Where are the digistamps to match punches?

March 8, 2012 at 8:01 pm 64 comments

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.

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  • 1. Sandi  |  March 8, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Thank you so muchm now i need to purchase then punch.

  • 2. Myrna  |  March 8, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Such a good idea, thanks.
    Unfortunately I cannot download the PDF for some reason

    • 3. Kay  |  March 8, 2012 at 9:48 pm

      Are you getting an error message? If so, what does it say? If not, Did you check your Downloads folder?

      • 4. Janet  |  March 20, 2012 at 1:58 pm

        Same for me it has to be an SVG file

      • 5. Kay  |  March 21, 2012 at 1:09 pm

        Janet, Please elaborate. I don’t know what you mean. Thanks.

      • 6. Janet  |  March 21, 2012 at 4:20 pm

        My Adobe Acrobat/Reader will not read a PDF file in the web browser is the answer I get…..but I would love these for my punch!

      • 7. Kay  |  March 22, 2012 at 11:05 am

        Sounds like you are missing a plug in. Try saving it first and then opening it with Adobe Reader (no browser involved). Incidentally, that’s how I do it anyway.
        Unfortunately, if I provide a format other than PDF then it won’t necessarily be the right size for the punch once you open it in your software, which defeats the purpose.

  • 8. April S.  |  March 8, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Thank you!!

  • 9. Lyn Christian  |  March 8, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    This is amazing. THANK YOU SO MUCH. This is one of my all time favorite punches.

  • 10. thefrugalcrafter  |  March 8, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    And then we can make these into clear stamps with our stamp maker;) Brilliant!

  • 11. eyedrawit  |  March 8, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    This is a great idea! Thank you.

  • 12. Beth  |  March 8, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Thank you from the bottom of my techno-challenged heart…. would love to be able to create ‘stamps’ to go with my punches….lol

  • 13. Mary  |  March 8, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    Thanks Kay. I don’t own the punch, but what a great idea for the punches I do own.

    You have great, inspiring ideas.

  • 14. JoAnn Lienert  |  March 8, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    Thank you and I’m with Sandi! I’ve got to get me a punch!

  • 15. Terri Meeks  |  March 9, 2012 at 1:34 am

    TFS, now I’ll have to go and get theis fabulous punch. Never knew I needed it before!!!!!

  • 16. Beth Schwan  |  March 9, 2012 at 1:41 am

    Wonderful. Thank you so much

  • 17. karenb  |  March 9, 2012 at 3:15 am

    A few years ago, I shared some “clone” Stampin Up punches in the MTC Gallery under “Design Elements.” You can download these in MTC. Add your message/words with fonts in MTC, then print them and cut out or punch them if you own similar punch.

    I created my own MTC file with all the punches I own. This way I can create my own digi stamps with MTC, print them out and punch out with my punches.

    • 18. Kay  |  March 9, 2012 at 9:34 am

      Great idea to use MTC for templates for this! I have done the same thing with Inkscape, but any of the most of the cutter programs would work.

  • 19. Jessica  |  March 9, 2012 at 6:52 am


    I am a digital stamp designer, but never have owned a punch, I would be delighted to design some digi stamps that would match punches out there. If you have any dimensions, or could point me to what is out there, I would get a little wheelbarrow full worked up and post them for you!

    Floppy Latte of Floppy Latte’s Digital Designs
    admin@floppylattedesigns.com (email)

  • 20. kim n  |  March 9, 2012 at 7:21 am

    This is awesome and such a great idea, thanks!

  • 21. anne  |  March 9, 2012 at 9:52 am

    love love love the idea! thanks!

  • 22. Myrna  |  March 9, 2012 at 10:17 am

    I am not getting any messages. It just continues to go blank.

  • 23. Crystal  |  March 9, 2012 at 10:24 am

    These are absolutely beautiful!
    Thanks for sharing your talent and hard work.

  • 24. Myrna  |  March 9, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Ok I have it now. I tried something totally different and some how it worked. Thanks for the file.

  • 25. Chris  |  March 9, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Great idea!! Thanks for sharing! Off to check out my neglected punches to see what I can come up with!

  • 26. Diane McJ  |  March 9, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    awesome, awesome, AWESOME!!! thank you so much for sharing!

  • 27. Kyrsten H.  |  March 9, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    applause applause – great article & I would thing the punch companies would be excited to have things like this to post tohelp sell there punches – I saw at least three posts in this thread that said they were going to go buy the punch – maybe you should contact them get your self another source of income – lol

  • 28. cardchik  |  March 9, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Thank you so much….I agree with you! don’t the manufacturers know that crafters keep the oldies and we would buy the matching stamp in a heart beat…

  • 29. karen  |  March 9, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    These are superb!!!!! Can you make some of the frames in different colors too???? Thank you so very much.

  • 30. Debbie  |  March 9, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    What a great idea! And the punch companies – and in particular EK Success – should thank you since I ordered that punch today, LOL.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • 31. Trisha  |  March 10, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Thank you! Brilliant!

  • 32. jan  |  March 10, 2012 at 10:04 am

    If only corporate America would get this logical! I bet we could save them (and us) millions! Thanks for your efforts. I don’t have the punch but won’t use so many that I can’t cut them by hand.

  • 33. alanascreativitycorner  |  March 10, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    OH! Thank you thank you sooooo much! I have this punch! Whoo whoooo. Love the colored digi’s too! You are the greatest for sharing.

