Friday, 21 March 2014

Spring is here...

Digital images are becoming more and more popular as is digital crafting or hybrid crafting. Personally I like handling my stamps directly and not being restrained in my techniques either by the ink used or the surface I am stamping onto. Still, I can see the appeal and thought I would better try for myself.

Uniko Studio provided freebies to enter their Hello Spring challenge and I selected the Simple Bloom flower and a speech bubble and sentiment. Using photo editing software I combined them and printed the resulting image on smooth cardstock.

For colour scheme I followed the Pan Pastel challenge to use 6 colours and used the palette below, also proposed on the Uniko Studio:

As a background I wanted to use a stencil I made with a Memory box die and initially thought I would use Distress inks but in the end I didn't have enough colours. Instead I used Versamark and applied pastels over it gradating from the darkest blue to the lightest and vice versa for the green.

I over stamped with the 3 Dandelions stamps (Lavinia) in black Versafine and coloured the printed image with coloured pencils.

With hindsight I wish I had done the green gradation lighter or even faded it out to the bottom and I feel the dandelions are not best placed but I do like the fact it is only one layer.

Don't hesitate to suggest improvements in your comments!


  1. This is lovely!! How amazing that this is composed from digital images. I too prefer to have the stamps to hand, but perhaps like you, I will give it a try!! xx

  2. I have really taken to digital crafting despite the fact i adore rubber stamping. You can achieve some wonderful results.

    My reason for trying out digital and hybrid is having dexterity issues. When i can't hold a rubber stamp i can still 'stamp' digitally and even get 2nd and 3rd generation images using the software. I use Craft Artist Professional 2 but there is a free version you can download to try it out. You don't get access to all the programme but you can still do a lot. Look under Serif on You Tube for videos if you want more info.

    Your one layer card is beautiful, love your colour choices:-) xxx

  3. Fabulous colour pallet, love your use of the digital image. I love stamping but digital art has its appeal when I want a quick CAS card.

    Sylv xx

  4. Beautiful card and matches your palette so well!
    So happy you joined us over at Pan Pastel UK , good luck.
    Tracy xxx

  5. Fabulous take on the Awash Colour Bloghop, thank you for sharing and joining into the PanPastel UK challenge, hugs Terry xxx

  6. What a gorgeous card. I love the ombre background and your coloring. And thanks for playing along with us at Uniko Studio Challenge.

  7. Moi je la trouve très belle ainsi cette carte, bravo pour l'utilisation de tes Panpastels aussi pour créer un joli dégradé!! Bises.

  8. Fabulous use of the freebie digital images. I too prefer physical stamps but digital does give everyone the opportunity to join in. Thank you for joining in on the Uniko Studio Challenge :) Hugs Bev x

  9. This is so striking, great use of the free digi images. Thank you so much for joining in the Uniko Challenge