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
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,