I made this project originally for a blog hop that featured Stampin' Up!'s digital papercrafting product, My Digital Studio. Even though the blog hop is over, I still enjoy showing off this fun Stampin' Up! product, and hope you enjoy this blog post!
My project for today is one that I would absolutely never have considered undertaking with paper! I saw an ad in a magazine that caught my eye in an instant – big bold colors and a graphic design that really appealed to me. I immediately wanted to try to make a greeting card inspired by the ad. While I do this a lot, I just could not see myself cutting out all those little strips of paper, let alone lining them up and gluing them to a card without pulling my hair out!
My Digital Studio to the rescue! With My Digital Studio, I could start laying out strips of digital paper and resizing them – longer, shorter, wider, thinner – with no trouble – and no wasted paper!
I began by opening a blank 12" x 12" page, and making some horizontal digital strips that looked to me like they would be a good approximation of the pattern in the model's shorts. For this picture, I used Pacific Point, Calypso Coral, Night of Navy, Whisper White, and Peach Parfait.
The next step was to make the same pattern in vertical strips, and then arrange them all together into a pattern that would be the basis for my diagonal design. I then "grouped" all the strips together, rotated the group 45 degrees and exported that page to a .jpeg file.
Working on another page of the My Digital Studio document, I located my new .jpeg picture file (using the browse feature), created a photo box; dragged the diagonal picture into it; and cropped the picture to make a neat square.
Now that I had the basic design, I made three copies of it and arranged them into the large square that you see in my finished project – and it was just what I wanted for my bright and cheerful Birthday Card!
There just isn't enough space in one little blog post to make this a full tutorial. But the great thing about My Digital Studio is that there is a whole online community that is dedicated to helping all of us learn all the ins and outs of this fun – and powerful! – program. It's called "MyDigitalStudio.net" and is open to anyone who wants to learn more about My Digital Studio and share projects with the rest of the community. And there's always your own Stampin' Up! Demonstrator who's there to help you, too, especially if he or she is certified in My Digital Studio.
If you have any questions about My Digital Studio, please let me know! I've received Stampin' Up!'s certification and I do work with it a lot. If you've got a puzzle, it will be a lot of fun for me to try to solve it – if I don't know the answer already!