Saturday, April 2, 2011

Not buying stamps

Every time I see a cute layout or card with a stamp on it that I like, I want to buy the stamp.  Over the past year I've come to realize that:

(1.)  I'm running out of room to store stamps and
(2.)  After spending all that money on a particular stamp I wind up not using it enough to make the purchase worthwhile.

Using my cardmaking software has encouraged me to utilize digital stamps and clip art images on my cards.  Okie showed me how to manipulate digital images so that I can change them up and get more use out of each image too.

Stampin' Up has a clock stamp set that's been on my want list for some time but I told myself not to buy it because I didn't know how much I'd use it.   Last night I Googled "clock face" and found some great clip art images.  Then I downloaded them into my software and resized them to fit onto an A2 size card.  It just worked out that the large clock face fits perfectly in a 2" punch and the smaller ones also match some circle punches I own. 


The clock faces on these cards are free online clip art.  I computer generated the sentiment and printed it in my cardmaking software.  Now that I've set the image up in the software, I have it saved and can print it anytime I want to use it again.  Much cheaper and I don't have to make room to store the stamp set anywhere!  LOL!

8 comments:

Terri said...

Great cards, Linda. I love the idea of using the computer to make my own sentiments and stamps. TFS

Carrie K said...

I know what you mean about stamps!! It seems like every crafter is coming out with their own line. All pretty much similar but there is maybe one or two new different ones! I would love to be able to buy them all but then where would I put them?

Crystal aka Caitlynsmommy said...

Look at how smart you are!

Vanessa said...

Very clever! I love your card, too.

JennyKozar said...

Great card and smart decision!!

scrappyRN said...

Love both of them and I need to start utilizing the free clip art that is out there myself.

okie_ladybug said...

Gonna have to use those images! But gotta finish my critter cards first!

Robin's Crafty Thing's said...

I have stared using digi stamps, love them, their just a click away!