Digital cardmaking is great fun, and allows you to use all kinds of Stampin' Up! products that are no longer available in real-life paper, ink, and rubber. A digital card looks great on the computer, and I can email it to someone, but that just isn't the same as sending a card that someone can hold in their hands.
When you want the real deal, you have choices:
- Send it to Stampin' Up!'s Print Services, and wait 10 days to get it back. I don't know about you, but I'm not very patient when I've made a card and want to give it to someone. I'm not used to planning that far ahead.
- Print it yourself on Whisper White card stock, then cut, score, and fold. The drawback with this method is that the colors don't come out true to what you see on the computer, and don't match our card stock and ink very well.
- Print it yourself on Matte Photo Paper that is the same brand as your printer. The colors will match what you see on the computer better. The only problem with this approach is that photo paper has a right side and a wrong side, doesn't feel like our card stock, and has white edges instead of the printed color. Some photo paper has the brand name watermark on the wrong side.
If you want the best of both worlds, think Hybrid. Design your card in My Digital Studio, and print the card front on photo paper. Then you can adhere it to a card base, add embellishments, even pop up a layer on dimensionals. That's how I created this card from the pure digital version shown above:
The real-life Seam Binding bow was too big, so I opted for a layered ribbon and a Ribbon Slide. I also changed the card base to Baja Breeze for more color and contrast. Then to really make it feel like a handmade card, I copied the focal point in My Digital Studio so I could print it separately, added a real mat of Soft Suede, then popped it up on Dimensionals.
Now I can send this to a friend who has recently experienced a loss without having to wait for professional print services. I guess I'm just a die-hard paper and ink cardmaker, so the hybrid option lets me get my hands on the supplies I love to work with!
What about you? Are you thrilled with the options digital cardmaking and scrapbooking opens up? Retired stamps, papers, and colors that you love are still available in digital form that will never retire!
I'm finding that I'd rather purchase the digital version of some current merchandise, too. Maybe it's a stamp set I don't think I'll use more than once or twice. Often it's Designer Series Paper when I only like one or two of the patterns. I have a huge stash of DSP left over at the end of every catalog, and going digital is really going to cut down on that waste.
One more thing you're going to like about My Digital Studio: The number of downloads available is humongous! And it grows every week, as Stampin' Up! releases new downloads every Tuesday. There are a lot of items you can't get in non-digital form that you'll love adding to your projects.
If you haven't gone digital yet, you're missing out on a whole new world of creating! Order yours today! Click this link for your 30 Day FREE Trial, so you can see what fun it is.
With My Digital Studio you'll see how easy it is to create Vintage Cards and Scrapbook Pages, as well as any other style you like.