Versatality with Digital images and card making

Last post we looked at the high resolution and highly colored Vintage Elegant Ladies Images by Nicecrane.  Today I want to work with something a little simpler,  black and white images.  This image set is also by Nicecrane and it is from the Vintage French Post Card Collection.

I want to give you a few Ideas for using digitals, especially one you can add your personal embellishing touches too.

I am going to first use the Swallow Tail Stamp
With my older printer I have to make an adjustment to the  image before I can print.  My printer is heavy on the ink and I use 100# paper.
The extra bulk of the paper means that it creates more pressure on the ink jets causing a deeper saturation. If you have problems with getting over-saturated images with your printer I can help you SIMPLY remedy that.  Just leave a question in the comments box and I will get back to you.  I won't go any details right now, I don't want this simple process to sound complicated!!
Here are some additional  supplies I used for my cards:
Glue, Distress glitter, Pebbles Chalks and a piece of designer paper,  not pictured here because of   after thought,  glossy accents and distress ink pads.

The first is very simple:
 With this card all I did was print the image, mount on several framing layers, add two Script stamps, a bit of distress ink on the edges and a half bow.  Total time 6 minutes.  I made a half dozen using different layering colors, this is a A6 size.

These images can go from teeny tiny to a whole 8x11.5 size. It's up to you  to determine the size!  Wouldn't this make a cute 3.5 x 4 thank you note??

Next I added a little chalk on Colored Designer cardstock for the base.:

This card took me about 8 minutes to make.  The "Thinking of You" was made in Microsoft Word.

Lastly a bit more glamorous:

With these cards I printed the digital image out on the flowery paper, then fussy cut the post mark and the bird. I added the black layer, black lace bow, Used Glossy accents on the Swallow on the left and without the Gloss on the right.

These cards took about 10 minutes each to make not including the drying time for the GA.

I only mention the amount of time to give you an idea how simple it is to use a digi.

Here are two of the Chair images, These will end up having "Bring on the Cake" sentiment labels in the lower right hand corner.  I often make cards without sentiments, and then when it is time to use the card I put the appropriate sentiment on it.

The color on the image face is distress ink layered until I like the affect. Again SIMPLE.
I do use alcohol markers and enjoy using them very much, but I am not into "coloring" images that are cartoonish, I prefer things that have a more painterly look.
Speaking of which, next post I am going to show you how to turn your images into a more  "painted" look, with things you most likely have in your craft stash, and guess what: it is SIMPLE!!
Thank you for stopping by and I hope this inspires you to work with beautiful digitals !
Ginny M


Shelly Schmidt said…
Loving these CAS cards- never have given thought to using patterned DP like this- I have paper pieced dresses and bit on little patterns, but never thought of using patterns on a bird- LOVE this elegant card! The GA's add another fab touch! I love the images by this company- and do not own any of them yet..... You will be enabling me each time I see one of your posts though! Hope you have a great day!
Woww,woww,wowww Ginny,,,,such a lot of amazing details here working with my French Stmamps, You are always surprising me,,,,,,I love the way you color and all over add that incredible vintage effect,,,,,,so creative, so unique,,,,than for sharing them.
Jan Castle said…
Fun to be able to make cards in no time Ginny, great job!!!! Especially liking your tutorials on how you do things, TFS!
Ginny, thanks for sharing a little bit of your personal expertise with digital prints and stamping. I have not tried it yet myself, but what I see of your work is really inspiring as the options are just limitless. Hope to see you tonight at Jackie's!
Anne said…
These are wonderful and I still cannot believe they take such a short time to make! I don't know how you do it! I must have a look at Nicecrane and start up another wishlist....!!!!! Beautiful cards, love then all! TFS!xx

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