Crafty by Nature

Saturday, October 9, 2010


Good morning everyone!

The wonderful people at Cardmadfairy very graciously donated some digis to the Stamping Vacation Design Team. Their images are amazing.
One of the most common complaints I hear about digital stamps or digis, is that they are limited. That there is "only so much you can do with them"
I disagree, I love working with digital stamps and in my opinion their potential is only limited by our imaginations.

I was so inspired by the Cardmadfairy digis that I had to have a play immediately.

This is my take on their "Inspire" stamp.

I used Photoshop to achieve this look. First thing I did was change the color of the stamp from black to a sort of brownish-sepia tone. I removed the white from the digi as well leaving the background empty.

I then created a background in some of my favorite colors.

Placed the altered stamp on the background and then using some flourish brushes I completed the look.

I then used one of my favorite quotations - "I saw an angel in the marble and carved until I set it free" ` Michelangelo , and added it to balance the image.

I am really very happy with the way it turned out.

Here's another of Cardmadfairy's digis - "Insight"

Although I basically used the same techniques on this one, it was a little more involved.
The most time consuming part was burnishing some of the colors to give them more depth, others were dodged to brighten them up without losing their intensity or luminosity. There are tools in Photoshop to do this, and once I figured out how to use them, I enjoyed it a lot.
Love the digis, love the results and can't wait to play some more.
Thank you so much to Stamping Vacation for arraging for us to receive these great images and a huge hug and thank you to the great people at CardMadFairy's Creations.
Have a great day.


Denise Clark said...

Absolutely outstanding work on both of these. My favorite is the Insight, but I LOVE them both. Wow! You sure have shown what can be done with digis. I think I'm going to have to get my hands on Photoshop. I'm just amazed at what you've done with this! Jenni will love it too!

Jenni said...

Fabulous work Danielle, I love what you've done with the images! I particularly like the first one, there is something about the colours that really appeals to me and the quote you have used is perfect. The image was created from a photo of my daughter who inspires me every day!
Look forward to seeing what else you come up with :o)
Jenni x

Karen McAlpine said...

Gorgeous! Love all three!!

Stacie (craft-princess) said...

WOW WOW WOW!! FABULOUS WORK!! These are very stunning!! I really need to get Photoshop sometime!

Pat Garvin said...

awesome work.

Merry said...

So beautiful ..... I so love the colours you have used on both of the images. So amazing what can be done and very inspiring.