Monday 16 September 2013

Stamping in My Digital Studio

I've been dying to have a play with My Digital Studio, which has recently been released in the UK, and this week's Get Well card challenge at Less is More was just the prod I needed. A bit of digital layering would work well for one layer week I thought! Come and see what I made:

My Digital Studio (MDS) is a way to 'stamp' online. When you load it, you're asked what you'd like to make - a card, a tag, a photo book, a calendar, a scrapbook page, ... there are plenty of options! There are standard sizes or you can decide on your own, and from there you enter an Aladdin's cave of stamps, embellishments, papers, colours... oh bliss! My Digital Studio is a lot more spacious than the Craft Square Metre!

I didn't have much time so I kept it simple, opting for the large Medallion background stamp which I stamped as a watermark (by turning down the opacity). It's very subtle in real life and you can hardly make it out in the photo so please don't strain your eyes looking for it!

I got a bit distracted in the embellishments department where I found loads of wonderful stitching which I can see is going to be very useful to me since I'm the woman who managed to stitch through her own finger with a real sewing machine!

What I love most about MDS is the scaleability - I'm always wishing I had the same stamp in different sizes. Sometimes it's useful to re-scale a sentiment too - I've taken this gorgeous sentiment from Delightful Dozen, for example, and made it enormous so the recipient of this card will know exactly what to do!

Of course I don't really feel I've made a card unless I've got a bit inky so, once I'd printed off my background, trimmed it and folded it into a card, I stamped it with the beautiful Field Flowers. This is a two-step stamping set so you end up with an image with a lot of depth (loved Chrissie's tip this week for two-step stamping sets!) I inked the solid images in the delicious Crisp Cantaloupe and added the detail in autumnal Cajun Craze. The MDS sentiment is also Cajun Craze and you can see how perfectly they match in the photos above.

I found MDS fun and easy to use - although there are loads of tutorials available if you should need them. I can hardly believe the price - only £13.95 to download and it comes with an astonishing range of stamp sets, sentiments, papers, embellishments and effects. It's suitable for Mac or PC and if you're still wavering, there's a free trial version! You can find it on my online shop here.

Here's what you'll need to make this card
Stamps: Field Flowers, MDS
Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe, Cajun Craze, Gumball Green
Card stock: Whisper White
Other: Basic Rhinestones, stamp-a-majig

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And as a special thank you for shopping with me, you'll get a free gift and a handmade card when you place your first online order with me during September.

I was so excited while I was making this card that I mentioned MDS to my husband. He was watching the football highlights at the time so he just grunted but after a few moments he said: "Wouldn't you be better off with planks of wood?" I did the laughing equivalent of slow hand-clapping at that little quip but he didn't notice because someone had scored.

See you tomorrow,


  1. Beautiful Vicky-I do like the stitching effect along the bottom(no worries about your poor fingers this time!)-the chunky sentiment is fabulous!
    Nessa xx

  2. Well done on your MDS creation. Love the bright flowers and super large sentiment. x

  3. Fabulous card Vicky, pretty colours and love your faux stitching


  4. My free trial has expired so I must get the full version! It's a lovely card Vicky bound to cheer anyone up - Jacqueline xx

  5. Love the stitching Vicky, so realistic and safe!! Beautiful flower stamp too:) Are you coming to Ally Pally next weekend Vicky? I am going on Sunday with Gay:)
    Val x

  6. Hurrah for pain-free stitching! A lovely combination of digital and inkiness!

  7. Oh! Vicky, a beautiful card, I love how your designs are always so elegant, I may even case this card somehow, love it.

  8. Hi Vicyl
    Fabulous card... Love the colours....
    Hugs Sylvie xxx

  9. This is lovely Vicky. Love the colours. I'm not very good with digi but this does sound like a bargain!

    Kat xx

  10. This is gorgeous and a great idea to combine ink with digital.
    Linby x

  11. I didn't really get the digital thing but this is a great card with an even better description of what you can do. I'll check the trial out this weekend ;-)



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