Anne’s hints & tips

Fol­low Anne’s ex­pert ad­vice for us­ing these cute digi stamps

Cardmaking and Papercraft - - Know How Stamping -

Don’t be scared to try non­tra­di­tional colours – these Christ­mas cards are fresh and fun us­ing pas­tel shades of pink, vi­o­let and blue. Colour your im­ages to match your cho­sen pat­terned pa­pers for a co­or­di­nated look.

If you don’t like colour­ing or need a quick card, look for pre-coloured dig­i­tal im­ages. Lili of the Val­ley and Polka Doo­dles are two of my favourite sup­pli­ers who of­fer both coloured and mono­chrome ver­sions of their dig­i­tal stamps.

Don’t for­get to reg­u­larly back up your dig­i­tal files. I rec­om­mend stor­ing them on a USB mem­ory stick, so that they won’t be lost if any­thing hap­pens to your com­puter.

When us­ing dig­i­tal im­ages it can be help­ful to print in draft or econ­omy mode. The printer will use less ink and this can pre­vent the out­line smudg­ing when the im­ages are coloured. If the ink does run when you add colour, use a heat tool or hair­spray to set it.

Avoid print­ing onto thick card, as it is likely to jam in many home print­ers. You can al­ways layer your printed im­age onto card to strengthen it if nec­es­sary. An­other plus when buy­ing digi stamps is that you can buy from web­sites around the world with­out hav­ing to fac­tor in ship­ping costs or wait for your stamp to ar­rive. Use a cur­rency con­verter site to work out the cost of the stamps.

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