Tuesday, April 23, 2013

How to make a Quick Digital Thank-You Card

Card made with Stampin'UP!'s software: My Digital Studio
I am loving My Digital Studio  - that's the name of Stampin'UP!'s digital stamping program:  My Digital Studio.

Have you ever wondered what's involved with making digital cards and scrapbook pages? 
Here are the steps to make this card.
  1. Choose your stamps: a banner, a flower and a border, and the words
  2. Color the stamps: Island Indigo and Calypso Coral
  3. Add a "punch" (the long rectangle shape under the bottom border
  4. Re-size and Layer the images
  5. Print
Yes, there are a few extra tricks on this project, but really, its almost as easy as the 5 steps above.

OK, you ask skeptically, what tricks? 
Card made with Stampin'UP!'s software: My Digital StudioNotice the black "shadow" effect on the words?  That's because the words are on there twice, the coral words layered on top and slightly offset from the same words in black.  Nice effect, don't you think? 

I printed this on my computer at home and it looks just fine for what I need.

Digital cards are great especially when you are mass-producing.  If you have multiple cards that will all have the same inside message its definitely the way to go.

And the program even lets you 
add artwork to the inside of the card.

Are you still reading?  That must mean you are slightly interested in how this all works.  If so, take a look at this screen shot from when I made the project.

This just helps you get your bearings - its useful to know how the work space is divided.
  • On the left is where you can access your photos.  
  • The center is the workspace. 
  • Below it is a quick set of thumbnails showing all the pages of your project. You can switch from page to page here. 
  • On the right are all the control panels when working with the different elements (stamps, photos, text boxes, designer papers etc) Each control panel expands when you are working with that type of element.

As with any software, the more you use it the better you get.  And really, this is pretty easy.  And easy on your pocket book too. The software now costs only $20 for the full program.  
  • If you get the download (versus the CD) there is NO SHIPPING (and NO WAITING!)
  • You can try it for 30-days for FREE before you buy,
but really, for only $20 there's no reason not to get My Digital Studio.

Happy (Digital) Stamping

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