Got it! A digitally painted digital stamp....

Yesterday I wanted to share something I had played with but I couldn't. That's OK though, because God ALWAYS has a better plan! I went in search of a user-friendly digital stamp and found the SWEETEST, most precious artist! She is now one of my new favorite people! And I LOVE her stamps! Her Etsy shop is You can find other links for her there. She gives full permission to digitally color her designs so I am a HAPPY CAMPER!

THANK YOU Christy Croll!

So, back to yesterday's task... reminder... I wanted to try and use Corel Paint to color a digital stamp... it was my first go at it...this is now my second so I'm "really" good at it now (she said under her breath).

I started with a black and white line drawing ....

And ended with this....

Is that too cute, or what?! It's called "New Day Bugg-Special day or Birthday" on Etsy but when she sent it to me she called it "Counting the Days"... The really clever thing about the "stamp" is that she left the months and days off so that you can add any month and special day that you want! Cool way to make a special birthday card, or invitation or whatever!

Last week I read somewhere that you can modify colors just by changing the hue or saturation ... simple slide bars in Corel Paint... So I tried that. I took the colored picture above and played with the hue and saturation. Thankfully, I knew when I was creating the first that I was going to be playing with the color so I put each and every piece on a separate layer... That way I can make the hat a different color without affecting the hair or the dress. Because of the extra time spent up front I was able to make the changes in maybe 2 minutes. Slide a couple bars, add some dots and DONE! Check out the results!

And, I did it again to get this...

notice I changed the month on the calendar this time....

Another cool thing about having to find another stamp was that when I had to start from scratch I accidentally discovered a way to import a .jpg and fill the calendar border with it! God is SO GOOD! I didn't do all that shading and swirl work on the border, it was just a background .jpg! Gotta love it!

OK! It is now 5:21 AM so I'm thinking its time to go take a nap! I'll come up with a way to use the pictures when I wake up....and post that soon.

3 Response to "Got it! A digitally painted digital stamp...."

  1. Patricia says:
    March 3, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    You could create a countdown calendar for graduation cards. (Mine's April 30th, by the way.)

  2. Christy Croll (tiddly inks) says:
    March 3, 2010 at 8:11 PM

    Hey you silly lady...staying up to 5 AM!!!! Wow! :)
    I love what you did with them during that time though and I am so glad you like the stamp. :) I am completely sure you will come up with several great uses for it. :)
    Keep on painting! :)

  3. My Father's Hands says:
    March 3, 2010 at 8:41 PM

    CHRISTY!!! Thanks for checking in! I had tons of fun w/ the stamp and can't wait to do the rest! OK, maybe I'm telling an untruth here...I only had 4.5 hours of sleep and took a day trip to help a friend w/ driving...VERY, VERY tired! Tomorrow is anotha day...

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