How to Use Digital Stamps with your Cricut machine

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Happy Monday Crafters!

To be honest, when I first started making cards I had no idea what a Cricut machine was.  I did all of my cards by hand with my Cuttlebug, dies, stamps, ink,  Copic markers and patterned paper.   

I patiently waited for the next Lawn Fawn or Avery Elle release because they always came out with very exciting new sets.  The other issue I had with this is how difficult it is to get your hands on anything in Canada.  There are a few suppliers here but again, nothing local.

One thing I know for sure, the Cricut machine is a game-changer.  I do not miss getting ink all over myself or images not stamping correctly.  I don’t miss cutting every piece by hand with a handheld crank.  The one thing I do happen to miss? Colouring!

I love to colour, I’m not the best at it nor do I have a huge selection of Copic’s, but I do love to do it. 

 What are digital stamps?

When I discovered Digital Stamps I was super excited.  I first came across them from some of my favourite Etsy sellers who not only sell full colour clipart and graphics, but also digital stamps. 

Digital stamps are black and white images that you can download onto your computer.  When they are printed out, they are just like traditional rubber or clear stamped images.

What I like about Digital Stamps: 
  1. You can manipulate the size in Cricut Design Space so you are not restricted to just one size.
  2. Your Cricut will cut your digital stamps for you. No need to do it by hand.
  3. No stamping or ink mess.
  4. You can create colouring pages for your children.
  5. It’s a fun alternative if you do not have coloured ink.

Ink for your printer can always be quite expensive, using Digital Stamps is a great alternative to using just some good old black ink.

In this tutorial, we will use our Digital Stamps to create a Pop-Up Box Cards.  If you haven’t already, I recommend reading our Start-To-Finish Guide on Creating a Pop-Up Box Card.

 

Materials

Materials for Digital Stamp Pop Up Box Card

 

List of Materials

  1. Cricut Explore Air 2
  2. Nicapa Cutting Mat or Cricut Standard Grip Machine Mat
  3. Cricut Fine Point Blade
  4. Scor-Pal Tape
  5. A Fine Line Liquid Glue
  6. Box Card Template from myscrapchick
  7. Farm Animal Digital Stamps from Pixel Paper Prints
  8. Printer (I use HP Photo Envy 7155)
  9.  Copic Markers
  10. White Printing Cardstock – 80 lbs.
  11.  Acetate Sheets
  12. Various paper from Michaels and A Cherry on Top Crafts
  13.  Cricut Fine Point Markers

On a side note, you don’t HAVE to use Copic’s.  There are plenty of wonderful markers out there that would do the trick.  A Cherry on Top Crafts offers a wide variety of other beautiful colouring options.  Shop their marker selection here.

Now that we have all of our materials, let’s get crafty!

Step 1 – Download and Upload Images

I started with my box card SVG purchased from myscrapchick for only $1.00!

For this project, we’re using 5×7-1 and 5×7-2 in the folder marked SVG after download.

Next, I downloaded my Farm Animal Digital Stamps on Etsy and uploaded them to Cricut Design Space.

Digital Images | Digital Stamps

 

I then shrunk the images down so I could see them all on the screen. 

Tip: When they load onto your project, highlight over all of them and change the size to 2″ H and you can shrink all of your images at the same time.

Step 2 – Design

I wanted my card to be quite colourful and go with the barn colour for my base.  Therefore, I changed my card base to red and my exterior panels to a pale blue like the sky.

Cricut Design Space with Pop Up Box and Digital Stamps

 

Play around with your images to figure out what works best for you.  I decided I would make the bottom exterior of the box our scene for the farm.

I incorporated the barn, a couple of the fences and some clouds.

On the back interior panel, I went with the sun image and some more clouds.

After I had all of that layed out, I felt like something was missing.

I decided I wanted to add some grass.  I went into images on Cricut Design Space and searched “grass.”  I found one that I loved and added it to my project.

 

Then, I started to play around with where I wanted the grass and ensuring the size matched up with the panels.

I decided to incorporate the grass all around the bottom exteriors, as well as the inserts attached to the card base.

 

In order to really avoid using coloured ink, we’re going to create our sentiment on the front panel using our Cricut Pens.

In Design Space, select the text option. When searching for fonts, select filter and “writing.”  This will ensure we are only looking up fonts with writing capabilities.

 

After I select my two fonts, this is what I ended up with:

 

I then moved my fonts onto the front panel and manipulated it to fit within the box.  I also took this time to change the colours.  Highlight your text and front panel and select “attach.”

We do not want to flatten this to the panel, otherwise it will print and cut, instead of write and cut.

On the right and left panels, I decided to add a duck and duckling on one and a chicken and chick on the other.  After that, flatten the images to their panels.

 

Next, I decided I wanted to add some fun pop-out words.

I went with “Oink” “Baa” “Cluck” and “Moo.”  I created my own SVG of these words to include layers and I am sharing them with you for FREE!  Download here to add to your own Pop-Up Box Card.

The SVG was then uploaded to my Cricut Design Space project. 

 

Prior to cutting, our Project should now look like this with all of our elements:
Completed Project - Digital Stamps Pop Up Box Card | Design Space

Now, let’s move on to cutting our project.

Your first step after selecting “Make Project” will be to print your Digital Stamps.

Step 3 – Write

The next mat will be the front panel of your card with your written sentiment using Cricut Markers.

I went with “Blueberry” and “Black” for my colours.

 

Design Space will prompt you to load your pen in Clamp A

Cricut Marker

 

Your Cricut machine will then proceed to write your sentiments.

Cricut Writing

 

Step 4 – Create

After all of your elements for your Pop Up Box Card are cut, we can work on our Digital Stamps.

Cut Elements for Digital Stamps Pop Up Box Card

 

As I previously mentioned, I am in no way an expert at colouring or Copic markers.  But, I have fun doing it and enjoy playing with the colours.

Digital Stamps Coloured with Copic Markers

 

After I had all of my Digital Stamps coloured, I began to put my Pop Up Box Card together.

Exterior Panels Digital Stamps

 

Interior Panels Digital Stamps

 

I completed adhering the exterior and interior panels to the base of the box and started on adding all of my pop-out elements to the inserts.

Digital Stamps Pop Up Box Card

 

I found a nice layout so I was able to see all of our cute little creatures.

Next, I moved on to incorporating our pop-out words from my SVG file.

I took a piece of acetate and cut 4 strips about half an inch wide and 3 inches long.  I did this to create more length to the words so they could pop out further.

Next, I put a piece of tape at the top and bottom of each end of the acetate.  The word got attached to one end and the bottom would get attached to our card box.

 

After that, I found a perfect spot for each of our pop-out words.

Pop Up Box Cards with Digital Stamps

 

There are plenty of Digital Stamps to purchase on Etsy.  It’s my go-to for any clipart and graphics I’m in need of.  For some of my favourite Etsy shops, check out my blog postEtsy Shop Favourites: Clipart and Graphics

Have you created your own paper creations with Digital Stamps?  I’d love to see them!  Leave a comment or send me an email.

Until next time my crafty people!

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