I went out on a limb this weekend and have dabbled just a tiny bit in creating some Doodle Pantry digi stamps into pre-colored digital images.
Scroll down to see some basics and some pictures of how they look when printed on regular copy paper versus nice cardstock, as well as some other tips.
Not sure what kind of demand there is for these, but they sure make for quick card making.
Below is Birdie on a Wire by Doodle Pantry, in color version, set of 3 images, colored as a yellow warbler, northern cardinal, and bluebird.
It was funny when I was test printing the first batch, my 4 year old told me the cardinal looked scary and she didn't want to look at him... she asked me to cut him off the sheet I gave her, LOL. So, I tweaked and tweaked the cardinal and finally, the one pictured below passed my 4 year old's vision test.
CARDS I MADE WITH BIRDIE ON A WIRE COLOR DIGI'S
I made all these 3 cards in less than an hour! Normally, the watercoloring would take me 20 minutes for each small bird like this, but these cards were a snap to create. My materials are listed below.
- Images: Pre-colored Birdie on a wire
- CS/PAPER: Neenah solar white 90 lb, CDS turquoise gem, CDS tickled pink, black, red, SU marina mist, basic grey urban prairie DP (yellow warbler card), basic grey marrakech DP (bluebird card), Jillibean soup DP (cardinal card)
- INK: none
- ACCENTS/TOOLS: color printer, spellbinders ovals, pinking circles, border punches, prima flowers, CDS turquoise satin, SU marina mist taffeta riboon, black gingham, pearls, basic grey button, linen thread, gems, sewing machine, glue dots
- SPECIAL: Used pre-colored digital images laser printed at high quality on smooth lightweight cardstock
TIPS and FAQS on Pre-colored digi's
- You REALLY need a GOOD color printer that can print photos
- You need to use the highest quality photo printing setting for color
- You would be wise to use a nice smooth lightweight cardstock, and not copy paper
- SOME programs and/or printers don't process PNG's the same way as JPG's... you will need to try each file type to see which one will print the best for your software/print combo
PAPER COMPARISON: I used Neenah Solar white 90 lb. cardstock for the cards above, but see below for comparisons of the Neenah and copy paper.
LEFT: plain copy paper RIGHT: Neenah solar white 90 lb. cardstock
You can see that the colors on each paper were both pretty nice, but the Neenah cardstock definitely held the color better, and made it a tad brighter.
FILETYPE COMPARISON: I use Microsoft Word to print my images... I simply insert the files into my Word document, and arrange them around to fill the sheet, and then print my Word document.
My particular laser printer, Dell 3010CN, did NOT like the fading out feature on the background colors... it printed them all blotchy even at the highest print setting... BUT the JPG's were absolutely PERFECT. See below.
NOTE: Some of my Design Team have told me they had same good results with both JPG and PNG, so it really does depend on your software, printer and print settings, AND choice of paper.
TOP ROW: PNG's BOTTOM ROW: JPG's
IMAGE RESIZING COMPARISON: These birdies pull into your document at approximately 1.5" x 2.25" in size. As you can see below, I enlarged them by about 45%. There was NO loss of detail due to sizing them up at that rate.
TOP ROW: image enlarged 45% BOTTOM ROW: original size
FINAL NOTE: Experimenting will have to be expected, until you discover the right combo for you to print color dig's to your satisfaction. As you can see by my example photos, they DO work, as long as you have the right equipment and settings. They are similar to printing a photo... if you can't print photos with success, you likely will not be able to print color digi's with success.
You can download him for free by CLICKING HERE, if you want to test out using color digi's. Froggie pulls into your program pretty small, about 1-1/8"x2-1/8", but as you can see from my printout below, I enlarged him to 1-1/2" x 3".
I did the background gradient differently on him than the birdie's, and both the PNG and JPG printed the same, and perfectly, on my Neenah solar white cardstock.
Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed learning a little on color digi's. Enjoy creating!