Hello everyone! Today I wanted to share multiple ways to use the same digital background. The digital format of stamps and graphics make it easy to manipulate in size and color before printing.  I’m going to share some of the cards I made, using my owly stamp set and the free Hero Arts Friendship Definition digital background multiple times in different ways. You can get more dramatic depending how far you go with the variations…but the idea is to realize how versatile your images can be. In these projects I also used digital stamps, but cut out in it’s shape instead of a rectangle image.

For this first card, I printed out the background image as is in black. I decided to brush some watercolor on the edges to accent the rectangle as a frame and also to hide a bit of my crooked cutting! The sentiment I created myself because it’s super easy to create your own using any word processing program and all the font variations, sizes and placements to come up with something that works for you. My owl image was colored with copics and I quickly put this together for a simple sweet card to send home.

In this next card, I used the same background image but gave it a light blue color before printing out. It’s easy to change the color of an item by adding the overlay color effect in Photoshop. After printing and trimming to size, I inked the edges with a matching blue color, again to hide the crooked cutting I often do and also to accent the edge to frame my digital stamp. My owly stamp here was blown up pretty big for a dramatic focal point to my card and again I made my own sentiment – as you might have noticed I went for “owl-ish” sentiments.

In this next example, I printed out a colored version of the background image, but this time used it with the text on it’s side. It’s okay to use lettered backgrounds in this way, because you don’t really need folks to read it – the design is a decorative element. I put some eyelets in the corners to create my framed background and wrapped ribbon around to go along with my text as decorative lines up and down. My owly is copic colored and the sentiment was created in Photoshop and printed out, same as all other cards. The hearts I punched out from red patterned paper, super easy and cute!

Finally, I created this collage card using the same digital background but printed lighter…transparency is another element of a design you can vary to change up the same graphic. I put the image at 50% transparency before printing it out. The other elements of this card were simply collage pieces of scrap paper freehand cut to create the scene and I distressed the edges of paper or add stitching lines with a white gel pen to give it a finished look. These border techniques help to hide any crooked cutting and eliminate that raw look or cut paper. I used copic coloring again for the cut-out owly digital stamp and wrote up that sentiment in my “owlish” manner to match! I hope you have seen the variations possible using the same background image and I’m sure you can imagine the combinations possible if you mixed sizing, color, transparency, inking and all those variations combined.  Thanks for stopping by and have fun using and reusing your digital elements.

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