  • 34. Sue from Oregon  |  March 11, 2012 at 12:39 am

    oh my…now I have to go find the punch! Very cool! TFS!

  • 35. nancy wolff  |  March 11, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Thanks, love these and I know I’ll use them over and over. I have the punch and use it often, but this add a whole new twist.

  • 36. Christine  |  March 11, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing these awesome images! Now I must get that punch!!!

    I have learned a lot from your blog and appreciate the tutorials on using Inkscape. You are a great teacher!

    I like to use things I have, as you have used the punch in a new way. I have the old red Sizzix with the lever and am looking for information on using the new dies that accompany stamps. I know there would be size limitations, but does this machine cut the new type of dies with extra plates or mats added? Just wondering if any of your readers would know.

    Thanks so much!

    • 37. Kay  |  March 11, 2012 at 10:33 pm

      Thank you, Christine. I have a set of the matching stamp and die sets by Hero Arts and the dies are the very thin style (a la Spellbinders). Imagine that you could cut those with the red Sizzix machine with the right “sandwich” but I don’t know what it would be. Do hope my readers will have some input for you.

  • 38. Avra  |  March 12, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Thank you! I downloaded the file. I’ve been looking for a punch like that for awhile ( less expensive than from SU), so now I know what I’m looking for!

  • 39. Sharon  |  March 16, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    These are awesome! I ordered the punch and it came today! Can’t wait to use your wonderful file with the punch! Thank you so very much!

  • 40. Rosalie  |  March 20, 2012 at 11:27 am

    I love this! It is nice to have things that work together. I am inspired!

    • 41. Janet  |  March 22, 2012 at 11:29 pm

      Thank you Kay for your help….I got it to work!

  • 42. Soraya  |  March 20, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    thank you for enhancing the uses of our punches!

  • 43. Marcia Manson Zeigler  |  March 29, 2012 at 7:39 am

    Genius! thank you…

  • 44. *MaRy*  |  April 11, 2012 at 8:19 am

    A Tutorial for this would be awesome!!!

  • 45. Mary from Iowa  |  April 16, 2012 at 9:20 am

    I have never used digi stamps. Can I use this pdf to change the color to match my paper? I don’t see how.

    Do you have a tutorial on using digi stamps?

    • 46. Kay  |  April 16, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      Hi Mary,
      These are a little different from normal digital stamps in that they have to be an exact size to match the punch. That is why I am using PDF so that I know the size will be right for everyone. To use them you just print and punch.
      If you want to change the color you would have to use PSE or similar software that can open the PDF and change the color. You could Google that for your particular software.

      • 47. Mary from Iowa  |  April 16, 2012 at 2:31 pm

        Kay, thank you. I will have to investigate PSE

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  • 50. Marilou  |  April 19, 2012 at 2:50 am

    Love what you have done here and that you’ve be so gracious to share the artwork with us! Thank you.

    • 51. Jackie  |  June 4, 2012 at 8:47 am

      Love it.!!!This is so such a good thing. I have the other punch in this line .So now I have to go out and buy this punch.Oh shame!!.Maybe you could make some for the other punch please.LOL Love the web site.

      • 52. Kay  |  June 4, 2012 at 2:10 pm

        Which other punch do you have? I have posted files for the “Flourish Square Large” punch in newer posts.

      • 53. Jackie  |  July 8, 2012 at 3:48 pm

        Kay ..Hi I have the Journal Plate & Bracket Punch which I love using it would be great if you could come up with some graphoce for the punch. Again great site,

  • 54. libbywilko  |  June 8, 2012 at 1:29 am

    Thank you !

    • 55. Mary from Iowa  |  June 8, 2012 at 10:53 am

      Yes, I have lots of nestabilites labels and shapes. Some digis for them would be great.

  • 56. Maggie  |  June 12, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    I had this punch and LOVE these. Have been looking for something similar for a long time, and tried my hand at it, but never accomplished anything this nice! Would love to have a sheet of the Father’s Day ones for my Sunday School class. If I have time, I’ll have to play with it! THANK YOU!!!!

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  • 58. Kamilicrafts  |  June 18, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Thanks so much for these. Got the punch today and they are really cute. I resized them in my graphics programme as straight from the pdf they were a bit small leaving a larger margin but just sized them to fit an A4 sheet and they are perfect! Have linked this post from my blog.

  • 59. Andrea  |  October 25, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    I also was disappointed to see not many digi stamps out there for my punches, I don’t have many punches but love to use them. I created some of my own inkscape templates for digi stamps for my punches. I don’t have a blog so I would be willing to email you the files if you want to share through your blog! Let me know, my email is submitted with this comment. I am also interested in creating or finding templates for the nestabilities, I have a guide for inkscape printing to size them correctly but only have the ovals and circles right now. Thanks again!

  • 60. Mary H.  |  February 23, 2013 at 2:47 am

    Thank you so very much for sharing your files that you worked to make, with all the Silhouette users. That is so gracious of you, and I really appreciate it. These will come in so handy.

  • 61. Amalia  |  May 31, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Thanks for this! I just found it from Pinterest. Your last two links no longer work unfortunately. Can you do a tutorial on how you created this maybe I can figure a few more out to share. Thanks!

    • 62. Kay  |  May 31, 2013 at 2:44 pm

      Thanks, Amalia. I deleted the broken links and added the link to my tutorial.

  • 63. KSong  |  June 28, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    I just found your great designs and am so excited to use them. Thank you so much for being gracious enough to share them with everyone. I love them!

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