also be sure that the plastic and gel is completely smooth and flat underneath your images. Any wrinkles, puckers or creases will ruin the stamp.

-When they say the image has to be really black, they aren’t kidding. It needs to be as black as the ones they send you. Use the film provided and follow the directions exactly and you should be fine. Do not try to burn the stamps with a light image or you will end up with a solid block of stamp material (my first try). If your image is not quite dark enough, your stamp will look OK, but your stamped image will be muddy since the stamp image will not be raised enough with respect to the surrounding area (my second try).

I’m giving away the corrected faith circle word art in case you want to make your own stamp or just use it as a digistamp. It is sized to use with a 2 inch circle punch at 300 dpi. Click on the image to see it full size and then right click and select Save Image As… to download. I’d love to see what you make with it.

September 22, 2010 at 8:27 pm 17 comments


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