Hybrid Stamping

It’s Christmas already?! Well, it is in the magazine world. The December holiday issue of Crafts ‘n things is out already and my feature article in this issue is all about hybrid stamping — combining digital images with rubber-and-ink stamping.

Does this cover make you want to hang your stockings by the chimney with care and break out the Hanukkah menorah? It sure makes me want to craft!

Anyway… I was not into digital creating at all when I proposed this article, so I had a huge learning curve putting it together. (You can read about my personal — and pathetic — learning curve in the sidebar to the main piece.)

To start by hybrid adventure, I began with an easy project, just printing a background on card stock. Then I stamped and embossed the Aloha and the butterfly on scrap card stock, colored the butterfly, cut out both and added them to the card with dimensional foam. 

The digital background is from TwistedPapers.com, the images are from Rubber Stamp Plantation.

Then I decided to experiment and thought, “Well, heck, let’s play with color!”

Wow! That was fun! Same images, stamped and cut, then colored to match.

For my next experiment, I decided to go entirely digital, which was super easy, but just to be sure, I started with a single image that fit the entire card front:

The hardest part was figuring out the printing parameters so the image lined up in the center of the card. The tulip above and deco lady below are both from Twisted Papers. Both are colored with watercolor pencils. (When using an ink jet printer, you have to be careful not to get the ink wet or it can bleed. Don’t ask me how I learned that lesson….)

(To get the lovely texture, I ran the base card through my Sizzix using a Cuttlebug embossing folder.)

For my last card, I used a digital kit from Basic Grey:

I stamped, colored and cut out party hats from Hero Arts.

And there ya go! I still have a looooooooong way to go before I feel comfortable with digital cardmaking, but at least I have a toe in the new technological waters!

Do check out the December issue for lots of great holiday ideas. And come back next Friday for some Halloween cards.

Thanks for stopping by!

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