Digital Debut

So a few of my scrappy friends know about my admiration (probably an understatement) for Jennifer McGuire. She is not only a brilliant craft artist. She also has a big heart. I stalk her blog. I get daily inspiration from her work. And I like that she shares her talent with everyone! I love watching her tutorials ad I learn a lot from them. As far as I am concerned, any manufacturer who gets her as an endorser would get very good ROI. I can't count the times I have decided to purchase a product just because Jennifer McGuire used it. Stamps, Inks, Glossy Paper, even tools! It was also because of her that I came across Lucy Abrams and Kathy Racoosin. Between the three of them, I have enough card-making inspiration to last a lifetime. Anyway, stalking these three blogs got me seriously considering digital card-making. So, last night, I downloaded my first couple of digital stamps from Hero Arts over at Two Peas.

I lost no time trying out the digital stamps. So here are my creations.

For this "everyday" card, I used a combination of rubber and digital stamps. I printed several butterfly images on a letter-sized cardstock and colored two of them with varying shades of yellow Copics.

Meanwhile, I stamped a floral set on white cardstock and colored it with Copics. I cut a slit on both sides of the stems and wrapped a ribbon around the bouquet of flowers. I then inked the edges of the cardstock with Peeled Paint distress ink and adhered it on an A2 card.
Butterfly and Flowers

Then, I layered two butterflies on the cardstock. I added bling on the center of some of the flowers for a bit of sparkle.
Butterfly and Flowers 2

My next card is made from 100% digital elements. Even the background paper was done digitally. I used Hero Arts' digital paper that came with the kit, stamped the Word Art Dictionary on top of it, and stamped a Bird in a Cage image on the bottom right corner. I resized the image to fit an A2 card.

Then I stamped the same Bird in a Cage image several times on white background. After printing, I cut out the background paper which is slightly smaller than an A2 card and distressed the edges with dye ink. Then, I cut out a plain white print out of the Bird in a Cage image, distressed it with Peeled Paint ink and layered it on top of the patterned paper background.
Birthday Birdcage

Then I cut a small slit on top of the birdcage and tied a ribbon to make it look like that the cage is hanging. I then added a handwritten sentiment and attached it using the Tiny Attacher. A small pearl adds a touch of elegance on this card.
Birthday Birdcage 2

This week, I'll do a bit of coloring on all the butterfly prints. Hopefully, I'll be able to make more cards this weekend.

Thanks for looking!


Airees said...

Hi Alby! Thanks for dropping by my blog. I love your cards especially the one with the bird & pearl! :) I hope someday makagawa dn ako ng ganyan... :) Happy anniversary to you & Ariel. :)

iris uy said...

Alby!!!!! Oh no, I don't want to get started on this. But you make it so tempting! Your cards are really really beautiful!

Alby said...

Thanks for the heartwarming comments ladies!

Airees,kayang-kaya mo yan no! And you're the real expert - your handmade invites are awesome! :D

Iris, I thought this would be great for mass-produced cards. I've been planning to stock up on birthday and everyday cards so this looks like a cost effective but still beautiful solution. Perfectly stamped images everytime. With a digital image, I can use each one a hundred times, in different sizes and colors. I can color them digitally or by hand (more fun!). :D

Ems said...

love the cards! how do you do that? amazing!

Alby said...

Thanks Ems! :D