Happy Monday Friends! Today I have a super special post by our designer Berina. She is sharing a great tutorial on what to do after you download the newsletter freebie or our digital stamps! If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. Here’s Berina…
Hello everyone! Welcome to the Inspired By Stamping blog. This is Berina and today I’m going to show you how to use digital stamps for making cards. I use Microsoft PowerPoint to format and print my digital stamps, but in case you don’t have PowerPoint, you can also use Microsoft Word, Google Slides or Google Docs, which are very similar. Also, Google Slides and Google Docs are free and online.
When we buy a digital stamp, it is usually sent as a zip (compressed) file. A zip file is nothing but a file or a collection of files and folders which are compressed in size. A compressed file is faster to download because of it’s small file size. So our first step is to extract the image files from the zip file. To do this, right click on the zip file and choose Extract All…
This will open a small pop-up window which shows the location of the folder where the extracted files will be placed.
Now, click on the Extract button. All the files from the zip (compressed) file will be copied to the folder mentioned.
Now comes the important part – printing a digital image to fit in thecard.
Like I said, I use Microsoft PowerPoint. Let’s open a blank presentation in PowerPoint and delete everything already present on the slide.
Let’s start by sizing the slide to the size of the card stock on which we’ll be printing. I normally use 8.5″ x 11″ card stock which makes 4 A2 (4.25″x 5.5″) card panels. Click on Design menu —> “Slide Size —> Custom Slide Size to change the size of the slide.
This will open a small pop-up window with the size and orientation of the slide. Since I use 8.5″ x 11″ card stock, I entered the respective values. If you use a different size, please enter the measurements accordingly. The orientation can be landscape or portrait.
Now, to give us an idea of the size of a card, let’s insert a rectangle to represent a A2 card panel. To insert a rectangle, click on Insert menu –> Shapes –> rectangle image
Draw a rectangle of any size. Now since we normally make A2 cards (4.25″ x 5.5″), we want the rectangle to be of that size. If you make a different card size, you can change the size of the rectangle according to your measurements. To change the size of the rectangle, select the rectangle and click on Format menu. On the top right end, you will see the size of the rectangle with height and width in inches. Enter the measurement.
Next, we just want a rectangle border not a solid blue rectangle. So to change that click on Format –> ShapeFill –> No Fill
Now we have a rectangular border that represents the front of our card. Now like I said earlier, we can make 4 A2 card panels with 1 A4 card stock. To do that, let’s move this rectangle to the top left corner of the slide. Now copy the rectangle and place the second one like shown in the pic.
Now we have 4 card panels in here. We can insert the digital stamps now. To insert an image, click on Insert menu –> Pictures. It will open a pop-up window with the file location. You can select you image from it and click on Open.
Once we have placed the image, we can resize or rotate it if needed. With the rectangle, we can see the relative size of the image with the card panel.
I like to do no-line coloring. Joanna offers the light grey lined version of the digital image for no-line coloring. In case you have the older version of the digital stamp and want to get a light grey version, select your image, click on Format –> Color and on the Recolor option, select the 4th option (washout). I hope the pic below shows it in more detail.
Before printing, it is always better to get a preview of how our printed sheet will be. To see the Print Preview, click on the File menu –> Print. This shows exactly how it’ll be printed. Many printers have a default margin which cannot be removed. Mine does, so I don’t place my images very close to the edge. Once we are satisfied with the placement, we can go back and remove the rectangles.
Once you are ready, hit the print button. Now we can use a paper trimmer to cut out the card panels and enjoy coloring!!
I hope this covers all the basic stuff with using a digital image. I hope you will give it a try and let me know.