Digital stamps are becoming increasingly popular. A digital stamp is basically a digital image that can be manipulated on your computer before printing. When the image has been printed it can be used in the same way as a hand stamped image. There are obviously pros and cons with this style of stamping. However if you fancy having a go then here is the information that you require to get you started!
Getting Started with Digital Stamps
Before we get started with the technicalities of using a digital stamp, let's look at what they actually are. Take a look at About Digital Stamps for an overview of digital stamps and how they are used.
While downloading and using a digital stamp is relatively simple, there are some technical terms that crop up and these can be a little daunting for someone new to digital stamps. This explanation of digital stamp technical terms will provide a useful reference guide.
There are many different formats that digital stamps are available in. Two of the most common are png and jpg formats. To see how these two formats differ and what it means when you are working with them take a look at this png and jpg file comparison.
Next, you will need to find out more about how to download and save your digital stamps. If you are buying a digital stamp from an Etsy seller then this guide to buying a digital stamp on Etsy will help. Many digital stamps are delivered in a zip file. This article explains how to open a zip file.
Finding Digital Stamps
There are some truly excellent digital stamps available from some very talented artists. The wide range of styles available mean that there are digital stamps that are bound to appeal to all tastes. Digital stamps are often good value for money and are available for just a couple of dollars. A list of digital stamp companies is available here - Digital Stamp Companies. There are also a large number of free digital stamps available and these are a great way to learn more about digital stamping. There is a list of free digital stamps in the Rubber Stamping forum. There are also some sample digital stamps available here that are ideal if you are looking for a digital stamp to practice with:
- Motif Digital Stamp
- Baby Digital Stamp
- There is also a png and jpg flower digital stamp available on page two and three of the png/jpg comparison pages that are ideal if you want to see the difference in these formats for yourself - Flower Digital Stamp
Using Digital Stamps
When you have your digital stamps the fun can really start!. The following articles explain different ways of manipulating and using your digital stamps:
- How to Flip Digital Stamps
- How to Heat Emboss Digital Stamps with an Embossing Pen
- How to Heat Emboss Digital Stamps
Digital Stamp Angel Policies
Most digital stamp companies have an Angel Policy that clearly states what can and cannot be done with their stamps. For more about digital images and Angel Policies see Angel Policies and Digital Stamps
What Do You Think of Digital Stamps?
Do you love them or hate them? Share your views with others here - Digital Stamps - Have Your Say!. If you own a digital stamp company or are a digital stamp designer and you want to tell others about your work then you are invited to use this form here - Digital Stamp Companies Show and Tell